Vampire Weekend’s “Contra” Tops Charts

January 22, 2010 at 2:55 AM (News Commentary)

The sophomore release by the highly-respected afropop band recently reached position 1 on the Billboard album chart, topping Susan Boyle and Lady Gaga with over 124,000 copies sold. “Contra,” though a considerable step backward from their eponymous debut of near-universal renown, is unique for its penchant for experimentation atypical to the Columbia University quartet and was allegedly intended as a parallel to The Clash’s record “Sandinista!” “Contra,” by the end of the week, ended up topping recent releases by Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, and Mary J. Blige in one fell swoop, perhaps marking a stylistic shift in dominant musical tastes.

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