Silver Lake’s Silversun Pickups are now in the same league as superstars Miley Cyrus, Rascal Flatts and Lady Gaga -- or at least in the neighborhood. The indie quartet has scored its first-ever top 10 album, landing at No. 7 with “Swoon," placing the fuzzy guitar rockers between Jadakiss and Lady Gaga.
It was a good week for independents overall. Saturday was a quasi-holiday for independent retailers, as it marked the second edition of Record Store Day, which was established last year by music-store operators to encourage consumers to shop at mom-and-pop outlets. A host of labels – major and indie alike – released exclusive or early product on Saturday.
Nielsen SoundScan reports that album sales at the independent retail sector were up 21% over the previous week, the only segment with a boost. By comparison, sales at chains dipped 14%, and big-box mass retailers suffered a 34% decline as mainstream retailers readjusted to non-Easter foot traffic.
As for the Silversun Pickups’ 10-song “Swoon,” the set sold 43,000 copies in its first week of release giving the group the best sales week of its career. The band’s intentions with “Swoon” were clear early on. The Silversun Pickups performed in a prime slot Friday night at the 10th edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, appearing just before Paul McCartney on one of the fest’s two outdoor stages.