International top tracks on last.fm: Arcade Fire takes 7 of 10 top spots

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Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" and "Bad Romance" continue to top the singles chart at Last.fm, the internet radio station that lets users in more than 200 countries listen to music in the site's library. While Gaga also has a third single, "Telephone," in fifth place, Canadian indie band Arcade Fire far surpasses Gaga in terms of listeners, claiming the other seven spots in the top ten for the week of July 25 through August 1.

Arcade Fire released third full-length album The Suburbs on August 2 in most of Europe and a day later in North America. The album could be streamed online in advance of the official release, and some of the album's tracks occupied low spots on the Last.fm singles chart a week prior. Those tracks have now catapulted in the top ten; the biggest leaps in listeners going to "Rococo," which grew more than 18,000 percent and 163 places.

Arcade Fire is the latest act since Gorillaz to hold multiple spots in the top ten immediately following an album release. Gorillaz achieved the feat in March following the release of Plastic Beach, although at its peak the band only had four singles in the top ten.

The tracks from The Suburbs replace previous top tracks by MGMT, Muse, Eminem, and The xx.


Last.fm's top tracks for July 25 through August 1:

1. Lady Gaga - "Alejandro" (36,742 listeners)
2. Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance" (27,533 listeners)
3. Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs" (27,356 listeners) (+49)
4. Arcade Fire - "Ready to Start" (26,080 listeners) (+88)
5. Lady Gaga - "Telephone" (feat. Beyoncé) (25,064 listeners) (-2)
6. Arcade Fire - "Modern Man" (24,111 listeners) (+149)
7. Arcade Fire - "Rococo" (23,807 listeners) (+163)
8. Arcade Fire - "Empty Room" (23,151 listeners) (+184)
9. Arcade Fire - "City With No Children" (23,036 listeners) (+201)
10. Arcade Fire - "Half Light I" (21,563 listeners) (+227)


Last.fm claims more than 40 million active users based in more than 200 countries. Available in 12 languages, the site's radio service is free for users in the UK, the US, and Germany; elsewhere, a subscription costs €3.00 per month. Using a system called "scrobbling," Last.fm's charts measure everything its users listen to through the Last.fm website as well as hundreds of other music sites and services, including iTunes, Spotify, and The Hype Machine.

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