Soundscan subscribers received the Billboard Top 200 chart today and I have to say 2009 is off to a great start. The folks over at P4K were quick to congratulate Animal Collective (Merriweather Post Pavilion), Andrew Bird (Noble Beast), and Bon Iver (Blood Bank EP) for cracking into the Top 20 with their new releases. We here at Hidden Track would also like to tip our hats to Umphrey’s McGee (Mantis) for appearing at #62 this week.
This data hits billboard.com in a couple of days. The four albums mentioned above were all released on January 20. One week earlier, another HT favorite hit the Billboard charts as well: The Derek Trucks Band’s Already Free is currently sitting at #19. Five fantastic efforts from five great ensembles.