Vampire Weekend is also the first time in 19 years that a British indie-band have reached the Number One spot.
The band is formed by a group of Columbia University graduates that self-produced their first album while working full time. Issued last week, “Contra” sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 124,000 copies.
Vampire Weekend’s name is derived from lead singer Ezra Koenig’s amateur film of the same name. The band work hard to their success creating a strong fan base. They gained attention mostly in various blogs, such as Stereogum.
The band claims to be influenced by both African popular music and Western classical music.
Richard Russell founder of XL Recordings, the independent distributer of the album commented to nme.com: “As a completely independent label we are proud to have given such an independently spirited band a platform to achieve this great success without compromise.”