UNITED KINGDOM/FILE: U.S band 'The Fray' knock Bruce Springsteen off top of the Billboard 100 albums chartRecord ID: 384915
- Title: UNITED KINGDOM/FILE: U.S band 'The Fray' knock Bruce Springsteen off top of the Billboard 100 albums chart
- Date: 13th February 2009
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISAAC SLADE, THE FRAY FRONTMAN, SAYING: "There is definitely some tension when we write because everybody comes from such different musical backgrounds. And the time when a song comes out the best is when all four of us are most represented and the tension is most even all around. And if one of us totally hates the song it usually up killing the song. So with that dynamic comes a lot of time put into the music before we call it good."
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- Story Text: The Fray hit their first number one on the Billboard 100 albums chart, after knocking Bruce Springsteen off the top.
U.S band, The Fray, hit their first number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, after their new album knocked Bruce Springsteen off the top of the chart.
The Denver-based group's second self-titled album debuted at the top of the chart, selling 179,000 copies in the United States this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
The album's top position is Billboard's first number one debut for the year, as it relegated Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 'Working on a Dream' to number 2.
The band said the new album brings together a more focused approach to making music, with every song lending meaning to the album.
"We put a lot of attention towards making this album feel like a complete album and making it one album instead of a collection of songs which was one of our self-criticisms of the first one that it was a collection of good songs. But to have an album that is concise and tells a whole musical and conceptual story was important to us," said drummer Ben Wysocki.
The Fray's latest effort outshines the success of the band's previous album 'How to Save a Life,' which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard chart in 2005. The album sold more than 3 million copies world-wide and reached number 1 in Australia and number 2 and 4 in New Zealand and the UK respectively.
The Grammy nominees said the musical diversity that exists within the group helps keep the creativity alive.
"There is definitely some tension when we write because everybody comes from such different musical backgrounds. And the time when a song comes out the best is when all four of us are most represented and the tension is most even all around. And if one of us totally hates the song it usuallyup killing the song. So with that dynamic comes a lot of time put into the music before we call it good," said frontman Isaac Slade.
The band's rise to fame has been marked by their music being featured on popular television shows. 'How to Save a Life' gained popularity when it was used on the ABC drama 'Grey's Anatomy.' The new single 'You Found Me,' now appears on the promo of the new series of Lost, and the band said other projects are in the pipeline.
"We have had a lot of good luck with ABC with Grey's and this time with Lost. We're doing this iPhone application that you can buy which has cool letters and you can touch things and different things happen and stuff. So we're trying to get out to as many people as possible", said Slade 'You Found Me,' was released digitally in iTunes stores world-wide, before going on radio in December 2008. It peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number 1 on the Australian Singles chart.
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