Florence + The Machine Will Beat Taylor Swift On ‘Billboard 200’ Album Chart

Florence + The Machine is getting ready to score another number one album. According to Hits Daily Double, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful sold 127,995 copies. It easily outsold the rest of the albums on the list. The album has received great reviews. Consequence of Sound gave Florence + The Machine one of their best reviews.

“HBHBHB has moments that thump you over the head with sound. Welch, though, has also reached a new level of eloquence in her writing, making her a more complete artist than ever. It’s why HBHBHB is the strongest Florence album to date.”

Rolling Stone says there is a lot of tension in the album, but that’s what makes it work.

“The tension makes for a sexy record that sticks to some familiar themes: a woman wrestling with lovers and emotions, often with biblical allusions, liquid-courage assists and a near-violent intensity. But the scale has ballooned.”

The National is especially fascinated with Florence Welch as a vocalist.

“Welch is an exceptional artist, blessed with a unique voice and endearing artistic eccentricities. She’s also impossible to suppress, as this wonderful new album so clearly demonstrates.”

Taylor Swift is far behind at No. 2 with 34,280 albums sold. It’s doubtful that Taylor Swift is upset by her chart position, especially given that her album has been out since last October. Speaking of Taylor Swift, you may not want to go to her concert if you have a big purse. According to CBS Pittsburgh, Swift fan Mollie Stein brought in a big purse and didn’t think it would be a problem.

“He said he would hold it up with all the other ones and after the concert. I’d have to come back and get it,” Stein quoted a security guard as telling her.

When Mollie went back to get her purse, hers and 50 others were completely gone. However, Heinz Field now claims they have the purses — at least 200 of them. It is not known yet if the original contents of the purses are still there.

Taylor Swift will probably remain in the top five on next week’s album chart. As for Florence + The Machine, it’s highly doubtful that How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful will remain No. 1 based on current iTunes sales. It looks like Muse will top the charts with Drones. Still, the fact that Florence + The Machine can still score a No. 1 album after so many years in the industry deserves nothing but praise.

[Photo Credit: Billboard]

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