Indie alternative band The xx is seeing larger opening success with their third album released on Jan. 13. The set I See You becomes their best charting set to date as it opens high upon the Top 200 Albums chart on the Jan. 24 chart refresh for the tracking week ending Jan. 19.
The xx's I See You debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with a decent 46,000 units moved in its first week. Of that number, 36,000 were in actual sales with the rest coming from streaming equivalents and track downloads. For every 1,500 streams from an album, that equals one unit towards the final activity and for every 10 downloads, that also counts as one unit towards the chart formula. The change was made in Dec. 2014 to reflect an ever changing landscape in the industry and how consumers are acquiring music. I See You debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, a tally created following the changes.
I See You follows 2012's effort Coexist which debuted at No. 5 on the Top 200 selling 73,000. At that time, only pure sales were counted towards the formula. The group's debut self titled set opened at No. 92 in 2010 making I See You the highest charting album to date.
The band moved in a different musical direction following member Jamie xx's solo debut In Colour released in May 2015. The "expansive" concept bled into the production of the latest album from The xx and has since received critical acclaim, a refreshing change in sound. While The xx may have had a member create a solo album, the set was recorded from May 2014 through August 2016.
The latest album was met by lead single "On Hold" which peaked at No. 7 on Hot Rock Songs, a chart that combines airplay, sales and streaming data much like the parent Hot 100 formula. The track has however failed to crack the Hot 100 and has peaked at No. 1 on the Bubbling Under chart. It's also peaked at No. 24 on Alternative Songs.