A North Carolina-based record company that began 21 years ago in a cofounder's bedroom is about to top the charts for the first time ever.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the Durham-based label will be No. 1 on the Billboard 200's Aug. 21 album-sales chart with the new album by Arcade Fire. The Montreal rock band will top the charts with its album, "The Suburbs," which sold 156,000 copies its first week out.
That's Merge's biggest-ever one-week sales total and lets the album squeak by Detroit rapper Eminem, whose "Recovery" registered sales of 152,000 to come in at No. 2.
Merge Records began 21 years ago when its office was in the bedroom of co-founder Laura Ballance in Chapel Hill.