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Above & Beyond trance trio’s Common Ground debuts at number three on Billboard 200

Music 26 February 2018

Trance trio Above & Beyond, set up by two Westminster alumni in 1999, debuted at a career-high number three on the Billboard 200 chart with their fourth studio album Common Ground.

The act earned its second topper on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, following their album We Are All We Need in 2015. Common Ground is the English trance trio's sixth top 10 and 13th charted title, a run that began with 2008's Sirens of the Sea.

Starting with 64,000 equivalent album units sold, which marks another career best for the trio by exceeding the act's best sales week until now, Common Ground also logs the biggest week for a dance/electronic set, both in terms of overall units and album sales, since The Chainsmokers debuted at number one with Memories… Do Not Open in April 2017, writes Billboard magazine.

Members of the trio Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki founded their record label Anjunabeats in 1999, while studying Music at the University of Westminster, and later formed Above & Beyond with third member Tony McGuinness, after he asked them to collaborate on a remix.

In 2004, the Ministry of Sound invited the trio to host a weekly live radio show, entitled 'Group Therapy with Above & Beyond' that grew to be extremely popular among an international audience with around 25 million weekly listeners from 35 countries.

Ten years later the Above & Beyond trio, including two of Westminster’s music alumni, became the first British DJs to headline a high-profile sold-out event at the infamous Madison Square Garden in New York, where they played a 2-hour long session in front of an 18,000-strong audience.

The new Common Ground album features a quartet of guest vocalists, some of whom longstanding members of the Above & Beyond family and a couple of them valued newcomers. The new single Northern Soul, for example, features Richard Bedford who was one of the trio’s foundational singers.

Northern Soul recently became Above & Beyond's highest-charting hit on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, bowing at number 42 and banking 338,000 domestic streams and 1,000 downloads sold in the tracking week.

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