U.S. indie band Brand New tops Billboard 200

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[August 29, 2017]  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Indie rock band Brand New took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart with "Science Fiction," according to data on Monday from Nielsen SoundScan.

The New York-based band sold some 57,000 units of "Science Fiction," its first studio album since 2009, while rapper Kodak Black took second place with new release "Project Baby Two" and sales of 49,000 units.

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

The new releases pushed last week's chart-topper Kesha into fifth place with her "Rainbow" album.

On the digital songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's global sensation "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, showed no signs of moving from No. 1, with another 80,000 copies sold.

That is likely to change next week when weekly figures for Taylor Swift's hard-edged new single "Look What You Made Me Do" are released.

The song, released last Thursday and featured on Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards show, set a first day global record on Spotify of more than eight million streams, the music platform said at the weekend.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Chris Reese)

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