Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ Tops Album Chart, Sam Smith Lands Record-Breaking Debut
The dust has now settled on the quiet chart battle between Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park, with Del Rey’s third LP Ultraviolence emerging the victor. The doom-pop diva’s latest sold 182,0000 copies out of the gate — more than the first week sales of previous album Born To Die (77,000) and EP Paradise (67,000) combined. The album becomes Lana’s first chart-topper on the Billboard 200.
Going in at #2 is Sam Smith’s first album In The Lonely Hour. With 162,0000 copies sold, Smith now has the distinction of having the best first week sales for a male UK artist with their debut album ever. (Take that, George Michael, Rick Astley, Robbie Williams, etc. etc.) Linkin Park follow behind at #3 with their sixth album The Hunting Party (110,000).
Total non-threats to the top of the chart this week are Jennifer Lopez’s comeback effort A.K.A. (#8, 33,000) and Deadmau5’s latest batch of beats while(1<2) (#9, 30,000). See how the rest of the Top 10 played out this week below.
The Top 10 Of The Billboard 200 Chart
1. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence *new* *1 week*
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour *new*
3. Linkin Park, The Hunting Party *new*
4. Soundtrack, Frozen
5. Willie Nelson, Band Of Brothers *new*
6. Miranda Lambert, Platinum
7. Jack White, Lazaretto
8. Jennifer Lopez, A.K.A. *new*
9. Deadmau5, while(1<2) *new*
10. Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
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