Lana Del Rey Lands Her Second Top 10 Hit With “High By The Beach”
UPDATE: Today (August 18), Billboard revealed they made a mistake with Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach” chart position. According to a recent announcement, the single debuted at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 instead of No. 7. on Digital Songs. The singer’s fans will not be happy about this.
Lana Del Rey debuts at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with new single “High By The Beach.” The breezy, trap-influenced pop ballad already ranks as the 30-year-old’s second-highest charting single after the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness,” which peaked at number six in 2013, and became her first number one on the Digital Songs Chart. The summery smash sold 248,000 downloads in its first week. To put things into perspective, only One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” has sold more in its first seven days this year.
Given the warm reception of “High By The Beach,” it looks like Lana’s decision to return to the more commercial sound of debut LP Born To Die and the Paradise EP was a wise one. 2014 opus Ultraviolence was well received by critics and debuted atop the Billboard 200 (edging out Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour), but only produced one hit (“West Coast” peaked at number 17) and failed to sell gold.
Lana’s “High By The Beach” video: