Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’ Tops Album Chart, Sam Smith Lands Record-Breaking Debut

Robbie Daw | June 25, 2014 9:15 am

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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