Del Rey lands first No. 1 album

PACK LEADER: Del Rey's Ultraviolence sold 182,000 copies in its first week.


    Jun 27, 2014

    Del Rey lands first No. 1 album


    POP singer Lana Del Rey scored her first No. 1 album on the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while British newcomer Sam Smith landed at No. 2 with his debut record.

    Del Rey's Ultraviolence, her second full-length studio album which includes the single West Coast, sold 182,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

    Her previous album, 2012's Born To Die, sold 76,000 copies in its first week and peaked at No. 2 on the album chart.

    Ultraviolence also garnered seven million streams in the United States on music streaming platform Spotify, the highest number of first-week streams this year.

    Smith, whose soulful vocals have catapulted him into the US mainstream with ballads such as Stay With Me, came in at No. 2 this week with In The Lonely Hour selling 166,000 copies.

    Last week's chart topper, Jack White's Lazaretto, dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 this week.

    Other debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart this week include rockers Linkin Park at No. 3 with The Hunting Party, and country singer Willie Nelson at No. 5 with Band Of Brothers.

    Pop singer and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez's latest album, A.K.A., entered the chart at No. 8 with sales of 33,000 copies, which Billboard said was her lowest debut yet, despite a high-profile appearance singing this year's theme song at the opening ceremony for the World Cup in Brazil.

    Electronic music DJ Deadmau5 came in at No. 9 with his latest record, While (1<2). For the week ending Sunday, overall album sales totalled 4.55 million, down 17 per cent from the comparable week last year, Billboard said.