Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith score top debuts on Billboard 200
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[June 26, 2014]
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer
Lana Del Rey scored her first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S.
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 7 million streams in the U.S. on
music streaming platform Spotify, the highest number of
first-week streams this year.
British singer Sam Smith, whose soulful vocals have catapulted
him into the U.S. 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 new 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
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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 soccer tournament in Brazil.
Electronic music DJ Deadmau5 came in at No. 9 with his latest
record, "While (1<2)."
For the week ending June 22, overall album sales totaled 4.55
million, down 17 percent from the comparable week in 2013, Billboard
(Editing by Patricia Reaney and Jonathan Oatis)
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