Del Rey tops Billboard chart, Linkin Park sales climb
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[August 03, 2017]
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Lana Del Rey landed her second chart-topping record and
led a slew of new albums in the Billboard 200 album
chart on Wednesday, while Linkin Park experienced a
sales surge following the suicide of the band's frontman
earlier this month.
Del Rey's "Lust for Life" sold 80,000 albums,
24,000 songs and was streamed more than 36 million times,
totaling 107,000 album units, according to figures from Nielsen
SoundScan. It is her second album to debut at No. 1, following
her 2014 album "Ultraviolence."
Del Rey edged out rapper Tyler, The Creator's album "Flower
Boy," which debuted at No. 2 with 106,000 album units sold,
while rapper Meek Mill's "Wins & Losses" landed at No. 3 with
102,000 copies sold.
California alt-rock band Linkin Park saw two of its albums
re-enter the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week as
sales surged following Chester Bennington's death on July 20.
The band's May album "One More Light" climbed from No. 17 to No.
4 with 50,000 album units, while 2000's "Hybrid Theory" rose
from No. 27 to No. 8 with 41,000 units sold.
The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song
sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500
streams equal one album).
It is normally revealed weekly on Mondays, but was delayed this
week after a major retailer was unable to report sales figures
due to a technical issue, Billboard said, not naming the
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Other new entries in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart
this week include the soundtrack of Disney Channel movie
"Descendants 2" at No. 6 and Latin pop singer Romeo Santos at No. 10
Last week's chart-topper, rapper Jay-Z's "4:44," dropped to No. 7
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales,
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's catchy summer hit "Despacito"
featuring Justin Bieber continued its hold on No. 1, with another
102,000 copies sold.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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