Lorde has scored her first US Number One album as her long-awaited second LP Melodrama topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week. Her record’s success led the way in a shook-up Top 10 that featured six new releases.
Melodrama sold 109,000 total copies in its first week, a slight drop from the 129,000 copies Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine sold in the US in its debut week in 2014. However, while Pure Heroine was released to critical acclaim and later received a nomination for a Grammy Award (in the Best Pop Vocal category) it only managed to peak at Number Three, Billboard reports. Bridging the gap between her two albums, the New Zealand-born singer/ songwriter contributed vocals to several songs on the soundtrack album to the science-fiction adventure movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
After female artists failed to grab Number One on the Billboard 200 through the first five months of 2017, three different women have now topped the album charts in the past three weeks: Katy Perry, Halsey and Lorde.
Just 3,000 copies behind Lorde, 2 Chainz’ Pretty Girls Like Trap Music entered at Number Two, the rapper’s best Billboard 200 debut since Based on a T.R.U. Story landed at Number One in 2012.
Elsewhere on the new Billboard chart, Jason Isbell also clocked up a personal best as The Nashville Sound debuted at Number Four with 54,000 total copies. Nickelback’s Feed the Machine followed at Number Five and 47.000 total albums sold. Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls (Number Eight) and Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up (Number Nine) rounded out the new arrivals.
Kendrick Lamar’s Damn led the returnees by finishing the week at Number Three. Drake’s More Life (Number Six), Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Seven) and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (Number 10) closed out the Top 10.
Next week, DJ Khaled’s Grateful will face off against Imagine Dragons’ Evolve and reissues of Prince’s Purple Rain and Radiohead’s OK Computer for chart supremacy.
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