Lana Del Rey Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Tyler, The Creator and Meek Mill Bow at Nos. 2 & 3
8/2/2017 by Keith Caulfield
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Lana Del Rey scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Lust for Life bows atop the Aug. 12-dated tally. The set, which was released on July 21 through Polydor/Interscope Records, earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 80,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Aug. 12-dated chart (where Del Rey debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites later in the day on Aug. 2.
Following closely behind Del Rey are Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy and Meek Mill’s Wins and Losses, as they debut at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Flower Boy earned 106,000 units (with 70,000 in album sales), while Wins and Losses tallied 102,000 units (with 37,000 in album sales). Industry forecasters expected a close race among the three albums, with any of them potentially finishing on top. All three albums actually performed better than expected.
As earlier reported, the release of Billboard's Aug. 12-dated charts were delayed. A top-tier data provider encountered technical issues, initially preventing the delivery of its data to Nielsen Music (which provides the sales, streaming and airplay information for Billboard's charts). However, the provider was ultimately able to resolve the issue, and deliver the missing information to Nielsen Music. Billboard's charts were then completed using the data.
With the entire top three debuting titles, it’s only the second time in 2017 that the top three are all new arrivals. It previously happened on the Feb. 18-dated chart, when Migos’ Culture, Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep and Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage bowed at Nos. 1-3, respectively.
Further, this week marks the first time in 2017 where the top three albums are debuts that each earned more than 100,000 units. It last occurred on the Dec. 10, 2016-dated list, when Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct debuted at No. 1 with 291,000 units, followed by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at No. 2 (231,000) and Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings at No. 3 (133,000).
Del Rey previously led the list with her second full-length studio album, Ultraviolence, which premiered atop the chart in 2014. Overall, Lust for Life is Del Rey’s fifth top 10-charting album -- the singer/songwriter also visited the region with her full-length debut, Born to Die (No. 2 in 2012), the Paradise EP (No. 10, 2012) and her previous studio set, Honeymoon (No. 2, 2015). Honeymoon launched with 116,000 units (of which 105,000 were in traditional album sales).
Lust for Life is the second No. 1 for Interscope Records in 2017, following Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which ruled for three weeks in May.
As for Tyler, The Creator, Flower Boy is his highest charting album yet, and fourth top 10 set overall. It follows 2015’s Cherry Bomb (which debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 58,000 units – of which 51,000 were album sales), 2013’s Wolf (No. 3) and 2011’s Goblin (No. 5).
Meanwhile, Meek Mill’s latest effort lands the rapper his fourth top 10 album. He first hit the top 10 with Dreams and Nightmares (No. 2 in 2012) and followed with the chart-topping Dreams Worth More Than Money (2015) and last year’s DC4 (No. 3 debut and peak). The latter set started with 87,000 units (of which 45,000 were in traditional album sales).