In a promising kickoff for summertime music sales, Lana Del Rey’s sophomore offering led a trifecta of albums with sales in six figures onto the U.S. album chart last week.
The pop siren’s Interscope release “Ultraviolence” claimed the top slot with sales of 182,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 22. Del Rey’s debut set “Born to Die” peaked at No. 2, and has gone on to sell more than 1 million copies.
“Ultraviolence” was joined by two other new titles that sold in excess of 100,000, by Sam Smith and Linkin Park, on the sales rolls for the week. This feat hadn’t been seen to date in 2014: In the last frame of 2013, amid the holiday sales rush, four releases with six-figure scores topped the list. A total of six new albums crowded into the top 10 last week.
Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (Capitol), his debut collection, arrived at No. 2 with a 166,000-unit tally. The British soul-pop singer-songwriter is currently making his mark on the American singles chart with “Stay With Me,” which has shifted more than a million.
Hard rock perennial Linkin Park moved in at No. 3 with its sixth studio album “The Hunting Party” (Warner Bros.), tracking 110,000. It’s the Southern California band’s lowest-charting release to date; all of its other titles have debuted at either No. 1 or No. 2. Its last effort, “Living Things,” topped the chart in 2012.
Country icon Willie Nelson’s “Band of Brothers” (Legacy) dropped in at No. 5 with a 37,000-copy score. Though Nelson is among the most revered country and pop performers, his appearances in the top 10 have been rare. While his duets collection “To All the Girls…” hit No. 9 last year, his previous peak came with the quadruple-platinum “Always On My Mind,” which topped out at No. 2 in 1982.
Jennifer Lopez materialized at No. 8 with “A.K.A.” (Capitol), which moved 33,000 copies. The veteran diva is well off her customary sales pace: Her last collection, 2011’s “Love?,” reached No. 5. At her peak early in the millennium, she notched the No. 1 collection “J. Lo” (2001).
EDM hero Deadmau5 collected the week’s last top 10 debut, as his “while(1<2)” (Astralwerks) bowed at No. 9 with a 30,000-unit total. The Canada-bred house music star was previously represented in the top 10 by 2012’s “Album Title Goes Here,” which reached No. 6.
The week’s top 10 holdovers included the “Frozen” soundtrack (No. 4, 42,000 sold, off 15%), Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum” (No. 6, 34,000, down 45%), Jack White’s “Lazaretto” (No. 7, 34,000, off 75%) and Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” (No. 10, 26,000, down 34%). The Lambert and White titles were separated by 300 units.
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s “X” is a top contender for next week’s chart.