Lana Del Rey set out to make a killing with the release of her new album Ultraviolence and did so by narrowly nabbing the top spot on the charts last week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan.
The dynamic pop singer moved just over 182,000 copies of her LP, edging out UK sensation Sam Smith, who is having a real crossover moment in the States. Smith’s In the Lonely Hour sold almost 166,000 copies in its debut week on the U.S. chart, while rockers Linkin Park grabbed the third spot with their new album Hunting Party.
The unstoppable “Frozen” soundtrack is still in the top five after 30 weeks on the chart, while Jennifer Lopez’s A.K.A and Deadmau5’s While (1<2) slid into the top ten at #8 and #9 respectively.
The iTunes albums list tells a similar story, with Del Ray and Smith holding the top two slots. Ed Sheeran, who released his X album on Monday, has built enough steam to nab the third spot on iTunes, setting him up for a possible No.1 on next week’s SoundScan after a full week of data is tallied.