Lana Del Rey Lands at No. 1, Sam Smith and Jennifer Lopez Score Top 10 Debuts

Sam Smith and Jennifer Lopez

Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Linkin Park, and Jennifer Lopez all released new albums this week, but only one came out on top.

Del Rey earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Ultraviolence. The album sold 182,000 copies in its first week, giving her the largest sales week for a female artist since Beyoncé’s self-titled album sold 310,000 in late 2013.

British crooner Sam Smith takes the runner-up spot with his critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour. Previously released overseas, the album sold 166,000 copies in the U.S.

“I am overwhelmed and truly touched,” tweeted Smith. “Thank you to everyone who has purchased it xx.”

Jennifer Lopez returns to the charts with her 10th album A.K.A., which debuts at No. 8 with 33,000. Her last album, 2011′s Love?, opened at No. 5 with 83,000.

A.K.A. marks J.Lo’s eighth top 10 album, but the lowest first-week sales of her career.

Other top 10 entries this week include Linkin Park (No. 3), Willie Nelson (No. 6), and Deadmau5 (No. 9).



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25 Comments

  1. Zz

    Ouch jlo flopped harder then mariah carey! She needs to stop dating d-list men and focus on her declining career

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  2. BEDSTUYFLY

    Holy shit J.lo flopped? Welp, she joins the group with Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Gaga. So nobody’s buying music at all huh? I hope Rihanna can pull some tricks out her sleeve this year cuz it ain’t looking too good for the mainstream girls. And the only reason Beyoncé sold what she did, was because of the way she released it, and she took dam near 2 years to make it, so of course the stand were all thirsty for it. If it was promoted for a month with a single, I’m sure it would of done just average.
    Kudos to Lana tho.

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    Meme Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, no sweety. Rihanna don’t need tricks. She’s consistent and her sales have progressive each time. She hasn’t hit her prime yet, while all these other girls are on a downward slope

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Meme, Do me a favor, don’t ever call me sweety again. Come at me correct or not at all. I’m just stating FACTS.

    Smh hoes these days

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    Julian Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, I love you

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    Nick Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Tell that fool. lol.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, DRAG THAT BITCH

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    Puma Reply:

    @Meme, ur posts always annoy me

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    Nick Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, You can take Gagas name out. Only reason people are saying she flopped is because ARTPOP didn’t sell to HER standards which are high af. 257,000 is pretty damn good for a first week.

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    C Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Look at Gaga’s sales compared to who you just listed. Didn’t flop. FACT

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  3. Hey

    Well, Mariah sold two times more than than J.Lo in first week. So I am very curious how will people talk bout it! Mariah sold much more even without any promo!!!!

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  4. Meme

    My how sales changed. I remember growing up if you didn’t sell 200+ labels labelled the album a disappointment . Now if you can sell 100-200k that’s fuking great

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    EL Reply:

    @Meme, Yes. This.

    The industry is still struggling to adapt to the digital age.

    They have to change the sales model.

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    Julian Reply:

    @Meme, Yes, thank you! Selling 100k+ is actually very good nowadays, so I wished delusional stans would label everyone a flop who sells less than 200k first week. Also, the obsession with first week sales is not only annoying, but in my opinion also affecting the sales negatively in the long run!

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    Julian Reply:

    @Julian, *would not label of course

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  5. OnlyChrisJ

    Rap Up Get Your Facts Straight Beyonce Sold 617,213 Copies In Three Days Second Week It Sold 374,000 and On It’s Third Week Sold 310,000 Copies…. Lana’s Album Slays So Congrats To Her And Her Number One Album

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    Kyle Reply:

    @OnlyChrisJ, Rap-Up stated that the Lana Del Ray has the biggest sales week for a female since Beyoncé sold 310,000 in late 2013 so they have their facts right. They did not state in her “debut week.”

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    Julian Reply:

    @Kyle, True, but that was kind of misleading, I thought they meant opening week too and I was like, “huh, didn’t she sell like 800k?”

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  6. Morgan

    I’m sad Rap Up stopped reporting on Lana Del Rey after her association with ASAP Rocky ended, especially since the Smith kids are constantly profiled as well as Kim Kardashian, simply because of Kanye’s sake. Ultraviolence is a great album and deserves all of the success it’s been receiving so far. Disappointed in J.Lo’s album, there may be a total of 4 songs I like. Everyone’s talking about Sam Smith but I’ve been focused on Daly and Ed Sheeran so I haven’t had opportunity to get into him yet but I’ve heard nothing but good things so far.

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  7. Kyle

    Those sales are painfully low for Jennifer Lopez; especially when you consider the amount of promotion and face time she had on American Idol every week and everywhere she was the week leading up to the album release. I guess the public isn’t that interested in her music anymore. I must say though, she released a solid album. I enjoyed almost every track! At the end of the day, she has plenty of other things to fall back on if her music doesn’t hit home anymore.

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  8. Spaska Angelova

    Lana Del Rey № 1 So my expectations come true, the best in the world!

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  9. Musicjunkie

    People are really ignorant ! Calling j.lo a flop . Im sure she didn’t release this for sales ‘ she had nothing else to prove ‘ she has made her mark already. Is somebody thats worth 250 mill a flop or nah ? & im proud of Lana she’s soo talented . Here first album put me in a depression lol . She’s a few artist that didn’t become a gimmick just to sell records . I applaud her for that !

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    troof Reply:

    @Musicjunkie, Lol im still in depression mode Lana’s first album. she’s so amazing

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  10. mon88

    only 33,000 ppl bought aka ROTFLMAO

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  11. Marko

    @musicjunkie, @troof: I love you guys so fucking bad for saying Born to Die got you in a depression and still u see the beauty of it. Born to Die is my all time favorite album and Lana is the most talented and truest artist we have these days. People like that don’t come around often. I think its been 2 years since her first album and I still listen to it at least once a day, now thats what I call music when it don’t have a expiration date.

    @Meme, you a thot for saying Lana is on a “downhill slope”. What kind of ignorant shit is that? Lana is Mozart compared to Rihanna. She only started, I bet you my broke ass she will be one of the biggest artist for centuries.

    It really warms my heart when I see Ultraviolence got the top spot and selling that much first week. Album is dope. I liked Born to Die better, but in time Ultraviolence will probably grow equally big on me. That sound and that voice is an instant crush. I know we´re only half way into this year, but unless Lana drops and EP thats better than the album, then UV is without the album of the year. People should really get into her lyrics and check out the meaning of things she sings. I just love that shit so fucking hard! Its like every Lana song is a musical version of my toughts, I just relate so hard to it. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN

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