Even though the Billboard 200 started counting streams in tallying their top hits, it still remains an impressive feat to hit No. 1. Sure, you may not have physically sold as many albums. But now you’re competing against literally everyone else who puts music online. That’s why we’re celebrating Lana Del Rey‘s newest album, which debuted in the top position.
The songstress just released her fifth studio album, Lust for Life, on July 21. Total, it earned 107,000 equivalent album units for the week of its release. Of those, 80,000 were traditional album sales.
This is the second No. 1 album for Lana Del Rey. The first to hit that milestone was Ultraviolence, which came out in 2014. Two of her other albums, Born to Die and Honeymoon, made it to No. 2.
It was a good week for music overall. It was the first time in 2017 that all three of the top albums were debuts earning more than 100,000 units. Coming in at No. 2 was Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy. Following that was Meek Mill’s Wins and Losses. Meek Mill’s album earned 102,000 units, so it was a close race amongst the three of them.
So how is Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life performing with the critics? Pretty darn good. One of her earlier singles off the album, “Love,” was featured as one of Pitchfork‘s Best New Tracks of 2017. Metacritic has given it a solid score of 78/100. Still other critics praised her return to hip hop through the use of collaborations. Helping her out in that department are the likes of A$AP Rocky, Sean Lennon and Playboi Carti.