Lana Del Rey Wins, Ed Sheeran on Deck

This week, Lana Del Rey ‘came up’ as Ultraviolence  beat out stiff competition (Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour namely) to bow atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Del Rey’s dark, pessimistic Ultraviolence is arguably the singer/songwriter’s best work to date, following full-length debut Born to Die and EP Paradise.  Other artists weren’t nearly as successful experiencing  dips in their sales.   You can find complete chart analysis at the following link, Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In Music –


In forthcoming charting news, Ed Sheeran is expected to breeze to number one next week.  X should easily outperform the British singer/songwriter’s first album, +.  Billboard projects a larger week for Sheeran than graced Del Rey – somewhere in the ballpark of 200,000 copies.  Other new albums were also released on Monday or Tuesday (albums were released both days for whatever reason) including the likes of  R&B singer Joe‘s Bridges, metal band Mastodon‘s Once More ‘Round the Sun, and unorthodox rapper RiFF Raff‘s Neon Icon.  Billboard gives the second place debut edge to a different act – rapper G Eazy who dropped an LP entitled These Things Happen.

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