The voices of Lana Del Rey and Sam Smith are each about to be a huge part of the soundtracks to our summer with the release of their respective albums.
Del Rey’s Ultraviolence comes as the follow-up to her massively popular 2012 record Born To Die, while Smith is getting ready for a breakthrough in the U.S. with his debut record In The Lonely Hour.
So which artist’s album topped the Billboard 200 this week?
According to Nielson Soundscan, it was Lana Del Rey, who sold 186,000 units in her first week due in part to the buzz surrounding her early singles “Shades of Cool,” “Brooklyn Baby,” “West Coast” and the Ultraviolence title track.
Meanwhile, Smith’s In The Lonely Hour sold an admirable 166,000 copies; more than any other debut album by a UK male artist in over 20 years.
His hit song “Stay With Me” is also seeing a ton of success, having sold over 1 million copies and currently sitting at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
However, both Lana and Sam might have some major competition next week, as Ed Sheeran’s new record X is showing early signs of a No. 1 debut following its release on Monday!
Are you glad to see that Lana Del Rey’s album grabbed top spot? Or were you thinking Sam Smith would come in at No. 1? Will Ed Sheeran beat both records next week? Sound off below!