LAVA/Republic Records; BMGLorde reigns supreme atop the Billboard 200 for the first time in her career. The New Zealand-born musician’s sophomore album, Melodrama, debuts atop the chart with a total of 109,000 equivalent album units, 82,000 of which were pure album sales.
Melodrama, which features the lead single “Green Light,” arrives four years after Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine, was released in 2013. Pure Heroine debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, though it had a better sales week with 129,000 copies sold. At the time, Billboard didn’t count certain numbers of individual track sales and streams as equivalent to album sales, as the magazine does now.
Lorde will kick off a North American arena tour in support of Melodrama next spring, beginning March 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, Nickelback‘s new album, Feed the Machine, makes a top-five debut on the Billboard 200. The ninth studio effort from the Canadian rockers arrives at number five on the chart with 47,000 units, 43,000 of which were pure album sales. Nickelback is currently on tour in support of Feed the Machine.
Finally, the new album from Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up, debuts at number nine on the Billboard 200 with 34,000 units, 32,000 of which were album sales.
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