Lana Del Rey has taken her lumps in the press recently, but the singer-songwriter really does have fans: Her new album, Born To Die, debuts this week at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart, with 77,000 copies sold. Will Die have legs, or will it quickly fade as the media coverage falls back in the upcoming weeks? While Del Rey won't be touring in support of the record for another several months, she's likely going to be appearing on television and (we'd bet) in other people's songs, which could help the album. At any rate, Del Rey probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
At No. 1 this week, of course, is Adele's 21, which has now spent 19 weeks in the top spot since its release nearly a year ago. Next week Adele faces a challenge from Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth, but if 21 does as well as expected at this Sunday's Grammy Awards, it may very well stay entrenched at No. 1 for many weeks to come.
Also debuting this week is another sexy newcomer with a one-of-a-kind voice, Leonard Cohen, whose great new album Old Ideas comes in at No. 3 with 41,000. It's Cohen's best chart debut ever—his previous album, 2004's Dear Heather, started at 9,000—and speaks well for this 77-year-old kid having a future in this business. Gospel singer Fred Hammond also debuted in the Top 10 this week, selling 26,000 copies of God, Love & Romance. It's his first ever Top 10 appearance in the Billboard 200.
The rest of the Top 10 includes: the 2012 Grammy Nominees compilation (No. 4, 34,000), Kidz Bop 21 (No. 5, 30,000), Drake's Take Care (No. 6, 30,000), Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic (No. 7, 29,000), LMFAO's Sorry For Party Rocking (No. 9, 22,000), and Rihanna's Talk That Talk (No. 10, 22,000). [via Billboard]
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