'Melodrama' scores Lorde her first chart-topping Billboard album

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LOS ANGELES New Zealand pop singer Lorde landed her first U.S. chart-topping album on Monday as her latest record debuted at the top of the weekly Billboard 200 chart.

“Melodrama,” the second album from 20-year-old Lorde, sold 82,000 albums, 40,000 songs and was streamed nearly 35 million times, totaling 109,000 album units according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The singer is the third consecutive female solo artist to top the Billboard 200 chart after Katy Perry’s “Witness” and Halsey’s “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.”

Lorde’s breakout first album “Pure Heroine,” which featured her hit single “Royals,” debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in 2013.

Lorde’s album led six new entries in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week.

Rapper 2 Chainz’ “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” debuted at No. 2, country artist Jason Isbell/400 Unit’s “Nashville Sound” opened at No. 4 and Canadian rockers Nickelback entered at No. 5 with “Feed the Machine.”

Rapper Young Thug’s “Beautiful Thugger Girls” landed at No. 8 while indie rock band Fleet Foxes rounded out the new entries with “Crack-Up” at No. 9.

Last week’s chart-topper, Perry’s “Witness,” dropped to No. 13 this week.

On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s summer hit “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber continued its reign atop the chart with another 139,000 copies sold.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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