Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012
Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012

The meteoric worldwide success of Lana Del Rey's debut album "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) extended to the U.K. on Sunday (Feb. 5), when it debuted at No. 1 with sales of 117,000, more than the rest of the top five combined. French artist-DJ David Guetta celebrated his two Grammy and one BRIT Award nominations by climbing 2-1 on the singles chart with "Titanium" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI), featuring Sia.

It was announced last Wednesday (Feb. 1) that "Born To Die" had hit No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 15 countries. In the U.K., Del Rey's 117,000 opening sales included 50,000 digitally, and she's in the singles top 40 with two tracks from the album: the title track climbed 14-9 yesterday and her debut hit "Video Games," which debuted at No. 9 in October, jumped back 20-17, with total sales now standing at nearly 292,000 units, according to the Official Charts Company.

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The new entry at No. 2 on the album chart may have been outperformed threefold by Del Rey, but it still represented a triumph for 77-year-old Leonard Cohen. His "Old Ideas" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted as runner-up to equal his best-ever peak on the survey, when "Songs From A Room" reached No. 2 in 1969.

Last week's No. 1, Ed Sheeran's "+" (Asylum/Warner Music), fell two places, but he had the consolation of seeing its latest single "Drunk" climb 29-15. Guetta's "Nothing But The Beat" improved 16-9 and Christina Perri's "Lovestrong" (Atlantic/Warner Music) 37-15, as her hit "Jar of Hearts" rebounded 37-22.

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Much further down the chart, there was a notable first-ever appearance on the official U.K. top 75, some 16 years into her recording career, for Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, at No. 70 with "Hello Cruel World" (Proper). "Be My Baby" (Sony Music) started a second week atop the compilation chart.

"Titanium" becomes Guetta's fifth U.K. No. 1 single. He hit the top in 2009 with "When Love Takes Over," featuring Kelly Rowland, and "Sexy Bitch," featuring Akon, and with Chris Willis featuring Fergie and LMFAO on 2010's "Gettin' Over You." Guetta also debuted at No. 33 on the new singles list with "Turn Me On," featuring Nicki Minaj.

"Alone Again" (3 Beat/AATW/Universal) by Canadian teenager Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers opened at No. 2, after leading last Wednesday's "midweek" chart. The track, which samples Heart's 1987 hit "Alone," is certified platinum in Canada. "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), by Gotye featuring Kimbra, climbed again 7-3. Sia logged two top five guest vocal appearances for the second straight week, as Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (Atlantic/Warner Music) held at No. 5; last week's chart-topper, Cover Drive's "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal), fell to No. 6.

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