Lana Del Rey Scores Third U.K. No. 1 Album With 'Lust for Life'

Lana Del Rey
Nicole Nodland

Lana Del Rey

In a close race for the top spot on the U.K. album chart, Lana Del Rey just takes the honors from British duo Paul Heatonand Jacqui Abbott. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” (Interscope/Universal) is back at No. 1 on the singles countdown for a tenth non-consecutive week.

Del Rey's Lust For Life (Polydor) overtook Crooked Calypso (EMI/Universal) by Heaton and Abbott, former members of the Beautiful South, late in the chart week. It's the American singer's third U.K. No. 1 album after 2012's Born To Die and 2014's Ultraviolence. Heaton and Abbott had three No. 1 albums with the Beautiful South, but this is their highest-ranking set as a duo.

Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/Warner) moves down a further place from 2-3 on the Official Charts Company survey, while the passing of Chester Bennington sends three Linkin Park albums back into the top ten, five into the top 40 and nine into the top 100. Hybrid Theory (Warner Bros./Warner Music) reappears at No. 4 to match its peak in 2000, while their most recent release, One More Light, is at No. 5 and Meteora at No. 7. The last U.S. band to have three albums in the U.K. top ten simultaneously were the Monkees, in 1967. “In The End,” from Hybrid Theory, hits the singles chart at No. 14, some 16 years after it peaked at No. 8.

Also new to the top ten are Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy (Columbia/Sony) at No. 9 and Dizzee Rascal's Raskit (Dirtee Stank) at No. 10. Now That's What I Call Music 97 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) arrives at No. 1 on the compilations chart.

The growing achievements of “Despacito” now have it joining a list of only five songs in U.K. chart history to have had three separate reigns at No. 1. The motley collection includes Frankie Laine's “I Believe” in 1953, Guy Mitchell's “Singing The Blues” in 1957 and two recent examples, Pharrell Williams' “Happy” (2014) and Justin Bieber's “What Do You Mean” (2015). 

DJ Khaled's “Wild Thoughts” (Black Butter/We The Best), featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, is thus back at No. 2 after a week at the top. “Unforgettable” (Black Butter/Def Jam/Universal) by French Montana featuring Swae Lee holds at No. 3. Calvin Harris' “Feels” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, is back up 6-4 and “Mama” (Positiva) by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe stays at No. 5.

“Power” (Syco Music/Sony) by Little Mix featuring Stormzy is up 8-6 and yet another collaboration, “Sun Comes Up” (Asylum/Warner Music) by Rudimental featuring James Arthur rises 16-10.


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