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Lana Del Rey Rewrites Record for Most Alternative Albums No. 1s

Lana Del Rey's 'Blue Banisters' launches as her sixth leader on the Alternative Albums chart, a new record.

Lana Del Rey claims the record for the most No. 1s in the history of Billboard‘s Alternative Albums chart all to herself, as Blue Banisters debuts atop the survey dated Nov. 6, marking her sixth leader.

The set, released Oct. 22, starts with 33,000 equivalent album units earned in the Oct. 22-28 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

With six rulers, Del Rey breaks out of a three-way tie with Coldplay and Foo Fighters for the most No. 1s ever on Alternative Albums, which began in 2007.


Blue Banisters becomes Del Rey’s second Alternative Albums No. 1 in 2021 alone, following the one-week reign of Chemtrails Over the Country Club in April. Her dominance dates to 2012, when her debut LP Born to Die led for two weeks, followed by 2015’s Honeymoon, 2017’s Lust for Life and 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! (each of which spent a week at No. 1).

On the all-format Billboard 200, Blue Banisters bows at No. 8, opening as her eighth top 10.

Meanwhile, seven songs from the album reach the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, led by “Dealer,” which starts at No. 19 driven by 2.8 million U.S. streams. That track and “If You Lie Down With Me” (1.8 million streams) also represent the album on Hot Alternative Songs, at Nos. 17 and 23, respectively.