A 2-year wait for a new musical body of work came to an end for Lana Del Rey fans March 19 with the arrival of her seventh studio album, ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club.’
The follow-up to ‘Norman F-cking Rockwell!,’ ‘Club’ was undoubtedly released to the pressure of undoing the commercial misstep that was its predecessor given that the 2019 project – despite a #3 premiere on the Billboard 200 – was accompanied by her lowest first-week sales and lowest premiere charting position at the time.
Worry may have set in by March 19 that ‘Club’ was set to follow suit as it entered chart battle as her first studio album to be released without a Hot 100 charting single to precede it.
A truth eventually underscored by the set’s forecasted first-week sales, look inside to see how the inaugural sales performance of ‘Club’ ultimately stacked against industry analyst predictions.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’
First Week Sales (SPS): 75,000 units
Billboard 200 Debut: #2
While ‘Chemtrails’ delivered her lowest first-week sales to date (among her major label releases), the Lana LP is the week’s top pure sales effort among all the competition as it moved nearly twice the 30,000 units the #1 album of the week – Justin Bieber‘s ‘Justice’ – shifted.
Her seventh consecutive top 5 album, it continues the singer’s streak of high-charting premieres as all of her major label efforts to date have debuted within the Billboard 200’s topmost quintet of positions.
“Chemtrails Over the Country Club is Lana Del Rey’s seventh top 10 album, of eight total charting sets, following Norman Fucking Rockwell! (No. 3; Sept. 14, 2019), Lust for Life (No. 1; Aug. 12, 2017), Honeymoon (No. 2; Oct. 10, 2015), Ultraviolence (No. 1; July 5, 2014), Paradise (No. 10; Dec. 1, 2012) and Born to Die (No. 2; Feb. 18, 2012). Her only album to miss the top 10 was her self-titled release, which peaked at No. 20 on Jan 28, 2012.”
See who joins Lana on this week’s TGJ Chart Check: Billboard 200.