Lana Del Rey Has Second Highest Debut of 2015 (Update: Or Not)
UPDATE: So, Billboard — or Nielsen Music — royally messed up their original reporting. According to "new chart data, which was reprocessed by Nielsen Music," Lana did not sell 248,000 copies, but rather 67,000 copies, meaning that she did not debut at No. 7, but rather No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. How they got that so wrong? We have no idea.
Lana Del Rey has officially earned the second-highest debut of 2015 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with the release of her current single "High By The Beach."
According to Billboard, the track landed at No. 7 on the Hot 100 chart and also nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Digital Songs chart. Selling over 248,000 copies in its first week, "High By The Beach" also gives Lana her first No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. Her debut comes in second only to One Direction, whose first single without Zayn Malik, "Drag Me Down," debuted at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart, making it the highest debut of 2015. Sadly, the single has since plummeted down to the No. 27 spot despite its huge sales figures upon its initial release.
"High By The Beach" is the lead single off Lana's forthcoming Honeymoon EP. She recently divulged the album's release date via a simple Instagram post, informing fans that it would hit shelves on September 18.
Meanwhile, OMI's "Cheerleader" regained control of the No. 1 spot again after being dethroned last week by The Weeknd's current single "Can't Feel My Face." OMI's five-week reign atop the chart makes "Cheerleader" the longest-leading reggae track to earn the top spot on the Hot 100 chart by a solo male artist in over 22 years. The last time it happened was with Snow’s “Informer,” which held the No. 1 spot for seven weeks back in 1993. The last reggae song to spend over four weeks at No. 1 was “Rude” by Magic! which stayed put for six weeks last summer.