Lorde secures first US No.1 album with ‘Melodrama’

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Lorde has achieved her first US No.1 album after ‘Melodrama’ shot straight to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Her second studio album sold 109,000 albums in the week following its June 16 release – with 82,000 of those being traditional album sales.

The achievement also marks the first time that a New Zealander has topped the Billboard charts – after the singer fended off competition from rapper 2 Chainz, who sold 106,000 copies of latest album ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’.

Lorde’s spot at the top of the chart also marks the third No.1 album by a woman in a row since December 2012. Despite her success stateside, she failed to bag the top spot in the UK, after she was beaten to the top spot in the album charts by Royal Blood, with the record debuting at No.5.

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