Lana Del Rey tops Billboard chart, Linkin Park sales climb

Lana Del Rey
Updated 03 August 2017
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Lana Del Rey tops Billboard chart, Linkin Park sales climb

LOS ANGELES: Lana Del Rey landed her second chart-topping record and led a slew of new albums in the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while Linkin Park experienced a sales surge following the suicide of the band’s frontman earlier this month.
Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” sold 80,000 albums, 24,000 songs and was streamed more than 36 million times, totaling 107,000 album units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. It is her second album to debut at No. 1, following her 2014 album “Ultraviolence.”
Del Rey edged out rapper Tyler, The Creator’s album “Flower Boy,” which debuted at No. 2 with 106,000 album units sold, while rapper Meek Mill’s “Wins & Losses” landed at No. 3 with 102,000 copies sold.
California alt-rock band Linkin Park saw two of its albums re-enter the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week as sales surged following Chester Bennington’s death on July 20. The band’s May album “One More Light” climbed from No. 17 to No. 4 with 50,000 album units, while 2000’s “Hybrid Theory” rose from No. 27 to No. 8 with 41,000 units sold.
The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).
It is normally revealed weekly on Mondays, but was delayed this week after a major retailer was unable to report sales figures due to a technical issue, Billboard said, not naming the retailer.
Other new entries in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart this week include the soundtrack of Disney Channel movie “Descendants 2” at No. 6 and Latin pop singer Romeo Santos at No. 10 with “Golden.”
Last week’s chart-topper, rapper Jay-Z’s “4:44,” dropped to No. 7 this week.
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s catchy summer hit “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber continued its hold on No. 1, with another 102,000 copies sold.


French football fans queue for shirt carrying second star

Updated 17 August 2018
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French football fans queue for shirt carrying second star

  • National team’s new shirts carry a second star to mark Les Bleus’ World Cup win in Russia
  • The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners costing €85 euros each

PARIS: Scores of French football fans queued on Friday to snap up the first of the national team’s new shirts carrying a second star to mark Les Bleus’ World Cup win in Russia.
The crowning of France as world champions unleashed a wave of euphoria across the country, helping foster a brief sense of national unity after years of tension and self-examination in the wake of attacks by militants since 2015.
“I’ll keep it all my life. It’s the second star! They made our dreams come true on the pitch,” said fan Brice Chevalier as he queued to enter the French Football Federation’s store in Paris.
France first won the World Cup, earning its first star, in 1998 with Zinedine Zidane its talisman and playmaker in an era when the team was referred to as Black-Blanc-Beur (Black-White-Arab), a reference to its diverse ethnic make up.
In Russia, they beat Croatia 4-2, with President Emmanuel Macron leaping for joy in the stands.
“I’m chuffed, I’ve been waiting a month for this moment,” said another life-long supporter, Jerome Cornec.
The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners. France’s official shirt costs €85 euros ($97).