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.


Taiwan’s ‘selfie queen’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall

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Taiwan’s ‘selfie queen’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall

  • The social media star fell down a ravine in Taiwan’s Yushan national park on Saturday
  • She used a satellite phone to tell friends of the fate that had befallen her

TAIPEI: Taiwanese rescue teams were trying Tuesday to retrieve the body of a dead hiker who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini.
Gigi Wu — dubbed the “Bikini Climber” by fans — used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell friends she had fallen down a ravine in Taiwan’s Yushan national park and badly injured herself.
Rescue helicopters struggled to reach her because of bad weather and officials eventually located her lifeless body on Monday.
“The weather conditions in the mountains are not good, we have asked our rescuers to move the body to a more open space and after the weather clears we will make a request for a helicopter to bring the body down,” Lin Cheng-yi, from the Nantou County Fire and Rescue Services, told reporters.
Officials said Wu had told friends she was unable to move the lower half of her body after a fall of some 20-30 meters (65-100 feet) but was able to give her coordinates.
She is the latest in a string of social media adventure seekers who have met an untimely end.
Last week, the bodies of an Indian couple were found at the bottom of a popular overlook in California’s Yosemite National Park after hikers alerted officials to their camera equipment at the top of the cliff.
New Taipei City native Wu, 36, built up a sizeable social media following through photos of herself at the top of mountains dressed in bikinis.
She usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.
In an interview with local channel FTV last year, she said she had scaled more than 100 peaks in four years.
“I put on a bikini in each one of the 100 mountains. I only have around 97 bikinis so I accidentally repeated some,” she said.
When asked why she did it, she replied: “It just looks so beautiful, what’s not to like?“
While Taiwan is a largely tropical country, it boasts a spine of towering peaks down its middle that regularly top 3,000 meters. In the winter, temperatures routinely drop well below freezing on the mountain slopes.
Lin said their top rescue team hiked for 28 hours to reach the body, only sleeping for three hours because they knew temperatures were rapidly plunging.