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.


The Royal Wedding’s ‘zaghrata’ mystery — who was ‘ululating’ as Harry and Meghan left the chapel?

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The Royal Wedding’s ‘zaghrata’ mystery — who was ‘ululating’ as Harry and Meghan left the chapel?

LONDON: As the dust settles on the weekend’s royal wedding extravaganza, Arab interest has switched from speculation over Meghan Markle’s dress to a more pressing mystery — who was ululating as the couple emerged from the chapel?
The high-pitched celebratory noise traditionally reserved for major celebrations in the Middle East were clearly audible as the newly weds paused at the top of the steps outside St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday. They again rang out as the couple descended the steps into the sunshine and the welcoming embrace of the crowds.
Was there an Arab guest in the crowd expressing their excitement for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their own inimitable fashion?
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office tweeted a video on their Arabic account of the supposed ululations, saying: “Maybe you can hear the ‘Zaghrata’ at the moment Harry and Meghan leave the church after the wedding?”


Zaghrata is a form of ululation practiced in the region.
Rima Maktabi - London bureau chief at the Al Arabiya News Channel, who was covering the wedding - told Arab News: “I heard it first when Harry went into the church and then when Meghan went inside, I didn’t understand what it was.
“The commentators were saying that they heard ‘international sounds’, and then as they came out, it was clear.”
However, the Arab claim to be the source of ululation is facing a challenge from a grandmother from Lesotho who told British media that Harry had pointed out to her and smiled as she made the noise.
Malineo Motsephe, 70, traveled from the African nation for the wedding, having met Harry through her work with one of his charities.
Ululating, it turns out, is as common a cultural phenomenon in parts of Africa as it is in the Arab world.