Lana Del Rey tops chart

Last updated 18:50 20/06/2014

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Lana Del Rey's new album Ultraviolence has rocketed to the top of The Official NZ Music Charts.

The highly anticipated new album by the American singer-songwriter enters the charts while the artist's 2012 album Born To Die is still in 15th place. Born To Die has had a 98-week run, peaking in second spot.

 According to the New York Times the music on Ultraviolence is melodic and melancholy, setting the polarising Del Rey further outside the current pop mainstream.

Ultraviolence replaces Ellie Goulding's Halcyon Days: International Edition in the top spot. This week it drops to seventh.

Top of the singles chart is Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer with Don't Stop, replacing Sam Smith's Stay With Me, which slips to third.

Highest new entrants on the singles chart are Joel and Benji Madden, who were the backbone of Good Charlotte. We Are Done, their first hit as duo the Madden Brothers, enters the chart at number 18. It comes from their upcoming album Greetings From California, which is due in October.

On the New Zealand singles chart, highest new entry is Hamilton's Kimbra in ninth place with Nobody But You, the second preview from The Golden Echo, which is due later this year.

Ginny Blackmore and Stan Walker remain at the top of the Kiwi singles chart with Holding You, while Lorde's Pure Heroine is back at the top of the NZ album chart after dropping to third last week.

The full chart listings are at: http://nztop40.co.nz/


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