Lorde Lands Third Alternative Albums No. 1 With ‘Solar Power’

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Lorde makes it three-for-three atop Billboard’s Alternative Albums chart, as Solar Power, her third studio album, becomes her third No. 1.

Solar Power bows atop the tally dated Sept. 4 with 56,000 equivalent album units earned in the Aug. 20-26 tracking period, according to MRC Data.

The set follows Lorde’s previous No. 1s Pure Heroine (15 weeks on top, from its debut in October 2013) and Melodrama (one week at No. 1 in its debut frame in July 2017).

The new album concurrently starts at No. 5 on the all-format Billboard 200, where Pure Heroine hit No. 3 and Melodrama led for a week.

All but one of the 13 songs from Solar Power grace the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, paced by “Mood Ring,” which reaches a new No. 11 high thanks largely to 4.3 million U.S. streams in its first full tracking week; it was released Aug. 17. The top newcomer to the list from the album is “The Path,” which debuts at No. 25 (2.7 million streams).

Solar Power’s title-track lead single hit No. 6 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs in June, becoming Lorde’s sixth top 10. It crowned the Adult Alternative Airplay chart for two weeks in August and hit No. 10 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock & Alternative Airplay chart.

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