Lorde released her sophomore record Melodrama on June 17 and has received positive praise since. The New Zealander was expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with an estimated 90,000 units including sales, streaming and tracking data. The Grammy-winning songwriter has passed that as she opens at the top of the chart for the first time which will be reflected on the June 27 chart update.
Melodrama, a collection of personal tracks written over the past several years, begins its trek with 109,000 overall units with 82,000 of that number being in actual sales. Though there are six new titles in the top 10, Lorde's latest also gives her the best-selling album of the week over on Top Album Sales. Lorde's sophomore effort is her first to debut at No. 1 following 2013's Pure Heroine which opened at No. 3 having 129,000 copies sold. At that time, only sales were accounted for in the Top 200 formula.
After a long streak of only males reaching No. 1 on the chart since November 2016, Lorde is the third straight female to debut at the top following Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom and Katy Perry's Witness.
Melodrama sees Lorde growing up after dealing with relationships and typical teenage feelings as she is now 20 years old. The album kicked off with lead single "Green Light," an upbeat pop track about letting go of an ex and soon after, she released the promo single "Liability." The piano-led track was a departure for the songwriter crossing into organic territories, known widely for her indie electronic vibe. Melodrama takes her indie sound to a new level of maturity with catchy songs such as "Supercut" and "Perfect Places."