Lana Del Rey is currently beating Depeche Mode in the race for the number one album in the UK this week.
The singer-songwriter released her ninth studio album, “Did You Know There’s a Tunnel under Ocean Boulevard?” last Friday (March 24). Depeche Mode’s 15th full-length album “Memento Mori” was released on the same day.
According to the latest update of the official charts, Del Rey is preparing to release her sixth number one album in the UK with “…Ocean Blvd”. Previously, she took first place in the films “Born to Die” (2012), “Ultra-Violence” (2014), “Lust for Life” (2017), “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” (2019) and “Himtrails over a country club”. (2021).
“Memento Mori,” meanwhile, looks like it will bring Depeche Mode their highest record in 10 years (2013’s “Delta Machine” took second place, and 2017’s follow-up “Spirit” took fifth).
The synthpop group, consisting of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore, recorded two number-one albums in the UK: “Songs Of Faith And Devotion” (1993) and “Ultra” (1997).
The rest of the top five among the week are Fall Out Boy’s song “So Much (For) Stardust” (number three), Pink Floyd’s reissue of “Dark Side Of The Moon — Live At Wembley 1974” (number four). and Luke Combs “Gettin’ Old” (number five). See the top 100 here.
Both “…Ocean Blvd” and “Memento Mori” received four stars in NME reviews. Del Rey’s latest album has been called “masterful” and her “most revealing work”, while Depeche Mode’s new album has been called “their best work this century”.
The official update of the album chart this week will be announced at 17:45 Moscow time this Friday (March 31).
Last week, Gahan and Gore began their “Memento Mori” world tour in Sacramento, California, where they debuted numerous tracks.
In other news, Lana Del Rey talked about her upcoming headline release “Another Scene” at Glastonbury 2023. “It’s unfathomable to me,” she said in a recent interview.