Lorde debut album Pure Heroine breaks one million sales



Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine has broken the million sales mark.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 30,000 copies in the week ending 23 February in America with a current total of 1.01 million.

The achievement means the 17-year-old is the first female artist to have a debut album sell more than one million copies since Adele's 19 in April 2011.

Pure Heroine peaked at number four in the Official Album Chart when it was released in November.

The album is number nine in the UK chart having spent 18 weeks in the top 40.

Image caption Lorde won international female solo artist at this year's Brit Awards

Lorde picked up two prizes at this year's Grammys including song of the year for number one single Royals, which she also performed at the ceremony.

She also collaborated with Disclosure at the Brit Awards, where she was named international female solo artist.

The singer recently told Zane Lowe on Radio 1 she was happy that her music is played on radio following reports that she wanted Royals pulled from radio over concerns that fans will grow bored of her music.

Pharrell Williams
Image caption Happy by Pharrell Williams is his third million-selling single in 12 months

This week Pharrell Williams' Happy became the singer's third million-selling single in 12 months, following the success of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky by Daft Punk.

He is only the second artist after The Beatles to do that.

After returning to number one on Sunday, Happy is only the third single to reach number one on three separate occasions, the last being Guy Mitchell in 1957 with Singing the Blues.

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