Lana Del Rey Selling Six Times as Many Albums as Jennifer Lopez

Photo by Neil Krug

Here it is mid-June and the album release calendar is finally looking a little busier.

Billboard is reporting this could be the first week in six months that three albums debut with more than 100,000 copies sold. And leading the pack is Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, which is aiming to start at No. 1 with 175,000 to 180,000. That amount would double the debut sales of her first album, Born to Die, which peaked at No. 2 with 77,000 units.

Also in the six-digit category is Sam Smith, whose debut album, In the Lonely Hour, is clearly finding plenty of friends and is projected to reach the 150,000 mark by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, more than enough to lock up second place on the Billboard 200 next week.

Linkin Park's The Hunting Party should easily pass 100,000 copies, with the chance of selling as many as 110,000.

Meanwhile, superstar Jennifer Lopez's new album, A.K.A., which has been promoted rather heavily in the usual mainstream channels, is only expected to debut with 30,000 to 35,000 sold. That's less than half the first-week sales of her last album, 2011's Love?, which started with 83,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Of course, the numbers are hardly a surprise, as The Daily Beast declared Tuesday that J.Lo's new LP is "awful and destined to bomb." But if the numbers remain steady, that would result in newcomer Smith and Del Rey selling five and six times—respectively—as many copies as Jenny from the Block.

"Summertime Sadness"? Not so much. Unless you're J.Lo. But truth be told, Lopez will be just fine and she and Pitbull will likely release jangly dance tunes together until the end of time, regardless of whether anyone buys the actual album.