Lana Del Rey's Debut Album Hits No. 1 on iTunes in 14 Countries
The buzzed about newcomer's "Born to Die" had a strong showing its first day out, despite less-than-stellar reviews.
Lana Del Rey's highly anticipated -- and hotly debated -- debut album had a stellar first day. Released on Jan. 31, Born To Die topped the iTunes chart in 14 countries, the U.S., U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Mexico, and Luxemburg, according to the singer's representatives.
The strong showing comes after a harshly received performance on Saturday Night Live that had many questioning whether the sultry newcomer had the chops to make it in the music industry and others dismissing the 25-year-old beauty altogether.
Music critics didn't go easy on her, either. Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, for instance, called the album "dull, dreary and pop-starved" and ordered Del Rey's "song doctors" to "go the f--k back to med school."
Of course Del Rey also has her supporters, including the 11,000 fans who clicked "like" on her Monday morning Facebook status, which read: "Thank you for making the record #1 in 11 countries. Your sweet words have softened the effect of even the harshest reviews. I adore you."