As expected, Lady Gaga’s third studio album Artpop debuts at #1 on the Billboard charts with 258,000 copies sold. Now, this is a far cry from 2011’s Born This Way which sold 1.1 million copies sold first week. Now, even though she sold BTW for $0.99 with Amazon, she STILL was able to sell over 600,000 copies of that album first week at full-retail prices. So the question is, are people tired of Lady Gaga already? We were expecting Gaga to do at least 500,000 first week. However, this is still a #1 album for her, and the first single reach Top 10 status. She is still pretty relevant. We are not a fan of the song with her and R. Kelly at all, and haven’t heard the album. If you heard the album, let us know your thoughts. Anyway, congrats to you Lady Gaga.
Say what you want about Lady Gaga, but she is killing the music industry right now. According to Billboard, Lady Gaga debuted at the top of the Billboard Top 200 album’s chart with 1,108,000 copies sold (1.1 million) in one week. People are saying that she wouldn’t have sold that much if it wasn’t for a promotional campaign that Amazon had. Amazon sold the album for one day only at the price of $0.99. However, the sales only added up for about 40% of the total album sales. This means that she sold 650,000+ copies of her album at full retail price. That is still amazing. The three singles to appear from the album so far are: “Born This Way”, “Judas”, and “Edge of Glory”. This is the highest one week sales of an album so far this year. She is the fifth woman in Billboard history to nab sales of a million or better in one week. The others are:
-Whitney Houston “The Bodyguard” album (in 1992 over the christmas shopping week…1,061,000)
-Britney Spears “Oops…I Did It Again” (in 2000, she debuted with 1,319,000 copies sold in a week)
-Norah Jones “Feels Like Home” (debuted with 1.022,000 copies sold in a week in 2004)
-Taylor Swift “Speak Now” (2010…she debuted with 1,047,000 copies sold in a week)
This is also the highest amount of copies that an album as sold in a week since 50 Cent’s 2005 sophomore album “The Massacre”. That album sold 1, 141,000 copies in its debut week. The news doesn’t stop there for Lady Gaga she is expected to stay atop of the Billboard Top 200 album’s chart next week with an estimated 200,000 more copies to be sold this week. CONGRATS ON ALL YOUR SUCCESS GAGA, YOU DESERVE IT!
Lady Gaga bursted onto the scene in 2008, and has not looked back ever since. Many people have been waiting for new material from Lady Gaga, and she hadn’t even finished her Fame Monster tour yet (which hits NYC…AGAIN! next week!). The first time we heard a snippet of her first single of her second studio album was back in Sept. 2010 at the MTV VMAs. Now flash forward, 5 months later and the the first single “Born This Way” has surfaced and debuted at the top of the Hot 100 Billboard Charts. Her debut performance of “Born This Way” at last Sundays Grammys was much talked about, as well as her entrance on the red carpet. We expect to see more live performances, and cannot wait for the video to arrive. Congratulations again to you Lady Gaga on your Hot 100 #1 debut! Lady Gaga’s second studio album “Born This Way” hits stores on May 23, 2011. Gaga confirmed to Ryan Seacrest that the second single will be a song titled “Judas”.