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Wednesday
Jun012011

Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' Tops One Million in First Week Sales

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's Born This Way album has topped over one million sales in its first week and has earned Mother Monster her first number-one album, debuting in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Born This Way has sold 1,108,000 copies, scoring platinum status right from the start.  That's the highest sales week for an album since 2005, when 50 Cent's The Massacre sold 1,141,000 in its first week, according to Billboard.com.

It also makes Gaga only the fifth female artist to sell over one million albums in a first week of release.  Britney Spears holds that record with Oops! I Did It Again, which sold 1,319,000 in its first week in May of 2000.  The all-time record for most sales in a week is held by 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, which sold 2,416,000 copies that same year in its first week of release.

Born This Way is also the first million-selling release week since Taylor Swift's Speak Now bowed at number one last November, with 1,047,000 copies.

Despite the big numbers, Born This Way still didn’t do as well as some expected.  Billboard.biz projected it would sell 1.15 million copies in its first week, powered in large part by Amazon.com selling Born This Way for 99 cents for two days.

Even so, it's now the 17th album to sell a million copies in a week since SoundScan started tallying album sales in 1991.  It also totaled 662,000 digital downloads, which marks the biggest sales week for a digital album in SoundScan history.

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Thursday
May262011

Adele's '21' Still on Top, But Lady Gaga Will Take Over Next Week

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Adele's album 21 spends yet another week at number one on the Billboard album chart.

All told, it's been on the top for nine non-consecutive weeks.  In the history of the Billboard album chart, only 11 other albums by female artists have logged that much time at the top.

But 21 is not expected to be on top for much longer.  Lady Gaga's new album Born This Way is expected to blast onto the chart next week with projected first-week sales of 800,000 to 850,000 copies.

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Thursday
May052011

Adele's '21' Scores a Sixth Week at Number One

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Adele's album 21 should change its name to number one, because that seems to be its permanent home.

The album has scored its sixth non-consecutive week in the top spot of the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  Only four other albums in the last 10 years have spent as many weeks at number one: Taylor Swift's Fearless and Speak Now, Norah Jones' Feels Like Home and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.

Adele will kick off her U.S. tour May 12 in Washington, D.C.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Britney Spears Becomes First Woman to Score Sixth Top Album Debut

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears' new album, Femme Fatale, debuted in the number one position on the Billboard album chart this week, with first-week sales of 276,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

It's Spears' sixth album to enter the chart at number one, and according to her record label, she's now the only female artist to score six top-selling album debuts.

In addition, the pop singer is now tied with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey for the third-most number-one albums overall among female artists.  Only Barbra Streisand and Madonna have more, with nine and seven, respectively.

Femme Fatale also scored the year's second-biggest first-week sales, after Adele's album, 21.

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