(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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