It's official, Lady Gaga's much hyped 'Born This Way' album sold an amazing 1.108 million copies on it's first week. This is the biggest opening for an album since 50 Cent's 'The Massacre' which sold 1,141,000 million copies in March of 2005.
Lady Gaga joins Taylor Swift, Norah Jones, Whitney Houston (Bodyguard soundtrack) and Britney Spears to achieve a million in a week. Britney still holds the record for the highest debut by a female artist with 1,319,000 when 'Oops! I Did It Again' dropped in May of 2000.
Gaga's numbers have been boosted by the 99¢ Amazon sale. The sale has not been without controversy. Many feel that such bargain basement sales should not be counted alongside full price album sales. The Editor of Billboard has been besieged by angry Britney fans who do not want to see her record fall and are still hurting from a last minute chart change that prevented her “Blackout” album from completing her chain of number 1 debuting albums. The Editor released a column explaining his logic and pointing out that Amazon is paying the full wholesale rate for the album and is taking the loss on the sales.
Lady Gaga also sets a new record by hauling 662,000 digital downloads. It's the biggest week for a digital album in SoundScan history.