Lady Gaga has hit another milestone in her career. The pop starlet’s new single “Born This Way,” released to iTunes last Friday, has bowed at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the 1,000th song to top the prestigious chart in its 52-year history.
The eccentric singer is taking the success in stride. “It is a tremendous honor,” she told Billboard.com of the single, which sold 448,000 copies in its first week. “To be the 1,000th No. 1 on Billboard…I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career.”
While reviews of the single have been mixed, Gaga is judging its success based on the response from her little monsters. “I am so humbled and so honored and overwhelmed by the reception to ‘Born This Way,'” she continued. “[It] has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers…I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans that I have.”
The singer-songwriter is currently prepping the release of her highly-anticipated album Born This Way, due May 23. She has already shot a video for the chart-topping single with director Nick Knight and choreographer Laurieann Gibson, and will soon follow with “Judas” produced by RedOne.