Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’ Reigns at No. 1

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Lady Gaga is queen of the charts. The pop superstar reclaims her throne atop the Billboard 200 with ARTPOP.

The latest album from the 27-year-old singer sold 258,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard). It marks her second No. 1 album and the third-largest sales week for a woman in 2013 following Katy Perry (286,000) and Miley Cyrus (270,000).

“I’m so happy ARTPOP debuted #1 in the US and is already platinum in countries all over the world! thank u,” tweeted Gaga.

Despite the No. 1 debut, the numbers are a far cry from her previous album Born This Way, which opened with 1.1 million copies in 2011, while her 2009 album The Fame Monster entered at No. 5 with 174,000.

Last week’s chart-topper Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 falls to No. 2 in its second week with 210,000. It opened with 792,000 copies and scored the second-biggest debut of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

R&B songstress Jhené Aiko lands at No. 8 with her debut EP Sail Out. The seven-song collection, which features appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, sold 34,000 copies.

Rounding out the top 10 is Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, which slides 7-9 with 33,000, while Lorde’s Pure Heroine falls to No. 10 with 32,000.

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47 Comments

  1. Kam

    So proud of Jhene. The EP is great and she deserves this top 10

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  2. Grace

    That’s a flop for Gaga, all things considered. Had to cost the record label millions. What happened, Little Monsters? I think this gimmick has seen her best days.

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  3. meme

    Jhene EP numbers are more impressive than these numbers lady gaga mainstream album that had a boat load of press and promo was able to put up.

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    se7enfan Reply:

    @meme, funny how gaga’s one of gaga’s lowest album sales isnt even rihs best LMFAOOO

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    Meme Reply:

    @se7enfan, funny how Rihanna sales continue to increase with each album when her career was suppose to over by according to hater like your self.

    Don’t worry Rihanna will be just fine. While haha and Beyoncé number are decreasing, pretty is steadily increasing.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @Meme, i am convinced of 3 things:
    1) you are convinced that rihanna hung the stars and the moon.
    2) you bust a nut thinking AND talking about beyonce since you do it all the time.
    3) you have NO life since you are always on every post or thread commenting.

    these numbers are lackluster for gaga. she knows it, her label knows it as well as the little monsters. however EVERY artist worth their weight has dropped an album w/ lower sales than expected. it’s happened to the best, madonna, cher, michael jackson, etc so she’ll rebound and be ok.
    to address the latter part of your comment, your right rihanna will be fine as long as she stays connected to that machine that has made her who she is. but trust, these chicks’ (katy, miley, gaga, rihanna) numbers are all over the place while beyonce remains consistent. 4 had the lowest opening and that was because of the little promo PERIOD. beyonce is the bar that these other chicks are trying to reach … 17 years in the business AND remaining relevant, 17 grammys, 4 consecutive solo #1 albums, 9 #1 albums (including DC). #bitchbye

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    me Reply:

    @karamelkisses, preach gir

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    meme Reply:

    @karamelkisses, the fact that you know that I am here everyday means your ass is here as well and you too have no life. now get a life

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @karamelkisses, Giiiiiiiirl…..that was a read!!!!

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    me Reply:

    @Meme, don’t come for QUEEN B because when she’ll release that hit album i’ll be searching you everywhere (everytime) and laughing at you like you have never been laugh at. the same when one rihanna album will flop

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    meme Reply:

    @me, trust me i want beyonce to succeed, so ill be right here singing her praises if she ever gets that hit albumn

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    “@meme” “if she ever gets that hit album”? girl bye, all 4 of her solo albums are #1 hit albums w/ DIL being deemed a classic and 4 being in the same vein. beyonce has 9 #1 albums (solo & group) under her belt. oh, i forgot you stan for rihanna. but allow me to school you … only thirsty, petrified, minimum talent having pop tarts have to push a product EVERY year so that they’re not forgotten. because, let’s face it, she has a limited vocal ability & lackluster stage performances. her only redeemable quality is her curb appeal to hoes & hoodrats. #dontpushme #icouldgoon

    Quinn Reply:

    @Meme, LMFAO, what the fuck does Beyonce have to do with this conversation? Deluded ass.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @Quinn, thank you! she’s deluded, dysfunctional, demented, delusional AND dumb! clicking on a gaga posting to talk about beyonce? really?

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    Nicki Minaj Reply:

    @Meme, Beyoncé sold 310K off a pure R&B/Soul album without any gimmicks, twitter meltdowns, opening her legs for rappers and singers, without a top 10 hit and having her album leak 3 weeks before release. What’s Rihanna’s excuse?

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @Nicki Minaj, you always speak the truth. P.R.E.AC.H. Its hilarious because Beyoncé’s worst selling album still sold better than any of Rihanna’s albums.
    /-)

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  4. Nicki Minaj

    So you mean to tell me that she only sold 5K more copies than Roman Reloaded. So much for “Queen of Pop” and “Album of The Millenium”. Her and her fans thought she was gonna block Katy this year but their plans backfired. Miley and her antics topped anything Gaga did this year and Katy didn’t even try and still beat her lol! All them twitter meltdowns and still couldn’t outsell Beyoncé’s 4 first week sales ?

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    Andy Reply:

    @Nicki Minaj, Gaga fans are the worst fanbase ever. The are the only ones that eat her “art” and feel so special because her fav is so “out of the box.” I’m glad I dropped the flag in time.

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    Oh Reply:

    @Nicki Minaj, Roman Reloaded STILL isn’t Platnium in the U.S

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Oh,Wow 145k copies off from selling platinum, it still shipped Platinum and was the highest selling Hip Hop album of 2012. Your point is…

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  5. Nicki Minaj

    Jhene Aiko doing Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry EP numbers? SlAYY!!

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  6. Brian

    Lady Gaga’s album dont deserve the No. 1. One of her worst era ever

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  7. meme

    but gaga tweet about a million sold in other countries tho. lol she know damn well the label is disappointed in these numbers.

    In all honesty her music was just not on point this era. Just all over the place. I liked maybe 2 songs on that album…And she normally do no wrong in my eyes

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    NickisCF Reply:

    @meme, Go and buy what now before it flops like pour it up..

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    Meme Reply:

    @NickisCF, pour it up a flop? Lol a platnium urban single with no video or promo. Never performed not once in the media. Ha go kill yourself

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @Meme, Doubt its platinum.
    /-)

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  8. Andy

    oh boy… they mentioned Lorde! please no news of her in here Rap-Up

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  9. TRA

    Lady GaGa’s ARTPOP album is the worst album of her whole entire career. ARTPOP will probably go down as Lady GaGa’s least critical acclaimed album and least commercial successful album. From a commercial mainstream standpoint, this album was a major flop for Lady GaGa considering the fact that Lady GaGa’s Born This Way album sold over 1 million copies in its first week out. Kanye West’s Yeezus album sold more records than Lady GaGa’s ARTPOP album in its first week out without a hit single. J. Cole’s Born Sinner album sold more records than Lady GaGa’s ARTPOP album in its first week out. Even Miley Cyrus sold more records than Lady GaGa this time around. It’s going to be interesting to see what direction Lady GaGa goes in with her next solo album.

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    Nicki Minaj Reply:

    @TRA, The worst part about it is she’s gearing up for Act II of this bullsh-t

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    Oh Reply:

    @Nicki Minaj, Just like Nicki geared up for another Pink Flopday and is prepping to do it again

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Oh, You sound retarded, Rereleases DON’T Flop. And I think with the right amount of promotion, sinlges and production, Nicki will bring back Pink Friday 1st week sales.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Oh, the ignorance in you is strong. Nicki re-released her album. Gaga is planning to do another one, like a sequel. Pretty much what Shakira did with Oral Fixation 1 & 2 but she didn’t flop like Gaga will.

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  10. Daniel

    That’s cool. No. 1 album :-).

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  11. Daniel

    People need to stop hating on artist. What does your hate words do , nothing but hurt feeling and sound like a low life. Just listen and enjoy music if you don’t like the music then don’t download or just change the station or just listen to your fav. Artpop did good on the charts wether it sold 260k it still went to no. 1.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Daniel, tell that to the rabid Gaga fans that hate on every other artist besides Gaga.

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  12. Raven-Symone

    ArtFlop

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  13. gyary

    Overhyped record.

    Huge congrats to Jhene.

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  14. Kyle

    It goes to show that Lady Gaga’s hype has died down over the past couple years. I’m still a fan though!

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    The What Reply:

    @Kyle, same

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  15. The What

    As Far as Numbers Go Yes ARTPOP doesn’t even derserve the Title of #1 Album knowing that it’s doing just barely a Quarter of what Born This Way did in 2011 and The Fame in 2008 i do enjoy both of those Albums although Artpop is good Beat wise as a whole it could be at least 300,000 or Maybe be 400,000 and leave it at that now knowing for Pop Standards a Pop Artist with absoulte no Oringinality in Thier Music could sell at least sell 30 to 35K the first week based on fans alone Jhene’s EP is Marvelous and she’s doing great for an Artist that’s underlooked by the Industry for her Talent. Katy’s PRISM album is clearly the real #1 out selling Gaga

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  16. Sushi

    Katy could’ve gotten the No. 1 spot if her album wasn’t plantable, making it bannable in a LOT of countries, especially the Oceania area. BUhahahaha. It’s a good album. It’s just the material should’ve been thought through. XD

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  17. Nicki Minaj

    Fashion is the only song I play from this train wreck of an album. Her music didn’t captivate me this era. TBH The Fame Monster and Born This Way were my favorite album of hers. But her and her fans thought she was invincible for awhile and it has backfired on them. Hate when a b-tch act like her sh-t don’t stink.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Nicki Minaj, I loved that track too. Can you believe it was produced by will.i.am?

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  18. just4me

    I think lady gaga is talented and all but this is not her best year as we all can c

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  19. khorii

    I love Nicki Minaj but no one in the music industry takes her seriously. Beyonce and Rihanna are both Queens. Let’s get real …the real reason why Beyonce hasn’t come out with anything yet is because all the writers are waiting for Rihanna. Both Bey and Rih don’t write all of their songs, though they do co-write some of them. Y’all taking about number #1 albums as if the first week is when you can only buy an album. The whole Beyonce can’t get a number one single is played out…so is Rihanna can’t sell albums bs. I went to see Rih in Houston and she has improved…like i was inpressed. She needs to keep it going. Now we know Lady GaGa is multi-talented, people are tired of her gimmicks…including some of her fans. She actually had the nerve to show her pu**y on stage.. she needs to get it together. Gaga is too talented for these stunts.

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  20. wowow

    Y’all need to realize that you talking about Lady Gaga. She’s one of the biggest popstars in the century. Y’all can compare Nicki to Beyonce to Rihanna and all the bullshit but they on a consistent level. Whats the excuse for Lady Gaga? She sold a million before, even without Amazon she would sell 800k anyways. The problem is how she sold a fraction of what she sold on Artpop? Look at Eminiem, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift and then Timberlake, Britney, and the rest (EXCEPT WAYNE). You noticed that their albums sales didn’t dropped 75% like hers, it would be a lil more or a lil less than their pervious albums.

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  21. Nyk

    Wow…. big flop for Lady Gaga. I only liked Applause, Aura (Burqa) because it grew on me and a little bit Do What U Want. But the rest of her album is a hot mess. I can’t really stick listening to the songs for more than 2 minutes. I only liked The Fame, The Fame Monster and a few songs of Born this Way. Really disapointed. Putting her fans so much excitement about her album when it reality it was a flop. No wonder she was giving so much offers of her album and putting most of her songs on her YouTube channel. Would like to see how ARTPOP V.II will work out…

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