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Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Hits No. 1

Brent Faulkner Brent Faulkner
November 20th, 2013 5:52pm EST


81s5KwsrJIL._SL1500_Unsurprisingly, Lady Gaga finds herself at no. 1 once more with latest album ARTPOP.  Selling 258,000 copies would be pretty impressive if it weren’t Lady Gaga.  Born This Way moved 1.1 million, and while a special discounting offer helped to seal the deal there, 258,000 copies seems like quite the fall off from her previous sales best.  Still, her Gaga-ness outsold her next closest competitions, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (210,000) and the debut of Now That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 48 (142,000).  What is impressive about Eminem’s second week numbers and Now 48’s debuting numbers is that both buck the ugly trend where lately the second and third bestselling albums fail to move 100,000 copies. Billboard rightfully discusses the significance of  Now 48’s sales in particular.


Even though Lady Gaga was the big thing, ARTPOP wasn’t  the only new blood to the charts. Other debuts also make their respective splash into the top 10.  The BeatlesOn Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 bows at no. 7 with 37,000 copies.  Jhene Aiko’s EP Sail Out lands at no. 8 with a respectable 34,000 copies.  Holdovers within the chart aside from Eminem included The Robersons’ Duck the Halls: A Roberson Family JakeBugg9-20130807-102Christmas (no. 4) , Katy Perry’s PRISM (no. 5), Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red (no. 6), Drake’s Nothing Was The Same (no. 9), and Lorde’s Pure Heroine (no. 10).   And just because you asked, yes “Royals” is no. 1 on the Hot 100 for the eighth consecutive week.

Who’s Got Next? Well now… Daughtry’s Baptized could certainly make some noise. Yo Gotti releases his major label debut (after being an independent artist mind you) with I Am.  Also  Jake Bugg releases his sophomore album Shangri La.  Basically, it seems like a ‘down’ week, compared to previous ones.  No disrespect of course.

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