Home Music Surprise! Lady Gaga NOT Number 1 in Singles Downloads

After all the hoopla of amazon selling Lady Gaga’s new album for 99 cents this week, you’d think she’d be number one on the downloads charts. Well, she is, with her new album. But so far, on amazon and ITunes, no single track from the new “Born this Way” CD has emerged as a hit. While the album is number 1 on both system’s charts, Adele still holds down the number 1 singles position with “Rolling in the Deep.” Lady Gaga does have individual tracks charting on ITunes, but the highest one is “You and I,” at number 5. “Judas” and “The Edge of Glory,” which preceded the album’s release as “singles” (such as they are these days), are languishing at numbers 17 and 35.  There’s no doubt that the “Born this Way” album will be a huge number 1 when sales are counted on Tuesday after Memorial Day. But it’s a little weird that nothing else is happening. Despite the hype, it doesn’t look like Lady Gaga’s going to pull off the Beatles’ old record of having the whole top 5.

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5 replies to this post
  1. Hate to disagree with you, Hugh, but you obviously don’t listen to conglomerate-run top 40 radio these days – our local station in Boston has FOUR different Gaga tracks in their current playlist from the new album, plus five others in regular “gold” rotation, plus three by Britney. There’s a Gaga song on the station every 20 minutes or so. Don’t kid yourself – when the stars are “big” like Gaga, they ARE the “crowded marketplace” that leave great acts that should get airtime out in the cold.

  2. Christopher, Gaga is much more talented than the other names you mentioned. She is the only pop star that writes all her own music and lyrics, and plays piano onstage.

  3. “Rolling In the Deep” is an amazing song by a talented artist that doesn’t need or use gimmicks to sell her music. Brava Adele!

  4. I believe Born this Way and Judas will have higher totals than 17 and 35, because at the start of the week, two versions of each were charting (the single version and the album version).

    I think it is not practical to have all of the top 5 nowadays because of iTunes. Who is going to buy 5 songs when they can buy the whole album for $12 digitally.
    Also, artists don’t have 5 singles out at a time. Radio rarely plays 2 songs by the same artist due to the crowded market place..

  5. Oh, this won’t do. Lady GaGa just won’t stand for it. She wants her crap all at #1. I guess it looks like she’ll be selling her singles now for a penny a piece. Can someone say – OVER SATURATION. Go away already. So sick of hearing about her. If she put out good music, then I would understand all the hype. I guess sex does sell.

    Lady GaGa and Justin Bieber = J Lo and Ben Affleck.

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