There were dramatic developments on this week’s Billboard charts dated April 8. Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”) held the top spot on the Hot 100, while Drake debuted the number one album (“More Life”) and charted a record 24 songs. But elsewhere on the chart Lady Gaga made history of her own. Her latest album, “Joanne,” sold another 5,000 copies this week and landed at number-44. That brought the album’s total sales to 503,000. That makes it her sixth album to sell half a million copies.
Her 2008 debut album “The Fame” is her best-selling to date with 4.7 million copies sold. Then “The Fame Monster” (2009) sold 1.6 million. She improved on that number with “Born This Way” (2011), which achieved sales of 2.4 million. Then “Artpop” (2013) sold 768,000, followed by her Tony Bennett collaboration “Cheek to Cheek” (2014) with 750,000.
Lady Gaga released the lead single from “Joanne,” titled “Perfect Illusion,” on September 9. It peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then the album dropped the following month and debuted on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. And November’s follow-up single, the romantic ballad “Million Reasons,” did markedly better than “Perfect Illusion,” peaking at number-four and going platinum.
So far 2017 has been going quite well for Lady Gaga. She was widely praised for headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, which was the most watched musical performance in TV history with 117.5 million viewers. Next she will begin her “Joanne” world tour in April, and she’ll soon begin filming a remake of the classic musical “A Star is Born” opposite Bradley Cooper. If that’s not enough she even appeared in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” this season as a guest judge.