Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” is Killing the Album Charts

Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album “Chromatica” was originally scheduled for release on April 10, but the date was made back to May 29 due to climbing cases of coronavirus pandemic all around the world. 

On numbers, Chromatica sold 205,000 copies (including merchandise/album bundles and album/concert ticket packages), for the total contributions to the first-week total, while streaming units totaled 65,000 (around 87.16 million on-demand streams of album’s tracks, the largest for a pop album in 2020) and track sales adding a further 4,000 units to the grand total for the week ending June 4. A record-breaking indeed!

Gaga’s latest project is star-packed such as Blackpink Ariana Grande, and Elton John. Moreover, her other songs on Chromatica — made with producers and songwriters including BloodPop, Burns, Justin Tranter, Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, and more — include the Blackpink-assisted “Sour Candy,” women empowerment anthem “Free Woman,” three orchestral interludes made in collaboration with White Sea, and “Sine From Above,” an Axwell-produced duet with the music icon, Elton John.

The pop divas collaborative project, “Rain on Me” — which will give us to dance away the beat of past trauma — has climbed  at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and to wit, Gaga’s fifth and Grande’s fourth song to reach the chart’s top position. 

The rising pop princess, Ariana Grande has also set a record for herself as the only person to have four songs debut at No. 1 on the domestic chart, just weeks after her Justin Bieber duet “Stuck With U” debuted atop the publication’s weekly song ranking, while Gaga, the mother monster, has now earned her No. 1 singles in three different decades (the ’00s, the ’10s, and the ’20s) — including two that have debuted at No. 1.

During the first week release of “Rain on Me” which rapidly rose to the No. 1 position after tallying 31.4 million streams, commanding an audience of 11.1 million on radio, and moving 72,000 paid digital downloads. Following her first single from the Chromatica “Stupid Love,” which was released on Friday and is tracking to top the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.

Previously, Gaga reached the No. 1 spot with “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” — both from her 2008 debut album The Fame — as well as “Born This Way,” the lead single from her 2011 titular album It took nearly eight years for Gaga to achieve her next chart-topping single, when “Shallow” was released, the drought was broken.

And according to the music platforms, Chromatica’s debut is the biggest of the year for a female artist, and the fifth biggest of 2020 across all releases. Case on point, it is the biggest female album debut of 2020 so far and little monsters were getting wild. Mother Monster has earned he her sixth consecutive No. 1 album with her latest studio set Chromatica, as the house-inspired LP moved 274,000 units for a first-place finish on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her second single with Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” also peaks number 1 at Billboard 100. 

Sing rain on me and massive first-week sales numbers are pouring on Lady Gaga this 2020. In scoring six No. 1 albums in nine years (2011’s Born This Way, 2013’s Artpop, 2014’s Cheek to Cheek, 2016’s Joanne, 2018’s A Star Is Born, and Chromatica), Gaga has also broken the record for the fastest accumulation of six albums to reach the Billboard summit. The 34-year-old’s total makes her one of only eight women to have achieved six No. 1 albums throughout their career, with the others being Beyoncé (six), Mariah Carey (six), Britney Spears (six), Taylor Swift (six), Janet Jackson (seven), Madonna (nine), and Barbra Streisand (11).

Thomas Miller
Thomas is an entrepreneur, business graduate and freelancer. His field of expertise includes digital business, strategic decision making and marketing.


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