Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' sells 1.1 million
June 1st, 2011
10:51 AM ET

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' sells 1.1 million

Within a week, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” has gone platinum.

The 25-year-old’s anticipated record has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, selling 1,108,000 albums in the first week, Billboard reports.

This isn’t truly a surprise, as “Born This Way” was expected to enter at No. 1, but just a month ago the singer’s record label was expecting sales to be around 400,000. On the album's May 23 release date – the same day that Amazon was offering the album for 99 cents – that estimate was bumped up to somewhere between 650,000 and 700,000.

But by last Thursday, when Amazon was offering the album as an mp3 download again for 99 cents, it seemed that a million units sold was within Gaga's reach. According to Billboard, it's estimated that Amazon sold more than 440,000 downloads of the discounted disc.

"Born This Way's" sales performance makes Gaga the fifth woman to sell more than a million within a week, and making “Born This Way's” sales week the largest for any album since 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” sold 1,141,000 in its first week in 2005.

And believe it or not, this is also the superstar's first No. 1 album. Gaga’s “The Fame” peaked at No. 2 with "The Fame Monster" landing at No. 5.

Filed under: Celebrities • Lady Gaga • Music

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  1. Rodrick Wimett

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    November 14, 2013 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Siu Bonnin

    My future in legal guidelines!!! They create a adorable few do not they?!?!?

    October 31, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dun' Gon' and Nutted Her Up

    I want to see this girls face all twisted up in the throes of a good 0rgazm

    June 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mick

    LADY GAGA may you live forever/ great music & shows.......

    June 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LOL

    Lady Gaga, aka Stupid Music fo rStupid People. There sure are a lot of Stupid People in this world. Sad.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Apeman

    Totally agree, this is a great album, this girl has talent, got to love the Satan references, lonely biblthumpers with nothing better to do than spu hate. So Christian, lol

    June 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Hi Apeman:
      Just explain me how did you draw conclusions about my body from the comments I made. Let's assume I have a big ass. as you said....Should I then stop thinking and expressing myself? ....I think you are one of the guys following these kind of people (Lady gaga) whose message is: "if you have a nice ass, do whatever you want...not only will have people without brains following you".

      June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amanda

    I am a teen and I think she is vulgar. Many young people think that being vulgar is cool...that is why she is making money. Some of her followers say "get a life" when you say something against her....actually...followers don't have a life...they just sheep....without thinking.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Apeman

      Who's the sheep here? Why do u have post if you are not interested? Vulgar? I bet you have a fat ass, and hers you would find very vulgar wouldn't you?

      June 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the_dude

    1.1 million retards and counting. I think milli vanilli sold a bunch of albums as well.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Edger

    am I the only one that thinks she looks a lot like Marylin Manson?

    June 2, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. ken

    The album is overproduced and really isn't very good. I loved her music too even when she was plain old stephanie in nyu. She could have made it a lot better and I wish she just focused on the music. After I bought the album for 99 cents, I felt gyped. That's telling me something.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. fair and unbalanced

    To all the haters, please please get a life! Like Mom used to say, if you don't have something positive to say, keep your big mouth shut!

    June 2, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • what?

      Did you make that alias on purpose or are you really lacking in the brain? "fair" and "unbalanced" are not the same thing. Perhaps you meant to say unBIASed but of course being an incompetent sheep you really have no sense of vocabulary.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Borat

      Your mom was NICE.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Gustavo

      So If your mom sees her husband having an affair, she will not say anything.....what about Bin Laden...nobody should say anything about him....simple examples for you to understand. I am sure your mom told you that in a different context. If you like Lady gaga...good for you...You have to learn to accept that there are people thinking in a different way. She has a very nice voice but she is doing a bad use of it. I do not like her and I said why. I hope people will think about that. I have my life... that is why I do not follow her like a sheep.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Toobajan

    "Lady GaGa Rocks"

    June 2, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gustavo

    Lady Gaga is a bad influence for children and teens. I compare this singer with hamburgers: cheap, satisfy your hanger, it is everywhere and there is evidence that it is not good for health...the problem is that consequences come later. How to ask "star"s to assume responsibilities and think about their influence on future generations?...mmm.. difficult....

    June 2, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Vincent

    This article is completely ridiculous... Amazon lowered the price of the "Born this Way" single not the album. Once again CNN doesn't have all the facts.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. me

    Could it be that millions of farmville player had her shoved down their throats??? So glad she is in the past now.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. Rock

    Grats on your commercial success – please go to another baseball game so we can see a picture of your top opened up in a press release.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. Fel08

    99 cents??? Desperate much. And yet she still couldn't beat the record holder for the biggest first week sales for a female artist held by Britney. Lol

    June 2, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  18. Michelle

    Lady GaGa for the Senate!

    June 2, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  19. Nicole

    It only sold that much cause everyone would rather buy it up for 99 cents instead of $15.99 - duh! Great marketing skeem!

    June 2, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. charlie crack

    Im sure she has more than a million little monster people that love her. Not done selling yet.....

    June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  21. gunnar

    Dnt know much bout her but i do know im hot n lookin 4 hot lady any takers lol

    June 2, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  22. hopeless

    I'm a bad romantic

    June 2, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    I'm a little Monster and I love Momma Monster!!

    June 2, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  24. thi truong bat dong san

    congrat gaga..You are NO1

    June 2, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. speedy

    I love and miss u lady googoo

    June 2, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  26. humberto

    Authorities sometimes try to silence critics by accusing them of tax violations or other nonpolitical crimes. The FBI refused to comment on the case.

    June 2, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  27. roscoooo

    I just bought cuz was .99 cents one day after I forgot I got it, soooo that's the way that this album sucks sorry monters but is the most boring album I never heared 🙁

    June 2, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  28. jaime

    Congratulated's U R amazing_!

    Love you !!! Jaimito forever.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  29. Shane

    I'm always ready to support music doing well and she seems to know how to play the good for her on that. However this too shall pass as they say.The 99 cent thing is called sales padding however.In the days of hard copies it would be more impressive...Hmm progress it leads people to believe listening to music on glorified walkmen(ipods,mp3s) and tinny computer speakers is a step forward...interesting..

    June 2, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  30. lovely

    Ugh, amazon paid the difference for the albums that sold for .99. And she sold more like 800K w/o the amazon deal. So many incorrect facts in this thread.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  31. Luci

    I love being a little monster.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Donnie M.

    I loves the GaGa! It's cool that this is her first time ever selling on that level but didn't Lil Wayne also sell a million copies in a week? Give it up for that! He's been on fire for 15 years(& counting...) I'm just saying she may not be around 3 yrs from now. But I know Amy Winehouse is kicking herself in the ass now!

    June 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. kcc

    I know this is off topic but I would have never thought she was 25...maybe 30 or 35 but not 25 anyway congrats to you Ms.Gaga.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Monstre Cam

    so many haters but let me ask you guys... ARE ANY OF YOU GUYS #1 ON FORBES GROSSING OVER 90M ? NOPE. so sit down. 'cause she's doing everything you are not. & if that is what the devil is. accomplishing goals, being talented, devoted, a leader, smart, and had ACTUAL LOVE for her fans... then the Devil is a beautiful woman inside and out.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonny


      June 2, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • clizzy

      U need to re read your comment and realize how ignorant it sounds

      June 2, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • [lol]

      Monstre Cam, if you are the future of America... all hope will be lost. I second the other comment saying you're quite ignorant. If making millions of dollars and having your records sell all over means you've had a successful life, that must mean you, sitting on the computer typing a comment like someone who doesn't know better, must be an utter failure because not only are you not on a cover of a magazine but you are also not rich and have no records to show for it... see how flawed your logic is of real "success?"

      June 2, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. george

    Over time she will fade like all the rest of the trendy poppy garbage shuved dwon our throats – we need another nirvana something with balls

    June 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Didn't you hear the comments before? She has balls. If she was about trends she wouldn't stand out so much. Shows how much you know about music.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  36. david

    U mean he sold? Gaga is a man.

    June 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  37. right never

    people need to realize that kesha is real music!

    June 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  38. for HIM

    Devil in disguised..

    June 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      First off, learn English. Second, she is a believer in Jesus and God. Learn your facts before you speak.

      June 2, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |

    She is the new image of music She is Doing Millions. You Go GaGa Blessings.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Lil Dime Piece (Baby Monster)-Cinderella

    By the way follow me if your true fan of Mother Monster & Michael Jackson My Twitter Is for Me And them along with Little monsters & Aliens @LILDIMEPIECEME FOLLOW ME

    June 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tim

    Tired of hearing this. As a non lady gaga fan I would have bought the album for 99 cents. Anyone could have sold that many with that kind of "bribe" by amazon. It's not that special. It's annoying.

    June 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitnar

      Not everyone. I would have bought it even if it were 9.99 or 14.99. I just got lucky getting it for .99. And I wouldn't buy something I had no interest in even if it was only .99. Why would I want to clutter my iTunes with crap? It's my own personal radio station, after all.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Lil Dime Piece (Baby Monster)-Cinderella

    I love Mother Monster Born This Way Deserves To Be On Top Just Like Me & Little Monsters Go Ga Ga Always (Aliens Loves: Tooo)

    June 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  43. nujerz

    Not a fan....and not that impressed..Eminem did it twice (sold more too) first time over a decade ago and still sells alot today (had the highest selling album last year)...if she can do it 10 years from now then I be impressed..

    June 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  44. hadabadday

    she could never fill one of Eltons shoes not even with both feet...she does have an out there did Elton but he always had the talent to back up his off style

    June 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Fursnake

    Selling a million albums in a week isn't really that hard if you are already a well known trend. And not really all that impresssive in the current 'dime-a-dozen mega star' pop culture. She's basically a female version of Elton John, but with more mundane mind-numbing music.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Believer

    I don't listen to her music as I'm an old troll who prefers James Taylor. But however she achieved this, good for her!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Art Vandolaye

    I've seen this all before. See Madonna circa 1984. -Art

    June 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Believer

    I don't enjoy her music; I'm way too old for it. But I congratulate her on this great achievement no matter how she did it!

    June 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  49. adam hart

    haters. You do nothing but complain about other people mostly because all you haters money combined for all your lifetime won't even come close to hers so stop being so negative (and making me type so much). PS:your an idiot if u think lady gagas a man.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      no complaint here

      pretty obvious she's a blatant ripoff of madonna with a gay bar twist

      June 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. zack

    Not obsessed with the cd. But love what she stands for. So this makes me happy.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  51. the Reality is

    1 Million Records! HELL YEAH!

    For all you Gaga Haters... she sure made a hell of a lot of money even if she sold her album for $.99. MUCH more than you will ever make in 1 week!

    June 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. andy

    i am definitely not impressed in the computer age..

    blue oyster cult's "some enchanted evenng" live album from 1979 sold over 1 million copies in a month

    there was no amazon,no internet,no cell phones,and no itunes

    June 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitnar

      Yeah, nothing to do, really, except head down to the record store and buy an album. I remember; I was there. Today, however, people are more likely to either download illegally or just buy single songs. The interest in this release is still impressive.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  53. realityhurts

    Uh how about we tally up the total dollar amount? It's not hard to hit a million if half of your sales was due to the bottom of the barrel prices.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tom

    How hard is it to sell a million copies when half of your sales come from a .99 cent sale. It's called padding the sales stats to make it look more impressive than it really is.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexx

      I agree

      June 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • x

      Agreed. It's literally a cheap way of trying to break a "record" of 1 million in one week. Totally calculated, just like every little thing that Gaga does these days. It's more about the image/gimmick than the music.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. x

    No shocker at all, esp. since she sold it for $0.99 an album. She's a smart business woman. Wasn't a fan of the album, it was pretty much a step backwards from Fame/Fame Monster, but more credit to her for being successful still.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Keith

    It probably would have only done the original projected 400k had it not been for that .99 cent Amazon sale – a quick shout out to Mariah Carey for starting that trend. To be honest that was the only reason I bought it. I've listened to it twice and now keep forgetting I have it until reminders like this article.

    June 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah

      It was definitely the Amazon sell that did it. If it weren't for that, like you said, it would have only sold 400K. The quality of the album was terrible, too bombastic, self-serving, and over the top, and this is coming from somebody who LOVED Fame/Fame Monster.

      June 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. steve von

    GooGoo for gaga! This boy is a monster for life!!! Respect your youth girl!! Enjoy the fame!! God bless you!!!

    June 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Sunshine Girl *

    Well she must be doing something right to sell that many albums. Alot of people love this girl. Gotta say she is a very smart business woman.

    June 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  59. murpis

    Gaga is nothing but an illuminati puppet. She sold her soul to become famous.

    June 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I am illuminati and we are looking in your window right now. Don't forget to take your meds.

      June 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CandyKiss

      David's right. Keep taking your meds..close the curtains, board up the windows and doors because they're coming for you 😉

      June 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • godsagirl

      illuminati??? do u even know what that is? she has "sold" her soul to music because music is her soul. she (and NO she's not a man) is religiously driven to make music, and thank god she is. had her talent never been exposed the world would have suffered greatly from the loss.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • murpis

      Trust me. I am taking my meds. I don't have my home boarded up though. I live in a hole in the ground where no one can find me. I'm scared. I'm just so scared. Naw, I really just live my life to the fullest. No worries. I haven't done anything for them to want to come at me for. There's just some things about the entertainment business that most people don't know about. I had the opportunity to become famous but I rejected. I didn't want to be anyone's puppet. They were okay with that. I said no, they moved on to someone else.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • The Mad R@p3r

      She's actually a puppet for the zionists. That's what's up with all the weird christian imagery.

      June 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  60. cheefsfury


    June 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ugh

      Thank you Cheefsfury, you provided an insightful post. However, if your fax failed try your car phone or beeper.

      June 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  61. The Mad R@p3r

    Shes gonna wind up like Hammer if she doesn't watch the spending, "We're meltin' gold little monsters!"

    June 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin in Florida

      Don't worry about Gaga and money-reportedly, the money she makes is split-she gets half, and dad controls the other half for her. And he knows how to handle money-he is a self-made millionaire.

      June 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  62. jazmin

    omg thats Lady Gaga??? :O wow dosent look like her>:O

    June 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. luke

    I'm not influenced by lady gaga in any way, check out my original music

    June 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Voice

    This guy should sell that much. Check him out.

    June 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • AutoTune Sucks

      I hope music is not how you pay your bills. That song is aweful. Not even AutoTune can save your voice.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Come On

    youd think it would sell at bargain bin prices

    June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  66. no

    If by "monster" you guys mean "sheep" you are correct.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Cait-Monster

    OM-GAGA!! How much more badass could she get?! BTW baby! 🙂

    June 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Stephen

    I am one of the little monster's that helped this go platinum. Congrats Gaga.

    June 1, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Me too! I admit, I was unsure if I would enjoy it as much as "The Fame" and "The Fame Monster", but I absolutely LOVE it! Every time I listen to it, I love it more and more! Forget all the haters... Gaga's here to stay! Paws up!!

      June 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed sr

      I love GaGa's money....................other than that both she and Snooki are really BEASTS!

      June 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • onceteambeynowteamgaga!!

      i totally agree hun!!! this album is a BEAST!!!! LOVE IT and so does my 17 month old son and 5 month old daughter!!! idk though, shes got waay to many good singles to choose from on here. as much as i want her to release bloody mary, the numbskulls and persecuting pseudo-christians would keel over without no further interpretation of the song and will brand it as blasphemous and evidence of the coming rapture...losers... but this album is beyond amazing, i got it with no expectations cuz i loved btw and judas but to have all of these songs that, imo, are FAR BETTER than her lead singles, its just more than a lil monster could want. my message to gaga: ride, ride pony ride ride!!! all the way into the history books with this spectacular collection of auditory art.

      June 2, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      Never seen so many lambs led by such BEAST...

      June 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |

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