Amazon's Gamble Gives Lady Gaga 1M in Album

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Lady Gaga sold more than 1.1 million copies of her new album "Born This Way" last week with an assist from Amazon.com.

Billboard announced Tuesday that "Born This Way" has become just the 17th album to sell a million copies in its first week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. It is also the top-selling digital debut with 662,000 downloads.

The album is Lady Gaga's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and captured the highest sales week since 2005. The dance pop provocateur is just the fifth female with a million-selling album in the SoundScan era.

Sixty percent of sales were digital thanks to a push by online retailer Amazon.com. Amazon sold album downloads for 99 cents Tuesday and Thursday and sold more than 440,000 digital copies.


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