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Lady Gaga Nabs Fourth Straight Number One LP With ‘Joanne’

Singer leads surge of debuts as seven new releases – including LPs by Korn, Michael Buble and Leonard Cohen – storm Top 10

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Lady Gaga staked her fourth consecutive Number One album as 'Joanne' debuted atop the Billboard 200, pulling in 201,000 copies in its first week.

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Lady Gaga staked her fourth consecutive Number One album as Joanne debuted atop the Billboard 200, pulling in 201,000 copies in its first week.

That number – a combination of traditional album sales and streaming equivalent albums – gave Gaga the fourth best-selling debut week of 2016, following Drake’s Views, Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Billboard reports.

With Joanne‘s Number One finish, Gaga also became the first female artist to net four Number One albums in the 2010s, following Born This Way, Artpop and her Tony Bennett duets LP Cheek to Cheek. Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have thus far lodged three chart-toppers apiece this decade.

Joanne‘s opening week sales were significantly less than the 258,000 total copies Artpop sold in its debut week in 2013. However, Gaga’s latest exceeded its early-week estimates in the 140,000-180,000 range.

Lady Gaga’s latest led a surge of debuts as seven new releases finished the week in the Top 10, giving the charts a major facelift. The arrival of seasonal albums herald some of that change, with Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas taking Number Three and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve settling at Number Nine.

At Number Two, Michael Bublé’s Nobody But Me sold 91,000 copies. Korn notched their 13th Top Ten album as new LP The Serenity of Suffering finished the week at Number Four with 57,000 total copies. Contemporary Christian artist Chris Tomlin’s Never Lose Sight debuted at Number Six.

The final new arrival in the Top 10: Leonard Cohen, whose You Want it Darker sold 25,000 copies to place tenth. It’s only the second Top 10 LP of Cohen’s Rock Hall-recognized career, following 2012’s Old Ideas.

The only three holdovers from last week’s Top 10: Drake’s unstoppable Views at Number Five, the Suicide Squad soundtrack at Number Seven and the Hamilton cast recording at Number Eight.

Next week, Gaga will attempt to keep her top spot from new releases like Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah and Meek Mill’s DC4.

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