Lady Gaga has not only scored her fourth #1 album with ‘Joanne,’ she’s defied the odds and flown past the forecasts.
The final Billboard numbers are in for the superstar’s 5th album and they await after the jump…
Per Nielsen Soundscan, ‘Joanne’ achieved a Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) figure of 201,000 to open atop of this week’s Billboard 200.
The set, which was initially projected to premiere with SPS in the ballpark of 180k, now becomes the year’s 4th highest debut (and second highest for a female).
Its number is bested only by Drake’s ‘Views’ (1.04 million), Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ (653k), and Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ (276k).
In traditional sales, ‘Joanne’ shifted 170k copies first week.
Gaga now becomes the first woman to earn four #4 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 2010s. In doing so, she surpasses Beyonce and Taylor Swift, each with three during the decade. [Source]