Lady Gaga’s album set a new digital sale record, even after Amazon’s download delay

So now the question is raised, did the online blackout botch Gaga’s chance at number one album?

What Amazon lacked in backup servers it made up for with its unbeatably deep discount and undoubtedly helped propel Lady Gaga to the top of the album charts.

Her first week out final sale figures reached an impressive 1.1 million copies, and it also set a new digital sale record!

Born This Way is the 17th album ever to sell one million copies its first week out, is the top-selling digital debut ever, moving 662,000 digital copies (Amazon accounted for a whopping 440,000 of those), and made Gaga just the fifth female artist to sell more than one million copies in its debut week—the last one was Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, released last year.

In the grand scheme of things, you’d have to go back all the way to March 2005 to find a debut that came closest to matching Gaga, when 50 Cent released The Massacre to 1.14 million copies.

For someone who never fit in, she sure has made a lot of friends.

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