“Chromatica” officially debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart
International pop icon Lady Gaga notches her sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping debut of Chromatica. According to Billboard, the said album sold 274,000 units in its first week of sales, 205,000 of them were pure copies.
Gaga set the record for being the fastest female artist to earn six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in history and the first to do so in under a decade.
The album also debuts with the biggest sales week for an album by a female artist on the chart this year. In fact, it was her sixth number-one album, after “Born This Way” (2011), “Artpop” (2013), “Cheek to Cheek” with Tony Bennett (2014), “Joanne” (2016), and “A Star Is Born” (2018).
Lady Gaga also ties Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift for having the fourth most number-one albums by a female artist, all with six each. Barbra Streisand leads with 11 albums, then Madonna with 9, and Janet Jackson with 7.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 13-dated chart (where Chromatica starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 9.