Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" bounds 2-1 to become her seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart, tying her with Pink and Rihanna for most leaders on the 18-year-old Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay ranking.
Not a bad present for the singer born Stefani Germanotta, who celebrates her 25th birthday today (March 28).
Lady Gaga became the first artist to send her first six singles to the Mainstream Top 40 summit when "Just Dance," featuring Colby O'Donis, "Poker Face," "LoveGame," "Paparazzi" (2009), "Bad Romance" and "Telephone," featuring Beyonce (2010), reigned successively. (Her seventh single, and last release prior to "Born," "Alejandro," peaked at No. 4).
"Born" is the title cut and first single from Lady Gaga's third studio album, due May 23. The song has spent its first six chart weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
Just two weeks ago, Pink scored her seventh Mainstream Top 40 No. 1 with the coronation of "F**kin' Perfect," the song that "Born" supplants at the summit. Pink first led the list with "Lady Marmalade," with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya, in 2001.
Rihanna first topped Mainstream Top 40 with "SOS" in 2006 and last led with "Only Girl (In the World)" for three weeks in December. She could soon claim a solo share of most No. 1s in the neck-and-neck race with Lady Gaga and P!nk, as her "S&M" shoots 6-4 with Greatest Gainer honors (8,762 plays, up 18%).
Reaching the Mainstream Top 40 pinnacle in its seventh week, "Born" marks Lady Gaga's fastest trip to the top. She previously climbed to No. 1 in as little as 10 weeks with "Paparazzi."
"Born" concurrently climbs to the top spot on Billboard's Dance Airplay survey (3-1), marking her third No. 1 on the chart, following "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance." With 15 weeks in charge, "Poker Face" represents the longest command in the Dance Airplay ranking's seven-and-a-half-year history.
"Born" additionally ascends 4-2 on Dance Club Songs and 8-7 on Adult Top 40.
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