Lady Gaga becomes the first artist in the 17-year history of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart to notch four No. 1s from a debut album, as “Paparazzi” rises 3-1.
The singer – recently honored as Billboard’s Rising Star – previously led Pop Songs with “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “LoveGame” from her debut release, “The Fame.” The set has sold 1.56 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, The album will be re-released in expanded form as “The Fame Monster” Nov. 23.
Since the Pop Songs chart debuted in October 1992, two artists prior to Lady Gaga had plated three No. 1s from their first albums: Ace of Base and Avril Lavigne. (Alanis Morissette also enjoyed a trio of leaders from her first U.S. album, “Jagged Little Pill”).
KMVQ (Movin’ 99.7)/San Francisco played “Paparazzi” the most times – 131 – of all Pop Songs reporters in the current chart’s tracking week (Oct. 26-Nov. 1), according to Nielsen BDS. “Lady Gaga has come on to our station like a tornado,” says Movin’ Program Director Michael Martin. “When you make hit records, the audience responds, and we would be foolish not to give them what they want.”
Check tomorrow’s edition of Chart Beat for more details on Lady Gaga’s history-making week.