Lady Gaga has notched up her sixth Billboard 200 number one success with the chart-topping debut of Chromatica. The set started with 274,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 4, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data – the biggest week for any album by a female artist in 2020.
Chromatica was released on 29 May via Interscope Records. The set was led by the singles ‘Stupid Love’ and ‘Rain on Me’ with Ariana Grande. The former debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, while the latter opened at No. 1 on the 6 June chart.
Chromatica was originally slated for a 10 April release, but was delayed due to COVID-19 concerns. Lady Gaga previously hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the A Star Is Born soundtrack (with Bradley Cooper, in 2018 and 2019), Joanne (2016), Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett, 2014), Artpop (2013) and Born This Way (2011).
Gaga’s new album’s start of 274,000 equivalent album units earned marks the fifth-largest week for any album in the US 2020 and the biggest for an album by a female artist. The only larger weeks posted in 2020 were from the debut frames of The Weeknd’s After Hours (444,000), BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7 (422,000), Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake (288,000) and Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (279,000).
The last larger week for an album by a female artists was racked up by Taylor Swift’s Lover, which blasted in at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2019, with 867,000 units.
Lady Gaga’s Billboard 200 success comes as she scored her fourth No. 1 in Australia as Chromatica (Interscope/Universal) debuts at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart. The artist’s sixth studio set eclipses the No. 2 best of Joanne, from Oct 2016, while her soundtrack to A Star Is Born spent eleven weeks at No. 1 down under in 2018/2019.