LADY GAGA TOPS BILLBOARD 200 WITH ‘JOANNE’

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Opinions may vary on Lady Gaga’s latest album JOANNE, but there’s no denying its early success.

The pop superstar’s fourth studio album arrives atop the Billboard 200 with 201,000 album equivalent units this week.

It’s her fourth consecutive start at No. 1 on the chart, following 2014’s Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett), 2013’s ARTPOP and 2011’s Born This Way.

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Moving 201,000 units, JOANNE posts the fourth-largest debut of the year, and the second-largest for a woman in 2016. Only Drake (Views, 1.04 million), Beyoncé (Lemonade, 653,000)  and Frank Ocean (Blonde, 276,000) have launched with larger opening-week totals.

Led by the rock-infused single “Perfect Illusion,” JOANNE is a departure for the singer – both sonically and lyrically – and includes a guest appearance from Florence Welch and features production from Mark Ronson, Hillary Lindsey and more.

Congratulations, Gaga!