Lady Gaga goes straight to No. 1 with "Born This Way"

Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:52pm EST
 
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By Gary Trust

NEW YORK (Billboard) - And you thought her entrance at the Grammy Awards was attention-getting.

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" made music history on Wednesday by going straight to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 song chart to become the 1,000th top song in the list's 52-year history.

"It is a tremendous honor," Gaga tells Billboard of the milestone. "To be the 1000th No. 1 on Billboard...I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career."

"I am so humbled and so honored and overwhelmed by the reception to 'Born This Way,'" Gaga adds. " (It) has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers...I couldn't be more blessed to have the fans that I have."

Fittingly for such a milestone, the first single and title track from Lady Gaga's third album, due May 23, arrives in record-breaking fashion.

On Radio Songs, the Hot 100's airplay component chart, "Born This Way" begins at No. 6 with a first-week audience of 78.5 million. That's the highest bow and largest opening airplay figure for a song since the tally began incorporating all radio formats in December 1998.

The arrival of "Born This Way" beat the previous debut record on Radio Songs, set when Janet Jackson's "All for You" soared in at No. 9 with 70 million in 2001.

With opening-week digital sales of 448,000, "Born This Way" likewise breaks barriers with the largest debut sum for a female artist. Britney Spears established the prior mark four weeks ago upon, the arrival of "Hold It Against Me" (411,000).   Continued...