Lady Gaga Sells 1.1 Million

Lady Gaga Sells 1.1 Million
GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga's Born This Way debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 1.1 million units sold, marking the largest sales week since 50 Cent's The Massacre topped the chart with sales of 1.14 million units in 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Gaga also becomes the fifth female artist to achieve a 1 million-plus sales week, and Born This Way is only the 17th album to sell 1 million units in a week since Nielsen SoundScan implemented its data tracking system in 1991. On the digital sales front, Born This Way earned the highest sales week for a digital album and became the eighth best-selling U.S. album of all time. The album's sales were aided by numerous promotions, most notably 99 cent promotional pricing at Amazon on May 23 and May 26 that helped move 440,000 units, according to Billboard.biz. Overall album sales for the week ending May 29 totaled 6.7 million units, up 34 percent from the comparable sales week last year. Year-to-date album sales are at 125.9 million, up less than 1 percent compared to the same period last year and the first year-on-year increase since 2006. (6/1)

YouTube Gets 3 Billion Views Per Day
According to a recent blog post from YouTube, the company is now averaging more than 3 billion views per day, up 50 percent compared to last year. The company also announced that more than 48 hours of video is uploaded to the site every minute, up 37 percent over the last six months and up 100 percent compared to last year. (6/1)

Spain Honors Leonard Cohen
GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leonard Cohen was given Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in recognition of his poetic talent and thought-provoking lyrics. The award is one of eight the Prince of Asturias Foundation hands out each year, and are presented by H.R.H. Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, in Oviedo, Spain. Past recipients include GRAMMY winners Bob Dylan and Riccardo Muti, among others. (6/1)

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