Lady Gaga isn't going anywhere.
The pop superstar just went no. 1 for the fourth consecutive time with her latest album, Joanne. Gaga reportedly sold 201,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, according to a new Billboard report.
She debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200, making this her fourth album in a row to do so, after Born This Way in 2011, ARTPOP in 2013 and Cheek to Cheek, her duet album with Tony Bennett, in 2014. It is the second highest debut by a female artist this year, with Beyonce selling 653,000 equivalent album units for Lemonade.
This also makes Gaga the only female artist to have four no. 1 albums in the 2010s. This honor was not lost on her, tweeting the news shortly after Billboard's article was released.
Gaga's album sales on Joanne are even more impressive considering the fact that her first single from the record, "Perfect Illusion", didn't exactly tear up the charts. While it debuted at no. 1 on iTunes shortly after it was released, it quickly began to freewill, peaking at no. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and plummeting in the weeks that followed.
On the other hand, Gaga's promotional strategy since the release of Joanne seems to have worked out, having performed on Saturday Night Live and receiving rave reviews for her "Carpool Karaoke" segment that aired Tuesday night. The segment concluded with Gaga singing another Joanne track, "Million Reasons", which subsequently climbed to no. 1 on the iTunes charts by Thursday.
Meanwhile, critic reviews have been all over the map on Joanne, with 11 positive reviews and 11 mixed reviews on Metacritic. Some have praised Gaga's transition into a more analog, straightforward era, ditching the avant garde costumes and aggressive EDM beats, while others believe she didn't quite stick the landing.
Regardless, those who have argued that Gaga might be "over" or a "flop" may have to take a second look based on her well-regarded viral videos and strong album sales overall.