The Farr Side: Music backs up Lady Gaga's sales
Lady Gaga might be singing about being on the edge of glory, but she’s on the verge of greatness.
Her newest album, “Born This Way,” commanded the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 200 Albums chart with sales of 1.1 million units sold.
It had the biggest first week sales since 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” in 2005. She was just 40,000 CDs short of beating him.
The new album has been heavily promoted since she hatched the title track during the Grammy telecast. “Born This Way” immediately headed for No. 1 on the Hot 100, staying there for six weeks.
AmazonMP3 opted to sell Gaga’s new album for 99 cents on May 23 and then again on May 26, moving another 440,000 copies. (Those numbers are not included in the overall sales figures).
SoundScan released digital retailer album sales of 662,000 units sold, giving Gaga the biggest sales debut for a digital album to date.
All this talk about sales is fine if you’re Gaga, but is the album worth all the hype? Yes! “Born This Way” is another masterpiece from music’s current reigning Madonna wannabe. But I don’t think she wants to be Madonna anymore.
The title track is worthy of all the accolades, mainly because the song rocks. The lyrics are poignant and powerful and a true testament of her rise to “The Fame” (her debut).
I don’t think anybody was quite prepared for what Gaga was going to achieve when she danced onto the scene. “Born This Way” sums up her inner desire to be herself, or yourself, if you’re one of the little monsters she seems to attract most (Little Monsters is a term Gaga uses to define her fans). It’s more of an anthem-type song, but the beat gets the best of you.
“Judas” was the single to follow “Born This Way,” but it seemed to go by the wayside quickly compared to other Gaga songs. It’s not that it isn’t any good — it’s more that she’s put the bar so high with songs like “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” and “Born This Way” that the expectations are far greater, I believe.
The album is a full-on dance/techno rock album with a fair amount of tracks to get your Gaga fix. The deluxe version contains 17 tracks plus a second disc of remixes including a countrified version of “Born This Way.”
Some danceable standouts include “Americano,” “Scheibe” and “Hair,” a song that depicts another reason she was born to be different. It’s worth a listen.
For me, the best tracks are “The Edge Of Glory” and the concert-pleaser “You & I.” Both accentuate her rock ‘n’ roll side while moving forward as an artist.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.