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Almost 650k of those sales were in digital form, with 460k coming via Amazon’s precedent-shattering two-day 99 cents promotion.
LADY'S GAGANTIC!
Brad Paisley, Glee, Maybach, NKOTBSB, Foster the People Debut Top 10
After one of the most spectacular release rollouts in the history of the record business, Interscope artist Lady Gaga’s Born This Way enters the HITS Album Sales chart at #1, with a cool 1.1 million in sales.

That’s the highest total since 50 Cent moved 1.14 million of Massacre in 2005. Taylor Swift’s Speak Now sold 1.044 million in its first week last October. Counting Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter, which sold 1.005 million in June 2008, UMG has the last four million selling debuts.

Almost 650k of those sales were in digital form, with 460k coming via Amazon’s precedent-shattering two-day 99 cents promotion.

Arista Nashville’s Brad Paisley, with This Is Country Music, is the next highest debut, bowing at #2 with 154k, while Columbia’s Glee: The Music Vol. 6 (#4) and MMG/Warner Bros.Maybach Music Group Presents…(#5) are the other Top 5 debuts, sandwiching XL/Columbia’s still-potent Adele (#3), which will soar past double-platinum next week.

Other Top 10 newcomers include Columbia/Jive/Legacy’s NKOTBSB (#7) and Startime/Columbia’s Foster the People (#9), alongside holdovers Capitol/EMI’s Now 38 (#6), Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#8, +17%) and Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons (#10), closing in on 1.5 million.

That gives Steve Barnett’s Team Columbia four of the Top 10.

The rest of the new chart entries include 19 RecordingsAmerican Idol winner Scotty McCreery (#11), Nomota’s Wal-Mart exclusive Journey (#16), 19 Recordings’ Lauren Alaina (#39) and Def Jam/IDJ’s Jadakiss (#41), while RCA Nashville’s Sara Evans is a re-entry (#45).

Big Machine’s Rascal Flatts (#45-25, +54%) is the week’s biggest double-digit gainer, followed by Lady Gaga’s Fame (#33-15, +45%), Atlantic’s Zac Brown Band (#31-22, +26%), Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna (#36-32, +12%) and Universal Republic Nashville’s The Band Perry (#41-38, +10%).

Hitting retail this week are Atlantic’s Death Cab for Cutie, Monkeywrench/Universal Republic’s Eddie Vedder, ATO’s My Morning Jacket and Borstal Beat’s Flogging Molly.

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