Lady Gaga's Artpop album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling around 258,000. This was seen as negative departure from her last album, Born This Way, which sold 1,108,000 copies in the first week in the US. However, the album became the third highest debut of 2013 for a female artist, behind Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
Artpop was released in the fourth quarter, where most high-profile albums are released, and has been clouded by many big returns like Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2. Born was released in the much quieter second quarter, in May. The other big asterisk is that Born was used by Amazon.com to launch its Cloud Player, which was set to rival iTunes. To lure younger, digital-buyers, Amazon sold the album for $.99 for the first days of its release.
Despite not breaking records or clocking a number-one single with "Applause" or "Do What U Want", Gaga will release a duet album come January with Tony Bennett, on the heals of their successful Grammy-nominated "The Lady is A Tramp". The album's name is Cheek to Cheek and will probably keep momentum for Artpop. If not, she has been added as one of the performers for the Grammy Awards telecast later in the month (January 26th).
On top of that, tickets for a few dates of the artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball go on sale today. So far, the dates have only been confirmed for North America. It starts in Fort Lauderdale on May 4th, and ends on July 21st in Los Angeles.
The show will stop by Verizon Center in Washington DC on May 15th.
Are you planning on attending if it stops by your city?
Cher will stop by DC come April. More information here.