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This article titled “Lady Gaga’s Born This Way sells 1m copies in the US” was written by Michael Cragg, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 1st June 2011 11.38 UTC

Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way has sold more than 1m copies during its first week of release in the US.

The album’s opening haul of 1,108,000 copies is the best opening week performance since 50 Cent’s The Massacre sold 1,141,000 in 2005. It makes Gaga only the fifth female artist to record a 1m-plus sales week.

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