Happy second birthday to Lady Gaga’s album, Born This Way. Released on May 23, 2011, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with more than 1.1 million copies sold in its first week. To date, the LP has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 million copies worldwide. (Side note: There is no official body that tracks worldwide sales therefore this figure is obviously inflated.)
Born This Way spawned four top ten singles including the album’s chart-topping title track. The fifth and final single of the era, “Marry the Night,” peaked at No. 29 on the tally.
While the Born This Way era seemed a bit short-lived, it was certainly a commercial success. In support of the project, Gaga embarked on the Born This Way Ball international tour. Overall, the tour performed well but came to a screeching halt by the time it made its way to North America.
With more than twenty dates left, Gaga was forced to cancel the remaining tour dates due to sustaining a hip injury that required surgery. With the dates of the tour that were successfully completed, Gaga grossed more than $160 million.
Meanwhile, Gaga has been relatively quiet since the tour cancelation. In addition to recovering, the singer has been putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming album, Artpop, which we expect to be released later this fall.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the album’s lead single, “Born This Way”: