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”:

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12 Responses

  1. Alan

    The album has sold 5.5 million worldwide, just check the world chart, and, shall I remind people, it sold at 99 cents on week one, grossing as much as an album selling less than 70,000 copies; it was a financial disaster for her company, as it sold at a loss.

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  2. Lightning

    Oh God, pressed Madonna fans everywhere… D:

    Anyway, Happy Birthday to Born This Way! It is truly one of the most amazing pop albums in recent years :)

    Hope Gaga will bring another great record with ARTPOP ;)

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    • Derrick

      Lady Gaga is and always will be that bitch in the music industry. Even the proclaimed, “Queen of Pop” Oldonna fears the greatness that is Gaga. she is everything and more. respect that, bow down bitches and ready your sleves for ARTPOP !!!!! btw #HAPPYBIRTHDAYBORNTHISWAY, truely one of the best albums of our time <3

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  3. Ian

    Born This way is NO WHERE near 10 million.Mediabase put it at bout 6 million WW and they track most countries.Max it sold bout 7 million….but 10 million…sorry that is just reaching and insulting to albums that have done +10 million copies.

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    • Malachi

      To be frank, I personally don’t really care if it sold 1 copy or 10 million. I’m not changing what I wrote because many sources said the same thing. If the number is inflated, oh well.

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  4. eleven

    To Madonna fans,

    BTW is the SECOND BESTSELLING ALBUM OF 2011 even if you completely remove the 440k album sales of $0.99

    Just enjoy the tour success (because only ancients like Madonna and Pink Floyd can accomplish those).

    Speaking of facts, ARTPOP won’t recycle 80′s and 90′s music like BTW did.

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    • Hey hey hey

      Actually, according to IFPI ( Little Monster’s favorite source) ”Born This Way” was the third most successful album behind ’21′ and ‘Christmas’.

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