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It has now been almost a full year since Lady Gaga released her most recent album, Chromatica, which she has largely stopped promoting, at least via traditional channels. The set, which will turn one next month, is still performing well, but it’s two other previous Gaga titles that have her ruling over one Billboard list like a true queen of the dance floor.
On the latest edition of the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, Billboard’s weekly ranking of the biggest full-lengths that could be classified as either of those genres (or both), Gaga doesn’t just sit at №1 for another frame, she controls the highest three spaces…and the order in which they rank is a bit surprising.
Leading the way yet again on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart is The Fame, the title that started it all for the singer. Originally released in 2008, the full-length turned her into a household name nearly overnight, and there has been no going back ever since. The set produced the global hits “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Paparazzi” and “LoveGame,” and it routinely commands the list of the biggest and bestselling electronic albums every week.
The Fame has now occupied the №1 spot on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart for an incredible 127 weeks. It has now been present on the ranking for 370 turns, so it leads quite frequently.
Steady in second place for another spin is Chromatica, which regularly comes in right behind The Fame, even though it is far, far newer. That title debuted atop the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart last spring and held there for a while, but eventually it stepped down to allow one of its predecessors to run the show.
Back on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at №3 is Gaga’s ARTPOP, which returns to the ranking thanks to a boom in sales. The project, which also once sat in the driver’s seat, was released in 2013 and, while less successful than the singer’s previous efforts, was still a healthy win for her. Fans began talking about the oft-overlooked LP on social media earlier this month, and the title quickly became a trending topic. That spurred thousands to buy a copy (it reappears at №21 on the all-genre Top Album Sales chart thanks to just over 4,000 purchases, according to information provided by MRC Data) and millions to press play on streaming platforms.
In addition to owning the top three spaces on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart this week, Gaga’s Born This Way is also present on the 25-rung tally, dipping two spaces to №14.
Gaga owns the most real estate on this week’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums ranking, but she doesn’t lead by much. Her four currently-charting titles beats the trio of records that both The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris claim, and it’s ARTPOP’s resurgence that the Grammy and Oscar winner has to thank for her success this frame.