We all knew it long before her latest movie debuted, but you cannot deny that this past decade has belonged to Lady Gaga and her star continues to blaze across the sky. Not only is she gaining rave reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz for her role as Ally opposite Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine in Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, but the film’s soundtrack is flying up the charts, giving Gaga a major music milestone.
The A Star Is Born soundtrack has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Credited to Gaga and Cooper as lead artists, this makes the album Gaga’s fifth No. 1 album of the decade. A feat that no other woman has achieved and breaking the previously held record, which she shared with Taylor Swift. Congratulations Lady Gaga!
Gaga attained the four No. 1 record back two years ago with the release of her fifth solo album, Joanne, following chart success with Born This Way (2011), Artpop (2013) and Cheek to Cheek (2014). Swift also reached the magic four No 1 albums last year with the release of her Reputation album. While this is a major feat for women artists, the men are still way out front with Drake leading with eight No. 1 albums released this decade. Justin Bieber comes in second with six, while Future, J.Cole and Kanye West, like Gaga, hold five.
The soundtrack has been almost as eagerly anticipated as the film, with Billboard reporting that the album has shifted 231,000 album-equivalent units. Taking inspiration from pop, rock, country and R&B, the collection of original songs provides the backdrop for the romance between a fading singer (Cooper) and the budding ingénue (Gaga) he takes under his wing. Like the film, the soundtrack has already been earmarked in a number of circles to nab an Oscar nom next year.
A Star is Born is in cinemas now in the US and UK and opens in Australia this week.