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Lady Gaga album hits number one despite weaker sales

Lady Gaga entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number one Wednesday with her new release "Artpop," though it sold less than its predecessor. The recording industry trade journal said fans bought 258,000 copies of "Artpop" in its first week, compared to "Born This Way" in 2011 which moved 1.1 million copies in the same time frame. Fifty-seven percent of those sales were digital downloads, said Billboard, which bases on its charts on Nielsen SoundScan data.

Lady Gaga launches 'Artpop' at VIP New York party

Multi-platinum selling diva Lady Gaga electrified several thousand handpicked groupies with a live performance at the Brooklyn docks, kicking off the global release Monday of her third album. Strutting and writhing across the stage dressed in a white leotard and white whig, Gaga late Sunday performed tracks from her new album "Artpop," launched in collaboration with US artist Jeff Koons.

Lady Gaga's latest frock has her airborne as 'ARTPOP' launches

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - On the eve of her fourth studio album's release, pop diva Lady Gaga lived up to her reputation for doing things on a grand scale on Sunday as she donned what she called the world's first flying dress. Gaga, known as much for her off-the-wall performances and outrageous costumes as for her music, was strapped into a contraption mounted on a flat disk and fronted by a molded body suit. It hoisted her aloft before a horde of media and industry types.

Lady Gaga fights to keep 'Queen of Pop' crown

Multi-platinum selling diva Lady Gaga is fighting to keep her 'Queen of Pop' crown with a hotly-anticipated third album, but early reception in the US and Britain has been lukewarm. "Artpop" signals a return to the limelight for Stefani Germanotta -- known as Lady Gaga on stage and in video -- after she was forced to tone down her usually ubiquitous media presence to undergo hip surgery.

Popstar Gomez cancels Russia shows over 'anti-gay' visa woes

US teen idol Selena Gomez has cancelled two shows in Russia because she failed to obtain a visa under new rules introduced after stars such as Madonna used concerts to promote gay rights. Gomez has cancelled concerts planned in St. Petersburg and Moscow for Monday and Wednesday because delays meant she would not receive her visa in time, organisers said.

Lady Gaga speeds up release of new single "Applause"

Washington, Aug 13 (EFE).- Songstress Lady Gaga is hurrying the official release of "Applause," the first single from her new album "ARTPOP," to a week before scheduled due to piracy leaks making it already available on the Internet. "Due to hackers an abundance of low/high quality leaks...we issue this pop music emergency...monsters spread the word," Lady Gaga said on her Twitter account. The release of "Applause," the first song on her new disc "ARTPOP," was originally scheduled for Aug. 19.

Lady Gaga: there were 'giant craters' in my injured hip

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lady Gaga had a "huge breakage" and "giant craters" in her right hip that forced the pop singer to cancel about two dozen concerts this year and undergo surgery. Her tour promoter, Live Nation, said in February that the "Born This Way" singer was treated for a labral tear in her right hip. "My injury was actually a lot worse than just a labral tear," Lady Gaga told Women's Wear Daily magazine this week. "I had a broken hip."

Ill health forces Lady Gaga to postpone 4 concerts

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (EFE).- Lady Gaga has been forced to postpone four concerts in her Born This Way Ball tour because of acute joint pain arising from an injury, the singer said on her Web site. The 26-year-old artist is suffering from synovitis, an inflammation of the joints. "I am completely devastated and heartsick. I've been hiding this injury and pain from my staff for a month, praying it would heal, but after last night's performance I could not walk," Lady Gaga said in a statement.

Lady Gaga has hip surgery, calls injury 'bump in the road'

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Lady Gaga said she has undergone surgery to repair an injured hip that forced the pop singer last week to cancel the remainder of her concert tour. The "Born This Way" singer thanked fans in a blog post on her littlemonsters.com fan website on Thursday, saying the setback was "just a bump in the road."

Lady Gaga needs hip surgery, cancels remainder of tour

LOS ANGELES, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Lady Gaga canceled the remainder of her "Born This Way Ball" concert tour to undergo hip surgery, promoters Live Nation said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old singer announced she was suffering from an inflammation of the joints on Tuesday, but the tour operator said Gaga's injuries were more serious than she realized. "After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip," Live Nation said in a statement.
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