Katy & Gaga. The most anticipated music releases of the year. Both camps are following the chart race closely as a #1 album creates good press.
Katy’s track is cracking along toward 450,000 downloads by the end of the week, while Gaga’s is estimated to sell between 200,000 to 250,000, according to Billboard.
Though 200,000-plus is still impressive for first-week downloads, that figure pales in comparison to Gaga’s 2011 single ‘Born This Way,’ which notched a staggering 448,000 downloads after only three days on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Gaga and Katy weren’t even planning on debuting their singles in the same week, but that changed when Gaga suffered an unexpected problem.
The singer slated Applause for an Aug. 19 release but changed it to Aug. 13 because of leaks on Saturday, according to The Week.
Roar also leaked on Saturday, though that didn’t shift Katy’s Aug. 12 release.(Daily Mail)