Lady Gaga lands her 23rd career Hot 100 entry.
Early estimates predicted Mother Monster’s new single would sell 95k-100k units opening week, and final numbers from Billboard confirm so: “Perfect Illusion” sold 100,000 downloads and debuts at No. 2 on the Digital Songs chart. Nielsen Music reports it launched to No. 25 on the Streaming Songs chart with 8.3 million streams, helping the song debut at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Billboard puts things into perspective:
The lead singles from Gaga’s previous two solo pop albums both logged higher entrances than “Illusion” on the Hot 100. “Applause,” from ARTPOP, started at No. 6 in 2013, before peaking at No. 4, and “Born This Way,” the title cut from her 2011 album, opened at No. 1, where it spent its first six weeks, marking the longest reign of her three leaders (as well as the 1,000th Hot 100 No. 1 all-time). “Applause” began with 218,000 downloads sold and “Born,” 448,000 (the latter sum representing the seventh-best digital sales week for a song to that point, and the third-biggest debut).
On Saturday (September 17), Gaga revealed it was her label who chose “Perfect Illusion” as the lead single off Joanne, and that the Mark Ronson-produced song doesn’t reflect the sound of the rest of the album.
“I actually didn’t choose it. I write the music and make the music and sing music, but I didn’t choose the single,” she said. “The single was chose by, you know, the record label and a lot of people that work with me. We all decided as a team and together that we liked it as the first song.”
She added: “I love the statement. I love what it’s talking about. It feels to me like a message that is timeless, but also, you know, really modern [with] how we experience love nowadays. It’s so hard to know if people are real or not.”
Her Ruth Hogben-directed video for the track debuts on Tuesday (September 20) during the season two premiere of “Scream Queens” on FOX at 9 p.m. EST.