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Lady Gaga album sales climb on news of free show

2011/06/29 17:42:26

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Sales of Lady Gaga's latest album have been boosted recently by a promotional event that saw free tickets distributed to some of the people who bought the CD, local music stores said Wednesday.

"Born This Way," released in late May, had an increase of local sales as fans scrambled to get tickets to a free show scheduled for July 3, which will be open to 4,000 people.

Sales over the past week more than doubled that of the previous week, accounting for 33 percent of overall Western music sales, according to G-music, Taiwan's biggest music store chain.

The album has already topped the store's music chart for five weeks in a row, with Lady Gaga's 2009 album "The Fame Monster" returning to the top 20 chart recently.

Sales of the new album "peaked ahead of the ticket handout" on June 26 and reached No. 1 on the chart of Taipei-based Chia Chia Records. It was back in the top position that week, said the company.

All the tickets were distributed within hours in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung on the day of their release, according to Universal Music Taiwan, which is organizing the American pop superstar's first visit to Taiwan July 1-5.

Total sales of the album in Taiwan have reached 25,000 copies, said the music company.

"The Fame Monster" sold about 60,000 copies, making it the best-selling Western music album in Taiwan.

(By Kendra Lin)