Lady Gaga scores another million-selling single!

Bad Romance becomes one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all time


Congratulations to Lady Gaga who today (Friday, August 16) claims the second million-selling single of her career in the UK.

The US star is currently battling it out with Ellie Goulding in the race to this week’s Official Number 1 single with her comeback track Applause, but regardless of what happens on Sunday’s final chart, the champagne corks will be popping in the Haus Of Gaga this weekend, as sales of her 2009 hit Bad Romance have crossed over the million copies sales barrier in the last 24 hours.

Walk, walk, fashion baby…

Clad in a pair of Alexander McQueen’s death-defying ‘lobster claw’ über heels, Gaga strutted all the way to the top of the Official Singles Chart with Bad Romance in December 2009, before being bizarrely knocked off a week later by Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name - the result of perhaps the greatest Christmas Number 1 races of all time! However, two weeks later Gaga pawed her way back to pop’s throne, reclaiming the top spot once again, and the first Number 1 of 2010.

Bad Romance now joins Gaga’s previous million seller, Poker Face, as one of the UK’s biggest selling singles of all-time. Taken from The Fame MonsterBad Romance is now one of only 138 tracks to sell over a million copies in British history, and the twelfth single to reach this milestone this year. It follows Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines FT TI and Pharrell Williams which crossed over the million mark last month.

Sir Elton John’s double A-side, Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind '97, remains the UK’s biggest selling single of all-time. It has clocked up nearly 5 million sales since its release sixteen years ago this month.

Sweet Sixteenth..

Lady Gaga is only the sixteenth artist ever to achieve more than one million selling single in the UK.

Sir Paul McCartney has nine to his name, spread across his work with The Beatles (six), Band Aid (two) and Wings (one). While Rihanna has appeared on three (2010’s Only Girl (In The World) and Love The Way You Lie with Eminem, and 2011’s We Found Love with Calvin Harris), as has Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax and Two Tribes, and the original Band Aid single).

You can see the full list of all 138 million selling singles at


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August 16, 2013 10:02am ET by Official Charts Company   Comments (0)

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