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Lady GaGa tops charts with third straight number one

Lady GaGaLady GaGa becomes just the third artist in the 16-year history of the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart to collect three No. 1 songs from a debut album.

“LoveGame” (Interscope) rises 2-1, marking Lady GaGa’s third No. 1, following “Just Dance” (two weeks) and “Poker Face” (five weeks). The three songs appear on her top five Billboard 200 album, The Fame. The set has sold 1,162,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The singer-songwriter born Stefani Germanotta joins just two prior artists in accomplishing the triumphant triple play.

In 1993-94, Ace Of Base reigned consecutively on Mainstream Top 40 with three cuts from its debut set The Sign: “All That She Wants,” the title cut (No. 1 for a chart-record 14 weeks) and “Don’t Turn Around.”

In 2002-03, Avril Lavigne repeated the feat with a trio of tracks from her debut release Let Go: “Complicated” (eight weeks), “Sk8er Boi” (one week) and “I’m With You” (four weeks).

On the Billboard Hot 100, “Just Dance” spent three weeks at No. 1, and “Poker Face” led for one frame. As of last week, “LoveGame” was bulleted at No. 5 on the Hot 100, its highest ranking to date.

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