Japan is currently the second largest music market in the world, but most of the country's record sales come directly from Japanese artists. It's not easy for foreign acts to truly crack the J-pop market, but there's a couple who have done it. Lady Gaga is one of them, selling a million copies of her debut album, The Fame, and topping the Oricon charts with Born This Way. This week, her latest effort, ARTPOP, also enters the Oricon charts at No. 1, shifting 58,493 copies.
Trailing behind Mother Monster is Avril Lavigne, whose self-titled fifth studio album debuts at No. 2 with 47,873 copies. That's better than it did in America, where it reached No. 5 with 43,000 copies.
This isn't the first time that Avril's had higher sales in Japan than America. 2011's Goodbye Lullaby sold a total of 410,000 copies in Japan compared to 368,000 in the States, while recent singles, "Here's To Never Growing Up" and "Rock N Roll," were both top ten hits on the Japanese Hot 100.
Also doing surprisingly well at the moment is Katy Perry. Her Prism album initially debuted at a so-so No. 10 last month, but it's just climbed to No. 5 thanks to some heavy promo Perry did in Japan this past week.
It's always nice for a pop star to know that they've got another country fall back on if they ever flop in the States.
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