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Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” Reaches #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart

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Since returning to #1 on August 11, The Chainsmokers’ “Closer (featuring Halsey)” has ruled the US iTunes single sales chart with an iron fist.

Its streak of nearly a month on top was finally interrupted Friday morning, when Lady Gaga’s new single “Perfect Illusion” reached the listing’s apex. “Closer” is currently #2.

“Perfect Illusion” is currently outselling “Closer” by a proportion of about 5:4, and it should continue to widen its lead over the next several hours

This immediate lead is a reflex reaction to the release of a new single from one of the world’s biggest music superstars. Its ability to sustain that lead over the coming days and weeks will hinge on reaction to the song.

Sia’s “The Greatest (featuring Kendrick Lamar)” (#3), twenty one pilots’ “Heathens” (#4) and Major Lazer’s “Cold Water (featuring Justin Bieber & MØ)” form the balance of the iTunes Top 5.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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