In spite of a backlash on Twitter after the song’s release, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” has become the fastest-selling single ever on Apple’s iTunes store worldwide, racking up more than one million downloads in five days, Apple said today. The song had hit the #1 spot on iTunes in 23 countries. “Born This Way,” the title track of a new album to be released in May, also went straight to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles charts earlier this week.
The song was released last Friday, creating a flurry of activity on Twitter. Many said the new song was too similar to Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” The 140-character-at-a-time debates heated up with #bornthiswayfriday battling #express yourself on Twitter’s hottest trends.
On Wednesday, she posted to Twitter a simple message to fans: “ThankYou so much to Radio+Monsters for making Born This Way the 1000th #1 in Billboard History http://bit.ly/hcU95v ThankYou for believing.”