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Lady GaGa joins Avril Lavigne and Ace of Base(!) in Billboard history

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Lady-gaga_l This week, according to Billboard.com, Lady GaGa becomes only the third artist in the 16-year history of the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart to score three number-one hits on a debut album when “LoveGame” officially goes to number one this week.

“LoveGame,” the third single from last October’s The Fame, follows “Just Dance” and “Poker Face,” and puts her in some interesting company: In 2002 and ’03, Canadian Sk8er girl Avril Lavigne squeezed three no. 1s from her debut, Let Go: “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” and “I’m With You.”

Way back in 1993 and ’94, Swedish quartet Ace Of Base hit the same trifecta with its debut The Sign: “All That SheWants,” the title song, and“Don’t Turn Around” (I knew the last one was a hit for U.K. reggae act Aswad back in 1988, but Wikipedia also says it was originally written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond, dad of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., for Tina Turner, which is kind of blowing my mind right now.)

So if we want to get technical about it, GaGa, a.k.a. the artist formerly known as Upper West Side Catholic-schooler Stefani Germanotta, is the only American to ever pull off this hat trick. Are you surprised, Music Mixers?

Who else would you peg to be first-album three-hitters? Do you think GaGa will stand the test of time, or waft away gently into musical-footnote history, a la some of our international friends listed here?

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