Lady Gaga and Katy Perry Singles Could 'Roar' Toward Digital Chart History

Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar" should each make big starts on the Billboard Digital Songs chart next week -- perhaps marking the first week with two 400,000+ download debuts.

This week could be a historic one for digital song sales.

New singles from both Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are heading for big debuts on Billboard's Digital Songs chart next week -- and both should rack up major sales.

Perry's new single "Roar" hit digital retail at 12 AM today (Aug. 12), while Lady Gaga's "Applause" is scheduled to make a retail bow on Tuesday (13). The latter's arrival is six days before its original release date (Aug. 19).

While it's a bit early in the week to exactly forecast just how big either will be, industry sources are suggesting each should sell well over 400,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 18. A start of over 500,000 for each wouldn't be out of the question either.

The final sales tally for both will be released on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21.

If both tunes sell over 400,000, it would be the first time two songs have debuted in the same week with more than 400,000.
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