The New York Times gets it right:
Gaga numbers indicate that albums are now secondary
Analysis from NY Times.
Billboard magazine fails to understand what's going on:
Gaga numbers prove the vitality of albums
Analysis from Billboard.biz.
There's nothing new here really, except that music business folk's memories are really short - The Rolling Stones used to put out a mediocre album every few years which heralded the beginning of a new world tour; where the money really was.