Lady Gaga courtesy Philip Nelson (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Lady Gaga courtesy Philip Nelson (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

“I knew when I wrote the song it was special,”Lady Gaga said of Born This Way even before Apple announced today that it is the fastest selling single ever on iTunes.

More than one million downloads of the song were sold in just five days, Apple said.

The song is an international success, hitting the top in 23 countries and counting.

“I’m humbled, honored and overwhelmed at the reception to “Born This Way,” Gaga told Billboard. “This has been so life-changing for me. Between Billboard and the international No. 1s, and the radio numbers…I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans I have.”