Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

Ask Billboard: Katy Perry First With Five 4-Million Sellers

<p>Yet another record for the "Teenage Dream"-er: the most 4-million-selling downloads, per Nielsen SoundScan, in the digital era.</p>

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KATY PERRY FIRST WITH FIVE 4-MILLION SELLERS

Hi Gary,

Katy Perry this week ends her record-smashing streak of 69 consecutive weeks in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10.

We know that Ace of Base was the previous record holder (48 straight weeks). Could you please recap who's next?

Thanks!

G. Wade Hunter
Little Rock, Arkansas


Hi Gary,

I'm curious about the total download sales of Katy Perry's singles so far. I've just read that "Hot N Cold" and "California Gurls" have each cracked 5 million.

Can you please run down the totals of all her singles?

Thanks,

Alexandrio Fendy
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Hi G. Wade and Alexandrio,

Perry certainly muted the sadness of her incredible streak ending this week with our exclusive breaking news that "The One That Got Away" will be the sixth single from "Teenage Dream." The quest is, thus, on for the set to become the first to generate six Hot 100 No. 1s.

Notably, several billboard.commenters expressed the opinion that "Dream" cut "Hummingbird Heartbeat" should have been the next single.

I agree that the latter song is undoubtedly single-worthy. However, it might be a bit too similar in tempo to previous single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" Should "One" become another smash, perhaps Capitol considers following that mid- to uptempo song with "Hummingbird," which would seemingly flutter to the Hot 100's upper reaches as a seventh single.

As for Perry's record top 10 streak, this week's Hot 100 marks the first without the singer in the upper tier since May 22, 2010.

Here is a look at the longest streaks of artists remaining in the chart's top 10:

69 weeks, Katy Perry, 2010-11
48 weeks, Ace of Base, 1993-94
42 weeks, Santana, 1999-2000
42 weeks, Mariah Carey, 1995-96

And, a look at the download sales of Perry's singles as a lead artist, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

5,011,000, "Hot N Cold"
5,002,000, "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg
4,902,000, "Firework"
4,682,000, "E.T.," featuring Kanye West
4,131,000, "I Kissed a Girl"
3,922,000, "Teenage Dream"
2,405,000, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
2,053,000, "Waking Up in Vegas"
953,000, "Thinking of You"
403,000, "Peacock" (dance club single; not promoted to pop radio)

("The One That Got Away" has sold 74,000 downloads. "Hummingbird Heartbeat"? 82,000)

"Hot" and "California" are the 17th and 18th titles to reach the 5-million mark in downloads.

The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga are the only other acts with more than one 5-million seller. BEP boasts the all-time top download, "I Gotta Feeling" (7,447,000), and the No. 4 title, "Boom Boom Pow" (6,146,000). In between are Gaga's "Poker Face" (6,364,000) and "Just Dance," featuring Colby O'Donis (6,329,000).

Perry is the only artist with five songs that have passed 4-million in download sales. With "Teenage Dream" at 3,922,000, she could soon extend her record to six such tracks.
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INFORMATION YOU CAN COUNT ON

Hi Gary,

I am struck by the number of numbers toward the top of this week's Billboard 200 album chart.

Half of the top 10 have numbers in their titles: "Tha Carter IV", "21", "1", "Now 39" and "4". As for the other albums, one is by Maroon 5 ... and another is "Here for A Good Time."

(That's the highest total since five titles with numbers also ranked in the top 10 the week of June 19, 2004. Go figure).

Also high on this week's chart are "19," "Kidz Bop 20" and "Now 38."

I bet you might get a ... number ... of e-mails noting this.

Time 2 go,

Dave Baskind
Saginaw, Michigan


Dear Gary,

With "Moves Like Jagger" and "Someone Like You" having trading places at No. 1 on the Hot 100, it marks the first time that back-to-back toppers have featured similes (comparisons using "like" or "as") in their titles.

Altogether, 14 No. 1s have sported similes in their titles:

"Walk Like a Man," the 4 Seasons (1963)
"Feel Like Makin' Love," Roberta Flack (1974)
"He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," Tony Orlando & Dawn (1975)
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," Leo Sayer (1977)
"Looks Like We Made It," Barry Manilow (1977)
"(Just Like) Starting Over," John Lennon (1980)
"Like a Virgin," Madonna (1984)
"Walk Like an Egyptian," Bangles (1986)

"Like a Prayer," Madonna (1989)
"A Moment Like This," Kelly Clarkson (2002)
"Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell (2004)
"Like a G6," Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev (2010)
"Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera (2011)
"Someone Like You," Adele (2011)

Jeff Lerner
Long Island, New York


Thanks Dave and Jeff,

Like a number of great chart fans, your observations and insights are as impressive as can be.
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REMEMBERING

Dear Gary,

Last Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in Shanksville, Pa.

2,977 died, including firefighters, police officers, paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

In the first darkest hours of that Tuesday morning, I saw with shock, disbelief, sadness and anger that the world I knew wasn't as safe a place to live. And, it will never be the same again.

After many hours of news coverage that day, I decided to seek refuge by watching music videos on MTV and VH1 most of that night.

Some of the clips I remember seeing:

"Never Too Far," Mariah Carey
"Superman (It's Not Easy)," Five for Fighting
"I Want Love," Elton John
"Only God Knows Why," Kid Rock
"One Love," Bob Marley & the Wailers
"Everybody Hurts," R.E.M.

On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, both MTV and VH1 re-aired the same videos of that Tuesday night of 2001. Also played were Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" and a live performance of the song "Fragile" by Sting from his "All This Time" concert in II Palagio, Italy, recorded Sept. 11, 2001.

Remember, all "Ask Billboard" readers, especially in the U.S.A.: "We Shall Not Forget 9/11" and tell today that special person or persons in your lives these three simple words: "I love you," because if you don't, maybe tomorrow would be too late.

Thanks Gary and take care,

Mackenzie (Mac) Scott
Fajardo, Puerto Rico (... and a proud "New Yorker")