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

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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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