UNUSUAL FAME, OUT OF THE BLUE: Ke$ha becomes the 11th solo female to collect at least four Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album in the chart's 52-year history, as "Take It Off," from her introductory set "Animal," prowls 16-10.
The 23-year-old pop singer-songwriter previously spent nine weeks atop the Hot 100 beginning in the Jan. 2 issue with "TiK ToK." Follow-up "Blah Blah Blah," featuring 3OH!3, debuted and peaked at No. 7 three weeks later - when "Animal" debuted atop the Billboard 200 - and "Your Love Is My Drug" rose to No. 4 in June. (Ke$ha's Hot 100 discography includes an additional top 10, although 3OH!3's "My First Kiss," on which she guests, appears on the band's album "Streets of Gold." The song reached No. 9 in May).
Cyndi Lauper became the first female - and first artist overall - to generate four Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album with "She's So Unusual." The collection yielded the No. 2-peaking "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time" (No. 1, two weeks), "She Bop" (No. 3) and "All Through the Night" (No. 5) in 1984.
When the lattermost song reached the top 10 the week of Nov. 17, 1984, founding Chart Beat author Paul Grein noted that Lauper bested debut albums by the Beatles, Culture Club and Lionel Richie, each of whom racked a trio of Hot 100 top 10s from their first releases.
Here is a look at the select 11 female artists to accumulate at least four Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album. Paula Abdul and Fergie are the only members of the exclusive club to net five top 10s each from their first efforts (and Abdul and Mariah Carey are the only women to bank four No. 1s apiece from a maiden album).
Artist, Debut Album, Label, Debut Album Hot 100 Top 10 Span
Cyndi Lauper, "She's So Unusual," 1984
Whitney Houston, "Whitney Houston," 1985-86
Debbie Gibson, "Out of the Blue," 1987-88
Taylor Dayne, "Tell It to My Heart," 1988
Paula Abdul, "Forever Your Girl," 1989-90
Mariah Carey, "Mariah Carey," 1990-91
Christina Aguilera, "Christina Aguilera," 1999-00
Beyonce, "Dangerously in Love," 2003-04
Fergie, "The Dutchess," 2006-07
Lady Gaga, "The Fame," 2009
Ke$ha, "Animal," 2009-10