Exclusive: Katy Perry Responds to Making Hot 100 History
It isn't every day a recording artist scores their fifth No. 1 single off an album, and with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," Katy Perry knows she's made a "small piece of history." In an exclusive statement to Billboard, Perry stands in awe of her fans for helping her match Michael Jackson's record and become the first woman to hit this Hot 100 milestone.
"Hitting No. 1 is always a great moment, but when it turns into a small piece of history, you're reminded of how many millions of people are connected to each other by even one tiny event," she says. "Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Ever since I was 9 years old, singing into my hairbrush, I've dreamed very big dreams, but today is bigger than my dreams. What a nice first birthday present for 'Teenage Dream'!"
The hit parade that is "Teenage Dream" was released Aug. 24 of last year and "Friday'"s Hot 100 coronation follows No. 1s for "California Gurls," the title track, "Firework" and "E.T."
Only Michael Jackson's "Bad" produced as many chart leaders, putting Perry into royal company in the annals of the 53-year-old Hot 100 chart.
Get the full rundown on Perry's road to Hot 100 history here.
Reporting by Gary Trust.