On Sept. 11, 2010, 'Teenage Dream' debuted atop the Billboard 200 – and went on to tie a vaunted Hot 100 record.
Katy Perry had broken through big-time with her 2008 Capitol album One of the Boys. The set spawned the playfully feisty seven-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "I Kissed a Girl," which, with seven weeks on top, tied the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for the longest-reigning debut No. 1 ever released on the label, a mark that still stands.
Powered by two other top 10s, "Hot N Cold" and "Waking Up in Vegas," Boys peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 1.7 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.
When she released her follow-up set in 2010, Perry, then 25, not only avoided the sophomore slump, but she made Hot 100 history. Teenage Dream debuted atop the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 11, 2010. By then, lead single "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, had ruled the Hot 100 for six weeks. The title cut would begin a two-week command the following week.