Katy Perry Continues Songs of the Summer Streak
Along with ice cream cones, family vacations and hoping that the AC doesn't give out, recent years have brought a new summer tradition: Katy Perry appearing on Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart.
Perry's "Wide Awake" enters the 10-position list at No. 9, marking the fifth consecutive year that the singer has sent at least one title onto the chart.
The Songs of the Summer running tally, presented by Pepsi, tracks the most popular songs based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of the season, the top song of the summer will be revealed. The chart is updated with new weekly data each Thursday when Billboard.com's entire chart menu is refreshed.
Perry claimed the title of top song of the summer in 2010 with "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, and in 2008 with her breakout hit "I Kissed a Girl." In between, she scored the No. 10 song of summer 2009 with "Waking Up in Vegas." Last summer, while LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, earned top honors, Perry nonetheless placed two titles on the season's final ranking: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (No. 5) and "E.T.," featuring Kanye West (No. 9).
Dating back to 1985, only one other artist has notched two season-ending Songs of the Summer No. 1s: Mariah Carey's debut hit "Vision of Love" ruled in 1990 and her "We Belong Together" reigned for 2005.
Likely continuing to fuel the chart rise of "Awake," Perry's 3-D documentary/concert film "Katy Perry: Part of Me" arrives in theaters today (July 5).
As Perry debuts, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" continues its bid for this year's coronation, as it spends a third week at No. 1 on Songs of the Summer. "Maybe" has led the weekly Hot 100 for four weeks running. With digital sales of 251,000 in the latest tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the song passed 4 million in downloads sold to-date.
The rest of the Songs of the Summer top five remains static from last week. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, holds at No. 2, followed by Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa (No. 3), fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae (No. 4), and Nicki Minaj's "Starships" (No. 5).
In addition to Perry, one other title surges on Songs of the Summer: Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," up 8-7. On the Hot 100, the dance-leaning track bullets at No. 5 with top Airplay Gainer honors. Rihanna has ranked on the final Songs of the Summer chart each year since her 2005 arrival except for only 2009 and 2011. Her "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z, was the top summer song of 2007.
Check out this week's Songs of the Summer chart in its entirety here.