Katy Perry logs the fastest No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by an artist signed to Capitol Records in nearly 43 years, as “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, rises 2-1 in its fourth week on the chart.
The song makes the quickest sprint to the summit by a Capitol single since Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” likewise reached the top spot in four weeks on the chart dated Aug. 26, 1967. Five months before Gentry, the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” had also zipped to No. 1 in four frames.
Perry’s hit crowns the chart thanks in part to its selling 318,000 downloads (up 18%) in the chart’s tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The cut leads Digital Songs for a third week. On Radio Songs, “California Gurls” jumps 10-6 (89.2 million in audience, up 25%, according to Nielsen BDS).
“California Gurls” is Perry’s second Hot 100 No. 1. “I Kissed a Girl” led for seven weeks beginning in July 2008. Snoop Dogg collects his third leader on the list, following his own “Drop It Like It’s Hot” in 2004 and Akon’s “I Wanna Love You,” on which he guested, in 2006.
All charts will be refreshed on Billboard.com tomorrow (June 10).