It’s sweet six-cess for Katy Perry on the latest Billboard radio airplay charts.
Perry’s “The One That Got Away” lifts 2-1 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs tally to become the record-extending sixth No. 1 from her album “Teenage Dream” on the survey.
(The purely radio-based Pop Songs chart is not to be confused with the hybrid Billboard Hot 100 ranking, which measures airplay, sales and streaming. On the latter list, “Dream” remains tied with Michael Jackson‘s “Bad” (1987-88) for the most No. 1s – five – from any album. “One” has climbed as high as No. 3 so far on the Hot 100).
On Pop Songs, “One” follows the first five singles from “Dream” to the summit: “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg; the title cut; “Firework”; “E.T.,” featuring Kanye West; and, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” When the lattermost song reached the summit in August, “Dream” passed two albums that each yielded four Pop Songs leaders: Justin Timberlake‘s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” (2006-07) and Lady Gaga‘s “The Fame” (2009).
Capitol Records executive VP/marketing and promotion Greg Thompson views the Pop Songs coronation of “One” as “tremendous recognition for one of the most talented artists in the world. We couldn’t be happier for Katy.”
“No artist has worked harder and deserves (the honor) more than Katy,” adds Capitol senior VP/promotion and marketing Dennis Reese.
Praising mainstream top 40 radio for further cementing Perry’s place in the Pop Songs chart’s archives, Capitol VP/pop promotion and marketing Joe Rainey cites programmer support as key in the label’s year-and-a-half promotional push of “Dream.” (This month, the set passed 2 million in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The marriage of Perry’s songs and pop stations, says Rainey, is an example of a win-win synergy that has benefitted both Perry and her home radio format.
“This is not just a milestone for Katy, it’s a feather in the cap for pop radio,” Rainey says.
With Perry having pocketed two leaders from her prior album “One of the Boys” – “Hot N Cold” (2008) and “Waking Up in Vegas” (2009) – her sum of eight total Pop Songs toppers places her behind only Rihanna (nine) for the most No. 1s in the list’s 19-year history. Lady Gaga, P!nk and Britney Spears follow with seven rulers apiece.
Perry this week additionally rewrites the mark for most consecutive Pop Songs No. 1s – seven, from “Vegas” through “One” – as a lead artist. Lady Gaga linked six Pop Songs leaders in a row to begin her career in 2009-10.
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT: “One” concurrently lifts 3-1 on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, marking the set’s record-extending fifth leader and Perry’s record-breaking sixth No. 1 on the list overall.
With her latest trip to the pinnacle, Perry passes Nickelback and P!nk to become the first artist with a six-pack of Adult Pop Songs No. 1s.
“One” marks the fifth No. 1 from “Dream” (“E.T.” stopped at No. 2 on the ranking). Previously, two sets had generated as many as three leaders each: Daughtry‘s self-titled debut effort (2007-08) and Nickelback’s “All the Right Reasons” (2005-07).
“Perry constantly keeps the water coolers buzzing with her fashions and cool videos,” Sue O’Neil, operations manager of Pop Songs reporter WKSE (Kiss 98.5) and Adult Pop Songs panelist WTSS (Star 102.5) Buffalo, N.Y., told Billboard last year.
“She is here to stay.”
The No. 1 ascensions mark the latest honors for Perry courtesy of “Dream.” Not only have the album’s first five singles all reached No. 1 on the Hot 100, matching Jackson’s mark first established “Bad,” but “Dream” has also set the mark for most No. 1s – seven – from any album in the 35-year history of Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart.
When “One” reached the top of Dance/Club Play Songs earlier this month, “Dream” bested two sets that each yielded six No. 1s on the chart: Beyonce‘s “I Am…Sasha Fierce” (2009-10) and Kristine W‘s “The Power of Music” (2008-11).
All charts, including Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs, will be refreshed Thursday (Feb. 2) on billboard.com.