UP, UP AND ‘AWAKE’: As “Wide Awake” bullets at No. 4 on the Hot 100, Katy Perry ascends to the Pop Songs top 10 with the track, which blasts 14-9 in its fifth week on the mainstream top 40 radio-based airplay ranking.
Underscoring her core artist status at the format, each of the six singles from Perry’s album “Teenage Dream” and the two (“Part of Me” and “Awake”) from its reissue, “Teenage Dream: the Complete Confection,” has soared into the Pop Songs’ top tier in just five frames or fewer.
Since the set’s first single, “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, reached the Pop Songs top 10 in its third week in the June 12, 2010, issue, Perry boasts more than a third of the titles (eight of 23) to bound toward the top bracket so quickly. In that span, only Lady Gaga, P!nk and Rihanna have even as many as two such fast movers apiece.
LATIN ‘LEADER’: Wisin & Yandel earn their ninth No. 1 on Latin Songs, as the aptly-titled “Follow the Leader” lifts 2-1. Featured artist Jennifer Lopez collects her third toper on the tally.
Upon their coronation, Wisin & Yandel break a tie with Mexican pop band Mana for the most No. 1s among duos or groups in the Latin Songs chart’s 25-year history.
Lopez had last led in 2007 with “Que Hiciste.”
FROM A CHERRY …: Neneh Cherry, absent from Billboard charts since 1994, returns, as “The Cherry Thing” debuts at No. 9 on Traditional Jazz Albums. The set is a collaboration with jazz trio the Thing.
Cherry arrived with two pop music Hot 100 top 10s in 1989: the No. 3-peaking “Buffalo Stance” and No. 8 follow-up “Kisses on the Wind.”
In 1999, her brother Eagle-Eye Cherry rose to No. 5 on the Hot 100 with “Save Tonight.”
… TO AN APPLE: After a nearly seven-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Fiona Apple is back on the Billboard 200. She nets her highest-charting album, and second top 10, as “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than …” debuts at No. 3.
Apple had previously ranked as high as No. 7 in her last Billboard 200 appearance with “Extraordinary Machine” in 2005. Her 1997 debut, “Tidal,” rose to No. 15 and follow-up “When the Pawn …” reached No. 13 in 1999.
“Seven years wasn’t intentional,” Apple told Billboard of the long layoff. “It’s just, I’ll finish something and then two years will go by where I don’t touch the piano. I can make myself do it if I have proper motivation, or if I’m doing something for someone else, as an assignment. But, when it’s just for me, my work ethic is very bad.”
It sounds as if Apple might’ve feared that she’d appear on an episode of A&E’s “Hoarders” before she revisited the Billboard 200.
“Half the problem is practical. I am someone who needs to keep my house clean. I, by principle, don’t want to have a maid, but how do people do anything and take care of their house? I don’t have a day job; it’s just me and an old, slow dog. But, laundry and vacuuming and dishes … what kind of pig am I?,” she said with a chuckle.
“(Housecleaning takes) time and then I’m tired and I’m like, ‘I guess my workday is over.'”