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Ask Billboard: Katy Perry’s Career Song & Album Sales

A recap ahead of the Hot 100 debut of "Chained to the Rhythm."

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@gthot20 Hi Gary, can you please recap the U.S. sales of Katy Perry in your next #AskBillboard? Thank you!


Hi @KatyCharts, and all KatyCats,

First, Perry’s new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” featuring Skip Marley, should make a splashy Billboard Hot 100 debut following its Feb. 10 release and her performance of it on the Grammy Awards two nights later. We’ll announce the chart’s top 10 tomorrow (Feb. 21, for the chart dated March 4), after today’s President’s Day holiday.

Until then, let’s look back at Perry’s top-selling songs and albums in the U.S. so far, through the week ending Feb. 9, according to Nielsen Music. We’ll start with each of her 15 million-selling songs.


7.1 million, “Firework”; 6.4 million, “Roar”; 6.3 million, “Dark Horse,” feat. Juicy J; 5.9 million, “E.T.,” feat. Kanye West; 5.8 million, “California Gurls,” feat. Snoop Dogg

5.7 million, “Hot ‘N’ Cold”; 4.9 million, “Teenage Dream”; 4.7 million, “I Kissed a Girl”; 3.8 million, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”; 3.5 million, “Wide Awake”

2.9 million, “Part of Me”; 2.8 million, “The One That Got Away”; 2.3 million, “Waking Up in Vegas”; 1.3 million, “Unconditionally”; 1.1 million, “Thinking of You”

3 million, Teenage Dream (2010); 1.71 million, One of the Boys (2008); 1.7 million, PRISM (2013); 62,000, MTV Unplugged EP (2009)

Perry has sold 6.5 million albums and nearly 70 million digital tracks.

Again, we’ll find out tomorrow how high “Chained to the Rhythm” will debut on the Hot 100. (And, perhaps Rihanna will receive a chart-related present, following her 29th birthday today? Hmm, 29. That’s how many Hot 100 top 10s she has so far.)