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Katy Perry Ties For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

With the coronation of "Roar," Perry matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s – 10 – in the airplay chart's 21-year history.

Katy Perry’s “Roar” blasts 5-1 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart. With the coronation, which dethrones Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) after 10 weeks on top, Perry matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s – 10 – in the chart’s 21-year history. P!nk follows with nine toppers.

At just six weeks, “Roar” marks the fastest flight to the Pop Songs summit since “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), the lead single from Perry’s last album, 2010’s “Teenage Dream,” also soared to the top spot in its sixth frame the week of July 3, 2010. (“Roar” makes the largest leap to No. 1 since “Gurls” logged an identical 5-1 jump.) “Roar” previews Perry’s new album “Prism,” due Oct. 22.


Having now done so twice, Perry is the only act to send a song to No. 1 in as few as six weeks in more than eight years; prior to “Gurls,” no song had reached the apex so swiftly since Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” (six weeks, 2005).

Also notable: As Capital Cities climb 3-2 with “Safe and Sound,” Capitol Records boasts the Pop Songs chart’s top two titles. Interscope Records had monopolized the top two for a record seven straight weeks through last week; as “Blurred Lines” reigned, Thicke’s labelmates Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive”), Maroon 5 (“Love Somebody”) and Zedd (“Clarity”) peaked at No. 2.

Here is an updated list of the acts with the most No. 1s dating to the Pop Songs chart’s Oct. 3, 1992, launch:

10, Katy Perry
10, Rihanna
9, P!nk
7, Lady Gaga
6, Beyonce
6, Mariah Carey
6, Maroon 5
6, Bruno Mars
6, Britney Spears
6, Justin Timberlake

“Roar” has spent the last two weeks atop the all-format airplay/sales/streaming Billboard Hot 100 chart (where it’s Perry’s eighth leader). The song could get dethroned this week, however, by Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” As “Roar” takes over atop Pop Songs, “Ball” swings onto the list at No. 35.

Thanks to its expected monster streaming and sales sums, “Ball” looks likely to top the Hot 100 this week. Check Billboard.com on Wednesday (Sept. 18) to see if the song does its name justice and knocks “Roar” from the chart’s coveted top spot.