Katy Perry Ties Record With Michael Jackson, Scores Five No. 1’s Off One Album

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Posted August 18, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Katy Perry and Michael Jackson appear to be equals after nabbing her latest string of No. 1’s; setting off a Billboard tie-breaker

Looks like pop diva Katy Perry will earn yet another jewel in her golden crown.

Perry has amassed five No. 1 pop hits from the Billboard 100 off of one record, 2010’s Teenage Dream. It’s a record that has been held by the King of Pop Michael Jackson for the string of No. 1’s he inherited from his Bad album. Perry’s journey to this pivotal moment started with the Snoop Dogg-collaboration “California Gurls,” which wound up becoming the most popular download of the year, selling 4.4 million copies in the U.S. and 8 million worldwide. The album’s title cut immediately followed, with “Firework,” “E.T.” and her fifth No. 1 “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” paving the way.

Still one thing Michael Jackson holds the record in his own grasp due to the timing in which he scored his five No. 1’s. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “Man In the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and ‘Dirty Diana” shot to No. 1 within a course of nine months and two weeks. Perry’s record was sealed in one year , two months and two weeks, according to Niesen SoundScan reports.

A remix featuring Missy Elliot accounted for 25 percent of the song’s overall digital sales on the week of August 8-14 and was also discounted to .69 cents at iTunes and Amazon to help push Perry across the finishing line. In the way of “Friday” achieving this record was LMFAO‘s super summer jam “Party Rock Anthem,” which slipped from its to spot to No. 2.

So what do you think?
Should Katy Perry be crowned the Princess of Pop?
Are you excited or unhappy over the news?
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J Matthew Cobb

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