by Wildfred Okiche
Pop singer Katy Perry has become the first female performer to have five singles from the same album reach the peak number 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. She becomes the only woman and second artiste in Billboard’s 53-year history to achieve this feat. Michael Jackson remains the only other artiste to do so and has held this record since 1987when he posted five singles from his “Bad” album atop the singles charts.
Katy’s roll began last year with the release of her sophomore record “Teenage Dream”. The first single “California Gurlz” ft. Snoop Dogg went straight to number one as did the title track, Firework, E.T ft. Kanye West and the latest “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” which enjoyed some resurgence after a Missy Elliot remix.
An ecstatic Katy responded with the words “Today is bigger than my dreams”.
She still has a long way to go though if she wants to catch up with MJ’s record sales. Her “Teenage Dream” record has sold 1.7 million copies in the United states as opposed to the 6 million-selling “Bad”. In fairness however, free downloads, streaming and piracy have accounted for fewer sales in traditional CDs these days.
In other Billboard news, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint effort “Watch the Throne” (which features a track co-produced by Don Jazzy) debuted at the top of the album charts after shipping 436,000 units in its first week.