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Thursday, March 31, 2011

U.S. Chart Roundup: Katy Perry Has Had More #1 Singles Now Than Britney Spears

Katy Perry's "E.T." jumps to #1 on the Hot 100 this week, thus becoming her fourth consecutive chart-topping single off Teenage Dream, and fifth song to reach the peak on the chart overall. (Yes, folks, Katy Perry has had more #1s than Lady Gaga. And Pink. And Britney Spears.)

"E.T." also gives Swedish songwriter/producer Max Martin an 11th chart-topping hit in the U.S., and his first since Weaveney's "Hold It Against Me" debuted at #1 in January. Katy's latest addictive slice of trash was co-produced by Dr. Luke and Ammo, and one can't help but wonder if Max and Luke have reached the point of complete over-saturation in the pop market at this point? You really can't throw a wadded up gum wrapper at the chart without hitting a "Raise Your Glass" here, a "Dynamite" there or a "Price Tag" up Jessie J's thong.

Oh, well, speaking of Wigney, Dr. Luke and Max Martin, "Till The World Ends" makes a slight rebound and moves up one position to #22 in its third week on the Hot 100. And outside the Top 40, soul legend Rebecca Black climbs from #72 to #58 with her instant funk classic "Friday."

Over on the Top 200 album chart, Duran Duran's All You Need Is Now re-enters at #29 after the release of the physical CD, and marks the British band's highest-charting album since Astronaut reached #17 in 2004.

A bit further down, Ke$ha's I Am The Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance: The Remix Album sticks a dollar bill between its teeth, bends over and debuts at #36.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West *1 week*
2. "S&M" - Rihanna
3. "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
4. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
5. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
6. "No Sleep" - Wiz Khalifa *new*
7. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
8. "Fuckin' Perfect" - Pink
9. "Down On Me" - Jeremih feat. 50 Cent
10. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

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  • At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Justin said…

    as much as I love Max and Luke, I think you are right about the over-saturation.

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Jonathan said…

    To fair to Pink and Britney, there career started when record companies wouldn't release singles or you just coudln't find the single anywhere. Get The Party Started and Toxic would hands down be a #1 Hit In U.S if sales were a real factor on the chart back then.

  • At 12:23 PM, Anonymous DR said…

    The fact that Katy's reached this feat is a travesty. That being said, I can't wait for the vid!!

    And over-saturation is an understatement. Those whores have clogged mainstream radio up its back-end and out its mouth with "songs" that contain lyrics no more insightful than a kindergartener's crayon scribblings on a torn sheet of envelope paper and with synths so goddamn cheesy, they can put Kraft's ass right outta business.

    Congrats to Gaga's reign (it's simply a brief interregnum until "Judas" claims the throne) and here's to Rihanna for another number one single next week (I'm calling this!).

  • At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Duran Duran deserves a better chart position. This is their best album since "The Wedding album".

  • At 12:23 AM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    And that's without Hot and Cold not even hitting #1, which still puzzles me. Totally agree with Jonathan's comment on the dysfunctional mkt for singles in the early 2000s. Kelly Clarkson would probably have had 3-4 #1s off her "Breakaway" album in the mid-2000s if there had been significant singles sales back then.

  • At 1:35 AM, Anonymous muebles said…

    Well, I don't really suppose this is likely to have effect.


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