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Thursday, November 24, 2011

U.S. Chart Roundup: Katy Perry Is Only Fifth Artist To Land Six Top 10 Singles Off One Album

With Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" moving into the Top 10 this week (at #10), she joins the ranks of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael and Janet Jackson as artists who've had at least six Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 from one album. Thus, she becomes only one of two females to pull off the feat, and she's the first artist to do so since Janet Jackson's 1993 album janet. produced six Top 10s.

And while she's the fifth to pull off the chart trick, Katy's Teenage Dream is now the seventh album to produce six Top 10 singles (Michael and Janet had two each). The full breakdown album is as follows:

1. Michael Jackson, Thriller (released in 1982, seven Top 10 singles)
2. Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA (1984, seven)
3. Michael Jackson, Bad (1987, six)
4. George Michael, Faith (1987, six)
5. Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989, seven)
6. Janet Jackson, janet. (1993, six)
7. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream (2010, six)

You can catch all the respective singles listed here. Looking at the list above, it really makes you realize that, damn, Michael and Janet had it good back in the days when labels had enough cash for payola, no?

Alright, it's Turkey Day, so have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris *4 weeks*
2. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
3. "Someone Like You" - Adele
4. "Without You" - David Guetta feat. Usher
5. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
6. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
7. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
8. "Stereo Hearts" - Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
9. "Take Care" - Drake *new*
10. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry

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  • At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Melissa said…

    Isn't Cyndi Lauper "She's So Unusual" (Epic 1983) on the list as well ? I remember back in the day she released :

    - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1983)
    - Time After Time (1983)
    - She Bop (1984)
    - Money Changes Everything (1984)
    - All Throught The Night (1984)
    - When You Were Mine (1985)

    All from that same debut album of hers !!

  • At 12:45 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Money Changes Everything only went to #27, and When You Were Mine was a promo-only single, didn't chart. (According to Wikipedia, anyway.)

  • At 1:22 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Yeah, unfortunately, those two Cyndi singles — her BEST off that album, in my opinion — didn't chart that high.

  • At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    The idea of Katy Perry being on ANY list that has esteemed artists such as Michael Jackson and George Michael bothers me - on so many levels!

  • At 5:02 AM, Blogger Todd said…

    Isn't there a conversation to be had about how much easier it is to get a single to #1 now? Is it even easier? I'm so confused. I really don't know what "releasing" a single means anymore.

  • At 4:34 PM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    Counting "I Want Your Sex" on that George Michael album never seemed right to me. It peaked and dropped off way before the album came out.

  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    Is it easier to hit #1 these days? The chart landscape is different, no question. But easier? Hey, Milli Vanilli had 4 #1 songs in 1989. 'Nuff said.

    Starting in the mid '80s through the early 00s, if the Billboard chart system wasn't broken, it was seriously listing to one side (the airplay side) as single sales first declined, then almost evaporated. That's why in the 80s and 90s it was common for an artist to have 4 or 5 songs hit #1. The inevitable sales drop that would take effect after the first few didn't have as big an impact.

    Since iTunes resuscitated the singles sales mkt in the mid 00s, you need sales, and usually sizable airplay to hit #1. That's why, IMO, Katy's feat of tying MJ with 5 #1 hits is even more impressive. Time will tell if that becomes more common or stands alone.

    BTW, Billboard's formula seems to be the thousands of single sales plus the millions of audience impressions to get their weekly pt totals. This week, Found sold 211,000 copies (211 pts) and had 129M audience impressions (plays times # people listening) (129 pts) for a total of 340 pts. LMFAO sold 182,000 and had 104M impressions, so 286 pts. That formula seems to have held up during this year. They don't list the pts for the whole chart but consistently reveal sales and airplay for the top few in their article accompanying the Hot 100 every week.

    Since airplay usually tops out at about 150M, and #1 songs have needed 250-300 pts this year, you can't hit #1 on airplay alone, although occasionally a strong single out of the gate will achieve that in sales alone.

  • At 9:47 PM, Blogger Pure J.Me said…

    It's nice to see a label actually work an album for more than 3 singles, without rushing the artist back in to the studio to either 1.) release a new album every year (Hello, Rihanna) or 2.) record a few new songs for a Super-Fabulous Extra Bonus Edition of the original released Deluxe Version (I think both Beyoncé and Taylor Swift released "Platinum Editions" of an already released Deluxe Version).


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