Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Gallops To #1

Published: Wednesday 15th Jan 2014 by David

As Shakira swoops down and sits on the tree that is #6, Katy Perry storms through Pop’s forest on the hunt for higher ground today, riding the digital beast that is her Urban number ‘Dark Horse.’

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After peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Horse’ hops, skips and jumps over releases spawned by Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Beyonce and Ke$ha and now grazes at #1 on iTunes USA!

Platinum in New Zealand and peaking at #21 in the UK, the Juicy J– backed ‘Horse’ comes courtesy of Perry’s fourth studio album ‘Prism‘, now certified Platinum in the United States and saw her acquire the largest first week sales figure for a female artist in 2013 thanks to the 286,000 fans who purchased it in the market.

However, thanks to the 617,213 units moved by Beyonce‘s self-titled new set in the first three days of its release, the performer no longer holds the enviable record.

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  1. FutureCIARA January 15, 2014


    I just wish she work on that stage presence now and bring her performance up to par!

  2. Vee January 15, 2014

    Coming for Rihannas singles wig with less songs!

  3. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* January 15, 2014


    Loved This Song Since She released it before “PRISM”.

    So Happy for her And Can’t Wait for That Music Video.

  4. FAF January 15, 2014

    Congrats! Its one of my faves off that album.. I really like “How We Do” & hope she makes a vid for it

  5. Suicide Blonde January 15, 2014

    I want ‘Walking on Air’ as single.

  6. tits mcgee January 15, 2014

    good. the track is a good one.

  7. Mrs. Stephy Tha Blondie January 15, 2014

    Good Job Katy Perry.

    You betta catch up with that Rihanna girl…

    Anyways, Hi Paul!

  8. @Jeeharris January 15, 2014

    DOPE SONG! But the perfomance suck AF! girl WTF

  9. RoyalKev January 15, 2014

    Wow, congrats Katy! Looks like she’s the Hot 100 Queen!

  10. Brazilian Yoncé!!! January 15, 2014

    I got an eye of a Tiger! Roar is timeless tbh

  11. Mrs. Stephy Tha Blondie January 15, 2014

    Ok, so I watched that performance of DARK HORSE…

    Whats up with all these young girls sounded terrible live. Beyonce seems to be the only woman who can sound better live than on record.

    When you are in your 20s you are in your prime & some of your best performances are suppose to happen. Rihanna & Katy be sounding horrible & they are only 20 something!!!

    The same can be said about Justin Bieber, Seleena Golmez, Nicki Minaj & many other youngsters that are in their primes sounding like complete s*** live.

    Interesting… Katy Perry get it together… You can be better than Rihanna imo…

  12. Brazilian Yoncé!!! January 15, 2014

    Katy perry is beautiful!! hope her tour comes to Brazil

  13. Brazilian Yoncé!!! January 15, 2014


  14. beyonce mumbai January 15, 2014


  15. Career Ender January 15, 2014

    She coming for that iconic red wig. With HER OWN songs


    Ima marry her oneday

  16. Mrs. Stephy Tha Blondie January 15, 2014

    Oh No!!!

    Did you guys hear about Mae Young. She was a legendary wrestler for the WWE. I loved her & she was so funny.

    Anyways, Rest In Peace Mae Young!!!


  17. Suicide Blonde January 15, 2014

    Hi babe!

  18. Mother January 15, 2014

    Good for her, love the song. That performance was embarrassing though, watching her trying to be urban was so cringe. Her voice and stage presence ain’t saying much either tbh.

  19. Bey Fan January 15, 2014

    I like Katy. And Dark Horse is the s***… love that joint. Congrats.

    Now this live performance…. that wasn’t good.

  20. FutureCIARA January 15, 2014

    I agree with @Suicide again

    WOW thats twice in a 24hr period…..

    I agree her next single after DH should be #WalkingOnAir…..

    The video should give very reminiscent of the 90’s!!! It would be hot!

  21. FutureCIARA January 15, 2014

    The performance for #WALKING ON AIR @ SNL was DOPE!!!

    I think thats the best I have ever seen Katy on a performance tip.

    Im glad she’s atleast putting in effort and progress into her live vocals and actually executing choreo….. Unlike her Bajan contemporary.


  22. Navy Commander January 15, 2014

    This is the only song I liked off her album

  23. Navy Commander January 15, 2014

    Do you really have to find a way to tie Beyonce into every post?

  24. Lovebird January 15, 2014

    Congrats Katy.

  25. Mrs. Stephy Tha Blondie January 15, 2014

    How dare somebody thumbs down my comments about Mae Youngs death…

    I wish Sam would allow people to see who is thumbing down comments so I can drag their asses

  26. Navy Commander January 15, 2014

    But what is Ciara doing to progress her live vocals?

    Rihanna’s last performance was iconic and one of the best of her career.

    What about Ciara?

    Worry about your own fave before you come for others faves.

  27. JOHNVIDAL January 15, 2014


    About Dark Horse: it´s the best song on that album. But can anyone explain to me why it has been climbing again these last few weeks? Is it officially the new single or something? Or has it appeared in a commercial? Just asking. Cos the single was Unconditionally and that went nowhere.
    I agree with everybody saying this girl can´t sing live btw.

  28. Suicide Blonde January 15, 2014

    So according to you Mariah’s ‘Beautiful’ was a success (#15 Billboard Hot 100), how ‘Unconditionally’ went nowhere when it peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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  31. JOHNVIDAL January 15, 2014

    hmm are we talking about #beautiful now? lol Is Mariah is her 20s?
    We are talking about a person whose success is based on singles and usually tops those charts right now. It wasn´t shade at all, just asking why Dark Horse is so high now when the single was that other one.
    Anyway, #beautiful was kind of a moderate hit for a woman like Mariah, same way it would have been for Madonna. Don´t know if you had a dream where I was saying #beautiful was a monster hit or something 🙂

  32. Slayty (Queen sitting on her throne at #1) January 15, 2014

    I thought Katy wasn’t going to see another #1 this era though? I thought her chart reign had ended? So much for that.

    Congrats to Katy!! This will be the 9th #1 single! The best part is that the video hasn’t dropped yet so I expect a long run. Not going to lie, that iHeartRadio set was a mess. Katy didn’t know what to do when Juicy J was rapping lmao. She needs to redeem herself at the Grammys. If she nails it there Dark Horse has potential to be her longest reigning #1. Especially since there isn’t any competition.

  33. Slayty (Queen sitting on her throne at #1) January 15, 2014

    Walking on Air on SNL was literally everything. Katy doesn’t have a dancing bone in her body but when she learns some choreography and does it well it’s amazing. Since Dark Horse was a promo single made to an official due to popularity, we might see the same happen to WOA.

  34. Mrs. Stephy Tha Lambily January 15, 2014

    Miguel’s “Beautiful” FEATURING Mariah Carey was a success. It sold over 2 million singles. But the song didn’t reach its full potential due to Mariah’s terrible performances & unlikable behavior.

    She is flopping because of her not her music quality.

    The Art OF Letting Go & Beautiful were both better songs than Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Love” but Madonna knows how to work a terrible song. That horrible song became Madonna 100000 top 10 single…

  35. Suicide Blonde January 15, 2014

    Learn how to Express Yourself honey, Mariah and Madonna had top 20 hits in their prime too, a top 20 hit is still a hit.

  36. Suicide Blonde January 15, 2014

    I’m not shading Mariah, i just think John is very unfair to Pop artists.

  37. BEYONCÉ January 15, 2014

    Her and Rihanna suck. Their songs are basic and they can’t sing or perform live to save their lives. But congrats to the $1.29 queens.

  38. The Brooklyn Bombshell January 15, 2014

    I actually like this song beat is a little annoying but I let it rock when it comes on the radio while I’m driving. Go Katy.

  39. Common Sense January 15, 2014

    Lord what are those screechy dying cat yodels Katy calls vocals???

  40. JOHNVIDAL January 15, 2014

    can´t you understand I wasn´t shading? I was asking why Dark Horse is doing so good now while the official single didn´t do specially good. It was clear in my first comment.

    But if you want me to shde her: Katy Perry can´t sing and her music could be released by Disney stars, not an almost 30 years old woman (Dark Horse would be an exception).

  41. Kyle January 15, 2014

    Congrats. Not Gaga giving Nelly Furtado teas selling 9k this week after just two months in.

  42. LTM January 15, 2014

    As a Gaga fan, your opinion on musical maturity is invalid. Prism was praised by critics by being her most mature album to date. Applause sounds like it belongs on the Shake It Up soundtrack. Have several seats with that tired “Disney” shade.

    Dark Horse is set to be Katys 9th #1 single. Very proud of her. Like a fan mentioned above, there hasn’t even been any real major promo or a video yet. I’m actually very excited for the video. This whole era has been more toned down from the Teenage Dream era including the videos. But based on the pics from the set swirling around the internet this will be an interesting video.

  43. dark horse January 15, 2014

    Yes Katy slay!!!!! This song is doing so well without a video its such a dope song hope she’s performing this on the Grammys.

  44. Mark111 January 15, 2014

    iTunes? Oh ok.

    I was surprised that it was #6 om BB Hot 100 tho.

  45. dark horse January 15, 2014

    Johndival is so upset that Katy is doing much better then Gaga this era Lmao face it people love Katy more then that trash Gaga.

  46. JOHNVIDAL January 15, 2014

    It´s hilarious that one was only asking something and the same pressed less talented artists stans can´t stop until you shade their faves. I think they just like it.
    Gaga had nothing to do with my comment or my question.
    And to some of these comments: Katy has not been praised critically. Stop it. I even remember 90% of the comments in this blog saying Applause was better than Roar when both debuted, thing is Katy is flavour of the moment and Gaga is not, no matter the material anyone releases, it´s all about hype more than ever in nowadays singles oriented industry. And no, prefering Gaga to her less talented peers doesn´t make my opinion invalid.
    My faves: Mariah, Whitney, Michael, etc and from the young ones: Janelle Monae, Florence, Lana (musically), Gaga, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, etc
    All those>>>>>>>>>>>>> Katy Perry

  47. Mark111 January 15, 2014

    @JOHNVIDAL can dish is out, but can’t take it. Nor the fact that Gaga is a flop and everyone from the fans to her team knows it except Gaga and her stans.


  48. I love vocal slayers January 15, 2014

    The song is corny and generic just like her. People are no longer interested in talent, only a quick single that they’ll forget about in a month or two. The industry sucks right now. Nothing but basic lyrics, beats, melodies; monotone voices and b*** cheeks/tits. I miss the days where more than one talented person was in the top 20. I don’t even care if artists write their music or play an instrument anymore. Just give me an artist who can actually sing more than one basic note. Katy is trash.

  49. MusicStan( Ya’ll know who I stan for) January 15, 2014

    I’m not huge Pop artist fan like half of ya’ll on here my tone is more R&B and Soul along with Hip Hop and Rock… But I do like some Pop records and Artists… but anyway Congrats to Katy on her #1 and from what I read on the comment for a song with no video, or promo to reach #1 is a big deal… welp that is my two cents, back to listen to Jhene Aiko’s “WTH(Way To High)” on heavy repeat!!! good day

  50. I love vocal slayers January 15, 2014

    @Musicstan Jhene is so talented. I hate her voice at times but it goes along with her style of music…kinda like Sade. Her songwriting is really good,as is her EP. I’ve got my eye on her. I see Grammys in her future.

  51. LTM January 15, 2014

    “Katy has not been praised critically” – again, refer to the praise Prism received for it’s mature sound by CRITICS. I cannot with you denying facts. Roar didn’t do better than Applause because Gaga “isn’t the flavour”, itd because it was a better song with actual lyrical meaning. Like I said, Applause could be on the Disney show Shake It Up’s soundtrack with its shallow and pointless lyrics. You claim its all about hype nowadays and Gaga had alot more hype then Katy, hence why her underperformance is such a big deal. Supporting Gags and Lana does invalidate anything you say because the same thing you criticize artist you don’t like of, they do themselves, sometimes on a greater scale. You are know as the biggest hypocrite on TGJ for a reason. Have several more seats

  52. MusicStan( Ya’ll know who I stan for) January 15, 2014

    Yesss her voice kinda remind of a mix between Cassie ( but better, and Yummy Bingham(she was from the group Tha Rayne)) her songwriting skills is dope and she does put me in mind of sade, I

  53. MusicStan( Ya’ll know who I stan for) January 15, 2014

    (CONTINUE) I like ppl with dope lyrics, like Jazmine Sullivan, Ciara ( she is pretty dope when it comes to the pen game listen to You Got waitin, and other songs that were fillers on her album) Tweet, Seyvn Streeter, and etc

  54. FormerlyFromTokyo January 15, 2014

    “Janelle Monae, Florence, Lana (musically)…”

    You just named three of my favs. Lana’s style is what gets me w/her, though she actually can sing better than the monotone that she does so often (her first two albums when she was Lizzy or w/e she was in the first one) – but I like the monotone sound and the way she cranks it up to a girlish, flirty sound. Her music is cinematic. Flo’s voice is just an instrument in itself. And Janelle Monae is everything, her style, her presence, her music’s messages, on and on. Florence Welch and Janelle Monae are two true artists whose music has the power to move me. I have other artists I like, but their music is just fun to listen to. It doesn’t move me.

  55. ROSEGOLD January 15, 2014

    Congrats to Katy.

    Yess MusicStan I love you! Lol. I’ve been down with Jhene since her Sailing Souls mixtape. She is a dope artist. I can’t get into Janelle’s music for some reason. She’s so pretty and I love her as a performer, but her music is a little too noisy for my tastes. Primetime is a smooth track though.

    A lot of people hate Lana on here (mainly because of her stans), but she makes very good music.

  56. Molly January 15, 2014

    Johndival is to delusional for me…. smh anyways Katy is doing her thing meanwhile Gaga figuring out more stunts to pull to get peoples attention.

  57. MusicStan( Ya’ll know who I stan for) January 15, 2014

    @RoseGold I like Janelle Monae and I have been a fan of Jhene since the Mixtape too… hope she the hype she deserved…. I would love for her to work with more artists in the songwriting and features aspect… I would love for to write for artists like ciara ( I think she can come up with something dope for her ) omarion and more.. I also like Lana but you are right her stans get under my nerves cause they come for Ciara and I’m a huge fan of her…. I know she isn’t doing things like she used to but she is pretty dope with lyrics and stage presence she isn’t the biggest vocalist but she can carry a tune very well than most pop chick out now!!!!!

  58. ABC January 15, 2014

    Johnvidal is always trying to downplay Katy’s success lol smh.

  59. Brazilian Yoncé!!! January 15, 2014


    :).. Stop being mean please

  60. JOHNVIDAL January 15, 2014

    I know! Amazing talents. Some of these people think Katy Perry is the one who is the s*** though 🙂

    @brazilian yoncé!!!
    I´m not lying and I didn´t start s***. Read my first comment.

  61. J.E January 15, 2014

    yass!!! all my fave Katy, Beyonce and Xtina is slaying in many different way.

  62. Tru Voice January 16, 2014

    Damn Sam… Shaded Katy in her own post huh? #messy I see that Bey works her way all over this site. lol

  63. BeytheQueen January 17, 2014

    Yasss! I love to see all my faves slaying the charts!! Go Katy! Go Bey!!

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