Katy Perry Claws To #1, Bests Nicki Minaj And Chris Brown In Billboard Battle With Biggest Debut Since Gaga

Published: Friday 17th Feb 2012 by Rashad

Due greatly in part to the passing of pop icon Whitney Houston, this week’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards drew in its second largest audience ever.  In such, stars slated to perform, namely Adele, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, and Nicki Minaj, have seen the showing give them considerable boosts in their own individual endeavors.  Adele, the long running Billboard champion, saw her triumphant stage return encourage album sales of 500k in the week following the show and now reports indicate her songs ‘Rolling In the Deep’, ‘Set Fire To the Rain’, and ‘Someone Like You’ are on track to sell 250k, 220k, and 170k downloads respectively.

Also, following reports of Houston’s untimely passing, the pop starlet moved over 1 million singles and albums in less than 5 days and landed her signature hit ‘I Will Always Love You’ back in the top 10. Next week will see the full download sales realized and are expected to land in the 250,000 to 300,000 range of this song alone.

Unlike Adele and Houston, Minaj, Perry, and Brown all unveiled new music this week to spearhead promotions of their forthcoming ventures.  Perry, who has already clocked 5 #1s from her ‘Teenage Dream’ album, is readying its follow-up, ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection” (March 26th), and may be on the road to notching her 6th!  While fans were disheartened with news, due to new Billboard ruling, that number 1s from the re-released set won’t be included in her ‘Dream’ tally, it certainly hasn’t stopped their support…

Via Billboard:

Besting Britney Spears‘ dominance over the digital download domain, Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ set first week download records (448k) after its debut via live performance on the 2011 Grammy stage. Following in similar footsteps, Katy Perry’s Grammy performance of ‘Part Of Me’ set off a move of a whopping 400,000 to 420,000 downloads (by week’s end) and could best Spears’ 411k sales of ‘Hold It Against Me’.

Elsewhere, rapstress Nicki Minaj launched ‘Starships’ – the first official single from her set ‘Pink Friday:  Roman Reloaded’ (April 3) – to the tune of 150k downloads while R&B comeback kid Chris Brown picks up with ‘Turn Up the Music’.  The visual for the track, which debuted today, is certain to help the singer complete the 150k-170k he’s expected to move by week’s end.

Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ once stood a chance of breaking King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s record if it landed a 6th number 1 from that single album.  However, ‘The One That Got Away’s’ #3 peak did get her one step closer to tying sister, pop icon Janet Jackson‘s record of 7 top 5 singles from one album (‘Rhythm Nation’).  Now, with ‘Complete Confection’ landing in stores March 26th, Perry goes head to head with Queen of Pop Madonna (‘MDNA’)!  Looks like Katy is trying the legends left and right!

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  1. Onyx February 17, 2012

    Honestly i don’t see what people find so good about her, anyway good for her and her fans.

  2. Truth February 17, 2012

    That song sucks. Her label actually bought the single and sold it off for 25cents on idolater as promo. So she used a Gaga tactic to get to number 1. Desperate. lol.

  3. Nahjee February 17, 2012

    I just notice something we have not seen white girl mob on this site in weeks I guess she finally got the point lmao.

    Congrats to Katy perry even tho I don’t really listen to your music like that

  4. Black Madonna February 17, 2012


  5. Dope or nope February 17, 2012

    @blackmadonna it’s flopping like usual Kim single that she put out

    I didn’t even download it Cus it was so corny and lame

    To much f****** auto-tune!

    I want “looks like money” now that single is FIRE

    Kim f*** up with this flop record

  6. KAT DELUNA FAN February 17, 2012

    Katy is smart

    but l hate those new girls and their disrespectful ways towards legends.They love breaking unecessary records but still viewed as rookies & one hit wonder 😕

  7. Matthew Charlery-Smith February 17, 2012

    I believe Janet achieved 7 Top 5’s with Rhythm Nation 1814. Michael achieved 7 Top 10’s with Thriller. He got 6 Top 10’s with Bad.

  8. Angel987 (BEYONCÉ STAN) February 17, 2012

    I Would Congratulate Katy If This Song Attempted To Be Different From The Rest & Not Sounding Desperate For A High Position On The Charts

  9. ChristinasCOMING February 17, 2012

    Katy SUCKS! Her music SUCKS!

    She’s just using her divorce to get publicity and another #1.

  10. Always love you, Whitney (RIP) February 17, 2012

    She’s terrible. She needs to go away. Just a waterdowned version of cher and lady gaga. 5 #1’s don’t mean anything if you’re music will not be considered anything of greatness or substance in a few years.

  11. TheresaB February 17, 2012

    Katy Perry might have tied Michael Jackson’s 5 #1 singles record from one album. But, let’s compare worldwide album sales for a moment. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream: 5.5 million; Michael Jackson’s Bad: 35 million. Katy Perry is a singles artist and can’t really move an album. She seems a little desperate. Shelf life is just about over.

  12. D.Strock February 17, 2012

    Pretty sure MDNA has had more pre-orders by now than Perry will even sell first week. WOOP

  13. JER February 18, 2012

    the new rules are completely ridiculous. Old Whitney songs don’t need to be on the Hot 100 and NEITHER DO GLEE SONGS. The Hot 100 used to be a SINGLES chart. Once they allowed every f****** song it all went downhill. Only promoted SINGLES should be allowed to chart. That’s the point of the chart. To see how well the market is responding to the music being released. If they’re going to let every song that is hot for ONE week chart, there needs to be a SEPARATE chart, the Comprehensive 100, not the Hot 100. Taylor Swift and all her one week wonders and all the Glee songs needs to stop right now.

    And another thing, “Part of Me” was written and recorded FOR Teenage Dream and scrapped. How is it NOT part of the album when it was recorded and written at the same time. LOL how retarded. Of course the ONE re-release single that actually should count doesn’t. Meanwhile all of Rihanna, Usher, and Mariah’s last minute weekend studio sessions recorded months after the album was finished were allowed to count? BS

  14. PERRYPERRYPERRY February 18, 2012

    its funny when a song of hers goes to number 1…even after they say she’sNOT going to break MJ’s record, people say she’s “desperate” ..um, how does that work??? lol..a song goes to number 1 because the FANS r loving it….people r just jealous, ur fans can’t do what katy is doing ANYDAY. …. its KATY PERRY B******!

  15. RDK February 18, 2012

    even though i am not a fan gratz to her,i love song E.T. though,and i see you nicki keep doing you.

  16. Remey February 18, 2012

    Kudos Ms. Perry!

    It’s a bold move to come out with heavy hitters such as Madonna, but she will definitely sell. Teenage Dream slayed, and the Complete Confection will offer some great hits. Smart move to play up the success of TD.

    Sometimes, I think this is the route Rihanna should have taken with LOUD instead of rushing TTT.

  17. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare February 18, 2012

    Katy Perry is one gigantic *Kanye Shrug*

    But, continue to enjoy.

  18. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!! February 18, 2012

    Nooooooooo kelly clarkson should stay at number 1

  19. TAYLOR SWIFTS NUMBER 1 FAN!!! February 18, 2012

    Billboard actually says that adeles album next week will sell between 650,000 to 680,000.

  20. . February 18, 2012

    I really hope people do realize that Gaga sold 448k of BTW in the first three days and not the first week. It just counted as the first week since it was released on a friday!

  21. KatyCat February 18, 2012

    Yass!!! Katy slays the charts!! Rihanna who? GaGa who? Britney who? LMAO!!!!

    MDNA will flop, trust me. Teenage Dream’s re-release sales alone will over shadow MDNA’s.

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