Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ Suffers Biggest Second Week Sales Drop in History

Published: Thursday 29th Jun 2017 by Rashad

Katy Perry may have witnessed her fifth album, ‘Witness,’ debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 last week with 2017’s highest first week figures for a female (to date), but she probably didn’t anticipate seeing it enter record books for a historic tumble in sales just 7 days later.

That’s right, the album – which is her first major label release to hit shelves without a #1 single on the Hot 100 to precede it – was widely disregarded a week after fans got a full taste of what the ‘Bon Appetit’ beauty was serving this course. Despite an onslaught of promotional appearances in its support, refreshed reports have it Perry’s latest LP saw a whopping 89% sales drop its second week (despite enjoying the benefit of ticket bundling).  With this freefall down sales charts, Katy dethrones Queen of Pop Madonna as owner of “the largest second week percentage sales drop for a #1 debuting female album.”  Fans may remember her Madgesty once owned the title when her 2012 release, ‘MDNA,’ dropped a whopping 86.7% in sales its second week despite its numbers being padded with figures from ticket bundling (click here to read more on that).

Before Madge it was Lady Gaga‘s 2011 release ‘Born This Way’ that posted an 84% sales drop its second week.  Like ‘Witness’ and ‘MDNA’ before it, Gaga’s set had an “enhanced premiere week” due to taking an unconventional approach to album sales.  Read more about that by clicking here.

Alas, Katy’s fall didn’t hurt her too much on the chart placement front.  Check below to see where she landed and who joins her in the top 25 of this week’s refreshed Billboard 200:


Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. Stephy June 29, 2017

    Good. She can’t sing and her music is very forgettable. I still don’t see why American Idol is paying this woman 25 million $’s. A waste of money.

    • Reese July 9, 2017

      Who can sing – Taylor Swift the snake?

  2. Jeans June 29, 2017

    Poor Katy Kats!

  3. Achooo! June 29, 2017

    Bon Appétit!

  4. FAF June 29, 2017

    I HATe the album
    Looks like she’s this generations cyndi career wise

    • Truth June 30, 2017

      That was lady gaga.

  5. Fancy BISH June 29, 2017

    Taylor and Remy should hit the studio and record Flush Flush lol

    • SayWhat? June 30, 2017

      Taylor would never come near a hoodrat, extra ghettofied hoelike Remy.

    • Casual June 30, 2017

      I literally LOL’d.

  6. DanYiel Iman June 29, 2017

    Well she lost me as a fan so I’m not here for her material…

  7. The One June 30, 2017

    She’s good for a throwback!!
    Gotta be careful who you shade lol

  8. smhdee June 30, 2017

    Lol. So sad. She’s 2 spots above the Moana soundtrack and below a new Nickelback album!

  9. Truth June 30, 2017

    And you all were making fun of Madonna’s MDNA & Britney Spears Glory.

  10. Fresh navi June 30, 2017

    It;s interesiing that sam fails to point out that she actually sold 12,000 units in her second week had this been Rihanna you would have made at least three stories out of it but ya’ll are basic and bias so i guess..

    • Reese July 9, 2017

      Yeah these people don’t know s***

  11. Klaus Geltl November 9, 2017

    Since when are ‘second week sales’ relevant to anything? A ‘journalist’ who doesn’t know it’s her fourth, not fifth, album as ‘Katy Perry’ needs to do some research first! Overall, Witness has done very well by now.

    • taylurking November 23, 2017

      Just accept it honey that your katy perry and her witness album is going down for real haha kinda gives me a bunch of happiness for this weekend .

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