Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Katy Perry’s #Smile Slips Out of Top 50 in Week 2

Published: Wednesday 16th Sep 2020 by Rashad

Despite lifting official and/or animated music videos for every song on the album, slashing its first-week price twice (as we reported here), and embarking on an aggressive promotional tour in its support, music buyers are apparently still scowling at ‘Smile’ – the latest LP from Katy Perry.

The follow-up to her critically and commercially panned ‘Witness’ (2017), ‘Smile’ – released August 28 – is Perry’s first major label effort to charge into chart battle without a Hot 100 top 10 single preceding it.  Garnering modest first-week sales that landed it at #5 on the Billboard 200, its placement made it her first major label effort since her debut (2010’s ‘One of the Boys’) to miss the chart’s top spot.

Its performance in week 2 spelled even worse.  See what we mean inside:


Katy Perry’s ‘Smile’ 

Second Week Sales (SPS):  10,900 units

Second Week Sales (Pure): 3,200 units

Billboard 200 Position: #54

The figures above represent a nearly 80% sales drop, a feat that nearly rivals the 89% second-week sales drop of its predecessor ‘Witness’ (click here to read more).

As we reported here, approximately 70% of ‘Smile’s inaugural week numbers were attributed to merchandise/album bundles sold by way of the singer’s official Web store.  With that sales support absent from week 2, the chart free fall – though anticipated – is still surprising given its depth.

A shame, if you ask us, as ‘Smile’ is definitely a solid project.

Look below to see who made the cut on this week’s TGJ Chart Check: Billboard 200.

Billboard 200 This Week

[sales info collected from Penske Media’s independent analytics company Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music]

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  1. Monica4Life September 16, 2020

    Damn Katy is out here doing brandy numbers. I never thought I’d see the damn day.

    • Munnyhun September 16, 2020

      LMAOO You dumb trash can BRANDYS still
      SOLD MORE ALBUMS then that yodeling Kermit sounding flop aka the reality show star LOL aka cmurders payphone H0

    • J September 16, 2020

      Damn y’all this desperate for comments 😝 😿

    • C September 16, 2020

      🤣🤣 Girl Katy is still on the Billboard 200 after 2 weeks. Brandy fell off after week two to 200 and something 🤣🤣🤣

    • Dachig September 16, 2020

      Meanwhile trenches is a certified FLOP that never even made it to Bilboard!💀🤣🤣🤣
      That song makes Shows Monica’s mid life crisis is in FULL action 💀💀💀

    • C**-ila September 16, 2020


    • Work of art September 16, 2020

      Coming from a sissy who stans for a 40 year old ghetto queen. Monica ain’t seen the Billboard 200 since 2004 lol. Katy outsold that h** 10x over.

  2. J September 16, 2020

    Poor Katy 😿 Unfortunately this is what happens when you are mediocre… she was only supposed to be a 1 hit wonder in my opinion

  3. Gigi September 16, 2020

    Katy is great for a throwback. All tea, all shade.

  4. Clarks0o0ñ September 16, 2020

    Damn, I didnt know it was this bad

    Where are her fans?

    She gas 100 million followers on Twitter alone.

  5. #WAP September 16, 2020

    Karma for her shading Britney Jean Spears. The only way she might be able to save her career is if she made amends with Britney and publicly showed her support for #FreeBritney. But until this, this clown will be a FLOP clown.


    • C September 16, 2020

      Yet your flop fav Brandy fell out of the billboard 200 in 2 weeks after her release of BFlop 🤣🤣

      • Clarks0o0ñ September 16, 2020

        He stans f******* who doesnt even have an album, only 1 solo song that flopped

      • Haters go hate September 16, 2020

        Trenches is a flop and camila still has a canceled tour so …😂😂

      • Brandy Biggest Stan September 16, 2020

        Trenches never charted💀

    • Duck Duck Goose September 16, 2020

      #IF U SEEK BRITNEY!!!! F This mental bish

    • J September 17, 2020

      No shade but Britney flopping too, hopefully her next album will be better because that last one was not it

  6. Diego September 17, 2020

    At under 37 minutes long, I absolutely understand that people aren’t handing over their recession dollars to ms perry. Sorry, not sorry about it

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