Katy Perry‘s 2020 album, ‘Smile’ (and its singles), may be ranked her worst commercial performers to date among her major label offerings, but the diva still managed to land in history books at multiple junctures throughout the year thanks to the ongoing love affair with her earlier work.
After watching her 2010 single, ‘Firework,’ shoot to 12x Platinum status with the RIAA in August, she learned shortly after the song sits in history books for being the highest certified single by a female artist ever. What’s more, its parent album – ‘Teenage Dream’ – bested King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’ to become the most certified era of any artist in history.
With RIAA record books rocked and the Hot 100 impacted by her induction into the elusive club of ‘female singers with a top 40 hit in three or more decades’ thanks to single, ‘Daisies,’ rise to #40 (as we reported here), 2020 was a fairly history-making year for Perry.
Now, thanks to YouTube, she’s adding yet another impressive stat to the pile.
With a whopping 3.2 billion views to its credit (as of time reported), ‘Roar’ has pounced into the video giant’s record books as its most-viewed female music video ever. Its updated count further distances itself from nearest competitor ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift (which, at writing, sits at 2.98 Billion views).
The lead single from Perry’s 2013 ‘Prism’ album, ‘Roar’ debuted at #1 upon its release with 557,000 digital copies sold its first-week (the second biggest digital debut sales among females at the time).
It has since been certified Diamond in the United States, denoting sales equivalence of 10 million.