Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry wants the penthouse back. After six weeks at No. 1, LG’s “Born This Way” finally gives way for another tune to take up residence at the top on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Succeeding “Born This Way” is Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West. The single version moves 2-1, while “Born This Way” falls to No. 4
With “E.T.’s” ascension to the top spot, “Teenage Dream” becomes the first album since Usher’s 2004 set “Confessions” to include four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, according to Billboard. It is the first, get this, for a solo female to do so since Mariah Carey’s self-titled 1990 album.
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“E.T.” was preceded to the summit by “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Teenage Dream,” and “Firework.”
The album has been fascinating to watch as fans have flocked by the millions to buy the singles— “California Gurls” sold more than 4 million downloads in the U.S. alone— yet the album has sold only around 1.3 million copies since its release 32 weeks ago. That is nothing to sneeze at, but compare that with Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday,” which has gotten nowhere near the saturated airplay as the cuts from “Teenage Dream”: “Pink Friday” has sold 1.24 million copies in roughly half the time as it has taken “Teenage Dream” to reach its tally.
The video for “E.T.” premieres tomorrow. We’ll bring it to you as soon as it is up, but until then, feast on these wacky images of Perry as an alien.
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