Is anybody having more fun this summer than Katy Perry?
Between Smurfing around with NPH, adopting Justin Bieber, and mopping the floor with the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna to nab nine MTV Video Music Awards nominations, we can’t imagine she’s got much down time. But Perry has somehow found a spare moment on her busy schedule to become the reigning Queen of Pop — officially.
It’s a victory for women who wear baked goods as couture: Perry’s infectious single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” climbed up this week from No. 2 to claim the No. 1 berth today on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, making it the fifth single from her platinum-selling second album Teenage Dream to reach the top spot in the pop chart.
Additionally, Perry’s single is poised to take over the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100, which would make her the first female artist to ever post five Hot 100 number-ones from the same album, and only the second artist of either gender to do so after Michael Jackson had five chart-toppers off of his 1987 release Bad.
Michael Jackson’s achievement has remained unchallenged until the arrival of Perry’s party-crashing “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” After briefly stalling at the No. 4 position in mid-June, the single is set to eclipse LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” at the top of the Hot 100.
Perry’s other No. 1 hits from Teenage Dream include the title track, “Firework,” the sunny, Snoop Dogg-infused “California Gurls,” and “E.T.,” Perry’s collaboration with Kanye West.
UPDATE: According to Billboard, which has not yet posted its official Hot 100 update but will shortly today, “As Perry achieves a first with her quintet of No. 1s from one album on Pop Songs, she’s seeking to become just the second artist to earn the honor on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘California,’ the title track, ‘Firework’ and ‘E.T.’ all reigned on the Hot 100, while ‘Friday’ last week lifted 3-2 (with Airplay Gainer honors). Should ‘Friday’ reach the Hot 100 summit, ‘Dream’ would join Michael Jackson’s Bad as the only albums in the Hot 100’s 53-year history to produce five No. 1s apiece.
The article goes on to say that “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is Perry’s “seventh topper on the list overall. She scored two No. 1s from her prior album, One of the Boys: ‘Hot N Cold’ (2008) and ‘Waking Up in Vegas’ (2009). She ties Lady Gaga and P!nk for second-most No. 1s in the chart’s archives, one away from Rihanna’s record eight leaders.”
What do you think, Music Mixers? Is Katy due to experience a little of the “cold” side of “Hot N Cold” someday soon, or will her record-smashing summer continue?
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