Adele isn’t the only one racking up big numbers this week.
In the wake of Katy Perry’s performance at the Grammy Awards, “Part of Me” made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one.
“Part of Me” is also now only the 20th tune in the chart’s 53-year history to make its debut on top. For the latter feat, Perry now joins some rare company. Michael Jackson was the first to pull it off when he sent “You Are Not Alone” (from the HIStory album) to the top of the Hot 100 in 1995.
Huge names followed, including Mariah Carey (who has actually done it three times), Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Eminem, Celine Dion, and a bunch of American Idol winners. The last artist to pull it off was Lady Gaga, who released “Born This Way” at the top of the Billboard heap.
With the benefit of a record Grammys audience at her back, Perry moved an estimated 411,000 downloads of “Part of Me,” her best sales week yet. With radio play expected to increase and single sales figuring to stay robust through the release of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection on March 27, “Part of Me” could end up having a long reign at number one.
But of course, the rest of the chart belongs to Adele. She has three songs in the top 10: “Set Fire to the Rain” (no. 2), “Rolling in the Deep” (no. 5), and “Someone Like You” (no. 7). All three of those songs have also held the top spot at one point, and they all got big bumps both in sales and on radio. Naturally, that, too, represents a record: No female artist has ever had three songs in the top 10 simultaneously.
And despite the mixed reviews she received for her performance, Nicki Minaj still managed to get a Grammy bump, sending her new single “Starships” to a top 10 debut. That’s the best opening bow ever for Minaj and her second trip to the upper echelon (“Super Bass,” EW’s Single of the Year in 2011, peaked at number three).
What do you think of Perry’s latest chart-buster and Adele’s latest record?
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