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Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream becomes the first album in the almost 19-year history of Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart to generate five No. 1s, as “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” ascends 2-1.
The song follows “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, the title cut, “Firework” and “E.T.,” featuring Kanye West, to the top of the Nielsen BDS-based pop radio airplay ranking.
Dream pushes past two albums that each yielded four Mainstream Top 40 leaders: Justin Timberlake‘s FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006-07) and Lady Gaga‘s The Fame (2009).
Piggybacking one record on top of another, “Friday” sets the mark for most weekly plays in the chart’s history (12,468; or, an average of 92 plays per station among the 136 Mainstream Top 40 reporters [the chart’s entire reporter panel] playing the song). The previous record-holder? Perry’s own “E.T.” (12,361 the week of May 21, 2001).
Further evidence of the unprecedented domination that Dream has demonstrated at pop radio? The five singles from the album account for five of the top six titles with the chart’s highest-ever weekly spin totals:
Plays, Title, Artist, Chart Date
12,468, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry, Aug. 13, 2011
12,361, “E.T.,” Katy Perry, May 21, 2011
12,159, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, July 17, 2010
12,107, “Give Me Everything,” Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, July 23, 2011
11,857, “Firework,” Katy Perry, Jan. 22, 2011
11,841, “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry, Oct, 16, 2010
While “Friday” is the fifth Mainstream Top 40 No. 1 from Dream, it’s 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.
Perry additionally ties Gaga for most consecutive No. 1s (six) for a lead artist in the Mainstream Top 40 chart’s history. In between “Vegas” and “California,” Perry peaked at No. 25 as a featured artist on two songs: 3OH!3‘s “Starstrukk” (2009) and Timbaland‘s “If We Ever Meet Again” (2010). (Lady Gaga sent her first six singles, beginning with “Just Dance” (2008), to the chart’s top spot).
As Perry achieves a first with her quintet of No. 1s from one album on Mainstream Top 40, 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 Greatest Gainer/Airplay 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.
We’ll see if Perry can add to her already historic week Wednesday (Aug. 3), when highlights of this week’s Hot 100 will be released.
All charts, including Pop Songs and the Hot 100, will be refreshed Thursday (Aug. 4) on Billboard.biz.
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