5. Perry, By the Numbers
U.S. Albums Sold:
2.7M: Teenage Dream (2010)
1.5M: One of the Boys (2008)
100? Katy Hudson* (2001)
“It reached literally maybe 100 people,” says Perry.
• 392,490,235: YouTube views of Perry’s “Firework,” her most popular video.
• 49,897,000: Number of songs Perry has sold digitally, as of this August.
• 10: Number of No. 1 singles by Perry, more than any artist in history—except for Rihanna, who also has ten No. 1’s.
• 5: No. 1 singles on Teenage Dream, more than any album in history—except for Michael Jackson’s Bad, which also produced five No. 1’s.
• 69: Consecutive weeks that songs by Perry spent in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 between 2010 and 2011, an all-time record. (Ace of Base comes in second, with 48 consecutive weeks in 1993 and 1994.)
• 16,065: Number of times Perry’s “Roar” was played on the radio in a single week this month, more than any song ever.
• 11: Number of years it had been since any album by a female artist before Teenage Dream spawned three consecutive No. 1 singles. (Monica’s 1998 album, The Boy Is Mine, was the last one to do this.)
*Her Christian-rock debut, released before she met Dr. Luke and before she changed her name to avoid confusion with the actress Kate Hudson.