Chart Watch Extra: Katy Perry, By The Numbers
It's hard to imagine that Katy Perry has been a star for just four years. Her first hit, "I Kissed A Girl," entered the Hot 100 the week of May 24, 2008. It debuted at #76—the week's sixth highest of 10 debuts. That may be the last time that Perry was in the middle of the pack. The song shot to #1 six weeks later, displacing Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."
Thursday is Perry's 28th birthday. To mark the occasion, I have prepared a round-up Perry's impressive statistical achievements.
But numbers can't capture one important aspect of Perry's career—fun. I don't think there's another pop star whose music and videos convey such a sheer sense of fun as Perry's do—or who seems to be having as much fun being a pop star as Perry does.
Here's Katy Perry, by the numbers:
4 Number of Perry songs that have sold at least 5 million digital copies each, per Nielsen SoundScan: "Firework" (5,926,000), "E.T." (featuring Kanye West, 5,393,000), "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg, 5,392,000), and "Hot N Cold" (5,301,000).
0 Number of other artists who have amassed four or more 5 million-sellers. (Lady Gaga comes closest. She has had three.)
1 Rank of "E.T." among Kanye West's digital best-sellers.
1 Rank of "California Gurls" among Snoop Dogg's digital best-sellers.