Week Ending Aug. 18, 2013. Songs: Perry Trumps Gaga
Katy Perry trounced Lady Gaga in this week’s showdown of the pop female megastars. Perry’s “Roar” sold 557K copies in its first week on sale, about 2-1/2 times as many as Gaga’s “Applause” (218K). The total for “Roar” is the third-highest first-week sales tally in digital history. It trails Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (636K in February 2009) and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (623K in August 2012).
This is the biggest one-week sales tally of Perry’s career. It tops her anthemic “Firework,” which sold 509K copies in its 11th week in December 2010.
“Roar” vaults from #85 to #2 in its second week on the Hot 100 (it debuted last week based just on airplay points). It was blocked from the top spot by “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, which holds at #1 for the 11th week. (The Hot 100 measures not only digital sales, but also radio airplay and streaming activity.)
“Blurred Lines” becomes the longest-running #1 hit since the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” topped the chart for 14 weeks in 2009. It’s the longest-running #1 by a male artist or an all-male collabo since “Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris logged 12 weeks on top in 2004. (I’ll have more on “Blurred Lines” in a minute.)
“Applause” enters the Hot 100 at #6. It’s Gaga’s fifth single to debut in the top 10, though it fell short of the debut positions of two of her previous hits. “Born This Way” opened at #1. “The Edge Of Glory” bowed at #3.
These are the 12th top 10 hits for both Perry and Gaga. Perry had a nearly six-month head-start in piling up top 10 hits. She first cracked the top 10 with “I Kissed A Girl” in June 2008. Gaga first cracked the top 10 with “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis that December. These are the first singles from the superstars’ upcoming third albums. Perry’s Prism is due Oct. 22. Gaga’s ARTPOP is due Nov. 11.