Perry’s "Friday" crashes "Party," ties record

Written by Hunter Schwarz on . Posted in Music

It’s been a few days since Billboard announced the big news. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream has tied Michael Jackson’s Bad for an album to launch the most No. 1 singles on the Hot 100. Since then, I’ve experienced shock, denial and pain. Hopefully now I’ve party rocked through the stages of guilt and can begin accepting the fact that the I Kissed a California Gurl [sic] girl has rewritten the Billboard record books.

This week, Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” overtook LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” for the No. 1 spot, giving Teenage Dream a fifth No. 1 single. It is the first time a female artist has managed the feat and the first time since Jackson pulled it off the summer of 1988.

When Billboard announced Perry’s historic achievement, she promptly took to Twitter to celebrate her “little-engine-that-could of a song” for finally going No. 1, and it’s a miracle that it did. After being stuck behind LMFAO’s summer conquering jam for three straight weeks, it seemed like the window of opportunity was quickly closing for Perry. So obviously, Capitol Records pulled out all the stops.

The race between “Friday” and “Party” was close. Going No. 1 on the Hot 100 usually requires a mix of strong radio airplay and digital sales, and while “Friday” was winning at radio, “Party” continued to outsell it at digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon. What either song needed was a bump  in either area to put them over the edge, and Capitol managed that by beefing up Perry’s weak spot.

The ill-advised “Friday” remix with Missy Elliott was designed to do the trick, but response to the slapped together remix was understandably tepid. Capitol bolstered their strategy by discounting the track for 69 cents. Still, “Friday” came up short, selling 156,000 dowloads compared with “Party” which sold 160,000. But the bump Perry had was enough.

The small increase Perry had was just enough to put her over the edge, and the ensuing media coverage she’ll get will likely continue to carry the song for a few weeks as support for “Party” wears off.

Perry’s five Teenage Dream No. 1s  (“California Gurls” [sic] feat. Snoop Dogg, “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” feat. Kanye West and now “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”) also put her in the running for most consecutive No. 1s behind Whitney Houston’s seven from 1985-88 and tied with Mariah Carey’s five from 1990-91. The question remains if Capitol will attempt to extend Perry’s streak by releasing a sixth single from Teenage Dream or lay low until her third studio album which seems destined to spawn a No. 1.

Here’s this week’s top ten:

  1. “Last Friday Night T.G.I.F.)” – Katy Perry (1st week at No. 1)
  2. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
  3. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
  4. “Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj
  5. “Lighters” – Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
  6. “How To Love” – Lil Wayne
  7. “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
  8. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
  9. “Till the World Ends” – Britney Spears
  10. “Good Life” – OneRepublic

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