Is Michael Jackson’s Bad Chart Record Safe From Katy Perry?


Back in May, when Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” was announced as the artist’s fifth single from Teenage Dream, we predicted that her chart record as the longest occupant of the Billboard Hot 100 top ten would continue, and sure enough, that single leapt to #4 last month, and has not fallen below that mark since. Our sophisticated Song Of The Summer tracking system (a spreadsheet is sophisticated, right?) could have told you that: Perry just racked up her fourth week on top. But now Perry seems within reach of a much more rarefied record: five #1 singles from the same record, tying the record set by Michael Jackson with Bad (and never repeated). Billboard announced yesterday afternoon that Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” had, in its ninth chart week, completed its climb to #1 on the Pop Songs chart, which measures radio airplay. Radio tends to lag behind sales chronologically, but oftentimes an airplay gain like this can be the much-needed push for a single to hit #1. As it turned out, it wasn’t enough this week; an almost comically appropriate cast of characters has, it seems, protected Jackson’s record for now (and possibly going forward). The motley crew:

Despite being bumped out of #1 Airplay this week, LMFAO‘s “Party Rock Anthem” is still going strong on that chart and sold 33% more copies than “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” almost definitely enough to keep the song atop the Hot 100 for another week.
Appropriate because: the uncle-nephew duo are a son and grandson of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, where Jackson got his start.

2. Bad Meets Evil
“Lighters,” featuring Bruno Mars, had a big enough sales jump for Bad Meets Evil to take #2 on the Digital Songs chart. Appropriate because: Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ are both midwesterners who got their musical start in the Motor City.

3. The Throne
“Otis” jumped from #40 to #9 on the sales chart, which isn’t yet a threat to “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” but still sold nearly three-quarters as well in a growing week, is likely to hit the top 3 next week, and help to fend off Perry’s advances. Appropriate because: Kanye, also a midwesterner, loves Michael Jackson so much that he had an enormous papier-mchĂ© bust of the singer made and had it paraded around in his “Runaway” film. Plus the odds are even that Kanye will take credit for it anyway.

Can Katy Perry match Michael Jackson’s record, with “Lighters” up and “Otis” on the rise? We’re not so sure. Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Image: Getty Images]

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  1. thelma says:

    NO, NO not if done fair,but we all know ant nothing fair when comes to Michael Jackson. so what are you waiting for. JUST SO YOU CAN SAY SOMEBODY BEAT MICHAEL, EVEN THOUGH WE ALL KNOW IT’S A LIE.

  2. Noe Perry says:

    Yes she will, she deserve this bcos she have worked a lot! maybe some people says that she has no talent, but come on, she can sing, she is not a singer who just wanted to be famous & she did it, sha had to work hard to reach it! KATY DESERVES ALL! <3

  3. Sirs/Mesdames,
    Whoever began Vh1 introduced a resurgence of music culture in eastern lands where the luxury of humming music with the musicianers does show for real. Though there is sadness over the dying of singers, Mr. Michael Jackson, Miss Amy Winehouse, there is no doubt there is something good on offer from VH1. However, a few ads interrupt and no music can make a feature quite a skipping prospect, a few good songs do air across. I liked the singers who said something like DA DA DA to explain something like Hebrew in the middle of a song to mean a teacher instructing something. That was a long time ago, for no names are easy and faces are only posssible to tell providing no names are transfering. Here is a great channel for my evening time slot and not a few songs are forgotten. I do wish you all well and wonder sometimes what amounts are made after a song, and where do all the proceeds go, if for example some of the proceeds are devoted to free slaves somewhere on earth and famine cases and for a good causes. Thank you all, I am sure there is much more I got to tell you but for today this is about it. Bye bye!

  4. Lori says:

    Really…Katy Perry? I truly hope not.

  5. karelle mckay says:

    katty perry has i repeat no talent and has not worked not even close to michael jackson he worked soo hard and no one can take his spot as the king of pop katty perry is not gonna break it it is no way michael jackson will have that position until the end of time

  6. John Nelson says:

    Katy Perry has gone through a lot to get to where she is and she deserves everything good. and trust me she even sounds a lot better the micheal Jackson