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!

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