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:
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.
7 Number of #1 hits that Perry has amassed on the Hot 100: "I Kissed A Girl," "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," "Part Of Me."
0 Number of other artists who have amassed seven or more #1 hits as the lead artist since July 5, 2008.
5 Number of #1 hits that Perry's Teenage Dream album generated.
3 Perry's age when Bad set that record (on July 2, 1988).
23 Number of years Bad held the record before Teenage Dream tied it.
0 Number of times I estimate that Jackson "turned over in his grave" when Perry tied his record. Jackson was a highly competitive artist, but I think he would have liked Perry, who shares his pop sensibility.
11 Number of these hits that Perry co-wrote.
11 Number of these hits on which Perry was either solo or in the lead position.
0 Number of other artists who have remained in the top 10 for 69 consecutive weeks in Hot 100 history.
3 Number of years that Perry has had a song among the top 10 best-selling songs of the year, per Nielsen SoundScan. "I Kissed A Girl" was #4 for 2008, "California Gurls" was #1 for 2010, "E.T." was #3 for 2011.
0 Number of other artists who have achieved that feat since 2008.
600K Digital sales of the Glee Cast's version of Perry's "Teenage Dream."
1 Number of other Glee Cast songs that have sold 600K digital copies. (Their cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" has sold 1,326,000 copies.)
2,549,000 Sales of Teenage Dream.
$25,326,071 Box-office gross of Katy Perry: Part Of Me.
3 Number of other music concert movies that have grossed $25M or more: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($73,014,000), Michael Jackson's This Is It ($72,091,000) and Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($65,282,000).
4 Number of VMA "Moonman" awards that Perry's videos have received, including Video of the Year for "Firework."
8 Number of Grammy nominations that Perry has received, including Album of the Year for Teenage Dream and Record of the Year for "Firework."
0 Number of Grammys that Perry has won. (A girl's got to have something to look forward to!)
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