“Katy Perry’s successful Teenage Dream album celebrates its milestone 200th week on the Billboard 200 chart, as the set moves 90-126 on the list dated March 14. The set, which was released in 2010 and debuted at No. 1, is only the 25th album to spend at least 200 weeks on the chart since it began using Nielsen Music point-of-sale data on May 25, 1991. It joins such other titles as Taylor Swift’s Fearless, Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More and Nirvana’s Nevermind in the 200 weeks (or more) club during the Nielsen era.”
Billboard also notes that Teenage Dream has not only scored a record-breaking five No. 1 hits, but is about to cross over the 3 million sales mark. Keep in mind that even selling 1 million albums is difficult for a superstar. Even Lady Gaga hasn’t been able to sell over 1 million albums with her latest releases ARTPOP and Cheek to Cheek. Beyoncé’s latest album has sold well, but it’s doubtful it will have the same chart longevity as Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.
Speaking of Katy Perry, it was recently revealed that her Super Bowl performance was almost a disaster. According to Sports Illustrated, Perry‘s show relied on darkness. Her creative director Baz Halpin planned things for months with Katy Perry. There were weeks of rehearsals and other types of planning. Halpin didn’t even think about the one thing that could ruin the show and Katy Perry’s reputation – daylight.
The Super Bowl had started a little after 4:30 p.m. and as halftime approached, the sun was still shining. If it was still bright out, Katy Perry’s lion’s shell would have looked fake and ridiculous, as well as other props. It would have looked like an elementary school play. According to Yahoo Sports, coach Pete Carroll saved Katy Perry from a Janet Jackson-like disaster by making the decision to go for a touchdown rather than let the clock run down.
Katy Perry is currently touring Europe on her “Prismatic World Tour.” Her shows have garnered the singer excellent reviews. In 2008, after she hit big with her album One of the Boys, people thought she would fade away fast. Instead, she has outlasted most pop stars from that period and continues to keep going. Katy Perry is definitely on her way to pop music legend status.
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