Billboard: Katy Perry Scores Second No. 1 Album With ‘Prism’
Katy Perry continues to cement herself as the top-selling female in the music industry today. Her new album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 with 286,000 copies sold, making it the largest sales week this year for an album by a woman and the second-largest sales week for a pop album after Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which debuted with 339,000 in May.
But those aren’t the only accolades for Perry’s monster of an album.
Among female artists in 2013, Perry surpasses Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz for the biggest sales week milestone, as Bangerz debuted with 270,000 copies three weeks ago. In addition, Prism is also the biggest debut for a female pop artist’s album since Madonna‘s MDNA debuted at No. 1 with 359,000 units in April 2012. This is Perry’s biggest sales week ever, toppling her previous No. 1 album, Teenage Dream, which debuted with 192,000 albums sold in 2010.
As if that isn’t impressive enough, Prism also outsells every album in the No. 2 through 9 spots — combined. Of course, this was largely due to the fact that this week was one of the poorest weeks for overall album sales this year, as only 4.49 million albums were sold. This falls under the low set by the Sept. 15 sales week, in which only 4.54 million albums were sold. So this ultimately ended up being a fairly dire week even for the high chart-toppers.
For example, last week’s No. 1 album dropped 72% in its second week: Pearl Jam‘s Lightning Bolt, which fell to No. 2 with 46,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same is up one spot to No. 3, but with only with 44,000 copies sold. This at least bests Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, which fell to No. 4 with 43,000 copies, as well as Lorde, whose Pure Heroine sold 40,000 albums to come in at No. 5.
But this week’s chart saw some interesting new arrivals.
Fifth Harmony makes its top 10 debut with their Better Together EP, which came in at No. 6 with 28,000 copies sold. This makes the group the highest-charting act from The X Factor USA, besting the top 10 debut from Emblem 3, whose Nothing to Lose album debuted at No. 7 in August.
The full top 10:
1. Katy Perry, Prism (286,000 copies)
2. Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt (46,000 copies)
3. Drake, Nothing Was the Same (44,000 copies)
4. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz (43,000 copies)
5. Lorde, Pure Heroine (40,000 copies)
6. Fifth Harmony, Better Together (28,000 copies)
7. DJ Khaled, Suffering From Success (27,000 copies)
8. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) (26,000 copies)
9. AFI, Burials (25,000 copies)
10. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party (25,000 copies)