How Katy Perry Got Her First No. 1 Album

Katy Perry’s sophomore album, Teenage Dream, has debuted at the top of the Billboard charts.

The “California Gurls” songbird debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making her the first female solo artist to hit that mark since Ke$ha’s Animal debut in January.

This is an all-time chart high for Katy, whose last album, One of the Boys peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.

How did Katy manage to debut at No. 1? Well, first she made sure that her album was chock-full of awesome pop hits and then dominated the summer with the first song off her new album, “California Gurls.” That infectious single stayed at No. 1 five weeks in a row on the Billboard chart.

After Katy got us humming the chorus to “Gurls,” she made sure to hit back with another great song, “Teenage Dream,” which also hit No. 1 this week. Watch Katy performing “Teenage Dream” live for the Late Show with David Letterman below.

Katy’s hard work, good looks, and sassy pop persona didn’t hurt her sales either. After learning that she debuted at No. 1, Katy quickly took to Twitter to inform her many fans:


She sure sounds excited!

Congratulations to Katy on her No. 1 debut and here’s to many more hit albums.

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