All hail Queen Katy! After releasing Teenage Dream in August 2010, Perry continued to crank out hit single after hit single while touring the globe on the candy-coated spectacle known as the California Dreams tour. Her busy year has provided us with countless opportunities to gush about her outfits, analyze her music videos and speculate her future career moves, but how well do you know Katy Perry’s 2011? To further honor Popdust’s choice for Artist of the Year, we broke down the last 12 months to reveal some truly entertaining numerical values.
WEEKS IN THE TOP TEN: 43 (AND COUNTING)
It’s safe to say you don’t remember a time when Katy wasn’t in the Top 10. Piggybacking off last year’s release of Teenage Dream and releasing just about every song on the album s a single, Perry’s continued success gives her a total of 69 consecutive weeks between 2010-11, which is an all-time record.
NO. 1 SINGLES: 3
Following the success of “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream” in 2010, subsequent Teenage Dream singles “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” all hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this year, giving Perry a total of five No. 1 singles off her album between 2010-11, tying Michael Jackson’s impressive record. But now she’s one step closer to making history of her own: “The One That Got Away” came in at No. 4 this week, giving Perry her sixth Top 5 single off one album.
CALIFORNIA DREAMS TOUR DATES: 122
From Lisbon to Tokyo to New York City, Perry’s magical escape featured almost the entirety of Teenage Dream, and covers of Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Willow Smith and Jay-Z–and Adele, when she’s out of commission.
HAIR COLORS: 5
With the rate that she’s moved from black to red to blue, blond, pink and back to blond again, it’s unlikely Katy will ever be accused of sporting the same look twice.
“LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (T.G.I.F.)” CELEBRITY CAMEOS: 10
Teenage Dream‘s pièce de résistance was an exaggerated neon-colored ’80s flashback, chronicling the struggles of the awkward and frizzy Perry creation Kathy Beth Terry. What began as a commonplace makeover story was re-energized thanks to the fat list of guest stars who helped Terry transform into a regulation hottie, including Glee stars Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, Rebecca Black (!), the three Hanson brothers, model Richie Nuzzolese, Kenny G. and ’80s icons Debbie Gibson and Corey Feldman.
PORN PARODIES: 1
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so adult entertainment company Goodnight Media’s horny Perry-inspired character “Katy Pervy“—who battles Rihandjob for the affections of one Russell Gland and seeks guidance from Snoop Dong—should have her feeling really good this year, albeit a little dirty.
TWITTER FOLLOWERS: 12,858,424
She’s third behind Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in her number of followers, yet the digital friends of @KatyPerry continue to climb. Her demand was even high enough to warrant an account for Kathy Beth Terry, who currently boasts 189,258 followers, whose place in the high school social hierarchy rests upon her reaching 200,000 before the first day of ninth grade.
COSTUME CHANGES DURING “HOT N COLD”: 8
Perry’s backstage “Candyfornia” footage clued us in to some of the numerous outfits that would be on display during her colorful set, but eight different looks for one song? While we envy her bevy of choices, any of which could brighten up our respective closets, we never realized she had such a knack for sleight of hand tricks.
GLEE COVERS: 4
Ryan Murphy’s love affair with Perry continued in 2K11, helping her become one of the most frequently covered artists on the Fox series. Teenage Dream tracks proved ripe for McKinley interpretations, as Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) instructed her Cheerios to perform a NSFS (Not Suitable For School) rendition of “California Gurls,” complete with pyrotechnic breasts. Rachel (Lea Michele) increased our love for “Firework,” even if she rarely feels like a plastic bag, while Blaine (Darren Criss) provided more evidence that he just might be Katy’s male alter ego on “Last Friday Night” and Santana (Naya Rivera) and the girls celebrated lady love with a reprise of Season 1′s “I Kissed A Girl.”
PHOTOS OF HER BOOBS ON KATYPERRYSBOOBIES.TUMBLR.COM: 384
One committed public servant has dedicated time to organizing the best shots of Perry’s top half in one, easy-to-enjoy location. Luckily no creeps are involved—most of these images are gleaned from her music videos, live performances and promotional appearances. Katy Perry: giving the people what they want since 1984.
PAGES ON HER CALIFORNIA DREAMS TOUR RIDER: 45
With zero requests for carnations. Drivers need not look at her, and instead, should focus their energy on securing mass amounts of Honey Mustard & Onion pretzels for her dressing room.
SQUARE FEET YOU CAN’T AFFORD: 9,000
Perry put some of her 2011 earnings towards a new home, purchasing a 9,000-square foot home in Los Angeles for $6.5 million. Now she and husband Russell Brand have ample space to film themselves cooking breakfast and gardening, which will inevitably wind up being used to illustrate lyrics during her next high-profile award show performance.
THE SMURFS OPENING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TOTAL: $35.6 MILLION
Voicing the adorable Smurfette, Katy helped prove that a lot of people still haven’t grown tired of “I Kissed A Girl“-related punchlines.
POLITICALLY ACTIVE BRITISH HUSBANDS: 1
Russell Brand can help with her dialect and worldliness, thus improving her chances of launching that acting career.
Check out more on Katy Perry and all of Popdust’s Artists of the Year selections here.