Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ onTrack to Have Biggest DebutSince Gaga


Next week’s Billboard Digital
Songs and Hot 100 charts will be
brimming with massive debuts,
surging sales and some intriguing
newcomers. A host of songs —
new and old — will be vying for a
position within both charts’ top
10s.
Katy Perry’s new “Part of Me,”
which was released digitally to
retailers on Monday, Feb. 13, is
heading for a debut sales week
of around 400,000 to 420,000
downloads by week’s end on
Sunday, Feb. 19 — so say industry
prognosticators. That would mark
the pop diva’s best debut sales
frame and the highest opening
week for any act since Lady
Gaga’s “Born This Way” sold
448,000 on the chart dated Feb.
26, 2011, according to Nielsen
SoundScan.
Perry premiered “Part of Me” in a
performance on the Feb. 12
Grammy Awards ceremony —
much like how Gaga launched
“Born This Way” a year ago on
the Feb. 13 Grammys (two days
after the single hit digital
retailers). So effectively, Perry’s
“Part of Me” will sell around the
same amount in seven days as
Gaga did in three.
Adele, who was the queen of this
year’s Grammy Awards — taking
home six trophies — should also
find herself with multiple singles
near the top of the Digital Songs
tally.
“Rolling in the Deep,” which she
performed on the show and
earned both record and song of
the year awards, could sell over
250,000 downloads. Meanwhile,
her most recent single, “Set Fire
to the Rain,” may move around
220,000 while “Someone Like
You” could sell 170,000.
The late Whitney Houston will
likely be among next week’s top
10 selling songs for a second
week, as “I Will Always Love You”
could sell in the range of 250,000
to 300,000.
fun.’s “We Are Young” (featuring
Janelle Monae) is still reeling
from its positioning in Chevy’s
Sonic TV commercial, and is
aiming for a 250,000 sales week.
Nicki Minaj’s new “Starships” is
on course to sell perhaps
150,000, while Chris Brown’s also
just-released “Turn Up the
Music” is heading for a start near
150,000 to 170,000 as well.
Another new single, from British
vocal group One Direction,
“What Makes You Beautiful,” may
debut with 120,000 or so.
The top 10 of the Digital Songs
chart will be revealed on
Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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