Katy Perry scores a fifth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” from her album “Teenage Dream.” The set joins Michael Jackson’s “Bad” (1987-88) as the only sets to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s each.
The appeal of the King of Pop knows no boundaries: Alien Ant Farm’s amped-up cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” (originally a No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit in 1989) began a four-week rule over Alternative Songs.
Michael Jackson made Billboard Hot 100 history, as “Dirty Diana” reached No. 1, becoming the fifth leader on the list from his album “Bad.” The set, which will be reissued in celebration of its 25th anniversary in August, remains the only album by a male artist to produce five Hot 100 No. 1s. Since, only Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (2010-11) has also yielded five toppers.
MJ-mania was in full effect: a week after Dexy’s Midnight Runners end Michael Jackson’s seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Billie Jean,” the King of Pop returns to the throne with “Beat It.”
It wasn’t just a No. 1 song: the compilation album “We Are the World” reaches the top of the Billboard 200. In addition to the title all-star title track, the set includes solo songs from Prince, Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner.