"Witness," in which Perry
infused political themes into pop music, sold 162,000 albums,
51,000 songs and was streamed more than 19 million times in its
opening week, totaling 180,000 album units, according to figures
from Nielsen SoundScan.
The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales,
song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity
(1,500 streams equal one album).
Perry's promotional tour included numerous performances,
interviews and a four-day livestream on YouTube before the
In one interview, Perry said she was ready to bury the hatchet
on her long-running feud with Swift.
Swift has yet to respond, but she released her back catalog to
streaming services on the same day as Perry's "Witness" release
in what was widely seen as a bid to steal Perry's thunder.
On Monday, Swift's 2014 album "1989" climbed to No. 31 on the
Billboard 200 chart on the strength of nearly 19 million
streams, just under the streaming figures for Perry's "Witness."
Perry became the second solo female artist to top the Billboard
chart this year, following on last week's No. 1 debut from
Other new releases in the top 10 this week include hip hop
singer SZA's "CTRL" at No. 3, country music group Lady
Antebellum's "Heart Break" at No. 4 and punk rock band Rise
Against at No. 9 with "Wolves."
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales,
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" featuring Justin
Bieber continued its reign at the top, adding 140,000 copies
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Grant McCool)
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