Let’s hear it for the girls! Adele and Katy Perry are topping the Billboard charts post Grammys, rolling over their historical successes from 2011 into what looks to be an equally successful 2012 for both young women. Katy Perry’s new single from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, “Part Of Me”, which she performed for the first time live at the Grammys, debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 — making it the 20th number one entry in the chart’s 53-year life. How’s that for sticking it to the man? The last artist to debut at number one was Lady Gaga with “Born This Way,” which followed last year’s Grammys where she performed the hit, adding some pretty hefty weight to the importance of being able to grace that illustrious stage for performers. Unfortunately for Katy however, singles from The Complete Confection will not count to her record for number one singles from Teenage Dream — so she’ll remain tied with Michael Jackson at a legendary 5 number one songs from the same album. On the bright side, “Part Of Me” sold 411,000 downloads, marking Perry’s best sales week to date in her career.
As for Adele, it doesn’t look like the reign of 21 is ending any time soon. After picking up six Grammys last week, Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” follows “Part Of Me” at number two on the Hot 100 chart, with “Rolling In The Deep” jumping back up to number five and “Someone Like You” at number seven, making her the first woman in history to place three songs in the top 10 as the lead artist. But it doesn’t stop there for Adele — over on the Billboard 200 chart, 21 is still breaking records with it’s 21st (ha!) nonconsecutive week on top. Usurping the late Whitney Houston‘s throne, Adele now has the record for the longest held number one album spot for a female performer. The numbers tell a very vivid story — that for Adele, it definitely isn’t over, she won’t stay away, and we can’t fight it (not that we’d want to).