Katy Perry was just named 2012 Billboard Woman of the Year. Katy joins Beyonce, Fergie and Taylor Swift.”Katy Perry broke into the industry not even five years ago, and has already accomplished more than most artists can hope for in an entire career,” said Bill Werde, Billboard’s editorial director. “We are thrilled to celebrate these incredible achievements and her amazing past 12 months by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award. With what seems like a never-ending supply of record-breaking, chart-topping hits, coupled with her unique and fresh style, Katy Perry is hands-down one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry today.”
She is the only woman to score five Hot 100 No. 1s from one album (“Teenage Dream”) in the chart’s 54-year history. The album spent more than 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 and has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. Perry has also sold 48 million tracks in the U.S., with four of them — “Firework,” “California Gurls,” “E.T.” and “Hot N Cold” — among the top 30 selling downloads of all time, and holds the record for the most consecutive weeks (69) with at least one title in the Hot 100’s top 10.
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