Katy Perry's 50 Million Twitter Followers Makes History

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Friday, 31 Jan 2014 09:43 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Pop singer Katy Perry reigns in the Twitter world, becoming the first user to attain 50 million followers.

Perry's followers surpassed Justin Bieber's in November. Bieber was had 46.5 million followers in November, according to Medabistro's All Twitter news blog. At the time, the blog predicted Perry could be the first to reach 50 million.

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Bieber remains in second place, with 49.2 million followers. President Barack Obama is third with 41.2 million, followed by Lady Gaga with 41.02 followers and YouTube with 38.9 million. 

Ashton Kutcher, who was the first person to reach one million Twitter followers in 2009, is not even in the top 10 anymore.

Perry's latest album, "Prism," appeared to be one of the driving forces behind the star's Twitter power. Her latest single off the album, "Dark Horse," with rapper Juicy J, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after 19 weeks on the survey. 

The song edged out Pit Bull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha.

"This No. 1 is the most unexpected one I've ever had," Perry told Billboard Wednesday. "'Dark Horse' has been a dark horse of a song, since August when the KatyCats voted to release it early on iTunes, before 'PRISM' even came out. I'm so thrilled and grateful to have these moments." 

Perry continued her success on the charts. "Dark Horse" is her ninth No. 1 song, putting her in a five-way tie for 10th place among artists with the most chart toppers in the chart's 55-year history. That group includes the Bee Gees, Elton John, Paul McCartney (not including his Beatles years) and Usher.

The Beatles owns the all-time No. 1 record with 20 followed by Mariah Carey's 18.

"'Dark Horse' is the second Hot 100 No. 1 from Perry's album 'PRISM,' following lead single 'Roar,' which ruled for two weeks in September," wrote Gary Trust, of Billboard. "With Perry having logged five No. 1s from her last album 'Teenage Dream' (tying Michael Jackson's 'Bad' in 1987-88 for the most No. 1s from an album), she joins a select group of (now five) women who've tallied multiple No. 1s from consecutive studio albums."

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