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CHARTS: Katy Perry shoots to No. 1 with "Firework"

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     Katy Perry notches her third No. 1 single in a row, as “Firework,” upends Pink's “Raise a Glass” on next week's Billboard pop singles charts.
     The growth of “Firework” comes in the midst of a remarkable week for Perry (er, the soon-to-be Katy Brand?). Not only did she surprisingly land an Album of the Year Grammy nomination for “Teenage Dream” and headline this year's edition of VH1's “Divas,” but “Firework” is being used in the massive rollout for the “Just Dance 2” videogame, bringing the song to TV viewers who have somehow managed to avoid the song on the radio. (She will also land at Madison Square Garden for Z100's Jingle Ball on Friday.)
      “Firework” makes Perry the first female artist to land three No. 1s in a row from the same album since Monica did it in 1999, according to Billboard. That designation probably won't last too long, though, as Perry's gal-pal Rihanna already has two No. 1s from “Loud” and a handful of other songs with chart-topping potential.
      In fact, Rihanna's “What's My Name?” may end up replacing “Firework” at No. 1, as it climbs two notches to No. 3 this week, after debuting at No. 1 two months ago. Pink's “Raise a Glass” slips to No. 2, and Bruno Mars' “Grenade” jumps five spots to No. 5.
     And at No. 4 is Black Eyed Peas' “The Time,” which climbs five notches, despite a disappointing opening for the album it was setting up, “The Beginning,” which debuted at No. 6 on sales of 119,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Peas' last album “The E.N.D.” opened at No. 1 last year with nearly three times as many first-week sales thanks to the smash “Boom Boom Pow.”
      Susan Boyle returns to No. 1 with “The Gift” as holiday music begins its seasonal domination, joined by Jackie Evancho's “O Holy Night” at No. 3 and the “Glee” Christmas album at No. 4. (The “Glee” kids also landed the top debut of the week with “The Music: Season Two” coming in at No. 5.) Taylor Swift's “Speak Now” climbed two notches to No. 2, as last week's Top 2 Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" each slide six notches.

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