VANITY FAIR declares that Miley is a bigger popstar than Lady Gaga or Katy Perry this year! They have critically analyzed the situation and determined that Miley is superior to them: Let’s assess together who nabbed the silver to Swift’s gold.
Who sold the most albums in their first week? Katy Perry, PRISM: 286,000 copies Miley Cyrus, Bangerz: 270,000 copies Lady Gaga, ARTPOP: 258,000 copies
Winner: Katy Perry. It’s pretty wild (“wild”) that only 28,000 albums separated the three of them—but as a point of comparison, and underscoring New York’s coverline claim, Taylor Swift’s most recent album, Red, sold 1.2 million copies in its first week out of the gates last October, stomping all over (in metallic Keds) these three sales figures.
Who saw the biggest sales increase over their previous album? In an attempt to track ‘momentum’, we calculated the percentage change from the first-week sales of each singer’s previous album: Katy Perry’s 2010 behemoth Teenage Dream, Miley Cyrus’ overlooked 2010 Can’t Be Tamed, and Gaga’s 2011 monster Born This Way.
Miley Cyrus: +165 percent Katy Perry: +49 percent Lady Gaga: -77 percent Winner: Miley Cyrus. Born This Way sold over a million copies, so Gaga’s tumble with ARTPOP is pretty staggering. Meanwhile, Miley’s Can’t Be Tamed (remember the music video in which she literally broke out of a cage, just in case we had missed everything else she had ever done or said?) sold an underwhelming 102,000 copies in June of 2010, making Bangerz a notable rebound.
Whose first-single music video has the most views?
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop,” 281 million
Katy Perry, “Roar,” 212 million
Lady Gaga, “Applause,” 105 million
Winner: Miley Cyrus. It’s worth noting that the video for Miley’s second single, “Wrecking Ball,” which was released closer to the time “Roar” and “Applause” debuted, is actually the most viewed of the entire pack, having surpassed 335 million views. This is the arena Miley truly owned. You may remember Katy’s “Roar” jungle-themed outfit, and perhaps appreciated the lightness of Gaga’s “Applause,” but everyone watched “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” multiple times, as there was nary a summer party that wasn’t spent, at some point, around a laptop watching one of the two Miley videos.
Who were people talking about the most online?
So numbers probably aren’t even necessary for this this one, since we all know which of these three was the most talked about this fall, but we found some anyway! Charting the prevalence of the search terms “Miley Cyrus,” “Lady Gaga,” and “Katy Perry” over the past 90 days on Google Trends, Miley is victorious in terms of “headlines per day” by a sizable 11:3:3 margin. (For some perspective, the “headlines” breakdown the day after the V.M.A.’s was 100:12:5, Miley:Gaga:Katy.)
According to reviews, whose music was the best?
Amusingly, the actual quality of the music can often get lost in the charts-based, “who’s trending” carousel ride of the pop game. The general consensus seems to have been that all three albums were somewhat uneven, reflected in the average Metacritic scores for the three albums. (For every winning top-of-the-album “Legendary Lovers,” “Adore You” or “G.U.Y.” across the three discs, there’s a corresponding back-half clunker.)
But what did the fans think?
Like most internet reviews, the ones on iTunes seem to fall into one of the two extremes (“GREATEST ALBUM OF THE MILLENNIUM GAGA SLAYS ALL YOUR FAVES” or “MILEY IS TRASH AND BANGERZ IS GROSSER THAN BECKY J.’S INSTAGRAM AND WE ALL KNOW HOW RANCID THAT IS”), meaning the average almost always ends up somewhere in the upper mid-range. But! Gaga has a decisive lead over the other two when it comes to the number of five-star reviews.
ARTPOP: 4 stars (15,490 five-star reviews)
PRISM: 4 stars (10,037 five-star reviews)
Bangerz: 3.5 stars (11,380 five-star reviews)
Who fared the best on Saturday Night Live?
All three women attempted to use Saturday Night Live to enhance their platforms, with Miley and Gaga pulling hosting/performing double-duty (Katy was the musical guest for Bruce Willis’ episode). Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” parody (in which she played Michele Bachmann) and her monologue (in which she announced Hannah Montana had been murdered) nabbed her some headlines, but her outsized behavior in the weeks leading up to S.N.L. made her relatively muted episode something of a letdown. Gaga definitely aimed to provoke with her episode—engaging in a bizarre R-rated “dance” with R. Kelly on “Do What U Want” and starring in a skit that contemplated what life would be like for a no-longer-relevant Gaga in 2063—but the material seemed to be mostly forgotten by the Internet by Monday morning. Anyway, since there is no great way to numerically assess the quality of their S.N.L. episodes, let’s use the ratings their telecasts garnered!
Katy (and Bruce): 4.3 (Katy was never a host so I’m not sure why she’s included here)
It was a tight race . . . but the 20-year-old eyebrow-less lightning rod, whose tongue has never remained inside her mouth for longer than seven seconds at a time, comes out on top, winning in three of the seven categories. Congratulations, Miley, wherever you are right now (probably on the set of your next music video deliberating whether to wear a strategically placed mop or a tuxedo made of cow skin).
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