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Katy Perry spinning

PERRY PERRY GOOD? There are any number of spins being spun about yesterday's chart-topping debut for Katy Perry's eagerly anticipated Teenage Dream on Capitol/EMI, which resulted in what many are viewing as an "under-performing" total of 194k. Many handicappers predicted that first-week number would end up north of 350k, leaving insiders to wonder, given such an impeccable pregame setup, "why she didn't sell more." Lots of second-guessing around industry water coolers as to what happened and what it means, as analysts continue to analyze this one. Some even thought Katy had a shot at displacing Gaga as the reigning queen of American pop culture. Still, if you count the 4.8 million track sales, including some 450k this week, at the equivalent of 10 tracks equaling one album, EMI estimates the release at around 720k. In addition, the "Teenage Dream" single is up 50k in sales over last week and is now the #1-seller in the country. The album comes out in the rest of the world this week. Perry's debut, One of the Boys, has sold 1.3 million in the U.S. of its worldwide total of 5 million. (9/1p)
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