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Katy Perry is outselling Lady Gaga

Katy Perry is outselling Lady Gaga
August 16, 2013 JEREMY FEIST

Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga

Did you know that Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are competing against each other? Yeah, I didn’t know either, but apparently because they released their songs around the same time, they’re now in a war to see who can sell the most singles in a week, and so far, Katy’s actually on track with “Roar” to sell twice as many singles as Gaga’s “Applause.” Congratulations Katy, you’ve won an imaginary battle that I’m not entirely sure either of you even know you’re a part of! Via HuffPo

The two pop stars released highly publicized singles early this week, after both songs were leaked before their official release dates. Despite claims that Katy Perry’s “Roar” sounds suspiciously like another certain other song out there, the California Gurl will likely beat the mother of monsters in their first week of digital download sales. Billboard reports that “industry forecasters” predict “Roar,” which was released on Monday, will reach 450,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week (Sunday, Aug. 18). “Applause,” which was released on Tuesday, is on schedule to earn 200,000 to 250,000 downloads.

Celebrity feuds are the kind of thing that keeps food on my table and leather in my closet, but really? Why are female singers always “competing” against one another? Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake both released songs earlier this summer around the same time, and it’s not like anyone ever went “ZOMG, pop battle!” It’s entirely possible I’m reading too far into this, but I hate it when people try to create the narrative that women have to compete against each other, because the truth is they’re not. It’s entirely possible for people to spring for both songs.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.