Downloads keep Katy Perry in the Hot 100 driver’s seat

    Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” is on its way to becoming the song of the summer, as its continued strength on the download market pushed the song to a fifth consecutive week atop Billboard’s Hot 100. Perry’s song tallied 166,000 downloads in the United States alone, outpacing Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” and “Forever” by Chris Brown. Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” at number four and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” which jumped back from seven, round out the top five. Though Perry has endured the slings and arrows of the media, particularly for her genre jumping from Christian pop to secular music and the cavalier attitude of her music to both gays and lesbians, she seems to have connected squarely with her target audience. Even Perez Hilton, an early Perry backer, wouldn’t drop the cash for that many downloads. [Billboard]