Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ Streams Edge Out Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ By A Smidgen

A win's a win.

Katy Perry has done her best to bury the hatchet with Taylor Swift. The two pop stars are embroiled in an ongoing feud over years-old industry drama. No one is really even sure why they're still caught up in it, including Perry. "I am ready to let it go," Perry recently said. "I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it's actually like, I think it's time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world.

There's more: "I love her, and I want the best for her," she added. "I think she's a fantastic songwriter, and I think that, you know, if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, 'Yeah, well we can do this.'"

Perry's comments come even after Swift's attempts to foil Perry's Witness debut by unleashing her entire catalogue of music onto other streaming platforms outside of Apple Music like Spotify and Amazon. Tay's diabolical plan nearly worked. Songs off Witness were streamed 19.2 million times, only 300,000 more than Taylor's 18.9 million streams for tracks off 1989, Nielsen Music confirms. As Spin points out, these figures take only audio streams into account.

The "Roulette" singer also opened up at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 180,000 equivalent album units, 162,000 of which were traditional album sales – 1989 resurfaced at No. 31.

Katy wins this one, but that was too close for comfort; let's not forget 1989 is nearly three years old and Katy was in promo mode for weeks leading up to the release. But like I mentioned, a win's a win!

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