Katy Perry On The Verge of Making Music History

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Posted August 8, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Katy Perry is close to getting her fifth No. 1 single…off of one album. It’s history in the making.

Katy Perry – the unofficial princess of modern bubblegum pop – is about to duke it out with the King of Pop as she inches away from tying his record as holding five No. 1 singles from one album.

Michael Jackson‘s Bad holds the record of having the most Hot 100 No. 1 singles – with “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Bad,” “Man In The Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Dirty Diana.” But Katy Perry is close to share her throne next to Jackson as a new remix of her No.2 pop hit “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” may soon place Perry’s summer song in the top spot.

What’s in her way?

LMFAO – made up of RedFoo and SkyBlu –  is causing everyone to get their shuffle on with their No. 1 smash hit “Party Rock Anthem.” It’s the Cali-bred hip-pop duo’s first swing of success and have been enjoying it for the last couple of weeks. But Katy Perry isn’t backing down.

A new remix of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” featuring Missy Elliot, hits radio and digital retail this Monday and hopes to thrust the single up to No. 1. The remix strategy seems to work on recent Hot 100 hits. Rihanna and Britney Spears did it with their hits “S&M” and “Til The World Ends” respectively. A similar approach was taken with Britney Spears’ second Femme Fatale single ‘Till The World Ends’, where a remix featuring Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj was released to radios and digital outlets a month after the original single was issued.

With each remix released, Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan tallies the newer versions with the weekly sales of the original. This helps boost the widespread range of the song’s commercial activity and many times forces the single into other markets. With Missy Elliot’s involvement, it could potentially make a dent on urban charts.

Currently, Katy Perry has four No. 1’s from her 2010’s Teenage Dream album: “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework” and “E.T.” We could be adding “Last Friday Night” to the list.

So what do you think?
What do you think of the “Last Friday Night” remix? Like it?

Do you think Katy Perry will beat the King of Pop’s No. 1 pop hit record? 

Blog your thoughts.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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