Katy Perry: Breaking Hearts and Records
by Katie Price (Music Industry/Journalism), published May 20th 2011
Last week, Katy Perry made history by having at least one single consistently on Billboard’s Top 10 for a full year; that’s 52 weeks and still counting with only four singles. It is a feat no other artist in the history of music has ever done: not Elvis Presley, not Madonna, not even the Beatles.
Granted, a lot has changed in Billboard’s 53 years of charting America’s hits. Perry’s success on Billboard hasn’t translated into sales. Teenage Dream has sold around 1.5 million albums in the nine months since it was released. Although this seems like an impressive number, in an earlier era Perry’s chart dominance would have equated to unfathomable sales. To put this into perspective, back in 1995, Mariah Carey spent just six months with singles in the top 10. The album, Daydream, went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone.
Regardless of numbers and statistics, Perry is still on a roll with ‘E.T.’ in Billboard’s Top 10 this week. She was also named #3 on Maxim’s “Hot 100″ list (she was 1st last year) as well as 2nd on the FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list. Her camp also recently announced that the next single off Teenage Dream will be ’Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’.
An EP of remixes of the single has already been released with cover art (seen above) that features Perry decked out in 80s/90s era geek clothing and headgear – a look she sported at the Teen Choice Awards last year alongside her co-hosts, the stars of ‘Glee.’ With this image in mind, fans are eagerly awaiting the music video for the single. Perry tweeted of the already-shot video, ‘”I told someone about my new music video I just filmed & they responded with “wow, that’s gonna break the internet”…should I knock on wood?”
With the success Perry’s having, we don’t think that’s even necessary.
Check out ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Almighty Club Mix)’ off the remix EP here.