Today, Katy Perry made history as her latest single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” reached number one on the Hot 100 list, although don’t check the website for the list yet as it’s not updated. Perry became the first woman in history to have five number one singles from the same album on Billboard’s Hot 100 list; in addition, she is now tied with the king of Pop, Michael Jackson, who had 5 songs (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You;” “Bad;” “The Way You Make Me Feel;” “Man in the Mirror;” and “Dirty Diana) reach number one from his 1987 album Bad. Other singles from Perry’s album, Teenage Dream, include “California Girls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” and “E.T.”
I think Katy Perry is the perfect artist to mark history. I would have been upset if it ended up being Lady GaGa or Rihanna who have no actual talent. Unlike others, Perry has a unique voice, addicting lyrics, pop rhythms, and a seemingly real appreciation for music. If you follow Perry on twitter (@katyperry), you can actually feel the excitement she has when something amazing happens in her music career. For example, today’s tweet in reaction to the history news reads, “What a way to wake up! SO proud to announce that the little-engine-that-could of a song ‘LAST FRIDAY NIGHT’ is officially #1 & made HISTORY! & u know, I couldn’t have done it with out ya, really I owe u guys BIG… so take this moment to give yourself a high FIVE!!! #allbecauseofu.”
In a span of one year, two months and one week, Perry accumulated a total of eighteen weeks with a number one single beginning with “California Gurls” on June 19, 2010 followed by “Teenage Dream” on September 18, 2010, “Firework” on December 18, 2010, “E.T.” on April 9, 2011, and now “Last Friday Night” on August 17, 2011.
I’ve already done a review of a Katy Perry concert and one of her latest single, so I don’t want to repeat myself and talk about how much enthusiasm Perry has or how fun her songs are, blah blah blah. I write this to congratulate Katy Perry. Here’s to hoping it stays number one for a while.