Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream has been one of the more unstoppable albums to hit record stores since the music industry’s heyday in the 1990s. Released way back in August of 2010, it has been firmly planted in the Billboard 200 for an astounding 63 weeks and counting, and has produced five, count ‘em, five #1 singles so far, the first album since Michael Jackson’s 1987 smash Bad to accomplish that feat. Not content to simply tie this record, Katy Perry has just released a sixth single, “The One That Got Away,” complete with another high-production-value video.
So, will the gamut work? Quite frankly, the road to #1 looks pretty daunting at this point. The song is currently sitting at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and will have to find a way to eclipse heavy hitters like Rihanna‘s “We Found Love,” Adele’s weepy “Someone Like You,” and the red-hot David Guetta/Usher collabo “Without You” over the next few weeks to hit the top spot (not to mention Lady Gaga‘s “Marry The Night,” which promises to be a huge hit during the holidays). Additionally, the song does not benefit from its striking sonic similarities to Ke$ha‘s “Animal”; the choruses of both of these songs share virtually the same melody, and the vocal inflections of Katy and Ke$ha are also remarkably similar, which makes sense considering that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald was a credited writer on both tracks. Nor does it benefit from covering the same thematic territory as the aforementioned “Someone Like You” in an arguably less emotionally resonant fashion.
That said, only a fool would count Katy out of the race at this early date. The heartstring-pulling video for “The One That Got Away” is bound to draw a ton of new listeners to this song. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, who also directed Kitty Purry’s video for “E.T.”, the video shows a prosthetically-aged Perry reflecting back on the titular one that got away (in this case, Mexican heartthrob Diego Luna). The video has a strong Titanic meets Paula Abdul‘s “Rush Rush” feel to it, mixing shots of Young Love, Old Heartbreak and reckless driving that builds to a teary conclusion. Will it be enough to score Katy Perry a chart record? We’ll just have to wait and see.