I don’t know if it’s because time flies, the fickle nature of fame, or a little bit of both, but doesn’t it seem like Katy Perry was the biggest pop star in the world not too long ago and now she’s almost entirely off the radar?
I guess she’s still hosting American Idol, although it was news to me that American Idol is still on the air (revived on ABC, apparently, after closing up shop at Fox). But her last single I can recall was ‘Chained to the Rhythm.’ which came out two years ago. That’s a lifetime in her line of work.
Katy Perry’s Prism hasn’t exactly lived up to the performance of its predecessor, Teenage Dream, but that isn’t really a fair comparison given the historic chart results of the latter.
‘Roar’ and ‘Dark Horse’ have certainly been juggernauts, but does anybody think ‘Birthday’ is destined for greatness?
And ‘Walking On Air,’ another single and today’s random SOTD, fell pretty flat.
You have to give Katy Perry credit for trying.
Whether or not you like her music, the woman sure works hard to entertain. In the video for her latest single, ‘Birthday,’ she convincingly disguises herself as an elderly stripper, a Jewish comedian, a clown, a grizzled animal trainer and a princess and crashes the birthday parties of unsuspecting victims.
During the great “radio hits” debate of late 2013, I agreed to dedicate time each month this year to the songs topping the charts. That way I won’t be ignorant of some ubiquitous smash when populating my year-end list with deep album cuts by bands like Belle & Sebastian.
I’ll probably still leave those hits off my list, but at least I’ll do it consciously.
There is no denying the pop mastery of Katy Perry’s 2010 album, Teenage Dream. It produced five #1 singles (the first album to do so since Michael Jackson’s Bad) and another that reached #3.
It also raised expectations for her next release to impossibly high levels — commercially if not artistically.
Based on early sales, that album — Prism — is another hit. Whether it will prove to have the legs of its predecessor (or the number one hits) remains to be seen.