There are only a dozen tracks on Katy Perry‘s Grammy-nominated album “Teenage Dream” but five of them have now gone to number one on the Billboard Hot 200. The latest to top this chart is the retro “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” the video of which can be found below. The first four hit singles were “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework” and “E.T.” Michael Jackson managed this feat with five tracks from his 1987 album “Bad”: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”
“California Gurls” was the first single from Perry’s third studio album. Last year the video version of this hit reaped her two MTV Video Music Awards bids for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video. However, she lost both races to Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”).
This year, Perry — who has yet to win a VMA — claimed a leading nine nominations. The crackling “Firework” is up for both Video of the Year and Best Female Video while the bouncy “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” contends for Best Pop Video. Her collaboration with Kanye West “E.T.,” produced a video full of extravagant sci-fi imagery that reaped five bids: Best Collaboration and creative nods for direction, art direction, editing and special effects. And “Teenage Dream” vies for Best Cinematography.
As Lady Gaga, who won eight of her 13 bids last year, was kept to three nominations this year, Perry’s chief competition could be Adele who reaped seven nods, all for “Rolling in the Deep” the hit single from her No. 1 album “21.”
Besides last year’s two losses, Perry was also defeated in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 her racy video for “I Kissed a Girl” launched her career. However, she lost Best New Artist to Tokio Hotel (“Ready, Set Go!”) and Best Female Video to Britney Spears (“Piece of Me”). Then in 2009, she was back with “Hot n Cold” and while she may have lost the Best Female Video race to Taylor Swift (“You Belong With Me”) she did win the love of kudocast host Russell Brand.