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Katy Perry Ties Janet Jackson and George Michael for Another Billboard Record

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2011 has been a ridiculously successful year for Katy Perry. She celebrated her one-year anniversary with Russell Brand, her album ‘Teenage Dream’ is approaching two million copies sold, she earned multiple Grammy nominations, and she tied a Billboard record that Michael Jackson had owned for nearly a quarter of a century.

Wait, did we say she tied one Billboard record? Turns out she wasn’t quite finished yet. Her latest single, ‘The One That Got Away,’ became the sixth Top 5 hit from ‘Teenage Dream’ this week, adding Perry to the very short list of artists who have accomplished the feat.

‘The One That Got Away’ ties Perry with Janet Jackson and George Michael, the only other artists to score six Top 5 cuts from a single album. Making this feat even more impressive is just how long it’s been since someone managed to pull it off: George set the record in 1987-’88 with the singles from his ‘Faith’ album, while Janet followed in 1989-’90 with the long string of hits from ‘Rhythm Nation 1814.’

“This song shows a very different side of me that I haven’t shown with my past singles on this record,” Perry told MTV. “I think that everyone can relate to this song. I wrote this song about when you promise someone forever, but you end up not being able to follow through. It’s a bittersweet story — hopefully, the listener learns from hearing it and never has to say they had ‘The One’ get away.”

With ‘The One That Got Away’ sitting pretty at No. 4 on the charts, it’s time to start wondering whether Perry will end 2011 by breaking the record for most No. 1 hits from an album. There are still a couple of weeks left in the year — anything can happen!

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