A white girl from Santa Barbara is about to beat the King of Pop. She’s only 26 years old, and this is only her second album, but music fans are waiting with bated breath for what seems like the inevitable: Katy Perry is about to tie and may eventually break Michael Jackson’s over two decade old record of most #1 songs from a single album.

What has the world come to? That’s what some people are saying. When a tiny pop star singing about alien love dethrones a musical legend, there are questions to be answered. Is she really that good, or has our collective musical taste become really that bad?

Michael Jackson set the record for most #1 songs from a single album with “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana,” from 1987′s Bad album. Katy Perry is one song shy of matching this record, thanks to her singles “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework” and “E.T.,” from her current album, Teenage Dream.

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If her most recent single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” performs as expected (it jumped 27 spots on the chart to #4 this week), she will be the first female artist to have five #1 songs from a single album, and get the bragging rights of having tied Michael Jackson for the title.

Needless to say, Michael Jackson superfans, and pop music snobs in general, are heated. How could she unseat the King? Surely Katy Perry’s music isn’t that good (a fact that some fans will even admit). Her name doesn’t hover on the tongues of tastemakers the way Lady Gaga and BeyoncĂ©’s names do.

There’s nothing impressively outstanding or unique about Katy Perry, her celebrity persona sitting at the intersection of Pink with a splash of Rihanna for good controversy. In short, nothing feels special about her — she is somewhat of an average pop singer who has happened upon some really really successful songs. Read More