Katy re-release #1's won't count for beating MJ record
Originally posted by Billboard.biz
Katy Perry to Release 'Teenage Dream' Special Edition in March
February 09, 2012
By Jason Lipshutz, New York
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry's sophomore album which spawned a record-tying five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, will be rereleased as a special edition on March 27. Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection will feature three new songs, as well as four re-workings of her Dream hits, along with the entirety of the original album.
Confection will include the Kanye West-assisted version of Perry's single "E.T.," the remix of "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" featuring Missy Elliott, a Jon Brion-produced acoustic version of "The One That Got Away," and a 7-minute Tommie Sunshine mega-mix of the album's six singles. The three new songs do not yet have announced titles, although two Perry tracks, "Dressing Up" and "Part of Me," surfaced online last month before being hastily removed.
"This is the complete story of Teenage Dream," says Perry -- who tied Michael Jackson's Bad last year by scoring five Hot 100 No. 1 singles from a single album -- in a press release. "It was an incredible honor to tie the King of Pop's Billboard Hot 100 record, but I'm moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest. So this is the complete special edition of my album for my fans."
(Perry and Jackson will remain tied for the most Hot 100 toppers from any album regardless of the performance of any singles from Confection. Should any song released from Confection reach No. 1, it would count as a Hot 100 No. 1 from Confection and not Dream).
Perry is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards ceremony for the second straight year this Sunday (Feb. 12). The pop star is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Firework," one year after earning six nominations, including Album of the Year for Teenage Dream.
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