Katy Perry could be the next pop star to take her broken heart all the way to the top of the charts. Last night, as Adele won six Grammy Awards, Perry was on hand to debut new single “Part of Me,” a brassy dance-pop kiss-off to a lover who can never take away her soul. A lyric video for the studio version of the track has since surfaced online, and although Perry’s latest ain’t exactly “I Will Always Love You,” it’s probably good enough to help Perry break Michael Jackson’s record for No. 1 singles from one album.
“Keep your diamond ring,” Perry sings at one point on the new tune, produced by veteran hitmakers Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The breakup theme has already prompted sales-stoking speculation that the song was inspired by Perry’s almost-completed divorce from hubby Russell Brand. But, as HitFix points, out the song was first written in the 2009-2010 recording session for Perry’s Teenage Dream.
“Part of Me” is one of three new songs and other bonus goodies set for a deluxe reissue of Teenage Dream. The original edition of the album has spawned five No. 1 singles, tying the record from Jackson’s Bad. With a simple but catchy chorus to go with a stomping electronic beat, buzzing guitar, and all publicity surrounding the divorce, there’s no reason “Part of Me” can’t go where “Firework” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” have gone before. Then again, if Jackson had added a few more songs to Bad, he probably could have had a few more No. 1 hits, so Perry might be poised to gain sole ownership of a soon-to-be meaningless distinction.