She likes brightly colored vintage outfits. He sported sequined gloves. She voiced Smurfette in The Smurfs. He once played the Scarecrow in The Wiz. She's kissed a girl. He's kissed a—well anyway, both also started performing at a young age and came from strict religious households.
But is the "Teenage Dream" singer really on par with the King of Pop when it comes to thrilling chart success?
Well, no need for her to beat it because the answer is...
With her latest single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" skyrocketing to the top of Billboard's pop charts this week, the 26-year-old Perry has officially matched Jackson, becoming only the second artist to have five No. 1 singles off the same album since the inception of the magazine's countdown five decades ago.
With "Waking Up in Vegas," off her 2009 debut One of the Boys, also topping the charts, Perry is only the second artist ever to notch six consecutive No. 1 singles.
Perhaps she ought to take part in that M.J. tribute concert his family is organizing for Oct. 8 in Wales?
That's if her busy schedule could even allow it. Katy's currently crisscrossing the country on her sold-out California Dreams World tour, which stops tonight in Kansas City, Mo. It will continue through the fall (with a detour in late September to South America and the U.K. in October), before wrapping up Nov. 22 in Los Angeles.