'New' Michael Jackson Single Written In 1983
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Hello Gary,

I would like to add my two cents to the issue of Katy Perry's potential sixth Hot 100 No. 1 from "Teenage Dream." I'm biased since I would like to see her achieve this feat, as well as a possible seventh leader in "Peacock," which I feel should have been released already. Remember, it topped the Dance/Club Play Songs chart in December 2010.

As a couple readers pointed out, it is much more difficult now for any label to try to manipulate what reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100 in era when the chart is tallied using electronically-measured Nielsen sales, airplay and streaming data as opposed to unverifiable phoned-in reports of the past.

I just don't think that alot of people understand the complexity of compiling the information needed to crown each spot appropriately.

Keep things the way they are.

Rick Feinhals
San Diego, California

Dear Gary,

I don't think for one second that we need to change Billboard chart rules. I bet you that all of these complaints are coming from diehard Michael Jackson fanatics who can't stand the thought of newer artists breaking his records.

Leonardo Colon

Dear Billboard,

In my opinion, I don't see anything wrong with Perry or Capitol's strategies in trying to make "The One That Got Away" her sixth Hot 100 No. 1 from "Teenage Dream."

Perry has enjoyed a monster run with the album. If "The One That Got Away" reaches No. 1, then so be it. It's the people's choice to buy it, as well as want it played on the radio stations that they listen to.

Remember, too: people are buying her songs, and those by all artists, for a reason and that reason is ... to enjoy them.

Isn't that ultimately the point of all wonderful music?

Herbert Garcia
Houston, Texas