Oh look, Katy Perry has released another remix. It must be Tuesday.
The soon-to-be divorced singer has just dropped the official ‘acoustic’ version of her latest single “The One That Got Away” on iTunes. The new version was produced by Fiona Apple composer Jon Brion, and unlike that horrendous B.o.B. remix, this version is actually really good.
Acoustic versions of pop songs can often sound pretty corny to anybody older than fifteen, but the brilliant Jon Brion has managed to squeeze something out of Katy Perry that’s actually worth the 99 cents that she’s charging on iTunes for it. The instrumental is warm and lush, and Katy’s re-recorded vocal gives the formerly glossy tune a bit more heart and personality than it had before.
Of course, I’m going to assume that this sudden single release is Katy’s last-ditch attempt to land that sixth number one by using her impending divorce to Russell Brand for publicity. “The One That Got Away” is still rising at radio (perhaps boosted by the news of the split? I haven’t really checked so I can’t say), and the original version of the song is still selling for the bargain bin price of 69 cents on iTunes, while the B.o.B. mix is 99 cents, both below the standard $1.29 iTunes’ song pricing.
This whole thing just screams shady, but I can’t hate on Katy too hard. At least the girl has actually served up a decent remix for once, with an entirely new instrumental and vocal, rather than just cutting and pasting a cheap rap verse on the end.
Get those sympathy sales, Katy!