@mittsguy2001: Will you just let it go already? Geeze! Personally, I'm getting sick and tired of your whining about Uncon not doing well enough for your liking. It is what it is. Just let it go and stop being a jerk about it.
You're the one being a jerk about it. Did Capitol Records intentionally force Katy to release Unconditonally in October, when it would be the least succesful, in order to force it to fail, in order to pressure Katy into regressing toward the next generation of teenage girls with her next album? Kelly Clarkson's previous record company forced My December to fail. I personally think Katy should use her money to start her own record company, since Capitol does not care about her or her fans. Trying to target the next generation of teenage girls is going to fail. They are not going to listen to someone who, by then, will be old enough to be her mother. If Capitol forces Katy in that direction, the next time she will be heard from will be in a made for TV movie on the Sci Fi channel 25 years later, where she gets into a fist fight with Taylor Swift. lol
That conspiracy theory against Capitol Records I find a bit far fetched. They don't force her to release anything, neither would that be in order to let a single 'fail' (which Unconditionally hasn't done) nor would purposely failing one song help to push their artist under contract into a whole particular direction and prevent her from moving towards another one.
Katy does have money, yes, but she's far from being in a position to start her own record company. You only need to google celebs net worth and compare her wealth to that of Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga or even Beyonce, and you'll get a true picture about the reality of those things. Katy, amongst global female super pop stars, is still one of the 'poor' ones in comparison. Any of the names I mention here could write a cheque to buy Katy's entire business. After a tour, another album, and yet another tour these things may be different, but for now Katy is still working her bum off to build things up, and she does depend on some big company like Capitol to do so.
Don't worry though, she does at the moment automatically earn just over $10 per minute even without doing anything towards it, even while having dinner or picking her nose, and that 24/7.
If you followed what Katy says in interviews about the songs she writes or co writes, and what gets printed about what she says, then you would know that Unconditionally is a very personal and special song for her which she loves like nothing else on Prism, and that this is a main reason why she wanted it to be there at all. When it got released as a single I was a bit surprised; considering it's composition, musical structure, sound etc I got the picture that it wasn't going to be a smash hit - Unconditionally just isn't the material for that - but also being aware that a person like Katy Perry knows about the business and about what she's doing in ways I probably can't even think of it's been clear to me she wanted it for her own reason, and at that time for a reason. Katy doesn't misjudge the release date of a track when it's Christmas, she's an accomplished businesswoman in the industry, no longer a beginner who wouldn't know how her own stuff works.
Capitol are not stupid either, they know how old she is, and that she's not going to sing to 15 year olds about last Friday night in a few years time. Katy isn't just being pushed around or being forced into any kind of impossible image. She's building up her career using all her energy, willpower and brains. You're making a whole nightmare story from just one track not being yet another #1, a track which was never likely to be one anyway.
Just wanna add one thing: The last two days I did a couple of test runs in front of people to know if I'm ready to take Unconditionally to the clubs and pubs with me - I damn well was, sang it spot on, and found out the line 'open up your heart' really DOES open up your heart once you get round to singing it to somebody else- the song is such a joy to sing and play, it makes my soul glow with all the light it's been written with - it isn't always only about charts and sales and number ones, it's about the joy and light Katy and what she puts out into the world bring us, and that importance has never changed.