Katy Perry’s ‘PRISM’: The Billboard Cover Story
"Honestly, I’m just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry — that most DayGlo of pop stars — such a statement could verge on the absurd. But today, Perry has stepped outside the smoke and mirror balls. Sitting on a couch in a rehearsal studio in Burbank, Calif. — where she is preparing for a live appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in just a few days — Perry carries only a fleeting resemblance to the cotton-candied persona she’s crafted during the last five years. Wearing zero makeup, with her hair pulled back and sporting black Adidas workout tights and a faded hoodie over a "Christian Death Metal" T-shirt, Perry sips on a grande Starbucks iced green tea. She more resembles an art-school undergrad on her way to the gym than, well, Katy Perry.
The reason for that is simple: To get ready for the rigorous routines of the new stage show that she unveiled at the iHeartRadio festival on Sept. 20, Perry has undertaken intensive training regimens. “I am exhausting so much energy right now,” Perry exclaims between bites of Cheez-Its — furtive bites, because eating Cheez-Its is breaking training. “For eight days straight, I’ve been conditioning — just going, going, going at the height of my physical capabilities. I’m supposed to eat meals every two hours, but it takes me an hour to think of what I want to eat, so by lunchtime, I’m starving. I’m just so hungry all the time.”
Hunger and drive have characterized Perry’s career up to this point-and despite past triumphs, right now is no different. The success of 2010’s “Teenage Dream” — Perry’s second major-label effort-set a dizzying amount of records and has sold 2.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Most notably, she became the first woman, and second artist overall following Michael Jackson, in the 55-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to send five songs from the same album to No. 1. The bar, meanwhile, keeps rising: With the rapid ascent of “Roar” — the instantly ubiquitous first single from the upcoming “PRISM,” due Oct. 22 — Perry has tied Rihanna for the most No. 1s on the Pop Songs tally with her ninth chart-topper. At this point, all metrics suggest PRISM will equal Teenage Dream’s multiplatinum trajectory, but Perry doesn’t take such rosy projections to heart. “It’s a comfy spot to be in, but I can’t get too comfortable,” she says. “Otherwise, I’ll lose perspective.”
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Five Minutes With Katy Perry
What’s not to love about Katy Perry? A killer voice singing catchy lyrics, her outgoing personality, her ability to pull off virtually every hair color…
We spoke with Katy to get the skinny on everything from workouts to New Year’s resolutions to, yes, her snacking habits.
Lucky: Got any childhood memories involving kettle corn that you can share?
Katy Perry: Kettle corn wasn’t always available when I went to the movies, but I would bring sugar packets to the theater to put on my popcorn. Now I’ll just sneak in bags of my popchips!
What’s a normal breakfast, lunch and dinner for you?
KP: When I was on the road, I liked to have a light soup, a piece of grilled chicken and some quinoa with grilled asparagus for dinner. I always need my daily vitamins, and I love fresh-pressed juices and coconut water. When I need to whip my body into shape, I cut out as much sugar, bread and pasta as I can, and drink water with lemon instead of juices or soda.
What workout do you most love?
KP: I love being outdoors, and prefer to go on hikes or ride my bike. I feel the best about my body once I get into a routine of waking up early, starting my day with a workout, meditating and getting fresh air. I work out three to four times per week and on the alternate days, I do something fun like hiking or SoulCycling. My favorite workout while on tour is riding around town on my bike, seeing the city I’m in and giving out tickets while dressed in disguise.
Besides popchips, what food can’t you resist?
Eating healthy is so important because I can’t afford to get sick. I love snacks, but pick healthier options like veggies and hummus, tangerines or Popchips because they taste great and are healthier options for me.
How is your style evolving? Can we expect a whole new Katy on your next record?
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year that you can share with Luckymag.com?
My New Year’s resolution is to not make resolutions! I just take life one day at a time and try to evolve to a better version of myself continually. I don’t like to set time restrictions on new beginnings.
Katy Perry Q&A: Billboard’s Woman of the Year
Sitting back on a comfy sofa at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, Katy Perry is chatting about nail art. In place of the election-themed nails she sported Oct. 7 at a campaign fund-raiser for President Obama, the singer/songwriter is flashing a vampire-design manicure. The occasion this time is her similarly themed early birthday bash the following evening at Hollywood’s Magic Castle.
"Nail art is very trendy now, but I started getting into it when I went to Japan seven years ago," says Perry, who turned 28 on Oct. 25. "I love showing my feelings and my support through my nail beds," she adds with a laugh. "God is in the details."
What was your first reaction to being chosen Billboard’s Woman of the Year?
I’d thought my year was over, that it was time to pass the baton. But I guess I get to hold onto it until the end of the year [laughs]. It’s truly a lovely compliment. Seeing who has been honored in the past-Beyonce, Taylor Swift and others-I’m in good company.
With such an honor comes talk of being a role model. How does that make you feel?
I’d like to change the phrase “role model” to “inspiration.” “Role model” puts you on a pedestal that no one can really live up to. For me, aspiring to be an artist at a young age, I didn’t think about being a role model. But I definitely thought about being an inspiration. So I hope that I am an inspiration, especially with my work ethic and my ability to overcome obstacles.
It might mean inspiring someone to be more creative, more honest or have more integrity. All I want to do is encourage people and make them feel. It’s not always going to be feeling good. Shometimes it’s going to be, “We need to push that out, we need to get through that.” And the only way we’re going to get through that is a bucket of tears.
Katy Perry on Christmas and turning her cat into a Sim
To celebrate the launch of The Sims 3 Seasons, Sugarscape thought they’d have a chat with Katy Perry to ask her all things Sims and holiday related.
So Katy, if could turn someone into a Sim in The Sims 3 Seasons, who would it be?
I think if I could turn someone or something close to me into a Sim I’d probably turn, hmmm, it’s kind of a tie between my best friend Shannon or my cat, Kitty Purry. It’d be nice to have my cat be a Sim and see what she would look like and what kind of character traits she’d have. I’d love to see her actually talk. It would be my dream to have that cat talk. I know she’s had so much on her mind ever since she’s been at my house.
Describe a typical holiday season in the Perry household?
The typical holiday season for me and my family is just all about family time and really how much time we can spend with each other. We will all sit around each other and it’s funny because you can tell we are family. We all have the same sarcastic sense of humor. This year is going to be a little different because my cousin is having a baby girl right before Thanksgiving so it will be an addition to our family which hasn’t happened for over 20 years. All eyes will be on that little baby girl. She’s going to be adorable.
Do you bring Christmas things around with you on the road if you’re away from home?
I try and always carve out the holiday time for my family and make an event of it. My sister is very festive and matronly and considerate. I think all of November she is mulling spices on the stove and it smells beautiful all over the house. I’m such a fan of Christmas trees and decorations. In the past I’ve typically had more non-traditional Christmas trees. I remember a couple of Christmas’ ago I had an electric pink Christmas tree and I loved that. But this year, I think I’m going to go for more of a traditional look but it’s going to be very tall.
What’s the WORST present you’ve ever given someone?
To this day still, I kind of forget that wrapping a gift is an important detail. My sister, she takes the cake on the holidays, but me, I’m always thinking of the easiest way to wrap a gift. I like to think that it’s just the thought that counts, not what the package looks like on the outside.
You’re at a holiday party, you turn up and everyone’s got gifts for each other apart from you, who arrived empty handed as you missed the memo. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Well in real life I always have a few bottles of gift-wrapped champagne in the back just in case I’m going to a dinner party at any moment. But I think if I were to be caught in that situation all I would say is, ‘Oh it’s on back-order! Everyone was really into this idea for a present. It’s the best present ever and it’s on back-order and it’s that great, but you’re just going to wait a little time.’
Will you make everyone sit around and watch your film at home?
No, I’m not going to make everyone sit around and watch my film because they’re all in it, and they’ve already lived it once.
The Katy Perry story, one of the covers of the July-August issue of L’Uomo Vogue
With her green or shocking pink hair and her Harajuku girl clothing that makes her seem like a character who’s just stepped out of a cartoon or a Tim Burton movie, Katy Perry has managed to create a unique and unmistakable image and catalyze the curiosity not only of fashion bloggers but of the world media. Her music, pop designed to be hummed in the car, stuffed with catchy little hooks and double entendres, is all the rage with the teenagers who flock to her concerts, but it also sparks interest among adults. Otherwise there would be no explanation for her scary worldwide success in terms of sales, which is even more impressive if you consider that the official tallies don’t include the widespread phenomenon of music piracy.
Over the last four years, since the release of I Kissed a Girl, the smash single from herOne of the Boys album (2008) which catapulted her to celebrity Olympus, Katy Perry has sold well over 37 million digital singles in the USA alone, and 11 million albums worldwide. The 27-year-old from Santa Barbara also holds the all-time record for a single in the Top Ten – 69 weeks – and she is the only artist in history to have had six number one singles from the same album: California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework, E.T., Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), and more recently, The One That Got Away, all from Teenage Dream (2010).
No artist before her, not even titans like Elvis Presley, the Beatles or Madonna was able to pull it off. Only Michael Jackson came close at the height of his career. Among Katy’s upcoming projects is an autobiographical docu-film in 3D titled Katy Perry A Part of Me, which is scheduled for release in the States on July 4th, Independence Day (in Italy we’ll have to wait till August 4th), which she promises will deal with “everything in between”, including the pain of her separation from English actor/comedian Russell Brand, to whom Katy was married for 15 months in one of the most media-magnetic relationships in recent memory (with its own dedicated Twitter feed) until the divorce proceedings last February. A pain that the singer has described as “devastating”, and that will influence her next project. “It will be a much darker album than the previous ones”, she said. “It was inevitable, after what I went through. If I had a time machine and could go back in time, I would. But I can’t, so, you’ll discover another part of me”.
L’Uomo Vogue: What has remained of the daughter of two pastors who was singing Gospels and was not allowed to listen to Pop music in the pop-star that we all know today?
Katy Perry: ”I’m still the same girl in a lot of ways. I still hold on to the roots and foundation of my childhood. I don’t necessarily view life on the same terms as I grew up, but I still have a moral compass, and I try to live my life with integrity every day. I’m just more open and accepting and tolerant because I’ve seen more of the world, experienced more things and met people from all over the world who have opened my mind. Some of my questions in my faith have been answered, and there continue to be questions. It’s an evolving journey”.
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