Dark Horse Official Single Artwork, by Yao Xiao
Here you go UK KatyCats! Katy is starting the tour in the UK in MAY 2014 and she’s bringing Icona Pop as the opening act!
Prices go from: £95.15 to £148.50 and you can get them here. They go on sale November 22nd at 9am.
PRISM Review Scores (So Far)
- The Telegraph (UK): 100/100 [Full Review]
- Billboard.com: 83/100 [Full Review]
- Entertainment Weekly: 83/100 [Full Review]
- Boston Globe: 83/100 [Full Review]
- Los Angeles Times: 75/100 [Full Review]
- Consequence of Sound: 70/100 [Full Review]
- All Music Guide: 60/100 [Full Review]
- musicOMH.com: 60/100 [Full Review]
- The Observer (UK): 60/100 [Full Review]
- The Independent (UK): 60/100 [Full Review]
- Slant Magazine: 60/100 [Full Review]
- The Guardian: 60/100 [Full Review]
- Rolling Stone: 60/100 [Full Review]
- The A.V. Club: 58/100 [Full Review]
- Spin: 50/100 [Full Review]
- Chicago Tribune: 50/100 [Full Review]
- Pretty Much Amazing: 42/100 [Full Review]
- PopMatters: 40/100 [Full Review]
- The Independent on Sunday (UK): 40/100 [Full Review]
Check out some pages from the Prism ‘ZinePak Version: http://imgur.com/a/LdQ9M (by @LazyBlazy)
Katy Perry goes GLAM for W magazine’s November 2013 issue
Katy Perry, whose latest album, Prism, came out in October, is a global pop star with subtext. Like many of her songs, her current hit “Roar,” which topped the American charts (the video garnered 35 million views on YouTube within the first three days of the single’s release), is an anthem with hidden meaning. “I do love a good innuendo,” Perry said. “Mom and Dad know what this song means, but just sing along, kids—you won’t know what these lyrics are about for another 10 years.”
Her previous album, 2010’s Teenage Dream, generated five of her nine No. 1 singles, most of them odes to adolescent lust wrapped up in irresistible hook-laden melodies, which made them international successes. The New York Times has labeled Perry “pound for pound…the most potent pop star of the day—her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation.” “Roar,” however, strays from the subject of love and sex. “This song is about sticking up for yourself,” Perry explained. “People talk about bullying, but you can be your own bully in some ways. You can be the person who is standing in the way of your success, and that was the case for me. I was having a great professional streak, but personally, I was really immature, so I had to balance those things out.” If Perry is referring to her short-lived marriage to Russell Brand, she isn’t exactly saying it. “If you are not happy with something, you should change it. So I went to a lot of therapy, and finally, I am able to speak up for myself: You are going to hear me roar!”
What is the first song that made a lasting impression on you?
“Killer Queen,” by Queen. I was 15. Of course, I had heard music before that, but nothing had really struck a chord with me until that song. I was hanging out with my friend Morgan in Santa Barbara, my hometown. We were over at her house—she was that friend, the one that you idolize and maybe even have a weird obsession-slash-crush on. We were standing on her bed, wearing her clothes—because her clothes were cooler—and she put on “Killer Queen.” My world froze. It was a very cinematic feeling, and it opened up this lyrical world.
Did you start dressing like Freddie Mercury?
I didn’t know what Freddie Mercury looked like! I was mostly impressed by his confidence. My style icons were Gwen Stefani, when she was in No Doubt, and then Shirley Manson in Garbage.
Santa Barbara is a coastal town. Were you a beach girl?
A little bit, but I left for L.A. when I was 17. Santa Barbara was boring to me back then. Now all I want to do is be bored in Santa Barbara, because it is a beautiful place! But when I was young, I felt a little trapped on an island—my family isn’t well-off, and it was kind of tough to be hanging out with the millionaire families that live there. I always made do—if I had five dollars, I’d go to the thrift stores on State Street and get my vintage cardigans and pencil skirts. Thank God for the body, because that ’40s look really worked on me.
You recorded a gospel record when you were 15. Were your early songs all religious?
The first songs I wrote were catchy, but the subject matter was God.
Are you religious now?
I try and keep my connection with the G-O-D or with a power that’s bigger than me. It’s important—otherwise, you don’t have any kind of accountability. If you think, Hey, at the end of it all I am just going to be dust, or I have no soul or whatever, why not just be a menace to society? For me, accountability works.
When you arrived in Los Angeles you signed a record deal with Glen Ballard, who produced Jagged Little Pill, a hit album for Alanis Morissette. You were only 17—were you one of those 17-year-olds who acted and felt more like you were 25?
Yes. I was a little entitled, a little bratty. I was living in Beverly Hills, and a big famous producer had taken me under his wing. I was getting a monthly allowance—I had a Louis Vuitton key chain for my Jetta! I thought I was the bee’s knees. But it didn’t last: I got dropped from my record label. And the Jetta was impounded. And I couldn’t pay my bills. I suddenly heard no more often than yes. As cheesy as it sounds, the rejection built a lot of character in me. It takes strength to stick around in this business. And I have always been highly ambitious.
Your first hit was “I Kissed a Girl,” in 2008. That was far from gospel.
It was a bit radical to sing about bisexuality, but it was a topic that was on the tip of everybody’s tongue. And even though it was “I kissed a girl, and I liked it, and that’s what I like to do sometimes,” I sang it with a wink. It may be a fun little pop song, but sometimes fun little pop songs most clearly express the zeitgeist.
Do you remember the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio?
I do. I was in Texas, and “I Kissed a Girl” came on, and I filmed myself jumping around. I love hearing my song on the radio the first time, but when it comes on again, I change the station. I already have so much of the spotlight on me. I don’t need any more.
Other than lending your voice to The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, have you been approached about acting in a film?
Yes, but I hate mornings. So I told some executives who had asked me whether I wanted to act that if you want to start shooting at 11 a.m., then I’m your girl. Otherwise, I’m not interested. I live a rock-star kind of life where I don’t go to bed until 4 a.m. I’m very nocturnal. But I always say that if Ridley Scott wants to hire me forBlade Runner 2 to play Rachael, I am absolutely available.
What movie makes you cry?
The Notebook. And Titanic. And I always cry on planes. My boyfriend [John Mayer] and I call them “deprivation tubes”: You have a glass of wine, and you’re watching a movie, and then, wahhhh.
Do you have a cinematic crush?
I actually am dating my crush. I had a crush on him for a long time, and it just so happens we fit together great.
Did you like being married?
Of course. I really loved it. It was a new, fun, exciting journey. But I like how I am now, and I think all things happen for a reason.
Walking On Air debuts at 34 on Hot 100 while Roar stays at the 2nd place
Lorde’s debut hit ‘Royals’ fends off Katy Perry’s former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Roar” for a second week (2-2). The latter track spends a third frame atop Radio Songs (167 million, down 1%), holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (218,000, down 9%) and slips 4-5 on Streaming Songs (6.2 million, down 2%). “Roar,” meanwhile, extends records on two airplay charts: It holds atop Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs with the highest weekly plays totals (16,065 and 5,309, respectively) in each list’s history, improving upon last week’s record-setting sums.
The Hot 100 race between “Royals” and “Roar” wasn’t as close as last week, when their respective points totals were separated by a less than 1% margin. This week, “Royals” wins by a much more comfortable 19% difference.
Perry concurrently debuts at No. 34 on the Hot 100 with “Walking on Air,” another preview song from her album “Prism,” due Oct. 22. The cut begins on Digital Songs at No. 8 (113,000). Two weeks ago, fellow “Prism” track “Dark Horse” (featuring Juicy J) started on the Hot 100 at No. 17 and Digital Songs at No. 4 (194,000); this week, it descends 8-10 on Digital Songs (99,000, down 5%).
As previously reported, with “Roar,” “Air” and “Horse” in the Digital Songs top 10 simultaneously, Perry is the first artist with three concurrent titles in the bracket since Taylor Swift almost a year ago.
Katy Perry’s PRISM Party to Launch New iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles
Katy Perry’s album release party for “PRISM” will be streamed live Oct. 22 from an intimate new venue, the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles, Clear Channel announced today.
The event will feature a performance and Q&A with the Billboard cover star and will air in its entirety live on 175 Clear Channel stations around the country beginning at 6 p.m. PT. The party will be recorded and televised on The CW Network on Oct. 25.
Walmart, in partnership with Monster Headphones and AT&T, will be the official on-air radio and social media partner. TV personality Mario Lopez will handle hosting duties.
Located at the Burbank Studios in the former home of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles joins a similar venue in New York City, which opened in 2009 and has hosted artists including Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Mumford & Sons.
"We couldn’t be more excited to have Katy Perry be the one to break in our amazing iHeartRadio Theater LA," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, in a statement.