THERE will be a very bright sequined slice of Australia starring in Katy Perry’s Prismatic world tour.
The American superstar revealed she has commissioned local designers Discount Universe, famous among pop chicks for their colourful, cartoonish patterns, to whip up an outfit for the show.
Their clothes have also been worn by a raft of pop princesses including Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Kimbra and Iggy Azalea.
“I just did a fitting with an Australian design team here, Discount Universe, and they are doing one of my costumes for the tour, like a really major costume,” she said.
“It is towards the finale and super important.”
Looking demure in a white lace dress and vintage blazer, Perry sashayed into Sydney for a whirlwind visit to herald the Australian leg of the tour which arrives here in November.
While rumoured to have recently split with her beau John Mayer, the Roar singer was all smiles and chatty bonhomie as she settled down to a revolving parade of interviews and grin and grip sessions with corporate wellwishers from Telstra, who are sponsoring the tour.
She has made no secret of wanting to emulate Pink’s phenomenal success in Australia and while she matches her on the charts, the Prismatic tour will test her power at our box office. Read More…
It smells like weed in here. Weed and doughnuts.
We’re in the basement of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, backstage at the American Music Awards, in a dressing-room suite that would be spacious if not for all the frenzied humanity crammed inside. Katy Perry sits atop a tall director’s chair surrounded by the many, many members of her team: voice coach, two hairstylists, one makeup artist, a costumer, and several others who hover and hand Perry things without her asking: Breath mints. Her phone. Eye drops for her enormous anime eyes. Special pills prescribed by her ear, nose, and throat guy to keep her voice from drying out pre-performance. “It happens,” Perry says. “It’s the nerves.”
She doesn’t seem the slightest bit nervous. Which is impressive when you consider that the 29-year-old diva (who’s never really seemed like one) is trying something different tonight. Perry has always played a dual role in the culture: at once a full-on male fantasy and a symbol of empowerment who inspires young girls. No other artist has so seamlessly blended teenage dreams and grown-up misadventures, singing about hickeys and crushes, yes, but also threesomes, blackouts, and strangers in your bed. Now, on prime-time television, she’s about to twist her image one more quarter turn, transforming from America’s audacious, outrageous cleavage-bot into its selfless, doting concubine. At precisely five o’clock, she will kick off the awards show with a Japanese spectacle featuring fluttering fan dancers, four men pounding on gongs, a forest of rolling topiary, and a metric ton of faux cherry blossoms. [Read More]
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What does it means to be the biggest pop star on the planet in 2013?
In this week’s cover story, Katy Perry gave EW an all-access pass to her crazy world (spoiler alert: we saw her boobs), as we spent a week criss-crossing the globe with her from L.A. to London, Berlin, and New York.
“You’re gonna see all different kinds of things,” Perry warned in L.A. at the outset of our trip. And she wasn’t kidding: Closing out the mammoth iTunes Festival. Sipping champagne with a giant German gentleman with bedazzled eyebrows named Bubbles (he’s a member of the superfan contingent known as Katycats). Late-night tea in a London hotel lobby with a rock icon. Twitter accounts named after her breasts. Near-constant jet lag. Being Katy Perry (or even just being her plus-one) is an exhausting, exhilarating ride.
Perry’s openness extended to our multiple interviews with the singer where she talks about everything from God to falling in love to what she thinks of her pop-star contemporaries:
On current boyfriend John Mayer, the inspiration for the Prism track “Legendary Lovers”: “I actually wrote it in an email one time, and after I wrote it I looked — we had a long courtship before anything was [public], just writing letters to each other — and seeing ‘legendary lovers,’ it sounded so nice. Some things float into my mind, and I process them, and [then] I make songs about them.”
On headline-grabber Miley Cyrus: “She’s what, 19 or 20? She’s just living her life. She’s super young, and there’s no directing book on how to do this. Each of us find our own way, and some of us make it out alive and some of us don’t. I mean, Madonna was naked [too]. The thing is, people come to me and ask me, out of default, what I think about all these girls, but at the end of it all I shouldn’t be considered the behavior police, because I’m not always going to be on my best behavior!”
On her perceived rivalry with Lady Gaga: “Gaga and I like to publicly dismiss it because it’s not healthy. You want to feel music. You want it to resonate and relate to you. You can’t look at it like a competition because you ruin the reason why you love music. But I think that sometimes our fan groups are so big and strong, they use it as ammunition.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Katy Perry (In Any Language)
America’s biggest export sings the international language of sex and empowerment.
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.
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