Katy Perry might take over the Billboard Number One spot from Miley Cyrus and Bangerz when her album Prism is released next week. Mark the date on your calendars — it’s going to hit the stores in a big way on Tuesday, October 22. Until then, you can listen to Prism and hear Katy Perry sing the entire album, because it’s streaming online right now!
Prism is the third album pop goddess Katy Perry will have released, the last one being 2010’s hugely successful Teenage Dream. Her Number One song Roar opens up the album, which is filled with great tracks, such as Dark Horse, which Katy Perry sings with the rapper Juicy J.
In comparing Prism to Teenage Dream, Katy Perry said that her latest album “is more organic, au naturale, vulnerable and honest, but still has the same amount of fun.” Who doesn’t like to have more fun?
However, it might be difficult for Katy Perry to match or surpass Teenage Dream with her new album, Prism. That’s because Teenage Dream contained five No. 1 singles. That equaled Michael Jackson’s Bad for the amount of Number One songs on an album. Also, Katy Perry received several Grammy nominations for Teenage Dream, like one for Album of the Year.
Though there is still an teen anthem-like quality to many of the tracks on Prism, Katy Perry has also touched on darker emotions and the angst that we all have experienced at some point in our lives. Katy Perry has even compared the direction her career might be taking to that of the folk singer Joni Mitchel.
She may have been talking somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but Katy Perry has stated that her fourth album might be “more of an acoustic guitar album” similar to the kind Mitchel became famous for making.
In her track By the Grace of God, which Katy Perry debuted in London at the iTunes Festival on September 30, she seems to be revealing very personal details about her life and how she felt following the breakup of her marriage to Russell Brand two years ago in 2011.
By the Grace of God is rumored to also include in its lines a reference that could be about feelings Katy Perry had about committing suicide. The specific reference is in the final line of the ballad: “I looked in the mirror and decided to stay.”
There are 13 songs on Prism, the Katy Perry album that will be released on October 22 but which you can hear in advance now, because it’s streaming live.
The second song to be released from Prism is Unconditionally, a song Katy Perry has said is her favorite one on the album. Katy Perry has said that it is about her current relationship with singer John Mayer, and was also influenced by her recent trip to Madagascar.
If you are one of the first 300,000 people to purchase Prism by Katy Perry, you will be in luck, as you’ll be buying the limited edition version of the album. Besides having shiny, iridescent packaging, you will also get a “seed paper” which you can plant. Then, like Katy Perry, you can “spread the light.”
On October 23, at the Hollywood Bowl, Katy Perry will give a charity show to celebrate the release of Prism. Other acts that will appear in the concert are Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding, and Sara Bareilles and Kacey Musgraves. The proceeds from the concert will go to the Young Survival Coalition. The money will benefit young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Katy Perry has had a lot of success with her first two albums, but I predict that Prism will be her biggest-selling album yet. It very well might take over the Billboard Number One spot from Miley Cyrus. Even if it doesn’t, in the long run, it will likely end up selling more albums than Bangerz.
Written by: Douglas Cobb