Katy Perry shows vulnerability, maturity on new album "Prism"
New York: "Prism", released on Tuesday, is Perry's fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2010's phenomenally successful "Teenage Dream". It is also the first album since the 28-year-old singer split with her husband, British comedian Russell Brand, in December 2011.
"I went through a lot of experiences in my life that I think built more character. I had to find own self identity the hard way. But I did. I came out alive and stronger, a little bit stronger," Perry said in an interview.
From "By the Grace of God", the first and darkest song on the album, to the empowering lead single "Roar" or "Birthday", a rousing, catchy dance tune, Perry said each song tells a story.
"I think what 'Prism' is, is an evolution and a maturity," she said. "I think you can hear growth as a songwriter. I hope you can hear the growth as a person."
"Teenage Dream" produced five No. 1 singles, making it only the second album after Michael Jackson's "Bad" to achieve that milestone, and the first by a female artist. It also sold 5.7 million copies worldwide.
But Perry made it clear she was in a new place with "Prism", with early teasers showing her burning the blue wig she wore in the music video for her hit single "California Girls" and holding a mock funeral for her peppermint swirl outfit.
"I'm into different things," she said. "It is my most present album so far. I think I am living very consciously right now. I think I am very aware, more aware than I have ever been."
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