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Katy Perry’s New Single ‘Unconditionally’ Out December 16th 2013: Katy Says Its Her Favorite on Album

This week global superstar, Katy Perry scored her second No.1 album in the UK with new album Prism. The album follows the huge success of Katy’s chart topping single Roar which was certified platinum in the UK this week (600,000 sales).

Prism has already been certified Gold (100,000 sales) in the UK and globally the album is a smash shooting to No. 1 on iTunes charts in 90 markets around the world. In the U.S Prism has scored Katy the best sales week of her career and the largest US sales week for a female artist this year.

Lead single “Roar” has already sold more than five million singles worldwide. It’s certified 6X Platinum in Australia (where it’s topped the chart for nine consecutive weeks), 4X Platinum in Canada (where it has become the biggest-selling single in chart history and has been the No. 1 airplay record on three formats for five weeks running) and 2X Platinum in New Zealand (where it’s been No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks). “Roar” has gone Platinum not only in the UK but in Italy, Mexico, Norway, Ireland and Sweden and is certified Gold in 10 countries.

“She sounds like a woman, and an artist, who’s finally found herself” said the Telegraph “Katy Perry deserves credit for injecting originality into PRISM “noted the Independent” whilst The Times said “It’s packed with hooks and it’s got a message of empowerment to boot “. “PRISM should keep Katy Perry where she’s been for a while – at the top of the charts “exclaimed Timeout and the Financial Times said “The singing is powerful and versatile. Perry’s place at the top of pop’s A-list is secured.”

The story of Prism started three years ago, on the heels of 2010’s Grammy-nominated Teenage Dream, and after what proved to be one of the most challenging years of her personal life, Katy’s cotton-candy world took a turn down a road of self-reflection as she was creating her new album. “I did a lot of figuring out who I am and reconnecting with myself and growing,” she says. “I’ve let a lot of light in, and through that it’s inspired me to write certain songs that are full of that wonderful positivity.”

The name, in a sense, says it all. “I feel like a walking prism. I get to shine a light and beam it to all of my listeners through my songs. I am really proud of all of the songs on this record, and everyone says something different. There are a lot of different colours, a lot of different moods, and a lot of different emotions. I’ve learned a lot of things in the past year as I was making it. When I started writing in November 2012, I was in a much darker place. You can see the transition I was going through in the first song I wrote for the record with Greg Wells, ‘By the Grace of God.’ Then, there came a point this past year where I needed to reflect and sit down and be like, ‘Okay, what’s going on inside of me, and what are some things I need to get clear and deal with? How can I help myself get to the next level and grow?’ I guess you just have to be open and ready for it.”

The record features collaborations with Katy’s “dream team” of Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Cirkut, which yielded seven of PRISM’s 13 tracks (16 on the deluxe): “Legendary Lovers,” “Birthday,” “Unconditionally,” “Dark Horse,” “International Smile,” “Ghost,” and #1 track and lead single, “Roar.” Other collaborations include Bloodshy (“Love Me”), Greg Kurstin and Sia (“Double Rainbow”), as well as a return to the studio with “Firework” producers Stargate (“This Moment”).

Katy co-wrote every autobiographical track. “Being a writer for me is also about being an observer-observing culture, observing people and relationships, observing myself and my feelings. I put all that stuff in there. I write with my girlfriend Bonnie McKee a lot, but sometimes I write by myself. The lyrics to my favourite song on the album, ‘Unconditionally,’ just came to me all at once. It’s just about me being able to tell my story completely and with great imagery. It’s kind of mathematical-this adds, this subtracts-but in general the theme this time around is just me. I look at the record as telling my whole story, not just making sure every song is a hit. And as much as I enjoyed the candy confection era, I think it’s nice to get back to my roots for a bit.”

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Katy Perry’s New Album Songs Will Be Like Their "Own Little Movie" Says Bonnie McKee

The ‘Teenage Dream’ star’s co-writer says fans have no idea what to expect from her next record.

Katy Perry’s new album won’t all be similar to new song ‘Roar’ and will have each song being like “its own little movie”, songwriter Bonnie McKee has revealed.

The ‘American Girl’ singer has worked regularly with Katy across her last album ‘Teenage Dream’ and upcoming record ‘Prism’, and says fans shouldn’t be so sure about what to expect from the US star’s next release.

“It’s kind of like every song is its own little movie,” Bonnie McKee teased to MTV News this week. “So [Roar] is ‘Rocky’ and also kind of jungle-y and cat-themed.

“And then each song has its own little movie and its own visual to go along with it,” she explained. “So I wouldn’t say it’s all going to be like this.

“Like the next one, as far as I know, is going to be a big one too, I’m really excited for the next one,” Bonnie teased. “[The song is] really colourful and really bright.

Katy Perry returned with new single ‘Roar’ last weekend going on to top charts around the world, while stars including will.i.am have praised the track as”freaking awesome”.

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Katy Perry Secretly Recorded Background Vocals for Britney’s Smurfs Song

Pop star Katy Perry secretly recorded back-up vocals for Britney Spears’ new smurfs song Ooh La La.

The Firework hitmaker, who reprises her role as Smurfette in animated movie sequel Smurfs 2, has revealed she is featured on the track her frequent collaborator Bonnie McKee wrote for Britney, which plays over the end credits of the new film.

Perry says, “Me and Bonnie secretly did some background vocals on that song. So maybe listen for our voices.”

Katie and Britney posed for pictures together on the red carpet at the weekend premiere and the Toxic singer later revealed on Twitter.com it was their first time meeting – but it won’t be their last.

Spears wrote, “So great to see you Smurfette @katyperry! Can’t wait for our Vegas date.”

Britney is planning a residency in Sin City and it seems Perry might be joining her onstage!

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Bonnie McKee "American Girl" Top 40 Debut!

Breakout star Bonnie McKee, who has co-written No. 1 hits for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Taio Cruz, has watched her solo career heat up to a full boil ever since she unleashed a viral video for her debut single “American Girl” — an anthemic pop tune that showcases her powerhouse voice, knack for big choruses, and nostalgia-tinged lyrical point of view. The viral video (which can be seen here) is packed with celebrity cameos by Perry, Tommy Lee, KISS, Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Joan Rivers and many others lip-synching along to the song. The star-studded clip, which has seen over one million views, has led to a wave of press attention, with several outlets calling “American Girl,” which is climbing the Top 40 radio chart, the “Song of the Summer.” McKee will perform the song on Good Morning America on August 15th. In addition, McKee has debuted the official video for “American Girl” on VEVO this week already pulling in over a million views.

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KE$HA PREMIERE’S VIDEO FOR "C’MON" ACROSS VEVO TODAY

Global superstar Ke$ha premiere’s the video for her new single “C’Mon” across VEVO today. Check out the video here http://vevo.ly/V00Nie. The video was directed by Darren Craig from The Uprising and shot in Nashville at the end of last year. “C’Mon”, which was co-written by Ke$ha as well as Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Cirkut and produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut is currently available at all digital music providers.

WARRIOR, which is executive produced by Kemosabe Records head Dr. Luke, has been critically praised by outlets such as the LA Times who raved, “Enter Ke$ha, who on her second album, “Warrior,” has perfected the art of aspirational rebellion and released a joyous celebration of defiance.” The Associated Press stated that; “Warrior,” the 25-year-old’s sophomore release, is entertaining from top to bottom,” while Rolling Stone declares that; “Ke$ha was born to be a rockstar.”