Katy Perry: Fireworks
Singer Katy Perry burst on the musical scene a decade ago with her winsome song about kissing a girl and liking it.
Since then, Katy has stunned audiences as much with her outrageous fashion selections as she has with her singing.
It's not unusual for Perry to mimic styles of the past, such as those of Marilyn Monroe. There is obvious humor behind her choices, as Katy loves to parody female fashion conceits. She exaggerates them for effect, perhaps to make fun of them - but they still work without any edge of sardonic humor.
One can only assume that she has a full staff of people who find wild and funny outfits.
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Below are various pictures of Katy Perry wearing chic outfits, both in real life and on stage.
You can see that Katy likes to dress up just as much in her personal life as on stage.
It is easy to summarize Katy Perry's success. As of this writing, Katy has sold 6.5 million albums and nearly 71 million digital songs in the United States, according to Nielsen Music. She also has notched 14 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, performed at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, and landed a gig as a judge on the revamped “American Idol” (which returned to ABC after a lengthy hiatus in September 2017. Her success is massive and incontrovertible.
However, anyone familiar with Katy Perry knows there is a lot more to her than a bunch of hit songs. Katy gave an in-depth interview to The Guardian in June 2017. It had lots of juicy quotes.
I’m a realist but I’m definitely an optimist, and so hopefully there’s a real change coming, there isn’t just complacency coming. We have to change. We have to shake some things up.
I created this wonderful character called Katy Perry that I very much am, and can step into all the time, but I created that character out of protection.
I’m not going to please everyone, and I’m not trying to. If you run around pleasing everyone, you’re done. If you stand for nothing then you’re done.
TM [Transcendental Meditation] changed my life. I studied it five years ago in India during my wedding [to Russell Brand], and it was an incredible thing that I received from that time. Some people get very nervous about the spiritual connotations of things, but TM is very medical and scientific.
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I love the female energy. Females in general are so beautiful and powerful. They’re the ones that have enough power to bring life into this world. I’m not saying they’re better, because everyone plays their role, and a good man is so beautiful. What I’m saying is that women should really know their power and that’s what power is about. It’s about ‘when did you decide to give away your power?
Obviously me and her have our stuff, and I have offered it up to her to work out. In person. Over the phone. The whole bit. When she’s ready to do that, then I’m ready to do it. I’m ready to just let that all go. We need to have a conversation about it, totally, and I love her, I really do. But this is something that’s different.
Do you know what real, homemade Italian vanilla tastes like, with vanilla bean? It’s the most luxurious taste in the world.
Promoting her album "Witness," Katy also gave an interview to The New York Times in June 2017 that also was full of delightful quotes. About the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, she said:
Gaga and I just looking at each other, and being like, [expletive] it, we need to touch each other,
Every day when I think I know something, the universe shows me that I need to learn another lesson.
I feel very empowered, extremely liberated, liberated from the conditioning of the way I used to think, spiritually liberated, politically liberated, sexually liberated, liberated from things that don’t serve me.
People don’t let people grow. They just want a time capsule. And they want them to be one thing. And we have to start reimagining that.
They want you to stand for something, but once you do, and if you don’t do it perfectly, they’re ready to take you right down.
Katy has a micro teacup poodle, Nugget.
As part of her promotion for "Witness" in June 2017, Katy also gave an extended interview to EW, also full of great quotes.
For a long time, I didn’t feel like old Katheryn Hudson from Santa Barbara was anything special. I didn’t feel like I was enough, so I had to kind of create this character of myself, and she’s done really well.
It’s not just been one time that I felt really low. I have my own addictions that I struggle with, whether that’s love or substance or things like that, and it’s up and down… even attention, I get so much attention and that can become addiction.
My parents are great and I love them so much. I cry so much thinking about how much I love them. They don’t agree with some of the things I do, and they do wish that I could do other things, and I just have to [tell them] you are your own person, I am my own person, and my intentions are pure.
But my story, which I know is true for me, is I’ve had not just one person bully me or one person hold me down, or met one troll. All I need to say to her is I love her, and God bless her on her journey.
The Katy Perry feud with Taylor Swift, meanwhile, appears to be in full swing as of mid-2017. After years of restricting it, Swift finally released her entire back catalog to music services, including Spotify, on the very day that Katy Perry dropped her album "Witness." Those in the know feel that this timing was not coincidental, though Taylor Swift simply characterized the release date as a "thank you" to her fans for buying ten million copies of her album "1989."
Katy's album "Witness," meanwhile, stumbled a bit despite her strong efforts at promotion. While it peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, sales were down from her previous album, "Prism." Now, "Prism" was a huge smash, so that is not surprising.
However, Katy also had some issues with "Witness" that could have been avoided. For instance, the single "Bon Appétit" bombed, becoming the lowest-charting release of her career, after Katy promoted it with a truly bizarre music video that evoked, well, cannibalism. She appeared to be making a statement about being used by others, but it backfired in spectacular fashion because it was widely viewed as being "weird" (and many less favorable words). The timing of such as theme also was poor, considering that political attention to an odd practice called "Spirit Cooking" had arisen during the 2016 Presidential campaign. The single did not make the U.S. Top 40. Interestingly, however, given the music video's culinary theme, it did make the Top Ten in France.
Sales of lead single "Chained to the Rhythm" (featuring Skip Marley) also were unimpressive by Katy Perry standards. That said, though, "Chained to the Rhythm" did peak at a very respectable No. 4 on the Billboard Pop chart, which for mere mortals is a huge hit.
The follow-up single to Bon Appétit, "Swish Swish," also misfired. It was viewed by many as a direct attack on perennial Perry target Taylor Swift who, for better or worse, remains a popular singer. Perry, though, denies that "Swish Swish" was directed at "any one person" - which is not really a denial, when you think of it.
"Swish Swish" pointedly features lyrics that seem angry, even furious, at some unnamed person, It is laced with resentment and bile. The song is directed at someone characterized as no longer "cute":
A tiger/ Don't lose no sleep / Don't need opinions/ From a shellfish or a sheep.... So keep calm, honey, I'ma stick around/ For more than a minute, get used to it/ Funny my name keeps comin' outcho mouth/ 'Cause I stay winning.... Your game is tired/ You should retire/ You're 'bout as cute as/ An old coupon expired/ And karma's not a liar/ She keeps receipts....As if to drive the point home that Katy is the "tiger" and someone else in particular is the "shellfish or sheep," the music video for "Swish Swish" features Katy Perry as the captain of a basketball team called "The Tigers" playing a team called "The Sheep." Now, who could the sheep be in a song called "Swish Swish." Hmmm.
"Swish Swish" features Nicki Minaj, who perhaps coincidentally also has served as a judge on "American Idol." The tune, reflecting a larger downturn in Katy's musical fortunes, peaked at a dismal No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 (though, to be fair, it did top the Billboard US Dance Club Songs chart). That marked the second successive Katy Perry release that did not make the Top 40.
Make no mistake, Katy Perry remains a major force in the music business. She truly is legendary. We all await eagerly the next chapter in the Katy Perry saga.
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