Perry’s Prism Popularity Deserved

Aly Fosbury, Staff Writer

Katy Perry’s sixth album Prism, released on October 18, has already made its way to number 1 on the Billboard 200. After recording from November 2012 until July 2013, Perry has received positive reviews from various magazines and music websites.

In her newest album, Perry breaks away from her usual upbeat pop sounds, and leans toward something a little more edgy. My favorite song off the album is “Dark Horse,” which has a good rhythm and meaningful lyrics.

“Roar,” the first of two singles from Prism, was released on August 10, landing the top spot on numerous radio stations and remaining in the top ten for weeks. Her second single “Unconditionally” also received some airtime after its October 16 release. Her two promotional singles “Dark Horse” and “Walking on Air,” released on September 17 and September 30, allowed any eager fans to get a preview of what was to come from the singer.

The deluxe version of the album contains seeds, which Perry hoped her fans would plant. Unfortunately, Perry did not clear this with Australia’s Department of Agriculture. As it turns out, the seed is considered a potential biohazard in Australia. This mistake, however, did not affect Perry’s popularity. She appeared in the number one spot in Australia during the week of November 4.

Most of Perry’s songs remain true to her pop roots, but she also weaves in edgier sounds and sentimental lyrics to make this album more unique compared to her past albums.

Perry wrote all of her songs with the help of other songwriters such as Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, and Henry Walter. “International Smile”, a song dedicated to her good friend Bonnie McKee, leans more towards the pop genre, while “Dark Horse” gravitates towards a more serious sound.

Compared to her first album from 2001, Katy Hudson, Perry has grown as a singer and songwriter. She is beginning to branch out towards other genres of music.

In general, I like alternative music rather than pop, but Prism has a unique sound.