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“I can’t run from where I came from, nobody can,” says Katy Perry. When it came time to make her exhilarating second album “Teenage Dream,” Katy found herself increasingly drawn back home to Santa Barbara, Calif. Back to where they knew her before she became a superstar. Before she kissed a girl and liked it. And, certainly, before she sold 5 million copies of her Capitol Records blockbuster, “One of the Boys.”
“I love the vibe that Santa Barbara gives off and I wanted to really tap into the purity of my childhood and that feeling,” says the two-time Grammy nominated singer. “It was really fun to get away and walk into the studio with no make-up on.”
“Teenage Dream,” out Aug. 24, will move you, both emotionally and physically. “When I was touring, I wanted people to dance more,” Katy says. “So I wrote an album that made people move, yet didn’t sacrifice the story substance that I had on the last record.
”Fun first single, “California Gurls,” declared by Entertainment Weekly as “unforgettable,” is the undeniable summer anthem of 2010. Featuring Snoop Dogg, “Gurls” is a sizzling salute to sun-kissed days spent in Daisy Dukes and a bikini top. Other album highlights include the heartbreakingly wistful “The One that Got Away,” the naughty, playful strut of “Peacock,” the uplifting “Firework,” the pulsing, stinging “Circle the Drain,” and the spiritual quest of “Who Am I Living For.
”And then, of course, there’s the passionate, thumping title track. “I called the album ‘Teenage Dream’ because I feel like I will always want to be that pin-up poster,” Katy says. “I definitely want to be in everybody’s dreams at all times until I get to Liz Taylor’s age when I’m not in your dreams anymore, and I’m just a diva!
”Of that, there’s no doubt. Seldom has an artist catapulted onto the world scene and captured not only people’s ears, but their hearts as well. Since the 2008 release of “One of the Boys,” Katy has taken a jet-fueled rocket pack to the top, wowing fans with her often whimsical, irresistible pop songs. Katy topped charts in more than 25 countries with cultural phenomenon “I Kissed a Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking Of You” and “Waking Up in Vegas,” and has sold more than 22 million digital tracks and mobile products worldwide.
Katy erases any barrier between pop star and audience by writing all her own material. “You’re getting a pure connection to the artist,” Katy says. “You’re not getting some idea of what that artist should be, you’re getting a direct voice.
”Nowhere is Katy’s voice and vision clearer than in concert. She is a relentless road warrior, albeit one who comes complete with gigantic, blow up plastic strawberries to toss into the audience. As a newcomer, she stormed the Warped Tour stage for 47 dates in 2008, immediately winning over hardened rock fans with her ceaselessly energetic live show. Since then, she has steadily built audiences across the planet by touching down in more than two dozen countries and filling increasingly larger venues each time she returned to a city. 2009’s headlining “One of the Boys” tour was a phenomenal success, selling out around the world.(excerpts from The Official Katy Perry Website)
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