Katy Perry enlisted the help of a huge semi truck to promote her new album, “Prism,” due out this October. The shiny, gold advertisement on wheels first appeared in Los Angeles and made its way east towards New York, with a plethora of stops along the way. A couple hours away from Manhattan, the truck stopped at the Walmart Supercenter in Wilkes-Barre Township. While the driver was inside purchasing something, a drunk driver behind another 18-wheeler smashed into the Perry vehicle, causing a considerable amount of damage. TMZ reported the assailant first fled the scene, but later returned and spoke with authorities.
Now imagine you’re Katy Perry. She’s a few days away from releasing her new single, “Roar,” and she receives the news.
“I was on my way to New York, about to shoot my album artwork, and I woke up and someone said, ‘Look online,’” Perry recalled during an interview on “The Ralphie Show.” “(Drunk driving) is not something that I condone, of course… It’s like a gold brick on wheels. How do you miss it?”
Good question, Katy, and probably if you’re intoxicated. The truck eventually made it to New York, and Perry went on last week to release “Roar” to the masses. On the same day, the duet she sang with boyfriend John Mayer, “Who You Love,” also hit the Internet. The “Teenage Dream” singer revealed that the couple has created more music together.
“(Mayer) played guitar, actually, on a couple songs, which was awesome,” Perry told “The Ralphie Show” of his involvement with her third studio LP, “Prism.” “He’s just been a great support, and that’s all you can ask. If your partner is a great support, that’s perfect.”
Perry also commented on the aforementioned duet, which will appear on Mayer’s album “Paradise Valley,” released Tuesday. The track’s existence was first reported by “The Ralphie Show” in June.
“I’m very proud of it,” she said. “It’s another side of me… Many different personalities in me.”
Something Perry probably wasn’t too proud of was the leak of her new track two weekends ago. A standard practice in the music industry, Capitol Records watermarks advance copies of material not available to the public. Through the technology, Perry was able to discover where the leak emanated from.
“Sometimes it’s an accident, sometimes it’s carelessness… sometimes that person didn’t even mean (to leak it),” Perry explained of the situation. “It’s not a big deal, because believe you me, I wanted you guys to hear this song when I created it in March. I wrote this song in March and I was like, ‘I’m dying. Should I Instagram something? Should I do a little Snapchat of it? What should I do?’”
Perry did none of the above, and to this day claims to not be on Snapchat. The messaging application sends a photo to a recipient that they can only view for a predetermined set amount of time, after which point the picture allegedly is no longer accessible.
“I don’t Snapchat because… I know it alerts you when people do keep stuff, but I don’t know,” Perry said. “I don’t need to be putting any kind of weird things online that supposedly disappear. Yeah right, brah!”
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