Post by Wild Heart on Jan 30, 2015 16:27:06 GMT -8
At 13, Perry convinced her parents to bring her to Nashville to seek a career as a gospel singer; she released an album on a Christian label at 16. But after discovering secular artists, from Queen to Gwen Stefani, she moved to L.A. and shifted her ambitions -- first aiming to be a acoustic guitar-wielding singer-songwriter, later settling on her current plan: global pop domination. She bounced from contract to contract -- "I had two cars repossessed, I was always going by the hair of my chinny chin chin" -- before landing on Capitol Records. Working with Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Benny Blanco, she broke through with 2008's button-pushing "I Kissed a Girl." Since then, that core team (often helped by songwriter Bonnie McKee and others) has produced a string of No. 1 songs. "My strengths are melodies and lyrics," Perry explains. "Max is the king of melodies and Luke is the king of, like, sounds. When we get together we make the biggest songs."
"Everyone has been asking me if I'm going to be nervous before the halftime show," Perry says. "I'm like, I'm f---ing human. This is the biggest event of my career." To prep, she has been studying recent shows, with extra attention on Beyoncé in 2013 and Madonna in 2012. "Those performances are clean and streamlined," she says. "They're about the catalog, the songs. I like Madonna for the graphic effects she brought." And Beyoncé? "She brought so much strength, so much sassiness and just the right amount of sex," Perry says. "She's an icon. Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson -- she's in that category. I'm not. She's like five notches above me, and those levels are compounded in difficulty."
She also reached out to Bruno Mars, a buddy from awards shows, who had the halftime gig in 2014. (She insists she doesn't have many close celebrity friends -- she's probably tightest with Rihanna, Adele and Ellie Goulding.) She scans the email on her phone -- "let me just make sure it's kosh" -- before reading it out loud:
Hello, exclusive Super Bowl club member! I was wondering if you are in L.A. at all this month and would have tea with a sister who is about to throw up with nervousness re: [football emoji]. I've heard about your process through our managers, but am wondering if you had more insight on important things like, spray tan the night before or three nights before? JK, or maybe not!