It’s finally here, Bettys: Katy Perry’s first single off her new album! “Roar” officially dropped at midnight last night, although it actually leaked on Saturday before getting a goodly amount of radio play over the weekend. The album, entitled Prism, hits record stores, iTunes, etc. on October 22. Give the new tune a listen here!
…Huh. Somehow it doesn’t sound as dark as the two teaser videos released last week led me to believe it would be. It’s… kind of uplifting, actually. I would go so far as to call it an empowerment anthem, and it appears I’m not alone. Rolling Stone noted that the tune “strikes a determined note for the new album,” while Vibe compared the song’s “empowering theme” to Teenage Dream’s “Firework.” MTV, meanwhile, is calling it her “most purposeful single to date” with “more mantras than a guru’s guidebook.”
About the song, Katy recently told British radio DJ Scott Mills on his BBC Radio 1 show, “I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment. Obviously I’ve been through a lot of therapy since my last record and that’s what this is about.” Good for her for taking a bunch of negative events that have happened in her life and turning them into something positive.
I’ll admit that I’m still a little baffled by the destructive nature of the teaser videos in comparison with the uplifting tone of “Roar,” though. Something about the message of the teasers just doesn’t match up with that of the single. Maybe all they were intended to do was to get our attention, in which case she certainly achieved her goal. Who knows. In any event, what IS clear is that Katy is leaving behind her bubblegum past and growing up a little. She continued during her interview with Scott Mills, “I have a warehouse here in LA and I’ll probably do an Elton John-type auction. But I am still going to be bringing the bling. You’ll see a bit more of a grown-up version of me, which does not equal boring.” True that!
Tell us: What do you think of Katy’s new tune?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.