By Sarah Carroll
Katy Perry is in no rush to release her new album, but she’s convinced it will be worth the long wait.
“I’m working with different producers that maybe people wouldn’t imagine me to work with, or different co-writers or things like that…I think when music is good, nobody remembers the time it took to make it.”
It’s been nearly three years since the release of Perry’s most recent album, Prism. Two singles hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the record has since sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.
But the 31-year-old Santa Barbara native isn’t intimidated by all of her previous commercial success.
“I’m going for music that connects and relates and inspires,” she explained. “I play with a lot of different themes and stories and sounds and phonics and stuff like that. So, I don’t think there’s anything that I can’t try.”
Her current single, “Rise,” marks the beginning of this new era. It’s NBC’s anthem for the 2016 Summer Olympics and she performed the song last month during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“I wasn’t watching the DNC four years ago because it felt like Obama was more of a shoe-in. There wasn’t really anything so threatening. And then four years before that, that was kind of when my career was starting and I was holding on for dear life. I wasn’t as politically involved and I wasn’t as conscious as I am now about social movements and awareness and being an activist.”
Perry is a full-fledged “I’m With Her” supporter now. She even bought Hillary Clinton a gold-plated necklace that says POTUS.
“I’m just so happy to be on the trail with her at all times because I really believe in her and her message and her priorities and her fight for women’s rights and for the world…she’s gonna be the boss.”
Clinton isn’t the only one with leadership aspirations. Perry announced earlier this week she has designed her own line of footwear.
“There’s a lot of great brands out there that are fun and colorful and personality pieces, but they’re kind of expensive. Like, they’re in the several, several hundred-dollar range and I wanted to be the person that brought that fun-loving shoe in a lower price point that’s a lot more affordable.”
Katy Perry’s sandals, sneakers, and pumps hit stores in Spring of 2017.
“I definitely want to be a serious contributor in this world and have taken it seriously,” she continued. “I think people like Gwen Stefani, who’s done it well, and Victoria Beckham, who’s done it well, they are kind of people I look towards.”