Katy Perry to release Ur So Gay
Capitol Music Group will release a digital EP from pop-rock songstress Katy Perry — entitled Ur So Gay — through iTunes and other online retailers on November 20th, 2007. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has been wowing crowds with her catchy songs and larger-than-life charisma at recent shows with Yellowcard, Mika, and the Starting Line, while everyone from Blender Magazine to Perez Hilton has been singing her praises. Recently, Hilton wrote of Perry on his website: “If Avril Lavigne were actually talented, pretty, and had an appealing personality, she’d be Katy Perry. She’s got the whole package!”
Artist: Katy Perry
Title: Ur So Gay
Release date: 11/20/07
Buy at: Amazon
The Ur So Gay EP includes the title track, a hilarious kiss-off to an exboyfriend; a club remix of the song by DJ/producer Junior Sanchez (Madonna, Shakira); “Use Your Love” (new version of The Outfield’s hit single “Your Love”); and “Lost,” an honest, searching ballad that shows a more vulnerable side of this talented, multi-dimensional artist who, though she’s only 22, has been writing songs, playing guitar, and performing for several years.
The middle child of two pastors, Perry grew up listening to gospel music and singing at church in Santa Barbara, CA, but “the heavens opened my eyes when I stumbled upon a Queen record and I was forever saved,” she says with a laugh. “Their musicality and lyrics were so flamboyant and fun and cheeky, I’d never heard anything like it before. I think I draw from wanting to be Freddie Mercury.”
Indeed, Perry’s theatrical flair and irrepressible sense of humor come through loud and clear on Ur So Gay, which is just a taste of what the public can expect when Perry releases her debut full-length album in Spring 2008. Working with an array of noted producers, including Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne), Butch Walker (Pink, the Donnas), and Greg Wells (Mika, Natasha Bedingfield, Rufus Wainwright), Perry delivers her feisty, confessional songs with the confidence of a veteran storyteller. “Every single one of my songs is drawn 100 percent directly from my life” she says.
Though her album isn’t due till next year, Perry has been keeping busy starring in MTV VMA winners Gym Class Heroes’ video for “Cupid’s Chokehold,” as well as videos for P.O.D. and Carbon Leaf. She also appeared in ads for Too Faced Cosmetics’ Spring 2007 line. Perry’s song “Self-Inflicted” appeared in a recent episode of MTV’s smash series The Hills, while her song “Fingerprints” is the theme song for the Oxygen reality series Fight Girls.
“I think people can appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides,” says Katy Perry. “The whole angst thing is cool, but if that’s all you’ve got, it's just boring. Everything I write, whether it’s happy or sad, has a sense of humor to it. Someone told me the other day that I’m a bit like Lucille Ball. They said, ‘You look pretty put together on the outside, but inside there’s just something a bit wrong.’”
Comparisons to Lucille Ball only tell half the story. Now if Lucille Ball had a secret love child with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, it would look, sound, and behave like Katy Perry. The L.A-based singer-songwriter’s sassy confidence and feisty confessional songs have already had fans and savvy media singing her praises, even before her new EP, Ur So Gay, is released by Capitol Records on November 20th, 2007. Blender Magazine called her “The Next Big Thing” while Teen People dubbed her “One to Watch.” And no less a harbinger of ‘what’s hot’ than celeb blogger Perez Hilton wrote of Perry on his website: “If Avril Lavigne were actually talented, pretty, and had an appealing personality, she’d be Katy Perry. She’s got the whole package!”
“I don’t care who I’m compared to as long as people listen to the music,” Perry says. “Usually I find it funny to say I’m like a skinnier version of Lily Allen and a fatter version of Amy Winehouse. It always renders a good chuckle.”
It’s that sort of cheeky comment that encapsulates Perry’s irrepressible sense of humor, which shines through on songs like “Ur So Gay” (a hilarious kiss-off to an ex) and “Waking Up in Vegas,” which is about doing just that. Her upcoming debut album for Capitol Records, due in Spring 2008, will also feature several honest, searching ballads, like “Lost,” (about trying to find yourself after losing your way) and the regretful, emotional “Thinking of You,” both of which display a more vulnerable side to this talented, multi-dimensional artist.
Perhaps that dichotomy stems in part from Perry’s upbringing. The middle child of two pastors, Perry grew up listening to gospel music and singing in church in Santa Barbara, CA. “My dad would give me ten dollars, which is a lot of money when you’re nine, to sing at church, on tables at restaurants, at family functions, just about anywhere,” she says. Perry was raised on a strict diet of church music; “secular music,” as her mother put it, was “not allowed.” But one night during a slumber party, Perry happened upon a Queen record “and the heavens opened and saved me. From then on, they have been my biggest influence,” she says. “Their musicality and lyrics were so flamboyant and real. I’d never heard anything like it.”
By the time she was 15, Perry was determined to pursue a path in music. She spent some time in Nashville working with professional songwriters — “these seasoned country music vets who had been writing songs for forever” — and honing her own songwriting skills. “Every single one of my songs is drawn 100 percent directly from my life.”
At 17, Perry hooked up with legendary producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, who spent years guiding and developing her talent and songwriting. The strength of the songs and Perry’s big voice captured the attention of Jason Flom, Chairman & CEO of Capitol Music Group, who signed her in Spring 2007. “I’ve been through a lot of highs and a lot of lows in this business,” says Perry, who’s now 22. “Last year was tough. I’d write a check for my rent and next to it, I’d write, ‘Please, God, please.’ But I didn’t jump off the Hollywood sign. Everything always works out for the best.”
Indeed it has, as Perry has just wrapped up work on her debut full-length album, which she recorded with an array of noted producers and collaborators, including Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne), Butch Walker (Pink, The Donnas), Sam Hollander & Dave Katz (Gym Class Heroes) and Greg Wells (Mika, Natasha Bedingfield, Rufus Wainwright). She’s also been keeping busy performing lowkey acoustic shows at Hollywood’s renowned Hotel Café (hey, it keeps her off TMZ), as well as landing high-profile opening gigs for artists as diverse as Mika, Puffy AmiYumi, and the Starting Line.
Whether it’s by hearing her music on MTV’s The Hills, Oxygen Network’s Fight Girls, the soundtrack to the film Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or by seeing her emotional performance on ABC Family’s hit Wildfire, people are now taking notice of Perry. She’s also unleashed her considerable charisma making cameos in the videos for Gym Class Heroes’ “Cupid’s Chokehold,” which has been viewed on YouTube more than 18 million times, as well as appeared in a video for P.O.D. In addition, her face has graced ads for Too-Faced Cosmetics’ Spring 2007 line. All these things, and more, have people wondering: “Who’s that girl?”
Perry, however, doesn’t put too much stock in the acting or modeling, or the whole media fame game for that matter. “It’s become about who’s showing up at what party, who’s dating whom, and what plastic surgery they’ve had,” she says. “I want to bring it all back to the music. Pop stars are hard to relate to because they are so scared of being vulnerable or real and afraid that people will exploit their flaws. I on the other hand, celebrate my flaws and actually welcome them. Flaws give us character and at the end of the day, I want people to see me as that girl they can relate to, talk to, and have a good laugh with.”
Ur So Gay Tracklisting
1. Ur So Gay (Edit) 3:39
2. Ur So Gay (Remix) 5:53
3. Use Your Love 3:01
4. Ur So Gay (Instrumental) 3:38
5. Ur So Gay (Instrumental Remix) 5:55
6. Ur So Gay (A cappella) 3:15
"Ur So Gay" by Katy Perry - release date: 11/20/07..