NEW YORK — [artist id="3274550"]Katy Perry[/artist] will release her new album, Teenage Dream, on August 24, but she's getting an early start on creating buzz with beach-party-themed industry listening events. On Monday night, Perry brought her West Coast vibe to the East Coast, filling the Espace venue with beach balls, sand and lots of funky pop tunes.
On the eve of her "California Gurls" video premiere, Perry played a number of other tracks off the album that mirrored that song's bouncy, summertime pop feel. The title track, the album's reported second single, picks up right where "California Gurls" leaves off. With a strong beat to back her up, Perry sings about a boy who makes her feel like a teenager again.
The next track, which she told the crowd was her "f---ing opus," is a shimmering tune that plays up Perry's vocals and gives a slightly orchestral feel during the song's chorus. Perry next played her party anthem "Last Friday Night," which she explained had a purpose for being on the album: "There's a lot of substance ... but also some no-brainers."
She likened the song to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyes Peas. The midtempo party track recalls all the fun nights gone by. Perry displays some angst on the rock-tinged breakup anthem "Circle the Drain." On it, Perry sings about leaving behind a lover or friend with a substance-abuse problem.
Perry slowed things down with the ballad, "Pearl," about a girl who was once a lighthearted woman until someone came along and changed her. She eventually switches the script, and it becomes an empowering song about change.
But the general vibe of the album is levity and partying, emphasized by dance track "The One That Got Away" and the cheerleader-ish, double-entendre-filled "Peacock." The final song previewed was the dreamy, midtempo ode to love, "Not Like the Movies."
Later on, MTV News caught up with Perry, who talked about her strategy of previewing these songs for people. "It's really exciting to do these little beach party, Katy Perry, Teenage Dream listening parties. It's funner — I love that word that doesn't exist — it's funner to do it in this environment, where it's just free and fun and there's a couple of drinks, people are eating, people are socializing, seeing people they haven't seen in a while.
"It looks like it's going to be a sleepless year," she continued. "It's gonna be really fun. I think we're going to do these type of things, especially for the fans. We're just starting to roll the record out, and it's all beginning again. Although I don't feel like I'm back. I feel like it's a continuum."
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