If the video for Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” left you wanting more, then wait until you see the cover for her new album Teenage Dream.
During a Ustream live chat Wednesday (July 21), the singer unveiled the cover of the project: a Will Cotton painting of Perry lying nude on a cotton-candy cloud. She also spoke about touring and her next video and even revealed that the album artwork will have the sweet scent of cotton candy.
Perry, who was joined by Cotton for the chat, unveiled the cover — which she had not even seen yet herself. “Oh my God, what will my mother think?” she exclaimed about the painting, which took six and a half weeks to create. “It’s so gorgeous. I’m so excited. I’m nervous. I’m shaking a bit. This will be my first piece of real art.
“I have decided for this to be just the album cover — no print, no nothing, no ’Katy Perry,’ ” she added. “Hopefully they know it’s me by the actual picture.”
What makes Perry’s cover even more fun is that the album booklet will have a cotton-candy scent. “When you purchase the CD physically, you just get a Katy Perry by Will Cotton. We went through every detail — it even smells like cotton candy!” she said. “It actually stinks.”
And if fans enjoy the recent Perry and Cotton collaboration, then they’ll be pleased to know that the two are likely collaborating on the singer’s upcoming tour, which will begin next spring. “Of course, I’m going to be touring the balls off the album. I’ll be doing a lot of shows this fall and the wintertime.”
Fans have even more to look forward on Friday, when the 12-song track list for Teenage Dream will be revealed. The pop star mentioned that some of her favorite tracks on the LP include “Firework” and “Peacock,” which she says is “a great representation of my f—ed-up humor.”
Perry also took some time to speak about the video for her next single, “Teenage Dream,” which she predicted will be released in the first week of August. “It’s going to be beautiful and will be so different than the Candyfornia video, which is fantastic, but I love going from one extreme to the other,” she told fans.
Last month, the video director for “California Gurls” spoke to MTV News about his vision for the clip. “The lyrics were so literal, that when I pitched it, I said, ’Look, I want to do something that’s a metaphor for what the song’s about,’ and I guess it was something different from what the other directors were pitching her,” Mathew Cullen told MTV News.
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