Katy Perry's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection doesn't hit stores until March 26, but with the first single, "Part of Me," currently sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100, it's almost as if Perry can never truly say goodbye to the album that has come to define her. Though, to be honest, she's going to try.
"It feels like the record that never ends!" she told MTV News recently in Los Angeles. "Obviously I'm going to close this chapter soon. ... I am ready to make a new record and maybe try another approach artistically, and I will close the book on Teenage Dream soon, but [Complete Confection] just felt really organic. I'm doing it mostly for the hard-core fans, because they always love all the extras. And also, I couldn't put more than 12 songs on the original Teenage Dream, and I had written more songs ... and I finally wanted to incorporate them."
Perry said that, in addition to those two Dream holdovers — "Part of Me" and a track called "Just Enough" — the Confection collection will also feature a brand-new song ... one that she just put the finishing touches on in a late-night recording session.
"I just wrote [it] with a bunch of my co-writers, in two days," she laughed. "It was nuts, I recorded it at 3 a.m. and I was slapping myself in the face to stay awake, singing the chorus ... so tired! But it's nice to have all those goodies [on the reissue.]"
And while she wouldn't give away too many details about the proper follow-up to Dream, Perry did say that she can't wait to focus on writing new material. And she's got no shortage of subject matter, either.
"It's a very therapeutic thing for me, songwriting. I'm kind of one of those people who is a bit emotion-less on the outside, especially in public, but what I do is I store it, and I file it, so when I need to write I can just push that button," she explained. "I'm going to stick my finger out there and test the waters of what the world wants, or what I need to say ... but, I'm all ears. If people want me to do another pop record, I can do another pop record ... I definitely have a lot to say right now, and in general always have. If you want an opinion, I've got one, unfortunately."
Of course, whenever she gets around to making the new album, it may be a big-time departure from the futuristic, candy-colored pop confections she spun on Dream. The next time out, she may very well be looking backward, as opposed to forward.
"I just think that it's time for me in some ways to show where I came from," she said. "I've always just been me and my guitar; and I'm not saying I'm going to make that record, but I do want to get back to my roots. I've been changing my hair color too much!"
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