Katy Perry Isn’t Looking To Top Herself On Next Album

'I'm gonna follow my heart as I always have and hopefully people will like it,' singer tells MTV News.

One would think that after Katy Perry releases Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, the final chapter of her highly successful album Teenage Dream, later this month, she would be ready to take a break. Think again.

Following the chart-topping success of her single “Part of Me,” which she insists is not a jab at former husband Russell Brand , Perry has already begun thinking about the concept of her next album.

“I don’t want to jinx myself ’cause I haven’t stepped into the studio. I have an idea — I always have an idea. Like, I have an idea for the next two records; it just depends,” Perry told MTV News in Los Angeles. “What I say is, I’m gonna kind of put my finger out there and test the pulse or test the waters of what the world wants, or what I need to say, which is probably most important rather than what the world wants.”

Coming off the success of Teenage Dream, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced five #1 singles, Perry is not looking to outdo herself on her next musical effort. She’s just going to follow her instincts.

“I don’t want to give too much away. I also don’t want to play the game of trying to continually top myself because eventually it may not always go as I planned,” the singer said. “I may not get to be able to have another #1, so I’m just gonna do what feels right for me artistically. I’m very inspired at the moment, and so I’m gonna follow my heart as I always have and hopefully people will like it.”

Perry, who also revealed that she “has a lot to say” on her next album, told “Saturday Night Live” star Kristen Wiig in Interview magazine that her music is “about to get real f—ing dark.” But she promises that her die-hard fans will still be able to relate to this next step in her musical journey.

“I imagine that maybe my next record would be a little bit more of an artistic venture,” Perry said. “Not that I’m going to self-sabotage either and be like, ‘I’m going to make a crazy record that nobody really understands.’ ”

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Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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