Katy Perry is showing her soft side on the latest selection from her forthcoming Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection album, which drops March 26. The mid-tempo track, “Wide Awake,” reflects on coming down from the “high” of love.
Slower-paced than her first Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection single, “Part of Me,” “Wide Awake” is less about the kiss-off and more about the sadness that settles in after a love affair ends.
Given that Katy recently went through a breakup with her husband, Russell Brand, the lyrics certainly seem relevant to her life. But since “Part of Me” and another Complete Confection track, “Dressin’ Up,” were recorded long before this re-release, it’s hard to tell whether the comedian is actually the intended target.
Co-written by Bonnie McKee, the reflective track has Perry singing, “Thunder rumbling/ Castles crumbling/ I’m trying to hold on/ God knows that I tried/ Seeing the bright side/ I’m not blind anymore.”
“I’m working with Katy and it’s great,” McKee told MTV News. “I’m really excited and I think everyone is going to really relate to and love what she’s doing next. It’s kind of a departure from what she’s been doing in the past. We are a great team when we write together because we don’t let each other settle; every single line is a philosophical debate.
“She’s going through some major life changes,” McKee added. “So it’s not all about bubble gum and fun. It’s real and it’s deep and she has a lot to say. So I think people are anxious to hear it.”
Perry is set to open up about The Complete Confection during “MTV First: Katy Perry” on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:23 p.m. ET on MTV.
The singer will also premiere her highly anticipated video for “Part of Me” Wednesday, followed by a 30-minute interview with MTV News’ James Montgomery on MTV.com.