Katy Perry Fans Should Expect ‘Magic’ At The VMAs

Songwriter Bonnie McKee opens up to MTV News about Perry's August 25 performance and upcoming album.

If you think you know what Katy Perry‘s Prism is going to sound like based on her lead single, “Roar” , you really have no idea. According to one of her good pals, it only paints part of the picture of what her October 22 album release sounds like.

Perry’s frequent collaborator, songwriter Bonnie McKee, explained to MTV News that the VMA performer’s third album release will touch on many subjects and emotions.

“It’s kind of like every song is its own little movie, so this is ‘Rocky’ and also kind of jungle-y and cat-themed. And then each song has its own little movie and its own visual to go along with it. So I wouldn’t say it’s all going to be like this. Like the next one, as far as I know, is going to be a big one too. I’m really excited for the next one. [it's] really colorful and really bright,” she explained, noting there will be some other empowerment anthems in the vein of “Roar” on the release.

“Katy and I are cowriters and she’s a great songwriter in her own right. And I think we’re a great team because we don’t let the other settle,” she continued. “So it’s really like pound for pound, it’s a co-write.”

With Perry putting her candy-coated Teenage Dream era behind her, McKee said that the singer approached making Prism with a specific vision in mind. She said, “Well, you know, we work with [producers] Dr. Luke and Max Martin, they’re like melodic geniuses, and they kind of come to us with tracks. Katy had ideas about what she wanted. So she had a very specific idea of what she wanted. They come back with the track and we kind of find the story within the track.”

Of course, Perry has only has a little over a week to prepare for her first-ever performance of “Roar” at the VMAs on August 25. And, McKee is stocking up on tissues for the big night. She said, “Oh my god! I’m so excited,” she said. “It’s always exciting to hear lyrics that I’ve written being up onstage in front of all the crowd and seeing people react. It’s like a really magical moment. I always cry every time.”

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will go live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 25. Perry joins a slew of other A-list performers including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more.