Last year, Perry told L'Uomo Vogue that album would be "much darker" since she was pulling inspiration from everything she went through, seemingly referring to her divorce from Russell Brand.
However, when she recently sat down with MTV News she admitted she's now seeing things differently.
"There's not really any darkness on the record," Perry told MTV News of her upcoming third album. "There's definitely some textures and colors but I think I was saying that when I saw going through a different phase, but I really let that light in."
And because she was able to turn that darkness into light, Perry decided to appropriately title the album, Prism.
"The reason why I called this record Prism is because I actually finally let the light in and then I was able to create all these songs that were inspired by letting the light in and doing some self-reflection and just kind of working on myself," Perry said. "I felt very prismatic because of that I feel like now I get to show these songs off and share these songs with the listeners and it's almost like I get to beam the colors that I've experienced out from me."
Perry also decided to announce her October 22 release in a unique way, using a gold truck that traveled across the country landing in New York City for the VMAs.
"Actually the Prism truck was a great way to announce the record, a different way rather than going straight to Twitter or Facebook or stuff like that," Perry said. "You know, it's very interactive 'cause it started in L.A. and it drove across country and got to New York for this evening. And everyone saw it along the way, and they were tweeting and I was retweeting anyone that saw it, if anybody Instagrammed it or whatever. It was a nice interactive way to be like 'Yeah my records out, but you discover it.' "