Katy Perry’s impressive run continues. More than a year after her first debut album One of the Boys stormed into the marketplace, Perry has moved over one million records, headlined the Warped Tour, played morning shows and toured the world. In fact, the demand for Perry is so great that she has been visiting some places a second time. The singer is currently making a second trip through Australia, and on Friday night (August 14) she took over the Forum in Melbourne for a sold-out show. Though Perry didn’t debut any new music, she fleshes out her headlining sets with covers, including the famous Motown tune “Please Mr. Postman” (made huge by the Marvelettes, the Carpenters and the Beatles) and the Foundations’ “Build Me Up Buttercup.” Perry’s fantastically campy stage show (built around her tongue-in-cheek sense of irony and her shiny Betty Boop outfits) even includes a visit by a letter carrier prior to the “Mr. Postman” cover. And throughout the show, she periodically straps on her Gibson Les Paul to jam along with her band.
In addition to performing to packed houses, Perry has fleshed out her trip down under with trips to see Pink perform live (“She’s really great … Shows so many different dimensions & is still personable,” Perry wrote on her Twitter) and diving into the Australian way of life (“I’ve been joggin around Melbourne listening to Madonna (naturally) and am falling in love with this city … so much art & culture,” she tweeted). In addition to her nomination for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Perry has also been nominated for Artist of the Year by MTV Brazil.