"I have coffee breath," the singer says as she curls up on a couch. "Sorry if it bothers you!"
Lately, she has really needed the caffeine: Perry is in the midst of the U.S. leg of her Prismatic tour; running through next March, it will bring her to Australia and across Europe.
"It’s taking all my energy," she says of her worldwide neon-tinged trek.
But that hard work is paying off.
Her fourth album, Prism, gave the singer her best debut yet, and the lead single “Roar” has gone platinum six times.
"A lot of times I write these songs because I need to reinspire myself," says Perry.
"When I was writing ‘Roar,’ I was like, ‘I need to find my voice again. I need to be heard. I need to find that empowering thunder in my chest again.’"
Perry, now single since her on-and-off relationship with singer John Mayer ended in February, is taking that new burst of confidence with her as she enters the next phase of her life: her 30s.
"I still feel 13 on the inside," she says of hitting the milestone in October.
"Birthdays are a big thing for me. We always have a themed party. It’s a good excuse for me to bring my friends together and go buck wild."
But don’t expect her to go too crazy. Perry – who recently teamed up with Staples andDonorsChoose.org for the Make Roar Happen campaign, which benefits teachers – has some very practical wishes as she enters the next decade of her life.
"I just want to be able to continue to stay self-aware and as unaffected as possible," Perry says. "I just want to stay authentic and keep dreaming my dreams."
Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' most streamed song of 2014 in the US (so far)
Six months into the year, Katy Perry’s ”Dark Horse” leads the pack as 2014’s most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more.
"Dark Horse," like all the titles among the top 10 most-streamed of 2014 so far, benefited heavily from its official music video, which has drawn more than 400 million global views to date. The title, which was already a No. 1 across streaming services purely based on data from audio on-demand providers like Spotify and Muve Music, reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s March 8 Streaming Songs chart upon the release of its Egyptian-themed video. With eight total weeks at No. 1, "Dark Horse" is the longest-leading Streaming Songs chart-topper of 2014.
2014 MOST-STREAMED SONG, according to Nielsen BDS (YTD)
1. Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J Dark Horse Capitol 188,236,000 streams
RIAA Crowns Katy Perry Top Certified Digital Artist Ever
Katy is the only Act to Surpass 70 Million Certifications in G&P’s Digital Program
WASHINGTON – Katy Perry has made Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program history. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized the Capitol Records artist as its most awarded digital act in the history of Gold & Platinum awards, the industry’s premier program for celebrating artistic achievement in the marketplace.
Eighteen Katy Perry songs, from early favorites like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold” to popular new releases like “Dark Horse” and “Birthday” are included in Perry’s 72 million cumulative Digital Single Certifications counting downloads and on-demand streams. The new batch of certifications vaults Katy to the top of the RIAA’s list of artists with the most G&P Digital Single Certifications, and makes Perry the first artist to surpass the 70 million digital award threshold – 20 million ahead of any other artist.
More than 32 million new cumulative certifications were awarded today including a 9x multi-Platinum for “Firework,” two 7x multi-Platinums for “California Gurls” and “E.T.,” three 6x multi-Platinums for “Dark Horse,” “Hot N Cold” and “Teenage Dream” and more. Katy’s career RIAA tally now encompasses 18 Gold, 16 Platinum and 56 multi-Platinum Digital Single Awards, in addition to her 2x multi-Platinum album “Teenage Dream” and Platinum album “One Of The Boys.”
RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman presented the top award to Perry Wednesday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
“Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. “We are honored to recognize Katy as the most successful digital artist in Gold & Platinum Program history. She embodies all that makes a true global superstar: the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans. This award is a reflection of her deep commitment to those qualities and to her music, which has propelled her to this historic milestone. We congratulate Katy and her team on all her success.”
Katy Perry: She rewrites Mainstream Top 40 chart history, as “Birthday” bumps 11-10 to become her 12th consecutive top 10 on the tally. As she extends her streak, she bests two artists who each previously sent 11 straight entries into the top 10: Mariah Carey (from the chart’s 1993 inception through 1997) and Bruno Mars (2010-13). With 15 total top 10s, Perry ties Britney Spears for sixth-place among acts with the most such hits. Rihanna leads with 24, followed by Carey, P!nk, Justin Timberlake (17 each) and Usher (16). On the Hot 100, “Birthday” rebounds 22-19 after reaching No. 17.
Since Billboard launched the chart in 1993, no artist had previously scored more than eleven consecutive Top 10 hits.
The launch is timed to promote Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, which will hit 62 arenas in North America starting June 22 after kicking off in the U.K. last month. The film is available to Perry’s Facebook fans initially in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., for a rental fee of $4 to watch on the site for a 48-hour period.
Paramount is the first major studio to distribute a full-length film on Facebook, which has more than 1 billion active monthly users worldwide, in several years. Warner Bros. tested streaming rentals of “The Dark Knight” and a handful of other titles on the social service in 2011, but soon discontinued the effort.
“Paramount’s digital strategy incorporates the ever-evolving platforms that consumers are using, and this initiative is an example targeting content directly to an avid fan base,” studio rep said.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me” earned $32.7 million worldwide in its theatrical release. The pic also is available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon.com’s Prime Instant Video — limiting the number of fans opting for the Facebook rental — as well as for purchase or rent in digital and DVD formats from multiple retailers.
The docu centers on the cartoony pop star’s 2011 California Dreams Tour and includes behind-the-scenes interviews, rehearsal footage, and personal moments between Perry and her friends. Pic also shows Perry dealing with her midtour divorce from British actor-comedian Russell Brand.
The Facebook video is being powered by the media player from Screenburn, a London-based startup that specializes in solutions for selling movies and TV shows on Facebook. Screenburn founder and director Tom Raffe touted the promotion of “Katy Perry: Part of Me” as a landmark release “simply because of the incredibly passionate following she has on the platform and throughout social media.”
“Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me” can be rented on Facebook here, via credit card or PayPal. After launching in the U.S., Canada and U.K., the movie is slated for release for Facebook users in Brazil later in the year.
Earlier this week Perry launched a new music label, Metamorphosis Music, in partnership with Capitol Records. The first act she has signed is pop singer Ferras.
Q&A: Katy Perry on overexposure, education and keeping fans guessing
When you’re Katy Perry, time off is more a concept than a reality. The 29-year-old pop star just finished touring in the U.K. and is set to stretch her Prismatic World Tour through 46 North American cities starting on June 22.
Her “break” last week? It consisted of stopping by the Nokia Theatre to announce her partnership with Staples in donating $1 million for school supplies as part of the “Make Roar Happen” campaign.
While there, she spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the perils of overexposure, her latest album “Prism” and what comes next.
Katy Perry launches Metamorphosis Music record label, signs musician Ferras
Katy Perry could help make your “Teenage Dream” of becoming a singer a reality: The pop star is starting her own record label.
Perry announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music on Tuesday. It’s a joint venture with her current label, Capitol Records.
The first to sign with Perry’s label is pop singer Ferras, who released his Perry executive-produced EP on Tuesday. The five-song self-titled effort includes the track “Legends Never Die,” which features Perry.
Ferras will join Perry for the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, which kicks off June 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina. It wraps Oct. 11 in Houston.
Perry and Ferras met in 2007 when they were both signed to Capitol.
Capitol is one of many labels under Universal Music Group, home to Def Jam and Republic Records.