Prism is the fourth studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It was released by Capitol Records on October 18, 2013. While the album was initially planned to be “darker” than her previous material, Prism ultimately became a prominently dance-inspired record. The singer worked with several past collaborators, while enlisting new producers and guest vocals. Much of Prism revolves around the themes of living in the present, relationships, and self-empowerment. Many critics praised the album’s lyrical content for being more “mature” while others considered Prism to be more formulaic than her previous material.
The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 286,000 copies sold, becoming Perry’s best opening week to date. The album also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Prism became Perry’s fastest-selling album, the second best-selling album in Australia in 2013, and the second best-selling album released by a woman in the United States in 2013. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) reported that Prism was the sixth best-selling album in the world in 2013, the best-selling album in the world in 2013 released by a woman, and labeled Perry “a global phenomenon.”
It has globally sold 4 million copies as of August 2015. The album’s success continued throughout 2014, ranking within the top 10 of the annual charts for 2014 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and earned Perry a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
The release of the album was preceded by the release of two singles. “Roar” was released on August 10, 2013 as the album’s lead single. It became a commercial success and topped the Billboard Hot 100. “Unconditionally” debuted on October 16, 2013 as the record’s second single and was a moderate commercial success worldwide.
In between the release of these two tracks were the releases of promotional singles “Dark Horse” on September 17 and “Walking on Air” on September 30, 2013. “Dark Horse” was released as the album’s third single three months later on December 17, 2013, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “Birthday” and “This Is How We Do” were the fourth and fifth singles, respectively. Prism was further promoted through The Prismatic World Tour.
Bring Me The Horizon say they didn’t mean to break Coldplay’s table at the NME Awards.
During their performance of Happy Song, Oli jumped off stage onto Chris Martin’s table and broke it.
But “it wasn’t meant to be Chris Martin’s table at all,” lead singer Oli Sykes tells Newsbeat.
“You know when you know no-one is really going to care about your band if you do what you usually do.”
Oli kicked glasses and bottles off the table leaving Chris Martin and the other Coldplay members a bit bemused.
“It was one of them things where you’re going to have to make an impression somehow,” Oli says.
“It wasn’t a dirty protest.”
Coldplay fans are the best in the world. If you like Coldplay then you’re obviously very intelligent and good looking and all-around brilliant.
Bring Me The Horizon also picked up the Innovation Award.
But they don’t necessarily think they’re innovators.
“It’s weird because five years ago NME didn’t want anything to do with us and we didn’t want anything to do with them,” Oli says.
“So for us it’s less about the award and more about how far we’ve come to do this and it not be like ‘why are you doing this?'”
“We’ve set out what we want to do and that’s to make music that comes from a completely different scene to appeal to people that have never listened to this type of music.
“We’re happy to be where we are, whereas a lot of bands would be embarrassed.”
Bring Me The Horizon and Coldplay will both be performing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter this May.
Coldplay are just four friends trying to make great music.