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.
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry’s band The Hollywood Vampires have played at the Grammys as a tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy.The metal frontman, whose real name was Ian Kilmister, died from cancer at the end of December. The Hollywood Vampires, who were playing on TV for the first time, were introduced by Dave Grohl. “Many of us play rock’n’roll but a rare few among us are rock’n’roll. Lemmy Kilmister was rock’n’roll,” he said.
“He was a rebel, an outsider, a one of a kind and a way of life. He was Motorhead. He was a legend and I was proud to call him my friend. “I have an Ace Of Spades tattoo, but the truth is Lemmy and Motorhead left their mark on me a long time ago, just as they did for everybody who has ever loved rock and roll. “As Lemmy taught us in Ace Of Spades, the pleasure is to play.”
The Hollywood Vampires performed an original song, As Bad as I Am, before moving on to Ace Of Spades in front of a huge picture of Lemmy.
Johnny Depp even played a guitar solo after a spoken word segment in their song.Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum also plays in the band as do guitarist Tommy Henriksen and keyboardist Bruce Witkin.The Hollywood Vampires released their first album last September and includes guest appearances from the likes of Paul McCartney, Australian guitarist Orianthi, Dave Grohl, Slash, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.
The band is named after a drinking club set up by Alice Cooper in the 1970s.
This year’s Download Festival is renaming its main stage in memory of Lemmy.
The band had been due to play on the Friday night of the rock festival at Donington Park in June.
Organiser Andy Copping says they’re “working on a suitable tribute for the slot”.