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.
Scoring No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) is Latin star Marc Anthony with $4.5 million in ticket sales reported from three concerts leading up to Valentine’s Day celebrations in the New York City metropolitan area. On Feb. 6 at Madison Square Garden, the native New Yorker made his first headlining appearance at the famed Manhattan arena since 2010. Dubbed his Homecoming St. Valentine’s concert, he played to a packed house with 19,020 fans in attendance generating $2.4 million at the box office.
Another sold-out show followed on Feb 13 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. with 13,552 present, marking Anthony’s third consecutive year headlining a Valentine’s Day weekend concert at the arena. With sales logged at $1.3 million, box office counts dropped from his performance last year that remains the highest-grossing and best-attended Latin show in the venue’s history. His 2014 event on Valentine’s Day grossed $1.8 million from 16,912 sold seats.
Finally, on Feb. 14, Anthony performed for the first time at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., with a crowd of 6,819 fans. The producer of all three events was Chicago-based concert promoter Cardenas Marketing Network.
Next on the Hot Tours tally is Carrie Underwood, ranked No. 2 based on $3.2 million in revenue from the first four stops on her new tour that launched at the end of January. With a 360-degree stage formation, this tour — her first in three years — marks her first headlining effort in the round.
Touring in support of Storyteller, her most recent album released last October, the country star kicked off the tour with a sold out concert on Jan. 30 at Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena, the first of 40 North American arenas booked through the end of May. Sellouts followed in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Greensboro, N.C. and Louisville, Ky. Produced by AEG Live, the tour features Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers as show openers on the North American dates.
Although most of Underwood’s concerts this year are in the U.S. and Canada, she will also cross the pond for a handful of European performances in March. Included are appearances at the Country to Country festival in three cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as arena dates in Sweden and Norway.
The seven-time Grammy winner last toured behind her May 2012 release Blown Away, grossing $52 million from 106 concerts during a yearlong span. The Blown Away tour ran from June 2012 through May 2013 with treks through North America, Europe and Australia.