Katy Perry did a big interview with Billboard magazine and revealed a lot not just about her new upcoming album, Prism, but her personal life and professional aspirations. Particularly surprising is that Ms. Perry sees herself as a Joni Mitchell type. From Billboard:
I love Madonna to death, but she’s never going to give me that damn baton. I’ll probably turn into more of a Joni Mitchell. As I inch towards my 30s, I think my fourth record will be more of an acoustic guitar album. That’s where I started when I was first discovered by Glen Ballard and got my first record deal. We’ll see — I can’t get ahead of myself.
It’s true that Perry started as a very different artist than the pop superstar she’s become, but I’m still raising eyebrows. How do you go from California Gurls pop princess to mellowed out acoustic singer/songwriter chick? But if the label and management trusts her and lets her, I think she can do it.
She also gushed about her boyfriend, John Mayer.
He literally is a genius, as is evident from his songwriting. I always tell him, ‘Darling, you know I’m going to have to give your mind to science after you’ve passed, because we’re going to have to understand how all these sparks work.’ We’ll be in bed, and he’ll be doing the crossword puzzle. Every night, he tries to finish it in under 10 minutes. When he puts his mind to something, he really gets it done very well. I always ask for his help.