Katy Perry has been hard at work on her third album. The still-untitled release, which does not yet have a date attached to it, will serve as the follow-up to 2010’s Teenage Dream, which spawned five No. 1 singles in a chart feat rivaled only by Michael Jackson’s Bad.
While we know ex-husband Russell Brand won’t shy away from talking of their relationship in his future autobiography, we can’t help but wonder what Perry will be singing about.
During a session last week at ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo, Perry filled attendees in on what to expect from her new music. Here are five things we learned, via recaps from Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter as well as Perry’s Twitter.
1. Expect a team of familiar collaborators.
Perry has been in the studio with many of the writers and producers from her 2010 release Teenage Dream, including Max Martin (“Teenage Dream,” “The One That Got Away”), Dr. Luke and Greg Wells (“Pearl,” “Not Like he Movies”) as well as Bonnie McKee (“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), “California Gurls”), Sia and Greg Kurstin.
With Greg Kurstin being the producer behind Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and Sia having worked with everyone from David Guetta to Christina Aguilera, we’re thinking there are some major power ballads and dance anthems in the future for Perry.
2. Inspiration is often unexpected.
“[McKee] came in from a yoga class and said, ‘I want to write a song called ‘Double Rainbow.” So we have a song called ‘Double Rainbow,’” Perry explained of working with Bonnie McKee. “Sounds insincere, but wait for it, OK?”
If Perry claims this track isn’t insincere, we’re thinking she’s going to dive right in and tackle some hard-hitting subjects. She’s already admitted that working with McKee “is like an emotional abuse session,” so Perry must be letting her guard down.
3. ‘Firework’ still shines brightly for Perry, so perhaps there’s more positive anthems along those lines.
“’Firework’ is the most important song I’ve written,” Perry confessed of her heartfelt 2010 anthem, which she dedicated to LGBT fans.
While she didn’t discuss the emotional “Wide Awake” and “Part of Me,” which both touched upon her divorce with Russell Brand, she did address the elephant in the room.
“It’s a very tiny elephant. It’s like a little tchotchke now. The Big D — you can say it,” Perry joked.
While she may have gotten out all she needed to say about the divorce with “Wide Awake” and “Part of Me,” which both appeared on her 2012 re-release of Teenage Dream, she might have something to say about her now recent ex John Mayer. But, if “Firework” is the most important song she’s ever written, maybe she’ll embrace her inner positivity for her new music.
4. Once it’s time to record, it’s all work for Katy.
“When I put myself on a timeline, when I tell the record company when I want to release the album, that’s when the race starts,” Perry said. “That’s when I put pressure on myself.”
5. Katy just might embrace her inner ’90s child.
You know the 90’s are back when you’re voluntarily putting record scratches in your songs a la Portishead’s Dummy.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) April 19, 2013
Will Perry embrace her experimental side? Here’s to hoping.