Katy Perry: Deconstructed
We take a look at some of this chart-topping monster’s vital signs ahead of her gig in Glasgow
45% Killer pop hooks
There is surely no doubt in anyone’s mind about Katy Perry’s innate ability to cobble together relentlessly catchy choruses. From the sapphic pop tendencies of ‘I Kissed a Girl’, the punchy pace of ‘Hot n Cold’ or stadium-sized floor-filler ‘Firework’, whether anyone has in fact ‘ever felt like a plastic bag’ is irrelevant, it’s still stuck in your head.
25% Spray-on rubber dress collection
Anyone at all familiar with the singer will know of her penchant for adorning herself in, let’s say, ‘risqué’ attire. Notable costume choices include skin-tight rubber dresses, squeezing her every which way but loose (although there have been several close calls) while draping her in equally eye-gouging patterns – from a union jack/stars ‘n’ stripes hybrid to electric pink palm trees.
15% Celebrity Husband
In perhaps one of the least likely celebrity unions, Katy Perry married controversial comedian Russell Brand late last year at a private ceremony in India. From the beginning of their courtship to the present day, this has of course been fodder for a variety of celebrity media, with Perry herself being no stranger to controversy, although they’re looking far more boring and settled by the day.
10% Budding Gospel Star
Before her flamboyant stab at chart-dominance, Katy Perry, under her birth name of Katy Hudson, once had dreams of becoming a successful gospel singer after being brought up a devout Christian. After recording an album in her teens, it took her a few stop-starts before a rather drastic makeover pushed her to the top of the pop heap.
5% Twitter photo controversy
Like any reliable celebrity, Katy Perry is no stranger to social media-related debacles, the most prominent being the media whirlwind that followed the release of a picture of her, sans make-up, by husband Russell Brand. There are some things you just don’t want people to see, right? On the other hand, she has previously posted a photo of herself naked in a bath eating pizza, so…
Katy Perry plays Glasgow’s SECC, Tuesday 5 April.