"Dark Horse," Katy Perry's trippy new track featuring Juicy J, has been unveiled as the second offering (although not the second official single) from her highly anticipated new album "Prism." Bet on this "Dark Horse" to be one of the standouts on the pop superstar's third full-length, due out on Oct. 22.
Posted online at 12:01 AM on Tuesday morning (Sept. 17), "Dark Horse's" verses are built around icy rhythms and chopped-up vocal samples, until Perry wades into the crescendo and asks, "Are you ready for, ready for/A perfect storm, perfect storm?" Juicy J's flow during his guest verse and assured and deliberate, with lines like "Shorty's heart is on steroids, 'cuz her love is so strong" delivering when paired with the snapping beat.
During one of her "Prism" music industry listening events earlier this month, Perry confirmed to Billboard that "Dark Horse" was helmed by Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin. Dr. Luke recently executive-produced Juicy J's "Stay Trippy" solo album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The 16-track deluxe version of "Prism" is now available for pre-order on iTunes, with lead single "Roar" and "Dark Horse" each posted for $1.29. "Roar" spent a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart last week, after becoming Perry's eighth chart-topper.