Christina Perri

Christina Perri

Last Tuesday (April 1) Christina Perri released “Head or Heart,” the follow-up to her 2011 debut album “lovestrong.” In a documentary-style behind-the-scenes video exclusively revealed to Billboard today called "Head or Heart: Behind the Album,” she goes in depth about its creation.

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Christina began writing “Head or Heart” in the winter of 2012 through spring 2013. But she didn’t really hit her stride until that summer when she took a trip to Bagshot, a village south of England in the UK. There, she met with producer Jake Gosling. After a three-day session to make a song, she was sold. “I called up my label and management,” Perri says in the clip, “and said ‘I’m staying.’” She stayed for the entire summer.

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Christina also talks about “Be My Forever,” a duet with Ed Sheeran. “He was my first choice,” she says of the collab with her buddy. “We had a party in the studio. We were laughing and clapping and screaming.”

“Creatively, my writing has improved,” Perri says while noting that this album captures more emotions than her prior work. “It’s not a heartbreak album. It’s not a breakup thing. It’s definitely everything I’ve felt in the last three and a half years. 

“I Believe,” which she wrote for a charity performance. Perri intended for the song to be solely used for that day, but after seeing the reaction it received, she thought otherwise. “It went online and, literally, people started getting tattooed with the lyrics from the song,” she says.

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For that and other nuggets, like why she almost didn’t release her lead single “Human,” check out the doc above.

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