"I'm not afraid to be pop and I can't wait to be super-mainstream," says new Capitol signing Katy Perry, whose debut, "One of the Boys," arrives this week.

"I'm not afraid to be pop and I can't wait to be super-mainstream," says new Capitol signing Katy Perry, whose debut, "One of the Boys," arrives this week. "But I can take all the production away, strip all of it down and I'll play all of [my music] on an acoustic guitar and sing it by myself. I'm not a puppet, I don't need strings. There needs to be pop girls who other girls can aspire to, like Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar. We need those women again."

The artist is enjoying a top 5 Billboard Hot 100 already with "I Kissed a Girl," the follow-up to her viral smash "Ur So Gay."

"Sure, I'm looking to turn out major pop hits, but I'm pulling my weight," she says. "I'm always fighting [my producers] for my lyrics, like, 'I know you want this melody, but I have to say this in this song.' My main goal with the music is to communicate, to give people a snapshot of what I was thinking. With every single song I can give you the person it was about, or a situation or a time, or what prompted me to write it. It wasn't like, 'Let's write a song, we're in a co-writing session.' They're all stories."