Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Collaborators: 10 People You Need To Know
Want to embrace the full ROAR of Katy's latest? Get to know these key behind-the-scenes players.
On "PRISM," Katy Perry's third studio album, the pop artist has re-upped with a handful of the producers and songwriters that made her a mega-selling star over the past half-decade. Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Max Martin, Cirkut and Benny Blanco are all back aboard the S.S. KatyCat, as are their lush, dynamic pop stylings. However, "PRISM" also finds Perry taking some well-earned risks, traveling to areas (mostly Stockholm) she has never been before as a musician, rearranging her interplay with some former collaborators, as well as recruiting a certain boyfriend who plays the guitar pretty darn well.
Before "PRISM" hits stores on Oct. 22, get to know the colorful faces behind Katy Perry's highly anticipated album with this list of 10 key collaborators.
Klas Åhlund - The Swedish producer and songwriter has worked with Britney ("Piece of Me"), Ke$ha ("Blow") and Madonna ("Some Girls") before, but Åhlund is most closely associated with helping Robyn construct her entrancing synth-pop, on both 2005's "Robyn" and the 2010 "Body Talk" series. Perry has Åhlund to thank for the house jam "Walking On Air" and the dance track "This Is How We Do."
Juicy J - So the only featured vocal on "PRISM" belongs to… the "Bandz A Make Her Dance" maestro? It's still a bit strange, but don't underestimate the pop appeal of the Three 6 Mafia member: along with cameos on Ke$ha's "Crazy Kids" remix, Mike WiLL Made It's "23" with Miley Cyrus and Wiz Khalifa, and Maejor Ali's "Lolly" with Justin Bieber, Juicy J hosts mainstream artists like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown on his new album, "Stay Trippy." You say no to "Dark Horse"? Juicy J (and we) can't.
Sarah Hudson - The "Dark Horse" co-writer was a solo artist and a member of the pop group Ultraviolet Sound before collaborating with EDM artists like Brillz and Kill The Noise. Fun fact: her cousin is Kate Hudson!
Stargate - The Norwegian production/songwriting duo has been knocking out hits for well over a decade, most recently (and surprisingly) guiding Ylvis' "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" into the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart. On "Teenage Dream," Stargate was responsible for the No. 1 hit "Firework" and the salacious album cut "Peacock"; this time around, they've got "This Moment" and "It Takes Two," both with Benny Blanco.
Bloodshy - Perry has said that she wanted to work with the Swedish producer/songwriter Bloodshy (real name: Christian Karlsson) ever since he co-produced the 2003 pop masterpiece known as "Toxic" by Britney Spears. Karlsson, who doubles as a member of Miike Snow, has long produced alongside Pontus Winnberg (a.k.a. Avant), but helmed production on "PRISM's" "Love Me" in Stockholm by his lonesome.
Greg Kurstin - After producing a slew of hit pop tunes released in 2012 by artists like P!nk, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson and Kimbra, Kurstin has kept a (relatively) low profile this year, popping up in January with a ton of work on Tegan and Sara's tremendous new album "Heartthrob" and now with "PRISM" standouts "Double Rainbow" and "Spiritual." When he's not helping out pop superstar, Kurstin is half of the Bird and the Bee, and was part of Geggy Tah, who released this long-ago hit:
Bonnie McKee - Katy Perry's songwriting BFF -- who saved the singer's life once! -- co-penned yet another No. 1 single, "Roar," after adding to the writing process for "Teenage Dream," "California Gurls," "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and "Part of Me," among others. McKee has spent the past year readying for next solo full-length, to be led by the buoyant single "American Girl."
Sia - Like Kurstin, Australian singer/songwriter/chanteuse Sia Furler had never collaborated with Perry before co-writing "Double Rainbow" with the pop megastar. The singer of David Guetta's "Titanium" and the hook of Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" can currently be found headlining another intriguing musical threesome, as the lead on "Elastic Heart" (featuring the Weeknd and Diplo," from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack.
Greg Wells - The producer behind One Republic's blockbuster single "Apologize" found steady work on Perry's 2008 album "One of the Boys," producing "Waking Up in Vegas" alongside the singer as well as "Ur So Gay," "Mannequin" and "Fingerprints." Wells handled "Not Like the Movies," the final cut on the standard edition of "Teenage Dream," and repeats here with the emotional "PRISM" closer "By The Grace of God."
John Mayer - Oh, you've heard of this singer-songwriter? Mr. Perry, er, John Mayer aided his main squeeze by co-writing "Spiritual" and playing guitar on "It Takes Two," both on the "PRISM" deluxe edition. Both tracks are starry-eyed and lovely, which is no shock, considering the loveliness of their duet "Who You Love," from Mayer's recent "Paradise Valley" album.