Watch out, boy; Katy Perry will chew you up.
Following fan voting that allowed so-called “Katy Cats” to decide her newest promotional single, Perry released a new song from her upcoming album “Prism” late last night. “Dark Horse,” featuring Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, won the online vote over “Walking on Air” and it’s now on available for purchase on iTunes.
The new Dr. Luke and Max Martin-produced song has a trap-pop vibe befitting it’s guest’s pedigree as a pioneer of the style. Perry spoke about the song in a recent interview with MTV.
"It's kind of a juxtaposition,” she said. “It's got me, a pop artist, with a little bit of an urban kind of hip-hop-flavored background soundtrack to it, and the lyrics are kind of witchy and dark, as if I was a witch warning this man not to fall in love with me, and if you do know I'm going to be your last.”
As for Juicy J, the Oscar-winning rapper told MTV that Perry was a “genius” and that “she was by the mixing board and telling the guy what to take in and take out. She's really hands-on with her music, she knows music." He also revealed that he’s been working with Miley Cyrus on a song that may appear on her upcoming album “Bangerz.”
In other Perry news, shameless self-promoters and ostensible animal advocacy group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) criticized Perry in a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter yesterday for using a number of exotic animals in her new music video for “Roar.”
"What you may not know -- as most people do not -- is that animals used for entertainment in film and television endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods," PETA's Merrilee Burke wrote in the letter.
In response, Perry, described in the THR story as “an animal lover herself and longtime advocate for animal rights,” issued a letter from the American Humane Association which had reps overseeing the shoot.
“American Humane Association was on set for the filming of the above referenced music video, which used an elephant, a monkey, birds and a tiger. After reviewing the reports, we believe that the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media were followed and that no animal was harmed in the making of this music video.”
"Prism" is slated for release on Oct. 22.