Prism is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, released by Capitol Records on October 18, 2013. While the album was initially planned to be “darker” than her previous material, Prism ultimately became a prominently dance-inspired record. The singer worked with several past collaborators, while enlisting new producers and guest vocals. Much of Prism revolves around the themes of living in the present, relationships, and self-empowerment.
Critical response to the album was generally mixed to positive: many of the critics highlighted its “maturity” and “vulnerability”, while some journalists considered Prism a disappointment compared to her previous material, describing its songs as “formulaic” and “forgettable”. It debuted atop of the US Billboard 200, with Perry’s best opening week to date (286,000 copies sold). The album also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Prism became Perry’s fastest-selling album,the second best-selling album in Australia in 2013, and the second best-selling album released by a woman in the United States in 2013. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that Prism was the sixth best-selling album in the world in 2013, the best-selling album in the world in 2013 released by a woman, and labeled Perry “a global phenomenon.”
The release of the album was preceded by the release of two singles. “Roar”, was released on August 10, 2013 as the album’s lead single. It became a commercial success and the singer’s eighth non-consecutive single to top the Billboard Hot 100. “Unconditionally” debuted on October 16, 2013 as the record’s second single and was a moderate commercial success worldwide. In between the release of these two tracks were the releases of promotional singles “Dark Horse” on September 17 and “Walking on Air” on September 30, 2013. “Dark Horse” was released as the album’s third single three months later on December 17, 2013 and became Perry’s ninth single to top the Billboard Hot 100. “Birthday” was released as the fourth single on April 21, 2014.
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PRISM (2013) – SINGLES
First Published: Jun 12, 2014