.

Katy Perry Drops New Song, 'Roar'

Lead single for 'Prism' released early after internet leaks

Katy Perry performs at the Dolby Theatre on December 4th, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Michael Buckner/Getty
August 11, 2013 10:23 AM ET

Katy Perry's first single from her forthcoming new album, Prism, has hit the airwaves. According to Billboard, the song was originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, August 12th, but it leaked onto the internet on Saturday morning. In response, the song saw an early release to radio stations, including Clear Channel, which will be airing it hourly. Perry tweeted this morning that the track will be out on iTunes tonight at midnight, EDT. "Looks like there's a tiger on the loose!!!" she wrote. 

With its easy poppy beat and repeated refrains of "You held me down but I got up," and "You're gonna hear me roar," the lead single strikes a determined note for the new album.

Katy Perry's Sexy Style

Prism, Perry's fourth studio album, and first since 2010's Teenage Dream, is due out October 22nd. The pop star has been promoting the record with a shiny gold 18-wheeler truck traveling across the contry emblazoned with the title and release date. TMZ reports that the golden truck was hit by a drunk driver on Friday at a Walmart parking lot in Pennsylvania. The driver was uninjured and Perry later tweeted "The #Prism semi is bumped & bruised but she is a champion! She will return..."

Katy Perry, "Roar"

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com