Date of Interview: 07/18/2008
© 2008 Clayton Perry
Every summer, artists of all stripes engage in an intense battle for radio domination. The summer of 2008 was no different, but it was decisively ruled by Katy Perry.
On June 26, 2008, “I Kissed a Girl” became the 1,000th chart-topper of the rock era, after only six weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. The rapid ascent of “I Kissed a Girl”—from the 76th rung—was fueled largely by digital sales, but its stay in the top spot was the product of online buzz and extensive promotion. Interestingly enough, “I Kissed a Girl” climbed to the number-one spot just as she was embarking on her first major tour. As a performer on the Warped Tour, Katy Perry traveled to 46 cities during the months of June, July and August 2008.
Although such success is often hard to replicate, Katy Perry’s debut album, One of the Boys, is jam-packed with potential hits. A decade removed from Jagged Little Pill, female angst has rarely tasted (or looked) so good.
Upon review of One of the Boys, Katy Perry managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on life, Lolita and the long road to success.