And now for something completely prismatic.
To no one’s surprise in particular, Katy Perry is utterly dominating the charts once again this year. “Roar” is still reigning high at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 after 9 weeks (and counting), and her don’t-call-it-a-single single “Dark Horse” already managed to climb to the Top 20. Last night, she took to the stage of Saturday Night Live to perform her latest Prism non-single-but-buy-it-on-iTunes-anyway offering, the ’90’s House-inspired “Walking On Air.”
For a performance around a song inspired by the likes of Crystal Waters and CeCe Peniston, Katy was going to have to give us something trés gay on stage — and that’s exactly what she did.
Look at that! She worked. She turned. She sang. She danced.
Katy’s giving you pure, unadulterated The Craft-meets-“…Baby One More Time” late ’90’s realness (also very Charli XCX) with that gothic schoolgirl ensemble. She looked absolutely gorgeous. Throwback look: Accomplished.
The real star of the show, though? The wind machines! Every single time she stopped to belt out a portion of her song and pose with those flowing satin sheets, she looked like a stunning Greek goddess (who tripped and fell into the set of Clueless or something). She was even giving us some Kylie Minogue in moments! (Pop fact: Wind machines make everything look major.)
Katy truly stepped up her dance game as well, especially with her little breakdown at the very end: She’s popping her hips, sweeping her legs and punching the air like a pro!
While her promo performances for “Dark Horse” have been a little, erm, less than inspiring, this one checks all the right boxes for a powerhouse performance by a reigning pop princess.
Brava, Katheryn Elizabeth.
Prism will be released on October 22. (iTunes)