Q: What is the hardest and highest note you’ve ever hit?A: That would be in All By Myself—it’s still hard to sing today. I was in Montreal and David [Foster] was in Malibu and called me to ask me if I could [attempt] the song in my register so I sang it to him over the phone and he was happy. Not too long after this, I get to Malibu to record the song and he tells me he’s rearranged it three notes higher. He said, and I’ll never forget it, “Don’t worry if you can’t sing it, Whitney Houston is in the studio next door.” That gave me the pipes that I needed.Q: Speaking of Whitney Houston, in 2008, it was reported that you were scheduled to record a duet with her. Did it ever happen?A: No. But I was on YouTube and someone posted a video montage that used both of our voices. I actually took a minute and thought to myself, “Have I been in the industry so long that I forgot about singing a duet with Whitney?” I actually felt bad because I grew up listening to her. She was my idol.
Things we learned during the Q&A, hosted by Mario Lopez: The most famous person in Perry’s phone is Miley Cyrus. (“I think she’s the most famous person in the world right now!”) Her favorite song to belt out in the car is Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. The strangest thing she’s ever been asked to autograph? a scan of someone’s brain.
The Prism creator spoke freely on a number of topics in between acoustic performances of “Roar”,“Unconditionally” and “Firework”. She confided that the forthcoming “Unconditionally” video is inspired by the films Dangerous Liaisons and Anna Karenina (expect historical costumes), declared ’90s Mariah Carey andWhitney Houston as her go-to karaoke divas, confessed that album highlight “Spiritual” is heavily influenced by Portishead and Morcheeba and told us she wants to act in Tim Burton‘s Beetlejuice sequel. Katy then waved and left.