Katy Perry’s “Roar” Leaks: Listen To The Foot-Stomping ‘Prism’ Anthem

Aug 10th, 2013 // 19 Comments
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Katy Perry has asserted herself as the Everywoman Of Music since the release of her blockbuster Teenage Dream LP three years ago — someone who safely pushes the boundaries with her PG-13 sexuality while churning out hits that tap into our collective senses of youthful abandon (“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”), bittersweet nostalgia (“The One That Got Away,” “Teenage Dream”) and alienation (“Firework”). It’s easy to buy into because these are the things that kick us all in the gut at some point in our lives. To borrow from the movie biz, Katy Perry is quite simply a four-quadrant pop star.

And so along comes lead Prism single “Roar,” which is technically due for release on Monday (August 12), but has now sprung a leak. We broke the news on the song’s title two weeks ago, and it’s one that likely led many to believe the Max Martin/Dr. Luke co-production would be somewhat of a high-octane dance jam. Alas, it couldn’t be further from that.

Don’t get me wrong: “Roar” does roar. It just does so on a more subtle, mid-tempo level than expected. The lyrics certainly find Katy puffing her chest proudly and confidently, unafraid of what obstacles life may chuck in her path: “I’ve got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire / ’cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar!” (Brush up on all of the words at DirectLyrics.com.)

Katy Perry — ”Roar”

This is all carried along by a boom-boom-clap beat that aims to mimic Queen‘s own anthem-like “we will, we will rock you” swagger. And then there’s that ear-magnet, synth-driven instrumentation, which helps “Roar” to soar, particularly on the chorus and in the final minute of the song.

Overall, the charm of “Roar” lies more in the radio-ready track’s ability to bring a smile to the face of anyone within earshot and less on the fact that Perry has made any kind of artistic evolution at this stage in her career. That said, the latter is a tricky one to pull off and still maintain commercial viability, so, in the end, Katy is no doubt right in the position she wants to be in.

UPDATE: Following the leak, Perry released “Roar” to radio stations and iTunes at midnight August 11. Hear the official version up top.

  1. Love the song! Strong, confident, an absolute hit!

  2. dan

    Honestly, she hardly wrote anything. It’s all cliche phrases put together to form a song.

  3. sounds just like Sara Bareilles Brave, except Brave is much better.

  4. ajb

    This could be on her Teenage Dream album, if you’d ask me. Its not darker, nor really different from anything on the radio right now. I also think the ‘powerwoman’ theme, has been done 1000 times better than this. Sara Bareilles version of this song was way better. Unfortunately for Katy, its a no for me.

  5. #Beautiful

    Katy knows what’s up: dance is out and real music is in. I LOVE IT.

  6. Andy

    The transition from this to Kanye’s “Bound” in my iTunes is flawless. Tastemakers were saying R&B was coming back all year, and then it did this summer. I love her because she GETS pop music. She’s a studio rat and is great at deconstructing and reconstructing sounds she likes. I don’t want pretense and controversy, I want good pop music, and on that front, she’s been delivering consistently since Teenage Dream (wasn’t as big of a fan of her first album).

  7. mmmmm Sorry Katy but is the same and the same from you

    Teenage Dream extra song . i dont like the song maybe if leona lewis sing the song could be better

  8. SimoneG

    Fcking gorgeous melody. “Firework” made me want to vomit, so naturally, I wasn’t looking forward to something “uplifting” from her, but I just love this. The chorus is epic, and I love the juxtaposition of the shotgun hip-pop beats and lullaby-esque pianos in the verses…so Lily Allen.

  9. Electra Heart

    Marina and the diamonds song is better :p But still love Katy’s ♡
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhHrrVlshQ8

  10. I’ve definitely heard better from Katy.
    Also, where have I heard that “Huh!” sound so much before? … “Love Game”?
    And that non-stopping rhythm… “Teeth”?

  11. butthead

    she sounds like sporty spice.

  12. robfuzz

    First off any song that has “eye of a tiger” in the lyrics gets the Velveeta Lyrics award from me.
    I agree this one sounds way too similar to Bareilles’ “Brave” and comes up the weaker one.
    I’d rather go listen to “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson.

  13. llah

    This is f**king stupid

  14. llah

    This is a pice of s*hit damn

  15. llah

    F**k katy

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