In the '80s, you had Madonna on the A-list, and a lot of C-list not-as-iconic pop stars like Debbie Gibson, Paula Abdul, or Taylor Dayne. These days, we've got Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry, and Rihanna and Ke$ha duking it out for who can dress more outrageously or put out the wilder music video. Although Gaga really is the one leading the pack, Katy's stepping it up lately. Specifically, it seems like she brought her A-game of weird to her latest video for the single "E.T."
Judging just from the 60-second preview, the video -- which was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features Kanye West -- seems to have a very "Born This Way"-ish look, particularly with the outer space theme, quick, heartbeat-paced edits, and otherworldly special effects. But then again, the song is about falling in love with a guy (Russell Brand?) who's an alien. So I wouldn't expect anything different from Katy for this video.
What else can you expect? Seems like she's rockin' some spectacular costumes and insane makeup that Katy told MTV took five to six hours PER LOOK! And there's also a love story (of course) ... with a man-turned-robot! That's probably the part of the preview that made me think, "Okay, wow, this could be kind of different ... exciting." Maybe because it's done in a kind of an eerie, cinematic way.
When she sat down with MTV, she also opened up about how it seems like people who weren't as keen on her initially (like some Lady Gaga fans, present company included!) are actually coming around. She dished:
I knew starting with 'I Kissed a Girl,' it may take longer to get everybody on board the Katy Perry train ... [Now] I get to be so creative ... and I never play it safe in any way really.
Good for her! Considering that her first single was "I Kissed a Girl," I've never pegged Katy as "safe," per se, but I'm not sure just how ORIGINAL all of her out-there ideas really are. Was it her decision to go with that track as her first single? Maybe. Does she sketch out all of the conceptual elements behind her videos, like Gaga? Maybe. I get the impression more now than before that she's mostly in control of her brand, her vision.
And it appears to be paying off! The "E.T" video looks like it's bound to be at the very least really entertaining, if not revolutionary.
Are you excited for the "E.T." video premiere? After watching it, what did you think?
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