(A) Katy Perry is an album recorded by Katy Perry. The album was meant to be Perry's debut under her new stage name, "Katy Perry" and as a solo artist, after working as the female vocalist on the then-canceled Matrix's album. The album was recorded by Perry during her recording sessions with Glen Ballard. Ballard had previously produced Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill, which released in 1995 and became a best seller. Perry enlisted the help of Ballard knowing his work for Morrisette, which had a major influence in her music.
Background & cancellation
In an interview with Blender Katy revealed the album was due in 2005, saying “My album will be more rock, which is probably why my parents think I’m going to hell!”. The album was scheduled to be released March 2005 in the United States under Glen Ballard's label Java Records, which at the time was an imprint under The Island Def Jam Music Group. The record was shelved after Ballard severed ties with the parent company. Ballard then introduced Perry to Tim Devine, an A&R executive at Columbia Records, and she was signed as a solo artist. Over the course of the next two years, Perry wrote and recorded material for her Columbia debut, and worked with songwriters including Desmond Child, Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Scott Cutler/Anne Previn, The Matrix, Kara DioGuardi, and Max Martin and Dr. Luke. In addition, after Devine suggested they become a "real group", she recorded with The Matrix for their self-titled album. That album was also shelved and only released after Perry had broken through. (A) Katy Perry eventually evolved to the album, Fingerprints.
The release was ultimately cancelled from Columbia because the record label could not figure out how to promote Perry. Some media sources claim the album received a limited release in Japan sometime on August 18, 2005 through promotional means, but according to Ballard the rumor was false. Six of the "best" songs from the recordings were then used for Perry's breakthrough album, One of the Boys.
Katy Perry was set to release a DVD in Fall 2004 promoting herself and the album, but upon being dropped from Columbia Records and the album's cancellation, the DVD's production was halted. Only a teaser of the DVD was released. The teaser included clips of the music videos Perry had shot for the album. The music videos shown included "Diamonds", "Simple", "Long Shot", "Box", "A Cup of Coffee", and "It's Okay to Believe". These clips were never aired on television, but were uploaded onto YouTube. Perry is credited as "Katheryn Perry" in the videos.
This track list is based off the first track list of the album that surfaced online.
|4.||"LA Don't Take It Away"|
|6.||"Oh Love Let Me Sleep"|
|7.||"It's Okay to Believe"||3:19|
|10.||"Takes One to Know One"||3:04|
|11.||"Wish You the Worst"||3:08|
|12.||"The Better Half of Me"||3:13|
|13.||"Weigh Me Down"||3:26|
|The Katy Perry Wiki|
Other tracks recorded
Some of these tracks could also be recorded during the sessions of the other planned/unreleased album Fingerprints.
- "Agree to Disagree"
- "A Cup of Coffee" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Am I Wrong?"
- "Fingerprints" (used for One of the Boys)
- "The First Time"
- "I'm Still Breathing" (used for One of the Boys)
- "In Between" (given to Becca)
- "I Can"
- "I Think I'm Ready" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Look But Don't Touch"
- "If You Can Afford Me" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Lost" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Now That It's Over"
- "One of the Boys (used for One of the Boys)
- "Rock God" (given to Selena Gomez & the Scene for A Year Without Rain)
- "Self Inflicted" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Sleeping in on Saturday"
- "Speed Dialin'"
- "That's More Like It" (given to Selena Gomez & the Scene for When the Sun Goes Down)
- "Thinking of You" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Waking Up in Vegas" (used for One of the Boys)
- "Watch Me Walk Away (given to Katrina)