Katy Perry’s “Roar” is about being her own biggest bully

Katy Perry has to face criticism, both good and bad, every day. But she said through it all, the only critic that really matters is herself.

Katy Perry

It looks like Katy Perry‘s performance within a boxing ring at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards was actually a metaphor for her life. The singer said when she announced her newest single “Roar” she was fighting against only herself.

“I started the record in November, but things were really flowing by the spring and it’s a song about standing up for yourself,” Perry told MTV News. “Who can be the biggest bully in the equation is yourself and can get in your way and it’s a song about speaking up for yourself and having the strength.”

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Perry’s performance under the Brooklyn bridge perfectly personified the show, giving a shout-out to the Burrough the VMAs were held in.

The video for “Roar” has not yet been released, but Perry is showing how she feels about this new step in her career. She showed up in a leopard print dress on Sunday, and released a short clip of her new video which had a similar theme.

Perry scored five number one singles off her last album, Teenage Dream, and her new album, Prism, is looking to be right on that track. The singer sold 557,000 digital copies of “Roar” in just one week.

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But Perry doesn’t want to be presumptuous about her success, and is making sure she is working as hard as ever.

“You can never be too sure because it doesn’t always work out like that,” Perry said about her new album. “But for me I’ve always kind of gone with my intuitive feeling — if something really moves me, if I get those goosebumps or chicken pox, if I get those then I know it struck a chord in me.”

Perry is again involving her personal life with her music. She collaborated on a song with her boyfriend, John Mayer.

Watch the “Roar” video preview.

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