It seems as though Katy Perry is tired of beinglabeled as just another pretty pop singer with marginal talent but goodproducers and a bikini-friendly physique.
So during recent shows, she has momentarilyplaced the theatrics on hold in order to showcase that she actually has chops. And what better way toaccomplish this than to add credibility to overproduced pop records from herchart-topping peers?
A couple weeks ago, Perry performed stripped-down covers ofWillow Smith's "Whip My Hair" and her bff Rihanna's "Only (Girl In The World)."On Monday, she took on LadyGaga's "Born This Way" at Le Zenith in Paris.
Perry and her accompanying guitarists replaced Gaga'selectronic dance track with a slower, acoustic, country folk melody. Perry'svocals were smoky and raspy, vacillating between moments inspired by BonnieTyler and Madonna.
I actually like it better than Lady Gaga's version. Perry'srendition puts more emphasis on the lyrics which forces you to pay attention tothe words. You can actually more clearly hear and understand the song's messageof gay pride.
In all fairness, Gaga has also performed a toned-downversion of "Born This Way" on stage. When playing Toronto's Air Canada Centrelast week, the "Paparazzi" singer invited 10-year-old Maria Aragon on stagefor a piano duet.
But unfortunately the song got lost in all the shenanigans.It was distracting seeing Lady Gaga in the long, yellow weave, and black,leather bikini, sitting at the piano with Aragon on her lap. As Aragon playedthe grand piano and sang, Gaga joined in, completely drowning out the specialguest.
Perry is winning. Maybe she should follow the lead of KanyeWest and Timbaland and release a new song each week. In Perry's case, it shouldbe a new acoustic cover.