Today the video for Katy Perry’s new single ‘Unconditionally,’ which is said to be inspired by her relationship with John Mayer, hit YouTube. The video directed by Brent Bonacorso aims to show what love feels like in just 3.57 minutes. No easy undertaking. There are no hyperactive monkeys or fireworks flying from her chest in this one, as she wears regal Dolce and Chanel to a fairytale ball. She's come a long way since that TGIF head brace.
Katy explains that the exploding petals, burning bed and the owl are all 'heavy metaphors' which are 'kind of representational of when love hits you.' Katy Perry wrote on Twitter: 'Yes, unconditional love sometimes feels like being hit by a car... Or being on fire... How does it feel to you?'
It's like an epic Keira Knightley costume drama. Katy Perry explained to MTV: 'The music video is kind of inspired by a couple different movies, like Dangerous Liaisons and Anna Karenina, and it doesn't have a complete narrative, because I do that all the time.'
So what do you make of all that fire and ice? We look at Katy's best videos to date...
1. Hot N Cold
Who could forget this classic? Katy, with the support of her all-dancing bridesmaids, gives a gent names Alexander a piece of her mind after he struggles to say 'I do'. She rides a pink bike in a wedding dress and hangs on a rooftop with a pet zebra. Oh and a man dressed as a hot dog is pushed over. Genius.
2. California Gurls ft. Snoop Dogg
In this video we are transported to the world of all world: candy heaven. Katy sports a violet wig and a cupcake bra and goes wild licking ice-cream cones, squirting cream from her bra and nibbling on gingerbread men. Highlights include the legendary cupcake breasts and the candy floss clouds.
This time Katy is transformed into an array of creatures, including an alien and faun. There are a lot of crazy eye makeup and creepy flashbacks, and Kanye West makes an appearance floating around in space.
4. Teenage Dream
Cruising in an open-top convertible in Raybans and a vest top, basking in the sun, Katy is not only living the teenage dream. She’s living our dream right now.
5. Last Friday Night
Possibly Katy’s video to beat all videos, 'Last Friday Night' sees her geeky alter-ego wake up after a night dancing on table tops and taking too many shots. It’s a classic tale of a blurry morning after - there's a stranger in her bed, glitter on the floor and flamingos in the pool. Look out for the special appearances from Rebecca Black and Hanson. One not to be missed.
Which is your favourite Katy Perry video? Let us know in the comments below...
by Hannah Coates