Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves photographed by Lauren Dukoff on April 17, 2014 Sony Pictures in Culver City.

Katy Perry is practically naked.
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Rehearsal of “Crossroads”, on June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves is an hour away, but all I can think Perry is to undress. Recently arrived at his trailer in place in Culver City Sony lot, she slips out of her dress Jeremy Scott tube sock and a white bathrobe and slippers, clearly unconcerned about who might be watching.

“I’ve seen her naked,” says Perry, 29, pointing Musgraves.

“A couple of times,” Musgraves, 25, confirmed. “And not the last.”

Other occasions for indecent dressing will come in August when Musgraves joins Perry concert tour by 15 dates and most of the month. It’s an interesting move for both. Headliners often bestow their validation and the benefit of the exhibition, opening acts they admire.

“I always like to introduce good music to the people in the audience,” says Perry. But as Perry pop princesses do not usually pick newcomers countries. And while the other opening acts different legs of the tour Perry U.S. – Capital Cities and Tegan & Sara -. They eccentric pop music, both have had top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Musgraves’ “Follow the Arrow” peaked at No. 60 on the Hot 100 and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.

The contrasts between the two are evident when you take the stage the next night, head (lime green shoulder-length choppy cut by Perry, Loretta Lynn complains much of Musgraves) to toe (Manolo Blahnik for Perry, Old Gringo boots as Musgraves). But so are the similarities. Both girls are Americans who get away with pushing the limits. Perry broke out in 2008 with “I Kissed a Girl”; Musgraves supported the same behavior in 2013 “Follow Your Arrow”, a song found on the bench “a little too straight.”

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Certainly, in both cases, which represents a form of a combination of a conservative background with a moral concern and artistic sensibility? Perry is the son of evangelical pastors. As for Musgraves, “My parents are not crazy conservative,” she says. “They really are very open-minded. But my grandparents are, and where I am, eastern Texas, is the Bible belt.” So you can relate with Perry on that. “It gave us the perspective, because we both have that. Both left but those worlds.”

“We came out of those worlds, but we kept our compasses,” adds Perry. (“Awww,” Musgraves involved.) “I think [Kacey] straddles the line as if astride the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a healthy and exciting sex.’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspire and support posts and being a kind of woman-to-think yourself. “These two thinkers crossed when Musgraves released the first single “Same Different Trailer Park”, “Merry Go ‘Round”, in September 2012. Perry tweeted his love for her. “I understand that I have a lot of followers on Twitter, and tweet can go far,” she says.

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Musgraves felt the effects at a distance – that was crossing a street in Dublin when she glanced at her phone and saw his Twitter following spike. But Perry was not over yet. “The stalked on the Internet, as I do with everyone,” says Perry, who came to bring Musgraves to Los Angeles to work in the early writing sessions for “Prisma”. Although these songs did not record a partnership was born.

Musgraves – along with Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding and Tegan & Sara – was part of Perry can survive concert, a benefit for younger women with breast cancer, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in October 2013 and the two became in. another study session at the time. “A good song out of it,” he told Billboard in December Musgraves. “I love when the brain together with different colors and influences to throw into the mix. We are fans of each other, so it works.” The announcement of the recording “Crossroads” followed a few months later.

The stakes are high for Musgraves leverage its partnership with Perry opportunities crossing on the radio and touring alike. Although he has played a handful of dates as an opener Stadium Kenny Chesney and just finished a run of sand with Lady Antebellum, draw their own headlining tells a more interesting story. In his most recent club tour in late 2013, he played 800 – to places 1000 capacity and Detroit Saint Andrews Hall and Bowery Ballroom in New York –

Rooms more commonly associated with the latest fashion indie-rock a novice Nashville. Playing major crowds in the Midwest and Canada could provide exposure Musgraves have to go critical choice for Taylor Swift-like crossover. “It’s an amazing look pop, validation stamp in another world to Kacey Musgraves Queen, Katy,” said Mitch Rose, head of the music department in Los Angeles Creative Artists Agency (CAA), two artists who booked in the tour.

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