Released Friday (Sept. 25), the Verve Records project is comprised of four tracks: “Apologize,” “What I’m Looking For,” “Panty Drop” and “Stranger to Love.” Tiesto’s remix of the latter track has racked up nearly 2 million Spotify plays.
Perry also joins Ne-Yo, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly and more on the compilation We Love Disney. Those who pre-order the Oct. 30 release now will instantly receive Perry’s contribution on the album, “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” from theAristocats.
“Charles has the depth and sensuality of Marvin Gaye mixed with the theatrics of Freddie Mercury,” says Foster, who is also chairman of Verve Music Group. Adds Wexler, “When I listen to artists, I look at the hair on my arms. If it stands up, I go for it. That’s what happened with Charles.”
The title of Perry’s EP is borrowed from the singer’s childhood nickname. Growing up, he would watch his grandfather, a member of the Brooklyn doo-wop group the Jive Five, perform at the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall. During rehearsals in his grandparents’ living room, he would don a cape, stand on a table and start singing.