Singer hopes to make 'brave' track with her pal, she says in 'MTV First,' airing tonight at 7:23 p.m. ET, followed by MTV.com Q&A.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by James Montgomery
<P>Katy Perry really wants to <a href="/news/articles/1681458/katy-perry-rihanna-collaboration.jhtml">hook up with Rihanna</a>, on a song at least. The two have teased fans for quite some time about getting together and making a track to please both the Katy Cats and the Rihanna Navy. </P><P> </P><P>When MTV News sat down with Katy during "MTV First: Katy Perry" — airing Wednesday (March 21) at 7:23 p.m. ET on MTV, followed by a 30-minute chat on MTV.com — the singer opened up about the pressure she feels to make the collaboration happen. </P><P> </P><P><center><embed src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:750769/cp~vid%3D750769%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A750769" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="."></embed></center> </P><P> </P><P>"I've always wanted to and she's always wanted to and that's very genuine," she explained. "We're not just shooting the sh--. We're not, like, just kind of beating around the bush. But really we want to." </P><P> </P><P>Here is the catch. "It's just that I think it's gotten to such a head that if we do something that's not the greatest, it's going to be so anticlimactic," she said. "So we've already thought about it." </P><P> </P><P>Perry then referred to a certain Beyoncé/Shakira duet from back in the day. "There was one reference that I made along the way thinking about, like, the vibe of Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox from the Eurythmics, 'Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves,' " she explained. "I saw that video the other day, and it's full 1980s something, [it's] prime. But it was just, like, the message was so nice. I love it and no offense, 'cause I love the song 'Beautiful Liar' by Shakira and Beyoncé, but I want to do something a little bit more brave." </P><P> </P><P>Katy, however, does love the sexiness of the "Beautiful Liar" video, which features the girls scantily clad and rolling around with one another. "That's sexy as a hell," she said. "I mean, Beyoncé and Shakira — forget about it." </P><P> </P><P>The "MTV First" will include the premiere of Perry's new <a href="/news/articles/1681430/katy-perry-part-of-me-video-five-things.jhtml">video for "Part of Me."</a> The singer will also talk all about her new projects, including <i>Teenage Dream: </P><P>The Complete Confection,</i> during a 30-minute interview with MTV News' James Montgomery on MTV.com. </P><P> </P><P><b>Don't miss "MTV First: Katy Perry" tonight, when the pop star will debut her long-awaited video for "Part of Me" at 7:23 p.m. ET on MTV. </P><P>Then head over to MTV.com for an exclusive 30-minute interview with Katy herself!</b></p>Related Videos