Is Perry writing Clinton's campaign song?

Last updated 14:24 23/06/2014
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POWERFUL PALS: Pop star Katy Perryhas made an offer of a theme song to Hillary Clinton.

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Pop star Katy Perry - who has sold 81 million singles worldwide - has offered to write Hillary Clinton's theme song if she runs for president.

The I Kissed a Girl singer made the proposal via social media after meeting Clinton at a function on Thursday.

"I told hillaryclinton (sic) I that I would write her a 'theme' song if she needs it..." Perry wrote on Instagram, with a photo of herself holding Clinton's new book Hard Choices while standing next to the former US Secretary of State. The comment was "liked" 342,000 times, and "favourited" 8000 times on Twitter.

But Clinton may already have selected a campaign song from Perry's catalogue, judging by her reply on Twitter: "@katyperry Well that's not a Hard Choice. You already did! Keep letting us hear you Roar," Clinton said, referring to her 2013 smash hit that topped the charts in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

The song's lyrics refer to a woman who used "bite my tongue and hold my breath, scared to rock the boat". But after being pushed "past the breaking point", she finds her voice and roars "louder than a lion".

If Hillary accepts Perry's offer, it won't be the first time a Clinton has promoted themselves with a pop song. When Bill ran for president in 1992, he used Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop as his campaign theme. He even persuaded the then-disbanded group to re-form and sing it at his inaugural ball the following year.

But using pop music in politics is not without its risks. When John Howard's Coalition government licensed Joe Cocker's plaintive Unchain My Heart in 2000 to sell tax reform to a sceptical public, the British rocker was reported to be "fuming".

Perry may have to wait a while longer before licensing Roar or writing a new song for Clinton, who maintains she has no plans to announce a run for president any time soon. But she has told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that she will make a firm decision by the end of this year.

Perry is one of the most ardent celebrity supporters of current US president Barack Obama, along with Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Usher.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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