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Katy Perry to Feature on “Pokémon 25: The Album”

Katy Perry will feature on a new album marking the 25th anniversary of Pokémon. It will include music from Post Malone, J Balvin and other artists who are creating original songs for a 14-track record titled Pokemon 25: The Album set to be released later this year.

The news was revealed at the end of the Pokémon Day 25th anniversary virtual concert on Saturday (February 27), which was headlined by Post Malone. The 'Circles' hitmaker has released a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish's 'Only Wanna Be With You,' which will be part of the album and admitted the song was "super fun" to perform. Malone told Rolling Stone magazine: "I've always been a fan of the band and Darius (Rucker, lead singer). This song is one of my favorites, and it was super fun to cover."

The song was released 25 years ago, which also happens to be when Pokémon got its start. Balvin revealed that his tune isn't quite finished yet but he has delved into old TV shows and video games from the franchise to create a hit single to appeal to fans of himself and Pokémon. The 35-year-old reggaeton star said: "We're gonna come up with a crazy song. It's going to catch everybody's ear.

"It's easy to make a Pokémon song if you just want that fan base, but we're not close-minded. We want everybody to vibe with Pokémon."

It was revealed last month that Perry would be teaming up with Pokémon for the P25 Music venture and said that becoming a mother had made her even more "keen" on the collaboration. The 36-year-old singer - who gave birth to daughter Daisy in August 2020 - said: "I love being a part of anything that is playful and is good storytelling and has really good messages to share with the world. Now having a child myself, I understand that it's so important to play. This is a continued extension of who I am."

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