Katy Perry Takes Takes Unusual Inspiration From Freddie Mercury

Nathan Francis

Katy Perry sees Queen rocker Freddie Mercury as a big inspiration, but not in the way you might think.

Perry has a new perfume set to debut next month, and she's taken a lyric from the British rocker to help name it.

Dubbed "Killer Queen," the fragrance is actually the third released from Katy Perry, and the first without a cat theme. In 2010 she released "Purr," and followed it up the next year with one called "Meow."

For the latest one, Katy said she took inspiration from lyrics written by Freddie Mercury.

"Killer Queen has been in my vocabulary since I was 15, because of the song 'Killer Queen' by Queen," Perry told Women's Wear Daily. "Freddie Mercury painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in. I named my company Killer Queen after those lyrics. I feel like, after all this time, it was appropriate to use that name in association with something I did. I feel like I'm falling, finally, into that woman Freddie painted."

To create Killer Queen, Katy Perry teamed up with Laurent Le Guernec of International Flavors and Fragrances.

Katy is working on more than just fragrances, however. She was just announced as one of the headliners for the iHeart Radio festival, joining a slew of big-name stars including Justin Timberlake, Elton John, and Bruno Mars.

The two-date festival is held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

The iHeart Music festival has a roundabout connection to Katy Perry's new fragrance. The concert will feature Keith Urban, Ke$ha, and Adam Lambart all performing songs from Freddie Mercury.

When it comes to work outside music, Katy Perry said she may one day try her hand at fashion design, but isn't quite ready yet.

"I would like to [branch into fashion], but this circus act can only juggle so many balls," Katy Perry said. "It's to be determined, but we'll see how it goes. I love what Victoria Beckham did, but I also have to figure out with myself what actually is the market I want to be in."