disclaimer: the following article is not to be taken too seriously

I sat down with the demon Asmodeus, who previously inhabited the body of one Miley Cyrus to ask him what he’s up to these days, who’s on his music forecast, and what the regular citizen can do to avoid a full-body acquisition:

So, Asmodeus, how have you been? You seem especially busy as of late.

A: Thanks for asking! After acquiring the body of the pop culture icon you all love to refer to as ‘Katy Perry,’ everything has been on a downward spiral! Between the various press appearances and ‘artistic expressions,’ it has been really hard to find any time for myself.

After the whole ‘head on a table’ bit I find especially useful when trying to convey an artist as a literal offering of meat, I took a couple weeks to recuperate. Since then it’s been nothing but tours and interviews. It seems like, with this possession, people have become more aware of my presence. Something that is both flattering and a bit concerning.

Why would you be concerned?

A: Well, the very nature of my work is done entirely ‘behind the scenes.’ People becoming aware of my presence and therefore outing it to the entire free world makes it that much harder to choose and eventually inhabit my next victim. Currently, I have my sights set on Ariana Grande. I’ll let this body run its course with me—approximately two more years, if we’re basing it off of my time in Miley Cyrus—and then I will move on to the next music industry victim.

Good to know. Personally, I hope Ariana escapes you. But to each his own. Tell me about your goals for Katy Perry.

A: So happy you asked! I take the utmost joy from my work. Here’s the basic timeline I bring to the artists afflicted: Step one, a rush of press and popularity, most of the headlines reading as some variation of, ‘WTF?’

Second, a series of missteps highlighted for all the world to see by their basic star powers, often climaxing in the form of an all-too-televised concert performance or, often, an ‘artistic vision’ that seriously misses the entire point of art, which is to express some basic human emotion or condition that imparts on its viewers a tentative human condition expressed over whatever form of sharing readily available.

“It’s no longer about the art or the integrity or the human soul laid bare by their musical contributions—it’s about the selling power. And that’s what I offer, my dear. Ticket sales. Buy yours soon, or you’ll be left behind at the outsider station.”

Katy…you aight?

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