BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 24: Singer Christina Perri performs at The Voice Health Institute's 'Raise Your Voice' benefit at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Christina Perri
seems to have avoided the sophomore slump, at least for the moment, with the No. 4 debut for her second album, "Head or Heart," on the Billboard 200.

Led by the gold-certified first single "Human," the album is Perri's follow-up to 2011's lauded "lovestrong," and Perri tells us that the process of making "Head or Heart" proved a little easier than she expected:

"I had just come off of the ninth tour, actually, it was the end of the ('lovestrong') album cycle. It was October of 2012 and I was like, 'Cool, you know, I'm probably gonna take a break. I haven't been home for two years. I'm just gonna chill, I guess, and then see if a song comes'...

It was only seven days after I got home and I was sitting at the piano writing a song about how I'm feeling...I wrote this song called 'Trust,' and all of a sudden I had an epiphany, and I was like, 'Omigod, this is just what I'm going through right now!

And what if all this scary stuff people keep telling me about the sophomore album curse or whatever is just avoidable by not thinking about the fact that people are gonna listen, not worrying about what people want or what I've done before and literally just...saying 'yes' to everything that comes my way... You know, I made a conscious decision to do this...and 49 songs later, I had the album."

Perri is currently touring North America to promote the album and has appearances booked on ABC's "The View" for April 15 and CBS's "The Late Show with David Letterman" on April 21, as well as on PBS' "Front and Center" series in May.

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