Katy Perry revealed new details of her anticipated new album on Monday. She also talked about whether or not it includes a reaction to the Taylor Swift’s rumored track about her, Bad Blood, in the Entertainment Weekly interview.
The anticipated new album is still untitled and doesn’t have a release date yet. However, we have two tracks to listen to Katy’s purposeful pop.
Will we witness a direct response to the Taylor drama?
Katy Perry’s forthcoming album is one of the most anticipated ones of the year. Not only because as she said is a brand new Katy with a brand new sound and message -which she call purposeful pop– but also because is the first since the reported Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud.
Perry shared some details of the yet untitled album with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s really quite brave,” she said of the album. “Sonically, it’s fun and dancey and dark and light. It’s all of these things. It definitely is a change.”
When she was asked whether she thinks Bad Blood was about her, she said, “Well that’s not my question to answer — if it’s about me.”
The singer allegedly gave away the album’s title in her Met Gala gown which read Witness. She then asked if the new album was a reaction to Bad Blood, and said, ” I think [my new album is] a very empowered record. There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person.One thing to note is: You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one person and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that.
“But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that, okay, honey. [Laughs] We got to keep it real, honey,” she said.
Finally, she added, “This record is not about anyone else! This record is about me being seen and heard so that I can see and hear everyone else! It’s not even about me!”
A Frenemies story
While the two have never directly addressed their alleged feud, there’s been plenty of shading and alluding to in interviews.In fact, Katy’s recent Entertainment Weekly interview is the closest to a response to the rumors. Let’s walk you through the ongoing feud.
Between 2009 and 2011 the pair were friends, at least in public. The used to exchange cute tweets on a regular basis.Then in 2010, Taylor had a brief romance with John Mayer, of whom she allegedly wrote Dear John on her 2010 album Speak Now.
Katy and John started dating in 2012. Is around this time when things started to get shaky.
During Katy’s California Dreams world tour, dancers received a place on Taylor’s 2012 world tour promoting her Red album. Buckle up your seats now.So while these dancers were touring with Taylor, Katy’s people reached out to see if these same dancers who had previously worked with Katy would like to join her 2013 Prism album tour.
Which meant that they’d have to leave Taylor’s tour before its completion. The dancers, Lockhart Brownlie, Scott Myrick and Leah Adler, agreed and joined Katy.
They claimed that after joining Katy, Taylor unfollowed them on Twitter. And this is where things started to get in the public eye.
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes…
In 2014, during a Rolling Stone interview, Taylor revealed that Bad Blood was a fellow female musician and addressed the individual in question as “straight-up enemies.”
She said, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’
On what went wrong, however, the star was keen to stress that it did not concern “a guy,” claiming: “She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business.”
“She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational — you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.
“I know people will make it this big girl-fight thing. But I just want people to know it’s not about a guy.”
Rumors grew the day after the interview appeared online. Katy tweeted, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.”
Then Taylor declared she would never talk about Katy Perry in interviews and it kept on growing. With little not-direct-mentions towards each other via Twitter and so on.
Things seemed to be chilling out in 2016, until Taylor’s ex, Calvin Harris jumped in. Harris was upset after Tay’s team outed her as co-writer on Rihanna’s This is What You Came For.
So he took to Twitter and said, “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.”