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Released 2017
Producers Katy Perry
Max Martin
Shellback
Ali Payami
Label CapitolLabel
Discography
(D)P-2
KP4
(TBA)
From Untitled
  1. "Chained to the Rhythm"
    Released: February 10, 2017


"KP4" is the fan-name referred to the fourth mainstream studio album by Katy Perry. This is her fifth studio album overall, including the Christian-gospel album, Katy Hudson. No official name has been announced. Katy Perry's manager, Steve Jensen, originally announced the studio album would be released by 2016, but it was later confirmed for a 2017 release date.

Background and development

Background

Katy Perry revealed she was “in the research and development stage” during a piece with the New York Times in February 2016. Stating that the music she's working on isn't following current trends and adding, "Right now I’m taking a little time. I don’t want to jump on any trends. I just need to evolve.”[1] In Summer 2016, Katy Perry's official Twitter account was hacked with the hacker threatening to leak tracks from the album. Ultimately the a demo of a song titled "Witness 1.3" was uploaded to a Soundcloud account made by the hacker. The hacker also uploaded a video of a snippet of the song "Rise", which led to speculation to why the song will not be included on the album, but will remain a stand-alone single. The single "Rise" was released July 14, 2016 and was believed to have been the first single off the new record, but it was announced by Katy Perry to be the official song for 2016 Summer Olympics.

In August 24, 2016 Katy spoke about the album during an interview with InStyle saying she's working with “a lot of unexpected writer and producers,” something that was “bringing out a lot of different things, sonically. Even when I was working with my go-to producers, I’d always push them to play me a beat that was reserved for Three 6 Mafia something like that, I know exactly how to write a lyric over that because my strengths are melody and lyrics. I’m putting myself in unexpected situations and that is breeding a lot of new color.”[2]

Also in August, Swae Lee of the rap duo Rae Sremmurd mentioned to Complex that Perry had recorded a song he wrote for her. “I wrote this track and [Katy] laid it and it’s pretty dope,” he revealed. “She got a lot of style. She about to come with it!”[3] Perry confirmed on October 20, 2016 through her Twitter account she was making music again with producers Max Martin and Shellbeck.[4]

On December 17, 2016 Perry shared two brief videos on her Instagram account of her in the studio with small snippets of the new music.[5][6] In one of them she mouth's "Don’t be scared to die…" along with vocals playing in the background. Perry teased the song again on her Instagram story February 10, 2017.[7] A few rumors have spread that tracks on the album will feature artists like Ariana Grande and Tinashe, with the latter co-writing a track called "Weak".[8]

Development

The start of the era began on February 6, 2017 with a Instagram post made by Katy Perry where she posted an image of her sporting bleached-blond hair in a pink wardrobe against a baby blue background, captioned "New life who dis".[9] This was followed by an official announcement from the Recording Academy that Katy Perry will be performing at the 2017 Grammy Awards. [10] The following day billboards were placed around the United States revealing February 10 to be the official release date of the lead single, "Chained to the Rhythm".[11] After the single release, Katy Perry released limited edition merch to commemorate the single's launch.

Singles

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  • "Chained to the Rhythm" is the lead single from the album and was officially released February 10, 2017. The song was promoted by a global scavenger hunt for disco-balls which contained snippets of the song. The single broke a Spotify record for the most first day streams for a female artist in the United States with 3,062,293 streams.[12] The song had a major debut on Pop radio, having a first day audience impression of 27.735 million.[13]

Confirmed songs

Rumored songs

References

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