Katy Perry ushered in a new era in her discography with the release of a song and video for “Never Really Over,” a more traditional pop offering than we’ve heard from her in a while. The song, an ode to a relationship that never really ends, and accompanying Urban Outfitters-looking hippie video are already a definite “song of summer” contender.
Produced by Zedd, the breakup song has several catchy earworm lyrics like, “I tell myself, tell myself, tell myself draw the line and I do I do / but once in a while I jump up and I cross the line and I think of you.” Of course, given that it is a Perry song, there’s still a little bit of cheese, like when she sings, “I guess I could try hypnotherapy / I gotta rewire this brain / cuz I can’t even go on the internet / without even checking your name.”
Perry’s last full-length album was 2017’s Witness, which was Perry’s foray into futuristic “purposeful pop.” The album didn’t do well critically, or commercially for that matter, and Perry later said that the album’s tepid response led her to dealing with depression.
Since Witness, Perry has been a judge on ABC’s revived American Idol, where she received a $25 million payday for the first season alone and became a meme factory given her goofy antics and propensity to get wiggy with it.
Perry has yet to announce whether her latest “bop” is just a one-off blessing or part of a forthcoming brand-new album, but we’ll be waiting to hear what’s next.