Katy Perry might deliver her first baby with fiancé Orlando Bloom before or after her fifth studio album, but either way, the pop star has been preparing her KatyCats for both this summer.
The “KP5” singles keep sprouting on streaming services and her baby bump keeps growing since she debuted it in the “Never Worn White” music video from early March. So let’s retrace her steps before the pop star pops out both a baby and an album.
See below for everything we know about Perry’s fifth studio album so far.
The release date
KP5 comes out on August 14 via Capitol Records.
The track list
Although not the lead single, “Never Worn White” came out first out of this bunch of KP5 singles, a wedding-themed ballad about securing a lifelong love with Bloom.
Perry then dropped “Daisies” in mid-May, but the ray of sunshine beaming from it originated from her darkest times. “I wrote this song just like it’s another anthem for myself. I came out of a pretty dark time on [2017’s] Witness and I’ve been writing a record for two years,” she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on the release date. “I wrote some of it while I was clinically depressed and trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. And when I’m writing songs like ‘Firework’ or ‘Roar,’ it’s not because I’m feeling hunky-dory. It’s literally because I am having really dark thoughts and trying to come out of it.”
During a remote interview with Connecticut radio station KC1010 in late June, Perry teased another song titled “Teary Eyes” and how it ties back to her goal of releasing a project during the coronavirus pandemic. “There was conversation about not putting it out this year. I was like, ‘We need some songs to dance through our tears through,” she said. “I mean, there is one song on the record called ‘Teary Eyes,’ and it’s really about just dancing through your tears. And I’m like, ‘Wow that really resonates. That slaps, that hits hard for me right now.’ So I’m excited for it. I’m excited for all of it.”
Also in late June, Perry revealed another song title. “There is a song on the record called ‘What Makes a Woman,'” Perry told the radio station NRJ Lebanon. “That is a hope I have for my future child, is that she doesn’t have any limits on any of her dreams, or what she wants to be, or who she thinks she is. And, you know, she can change whenever she wants. She doesn’t have to…she can try everything on if she wants; figure out what fits. And so I think that song is important to me and important for her.”
During her Amazon Live mini-concert and Q&A session, the singer-songwriter said every song on her upcoming project exemplified “resilience, redemption, joy and empowerment” and served as a supplemental kind of therapy with her actual therapy to deal with clinical depression.
The videos (and pregnancy announcement!)
Her “Never Worn White” music video from early March gave the KatyCats the first glimpse of her baby bump, clarifying what she meant by a “jam packed summer.” But Perry told SiriusXM Hits 1 the real kicker about her pregnancy announcement coming in this specific clip. “Honestly, I was getting way too fat to hide it, so I was like, ‘Well, I think this song would be a great reveal! Let’s start there,” she joked with host Mike Piff. “And that’s how I communicate things — I communicate through music.”
When the 35-year-old pop star gave the powerful “Daisies” tune the music video treatment in mid-May, she exposed her gentle side while frolicking in a field of daisies and even caressing her then-smaller baby bump in a nude shot by a waterfall.
She later transformed into a faceless animated woman for the “Daisies” lyric video she released in late May that Vallee Duhamel studios created. Perry turned the sticks and stones thrown at her from her haters into a pink house on a grassy knoll before she defied gravity.
Perry joined the wave of artists selling name-brand face masks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by customizing her personal protective equipment (PPE) with the “Daisies” signature print and song title. Proceeds from the face mask benefited DirectRelief.
Perry’s kept her lips sealed about which artists might be featured on KP5, but she shut down the rumors that Taylor Swift‘s name would appear on the tracklist. “No, it’s not correct. But the fans are definitely excited for something like that to happen in the future and I’m always open,” she said in an interview with Hits Radio Breakfast.