If you thought Katy’ Perry’s new album was going to make you “smile” during these not-so-summery summer days, we have some bad news for you.
On Tuesday (July 28), the pop star announced that her upcoming fifth studio record has been pushed back a few weeks back. Instead of seeing a release date of early August, Smile (also referred to as #KP5) will be released on August 28.
“Welp. I hate to throw this bad news at you like a pie in the face…but if there’s anything 2020 taught me, it’s to not get too attached to plans and be malleable,” Perry writes in a letter to fans.
“Due to unavoidable production delays, my album SMILE will now be released two weeks later on August 28 ☹”
But there’s good news. While Katycats will have to wait two full weeks for new music, Perry has unveiled plans to stay connected with her fans (until her Babycat is born) by way of Smile Sundays.
According to the singer, every Sunday, she will go live via social media for half an hour to discuss all things Smile. These Smile Sundays will include snippets of new tunes, new merchandise, and behind-the-scenes information about the record, and who knows, maybe her actor fiance may stop along for the ride.
Smile is the long-awaited follow-up to Perry’s lukewarmly received 2017 release Witness. Previously released tracks “Daisies,” “Harleys in Hawaii,” “Never Really Over,” and current single “Smile” are all featured on the forthcoming release.
“Small Talk” and “Never Won White” will be featured on the album’s fan edition version as bonus tracks.