Katy Perry’s 2017 album Witness’ disappointing chart performance inspired her to come back fighting with new music
The singer, who is currently pregnant with her first child with fiance Orlando Bloom, opens up on the period in her career in new song Smile, addressing the record’s commercial failure compared to her previous three multi-platinum albums.
According to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, on the upbeat track, which features a verse from rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, she says she used to be “dull” and admits, “That ego trip saved my life.”
Referring to the routine of churning out music and going on tour, she adds: “Every day, Groundhog Day, goin’ through motions felt so fake.
“Not myself, not my best, felt like I failed the test / But every tear has been a lesson / Rejection can be God’s protection / Long hard road to get that redemption / But no shortcuts to a blessing.”
The Roar star also reflects on finding happiness again, singing: “I’m thankful, scratch that, baby, I’m grateful / Gotta say it’s really been a while, but now I got back that smile.”
Smile, which is set to drop soon, is the follow-up to Katy’s single Never Worn White, which saw the hitmaker reveal her pregnancy by cradling her blossoming bump in its accompanying video.