We’re in the midst of a serious pop music drought, and when we say pop music, we mean good pop music. Sure, there’s Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” if you like a blatant rip off of Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (which is the better song). There’s Taylor Swift and Zayn’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from Fifty Shades Darker but honestly the less said about that, the better. Lady Gaga’s Joanne and Beyoncé’s Lemonade are great mainstream leftovers from last year, but aren’t really pop at all. And as much as we love Dangerous Woman and Emotion Side B, we need some new material.
Thankfully, Katy Perry saw an opening and took it; her lead single from her upcoming fifth studio album, “Chained to the Rhythm” finally dropped last night after being announced earlier this week through some innovative promotion, and it’s just the pure, pop song we needed right now.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 10, 2017
“Turn it up, it’s your favorite song/ Dance dance, dance to the distortion/ Come on, turn it up, keep it on repeat/ Stumbling around like a wasted zombie/ Yeah, we think we’re free/ Drink, this one is on me/ We’re all chained to the rhythm” the pop star sings over a blissful synth-beat laid down by pop’s biggest producer Max Martin.
Katy co-wrote the song with Sia, and while some have said the lyrics are “sneakily political,” that might be giving it a little too much credit. Although it does just barely hint at social consciousness. Still, it’s simple and catchy enough to save us from the slump the iTunes Charts are facing right now, and the Skip Marley feature is so much better than Juicy J’s cringe-worthy turn on Katy’s monster hit “Dark Horse.”
With a performance scheduled at Sunday’s Grammy awards, she’s starting this era off with a bang.
Watch the cute lyric video below.