Ever since Katy Perry dropped ‘Swish Swish’ featuring Nicki Minaj yesterday, the internet has done what the internet does best and speculated the song’s subject matter to within an inch of its life.
With scathing lyrics such as “A tiger don’t lose no sleep / Don’t need opinions from a shellfish or a sheep / Don’t you come for me, no, not today”, and “Your game is tired, you should retire / You’re ’bout cute as an old coupon expired / And karma’s not a liar, she keeps receipts”, just who is Katy referring to? We all know she has a little bad blood with a certain artist, however, Katy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to declare ‘Swish Swish’ as an anthem against anyone who’s ever wronged you.
When asked if it was about anyone we know, Katy responded: “I think it’s a great anthem for people to use whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you.” She also called her forthcoming album Witness a “360-degree liberation”. Talking about the already released songs, she described ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ as a “political liberation”, ‘Bon Appétit’ as a “sexual liberation” and ‘Swish Swish’ as “the liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you.”
During her chat with Jimmy, she also revealed a little more about her new album. Katy confirmed that it will include 15 tracks, joking that “the kids want it all these days”. She also shared her excitement about her forthcoming tour, and how she was looking forward to getting to experience different cities and connect with her fans. Katy also spoke about her partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America, which aims to shape the lives of children by enabling them to reach their full potential.
Katy also spoke about her forthcoming third appearance on Saturday Night Live, where she revealed she would be “bringing out all the works” for a “lively”, “spectacular” and “litty” performance as it’s the series finale.
The songstress also explained her interesting album artwork for Witness. Speaking about the eye in the mouth, she said: “The music has allowed me to travel which has reeducated my mind and changed my perspective on so much. So my education and my consciousness comes from my voice, and that’s how I see, and that’s how I witness you and that’s how you witness me and that’s why the eye is in the mouth.”
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