2017 has been a mixed bag for Katy Perry.
Indeed, at its start, ample anticipation surrounded her grand return. Only for her comeback to deliver lukewarm results commercially [see: ‘Witness,’ ‘Bon Appetit,’ ‘Swish Swish’].
She also seemed to lose that elusive essence of “cool” and, by way of questionable creative choices, became more of a meme that a viably charting star.
And yet still she arguably had the last laugh by snagging a $25 million payday to head up the judging panel on ABC’s ‘American Idol’ revival.
Now, as she hits the promo trail for the show ahead of its March 2018 premiere, she’s raising eyebrows once again.
See what we mean below…
When speaking to PEOPLE about her tough judging style, she went on to speak about the need to evolve as an artist.
Perhaps most interesting was her assertion that she likes to “start trends, not follow them”…
Fascinating choice of words. Especially given that she usually rides waves rather than cause them.
Even before this era’s ill-advised attempt at “Urban” (which she roped in the likes of Migos, Nicki Minaj, and Skip Marley for), it’s not as if her candy-coated flavour of Pop was anything vastly different from the norm.
Like, the tried and true Max Martin/Dr Luke combo that once worked for Katy is one that’s worked for many an artist before and after her.
Sure, she’s been incredibly successful. But to confuse that with being a trend setter (in any way) makes us wonder just how “woke” she is about her own positioning in the Pop sphere.
Katy’s holistically quite harmless, but this was a faux pas.