Three years have separated fans of Katy Perry from her last studio album, ‘Witness.’
A critically panned affair, the 2017-born effort was not only plagued with thumbs down from critics for seeing the GRAMMY nominee try her hand at ‘purposeful Pop’ but also from fans who were disappointed the era’s accompanying aesthetic veered too far left from the visuals that escorted its predecessors ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Prism.’
Going on to be her only major label LP to lack an RIAA certification, the stakes were high for its follow-up (later christened ‘Smile’). Despite hoisting a number of its housed cuts for public consumption (see: its title track, ‘Never Really Over,’ ‘Daisies,’ ‘Harleys in Hawaii’ and deluxe edition cuts ‘Small Talk’ and ‘Never Worn White’), ‘Smile’ – released August 28 – comes as her first major label project to go to chart battle without a Hot 100 top 10 single preceding it.
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While not exactly seeing its content dominate the competition on the Hot 100, ‘Smile’ (the album) is projected to top the Billboard 200 based on pre-orders alone (as we reported here).
Once streaming figures are factored in, the set – barring any surprises – is expected to be Perry’s fourth consecutive chart-topper on the album hitlist.