Monday, June 17, 2024

Katy Perry Is Back with a Vengeance: Reggae Flavored “Chained to the Rhythm” is YUGE


Missing Katy Perry? Well, she’s back, she’s blonde, and she’s got a great new single just in time for the Grammys. It’s also a political song– we’ll see if anyone gets that from the lyrics (which you can read in the video).

“Chained to the Rhythm” features Skip Marley, grandson of Bob, adding a reggae flavor to a cool hit that should play on the top of the charts for week. Smartly, Katy has gone in the direction of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”– her song is euphoric and fun. It has “the sound of triumph,” too– something a wise man once told me about hit records.

Songwriting credit goes to Katy with Max Martin and Sia. Whoever wrote that refrain “Turn it up, it’s your favorite song” is a genius. Because everyone will turn it up at that point, and then you hear the payoff– she’s telling you to turn it up to ignore what’s going on around us. It’s ironic and a warning and playful. Very very clever.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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