Sunday, April 21, 2024

Katy Perry Strikes Back from Plagiarism Defeat with “Small Talk,” Hit Single Co-written with Charlie Puth


Katy Perry didn’t take her “Dark Horse” defeat by lying down and playing dead.

She’s got a catchy new single called “Small Talk,” which popped onto the charts at midnight. She wrote “Small Talk” with Johan Carlsson, Charlie Puth and Jacob Kasher Hindlin. Johan Carlsson and Charlie Puth produced the track with Peter Karlsson producing the vocals.

The short, punchy song should do a lot to assuage the loss last week over a plagiarism suit over “Dark Horse,” a hit single that was ruled infringed on a little known record. “Small Talk” also follows an earlier summer hit, “Never Really Over,” which took hold and still on the charts.

The question is, what is going on here? Is Katy aiming for a new album? Will all this work cohere into something important? I hope so. I loved her single “Chained to the Rhythm.” She needs more of that kind of song. Not so easy, but I like the idea of her working with Charlie Puth.

I do think, by the way, that being on “American Idol” is hurting Katy. She’s smart, and could take that time to really develop some musical ideas. She has to have enough money by now. Get back to the music!

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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