Home Music Katy Perry Strikes Back from Plagiarism Defeat with “Small Talk,” Hit Single...

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!

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