After teasing her latest single “Small Talk” earlier this week with a memo pad of lyrics, Katy Perry has now dropped the song in full. Debuting “Small Talk” at midnight on Thursday, Perry released a lyric video for the up-tempo and breezy track, which shows two people who went from strangers to lovers and back to strangers, all while sharing a cubicle.
The lighthearted video looks at the dangers of dating a co-worker, which in the case of Perry’s “Small Talk” means having to share a lunchroom with someone who has seen you naked. Think, a much less realistic and depressing version of 500 Days of Summer.
Perry wrote the song with Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin, with “Small Talk” acting as only the second solo single Perry has released in 2019 following “It’s Never Really Over,” which Perry dropped in May. Sticking with the theme of looking back on breakups, Perry’s two songs are likely part of a new album that will act as a follow-up to 2017’s Witness, though the singer has yet to comment on when fans may be hearing a full record.
“Small Talk” caps off a week of celebration for Perry, who received a plaque on Thursday stating that the popstar is now one of only five artists to move at least 100 million digital singles in the U.S. alone. Presented by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Perry has officially moved 101 million singles, crossing the threshold this year thanks to new honours for some of her older hits, including “Hot N Cold,” which is going from seven-times platinum to eight-times platinum, and “Never Really Over” and “Not Like the Movies,” with both singles earning gold status this year.
Perry is in good company, with Drake leading the way with an astounding 148 million singles moved, followed by Rihanna with 125 million singles. Taylor Swift, who is set to release her seventh studio album Lover later this month, is in third place with 121 million singles, but that could change in the coming weeks depending on the success of her new singles. Eminem is in fourth place, with 107 million singles moved in the U.S.
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Perry’s huge digital numbers are thanks to the monster singles she’s released in the past decade, including “Dark Horse” and “Firework,” which have been certified platinum 11-times, making them diamond singles. Perry recently lost a copyright lawsuit lodged against her single “Dark Horse.” Christian rapper Flame was awarded a $2.7 million payday after a jury found that his 2008 song “Joyful Noise” sounded like Perry’s 2013 Grammy-nominated “Dark Horse.” Perry is on the hook for $550,000 of Flame’s winning, but at least she gets to keep the song’s diamond status.