UPDATE // JULY 4: It appears Katy Perry's new music is on its way much sooner than we thought.
Mike Adam from Philadelphia radio station 96.5 AMP FM claims Katy's new single drops in August.
He Tweeted: "It looks like #KatyPerry's lead single for #KP4 will drop next month! 🔥"
— Mike Adam (@MikeAdamOnAir) July 4, 2016
EARLIER // MAY 24:
Katy Perry has officially started working on her next studio album and plans to tour in 2017.
That's huge news for the music community, considering she's one of the most commercially successful artists ever. With new albums in the works by Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, Katy's presence would be sorely missed had she decided to hold off on releasing new music in the next year, but rest assured... her return is near.
Perry attended the Cannes Film Festival to perform a five-song set at the coveted amFAR dinner, one of the world's most successful benefit events with a mission to raise money in the fight against AIDS.
While there, the "Roar" singer told Showbiz411 of her upcoming KP4 plans, saying: “I’m touring in 2017.” A new album? “I’m working on it,” she added.
Back in February, Perry said her upcoming LP was in the "research and development phase."
"I’ve been going at it for eight or nine years in the spotlight, and then before that there’s that decade of hustle that never gets recognized but still shows up in your wrinkles," she said. "So right now I’m taking a little time. I don’t want to jump on any trends. I just need to evolve. I do my records in a more traditional way, where the cycle is three years, so that once I start writing them, I know exactly where I’ll be in spring of 2018. That can get a little bit like “Ugh.” I need a little bit more freedom, especially when I’ve been doing it for this long."