UPDATE // FEBRUARY 14:
Confirmed! Katy Perry will take the stage at the BRIT Awards on Feb. 22.
"I'm excited to come back to one of my favorite countries, where most of my favorite musical influences come from," Perry said in a statement. "After 3 years, I'm excited to return to the BRITs' stage to kick off a new era of purposeful pop."
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 14, 2017
— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) February 14, 2017
EARLIER // FEBRUARY 6:
Katy Perry's comeback is on the rise.
All signs point to the pop star's near return. She's reportedly finished recording her new album, shot a music video for the lead single last month and switched up her hair color to blonde. Adding fuel to the fire is a new report claiming she'll headline the 2017 BRIT Awards on February 22 at London’s O2 Arena.
A source told The Sun, "the deal is not signed and sealed yet but everyone wants the same outcome."
Katy Kats are alluding to the comeback on Twitter.
— Team KP Brasil (@teamkpbrasil) February 6, 2017
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— KATY PERRY ITALIA (@katyperryitalia) February 6, 2017
— KATY PERRY FR (@KatyPerryFrance) February 6, 2017
Last summer, Perry told Elvis Duran “it takes a bit of time for me to [write] because I have to those experiences and then write about them" She added: "I have to digest what I’m seeing and recycling it and give my perspective on it.”
Since "Rise" premiered at the Olympics, Perry has had a lot of to pull from: her relationship with boyfriend Orlando Bloom enduring a tabloid firestorm, travels across the globe and the election, to name a few.
“I’m working with a lot of unexpected writers and producers and … that’s bringing out a lot of different things sonically," she continued. "Even when I was working with my go-to producers, I’d always push them to play me a beat that was reserved for Three 6 Mafia or something like that… I know exactly how to write a lyric over that because my strengths are melody and lyrics. I’m putting myself in unexpected situations and that is breeding a lot of new color.”
Perry is also reportedly collaborating with the famed Max Martin.
In August, Perry told Ryan Seacrest she's "in the thick" of recording. "I'm just taking some chances. I'm just having a lot of fun, but experimenting and trying different producers, and different collaborators, and different styles. I'm not rushing."
When pushed for a release date, Perry remained tight-lipped.
"I've got some timelines in my head. But you hear about people going, 'don't take too much time.' And I'm like listen, listen. Let me tell you one thing: music is all that matters. If the music is good, everybody forgets about the time that you took to make it," adding she puts in 110% into everything she does and is "confident if I stay vulnerable and authentic with myself that the music that comes out of me will continue to connect."