UPDATE // JANUARY 30:
It's important you know Katy Perry is back to her signature black locks. She shared this video via an Instagram story this weekend. Unless it's a wig.
— Katy Perry Pics (@katyspics) January 30, 2017
EARLIER // JANUARY 16:
Blondes have more fun.
Just ask Katy Perry, who showed up to artist friend Sham Ibrahim’s unveiling of a Donald Trump portrait sporting a new do. Looks like she has a couple more sessions to go until the process is done, but everyone knows new hair = new era.
Katy Perry Could Be Collaborating With Chance The Rapper
Katy Kats suspect the pop star is done recording for her fourth studio album, which follows a report she has a music video shoot slated for Jan. 18, 19 and 20th.
— ~I'm Nobody (@NOBODYsince1984) January 16, 2017
@KPUpToDate RUMOURS: Apparently Katy has finished the whole album today (16/1/17). *RUMOUR*
— Katy Perry UpToDate (@KPUpToDate) January 16, 2017
— Katy Perry 🙂 (@katyperry7483) January 16, 2017
Katy Perry is about to release the best album to ever exist pic.twitter.com/QJfI5GFtGZ
— ⠁⠝⠞⠊ (@MarkLabrador) January 16, 2017
— The Yellow Pages (@yellowpgsmusic) January 16, 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."