When ‘Witness’ underperformed, it threw Katy for a loop.
Katy has remained pretty vocal about her most-recent album Witness not having the same kind of impact that her previous records had. The pop star’s most-recent release with Zedd, “365,” didn’t smash the charts either (it peaked at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100).
“I want a record to be successful because there’s a lot behind it. There’s a lot of time invested, emotion and money of course. Anything you’re going to invest highly in, you definitely want to see a return,” Katy recently said.
“I’ve been used to some otherworldly stuff. I think what happened… that high hit was so normal. That kind of Muhammad Ali knockout was so normal, and when I wasn’t doing the knockout it was like, ‘what is this?!'”
Katy wrote “at least I still have one fan” on a new story posted to Instagram, and it got Katy Kats feeling a certain type of way.
she really wrote “at least I still have one fan” omg sis this sh!t hurts😭 we will be here to support you no matter what pic.twitter.com/UJsO9ZYVdx
The pop star previously got candid about Witness failing to create the same mainstream music magic as her previous works and how devastating that was for her. So much so, she attended a week-long program at the Hoffman Institute, which “helps participants identify negative behaviours, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood”.
Speaking with Vogue Australia, Katy said: “For years, my friends would go and come back completely rejuvenated, and I wanted to go, too.”
“I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self. I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart.”
Witness still managed to debut at No. 1 in the U.S., but Katy never faced more backlash than she had during that time.
“Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating “blankie”. Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’”
“That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.”
We shouldn’t have turned on Katy like that. Hopefully the next record puts our firework queen back on top.