After the massive flop of her experimental 2017 album Witness, Katy Perry is back in a big way, with a big song, ready for a BIG summer. At first listen, “Never Really Over” reminded me of 2010 Teenage Dream-esque Perry – AKA – the PRIME of her career, musically and artistically (“Teenage Dream”, “Wide Awake, “The One That Got Away”). “Over” feels like the song that will bring Perry back to all the fans she so abruptly lost back in 2017.
Why does “Never Really Over” work so well?
Well, it goes back to the production and songwriting credits. Here are the eight songwriters credited for being a part of “Never Really Over”:
Dagny: Norwegian singer/songwriter. Her hit song “Love You Like That” follows the same musical production as “Never Really Over”. Dagny’s “Like That” is actually credited as the sample for Perry’s new tune. Not to mention, Dagny’s incredible ear for pop melodies.
Michelle Buzz: Buzz comes from the EDM songwriting world, credited on songs like “All Night” by Steve Aoki and “Burn Slow” by Jaira Burns
Jason Gill: Straight from the pop world, Gill is responsible for hits like Zara Larsson’s “Funeral”, “(Not) The One” by Bebe Rexha, Dagny’s “Used To You”, and so many more.
Farrago: After discovering singer Daya, Gino Barletta used his platform to become a successful producer and label exec. He’s also a co-writer of “Sit Still, Look Pretty” and “Hide Away” also by Daya.
Hayley Warner: Another EDM alum. Warner is featured on songs like “Go Back” and “Need You Right Now” by Hedegaard.
Zedd: A master of mixing pop and EDM for radio ready hits, Zedd is all over this track. From the ticking clock sounds mimicking his 2018 hit “The Middle” to the slight “drop” during the chorus, this Germany native has mastered songwriting and production. Perry remembers bringing the new song to Zedd, saying, “I brought him the song and he said, ‘Wow it sounds amazing.’ Specifically, the lyrics in the second verse that I really love is: ‘I guess I should try to go to therapy to try to get you out of my brain, I can’t even go on the internet, without even checking your name.'”
Leah Haywood: This singer/songwriter can be credited for songs by Aly & Aj, The Cheetah Girls, Ryan Cabrera, and more. She is 1/2 of the songwriting/production duo Dreamlab with Daniel James.
Daniel James: As the other 1/2 of Dreamlab, James has also exclusively worked with Judah the Lion (“Over my head”, “pictures”, “Don’t Mess With My Mama”) and Jeremy Zucker (“Bout It”, “Upside Down”, “Pick It Up”).
Maybe Katy Perry finally found the perfect team to help assemble her return to dominate pop music, just like she used to. I have high hopes her upcoming album will bring back what was once lost.
Perry released a euphoric music video to accompany the start of this new era. The California native can be seen dancing around in a sunshine filled field at some sort of healing heartbreak camp. A genius idea to tag along with a genius song. The video already has over 30 million views.
Cheers to the return of Katy Perry!!