Katy Perry’s “Never Really Over”, Dissected

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.

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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!!

 


 

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BAYNK’s New EP!

BAYNK’s part 2 of his Someone’s collection of songs just dropped last week. Part 1 was released back in 2017 (featuring hit song “What You Need“), and part 2 is even better. Featuring vocals from Sinead Harnett, Glades, Hablot Brown, and Martin Luke Brown.

Start to finish, the Someone’s EP 2 itself is charming in so many ways. the way BAYNK produces his music is so eclectic and specific. He manages to mix several genres into one incredibly powerful song. “Simmer” feels funky and romantic, “Settle” is an electronic SMASH, “Go with U” is a fun head bouncer, and “Shatter” is a stunning closer to a career defining EP.

On his collaboration with Glades, the New Zealand native told Pop Dust“I heard Karina’s voice pop up on the radio one day and fell in love with her tone. The same day I got in touch with them they happened to be working on their album in Hollywood…The whole band is so lovely and the song really just came together like magic.” 

BAYNK’s song writing process usually starts with piano as he’s been playing it for so long. You can hear some subtle piano chords in almost every song on the EP. While the lyrics just seem to come naturally to him; “I never write down any lyrics I just freestyle until I have something I like.”

Listen to Someone’s 2 EP

Catch BAYNK on tour here!

 


 

All Poets & Heroes’ Emotional New Single

The latest track from indie/alt band, All Poets & Heroes proves to be just as powerful and rich as some of their earlier tracks (listen to 2017’s bubbly “Day Dreams“). “Life On The Line” feels like it could be featured in an early 2000’s indie film; cue the rainy window scene and black converse.

Lead singer Rob McCall embodies a young Rob Thomas as his voice echoes throughout the song building to a climactic bridge; probably one of the heaviest we’ve heard from AP&H. McCall says the song is about someone who has taken their own life. The narrator all poets and heroesis portraying the rational side of the brain getting the final say. “When you’re having these thoughts there are two voices at war. The rational, normal voice and the irrational side that is normally louder in these moments, and pushes you toward the edge. In this story the irrational side won, all that’s left is the rational side saying ‘if you gave me just a few more minutes to get though to you then we would still be here.'” The song closes with the narrator leaving a message of hope to others fighting with the same issues. Rob says, “Find a way to pull through because you can always change what you don’t like tomorrow.”

Soft guitars and a steady drum beat compliment the heavy and emotional lyrics, something we’re used to hearing from the band but “Life On The Line” feels a little more special.

Check out the single this Friday 4/12!!

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Friday Favorites

Kacey Musgraves’ new merch: The Grammy winner released a fresh batch of merchandise to her online store. Including a cute Golden Hour inspired mug, long sleeve tees, socks, and even a coloring book!

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Billie Eilish’s music video for “bad guy”: Billie Eilish continues to push the boundaries with artistic visuals, unique vocal patterns, and an image unlike any other pop singer in the genre. Check out the eclectic and fun “bad guy” below.

 

Sabrina Carpenter‘s recent interview with Zach Sang: The pop singer discusses the inspiration behind her recent track “Pushing 20”, upcoming new music, and what you can expect from her live shows.

 

“Monopoly” music video: Ariana Grande and Victoria Monet come together for a beautiful FU anthem meant to make you dance and laugh with every verse. This video is memetastic…I love it. Watch for yourself:

 

Fellow music blogger, Paige Backstage: This Toronto native posts music reviews, band spotlights and even some fun lifestyle content. Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her adventures (also, her insta stories are so fun and REAL.)

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Gia Woods‘ new single: This 22 year old seems to be on a roll. “Keep On Coming” is another fun pop song showcasing the singers unique vocal tones.

Beyonce signed a deal with Adidas:  This partnership will have Beyonce as a member of the creative team working on new footwear, apparel, and plans to relaunch her activewear brand Ivy Park.

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