After days of ongoing teasers, Katy Perry is officially back with her new single "Chained to the Rhythm." The lush track is pure pop that will drift you to the '80s, thanks to its sparkling synth melodies and the singer's full-bodied vocals. Once the catchy chorus kicks in, you're immediately swept to the dance floor.
Perry reunited with power producer Max Martin for "Chained to the Rhythm," and she co-wrote it with Martin, Sia and Ali Payami. It also features a guest verse from rising reggae singer and Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley. Get to streaming above.
While "Chained to the Rhythm" seems like a deliciously warm pop song on first listen, there is a subtle but important message lying underneath the surface. "Are we tone deaf? / Keep sweeping it under the mat / Thought we can do better than that I hope we can / So comfortable, we live in a bubble, a bubble / So comfortable, we can’t see the trouble, the trouble," Perry sings on the second verse.
The pop star has been an avid Hillary Clinton supporter throughout the recent presidential election (remember that nude Funny or Die video?), and these lyrical subtleties hint at the political undercurrent this country is going through. If you've been feeling lost, the song can give you a sense of hope.
"Chained to the Rhythm" is the first taste from Perry's upcoming fourth major-label album, the follow-up to 2013's Prism. It also comes after last summer's "Rise" tune. The artist is set to debut the single onstage at the 2017 GRAMMYs this Sunday (Feb. 12).
While you wait for the pending performance, throw it back to a classic Katy Perry interview where she gushes about Freddie Mercury: