On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 19th September 2017 Witness: The Tour started in Montreal

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 19th September 2017 Witness: The Tour started in Montreal

Witness: The Tour is the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, in support of her fifth studio album, Witness (2017). The tour began on September 19, 2017 in Montreal, Canada, and is scheduled to conclude on August 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. Perry has planned to perform a total of 115 shows visiting North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

At the end of 2017, the tour placed at number 77 on Pollstars “2017 Year-End Top 100 Worldwide Tours” list, estimating that it grossed $28.1 million and that 266,300 people attended throughout the year. In July 2018, Pollstar ranked the tour on #14 at the Mid Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours 2018 with $48.8 million and 577,617 of tickets sold in 54 shows, bringing the total to $76.9 million and 844,000 tickets sold.

Shortly before the show begins, the stage’s eye-shaped screen displays a video of Perry’s eye for a few moments. The eye transforms into a galaxy and a journey through outer space is shown, leading to a red-colored planet. The screen opens to reveal Perry riding upon a star-shaped structure, wearing a bejeweled and hooded red outfit with sunglasses. She performs the chorus of Witness, followed by Roulette which she sings on top of giant climbable dice. Dark Horse is then sung, with Perry and her dancers atop of moving platforms. Perry performs Chained to the Rhythm next, with large puppets dressed in suits and sporting televisions for heads moving around the stage. A video interlude is played that shows a clock running backwards alongside childhood photos of Perry, as her backing singers perform portions of Act My Age. Perry emerges wearing a pantsuit with a grid design, while her dancers wear shape-themed outfits. Teenage Dream is performed, which culminates in Perry and her dancers performing synchronised choreography while sitting on a floating cuboid. Perry removes her jacket to reveal an LED top that displays the lyrics of Hot n Cold as Perry performs the song with an electric guitar. Hot n Cold transitions into Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), which Perry and her backing singers perform at the front of the stage. Puppets in the shape of flamingos are guided around the stage by dancers during this number. Perry’s female dancers wear paper doll cut-outs of her most memorable outfits during California Gurls, and she is also joined by the Left Shark that featured in her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Perry and the Left Shark then typically bring out an oversized telephone, with which Perry calls someone close to her, such as her parents. Giant lips emerge from behind the stage, which Perry is lifted inside while performing I Kissed a Girl.

An interlude is played, which features Perry floating through space. The stage is adorned with huge roses, and Perry emerges wearing a black-and-white, polka dot latex outfit. She performs Déjà Vu, followed by Tsunami, during which she dances on a rotating pole. Venus flytrap props are added to the stage, and Perry sings E.T. as she is joined onstage by a dancer in stilts, dressed as an alien insect. Bon Appétit is performed next. Towards the end of the song, jeweled flies are attached to Perry’s costume and she lies on a leaf, while dancers pour glitter on her from oversized salt and pepper shakers. The performance samples a portion of Janet Jackson’s song What Have You Done for Me Lately, which Perry performs with her backing singers. Perry exits the stage for a short time, while multi-colored planets descend from the venue’s ceiling, and Perry emerges from a planet wearing a crystal-covered gown and wig. She sings Thinking of You / Wide Awake with an acoustic guitar as the planet she is sitting on flies around the venue. Perry then moves to the Drop Zone, an area of the stage in which she is closest to fans. She invites a fan to join her on stage before singing Power, at the end of which Perry is given angel wings.

The next segment of the show is introduced with a video interlude showing Perry wearing a motorcycle helmet. She appears from behind the stage riding a motorcycle and wearing a striped blue outfit, and performs Hey Hey Hey, followed by Part of Me. A huge basketball net appears on stage for Swish Swish, which Perry sings alongside dancers holding inflatable basketballs. Perry interrupts the song to hold an impromptu basketball game, during which she competes against a father of a young attendee from the audience. She finishes the song joined by her dancers on trampolines. Roar is performed next, while a large lion’s head emerges from behind the screen. Perry returns to sing Firework for the encore, which she performs wearing a sequined purple gown on top of a hand that rises from beneath the stage. Fireworks erupt on stage during the number. At the end of the song, the hand closes up with Perry inside as she ends the show.


  1. Witness
  2. Roulette
  3. Dark Horse
  4. Chained To The Rhythm
  5. Teenage Dream
  6. Hot n Cold
  7. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
  8. California Gurls
  9. I Kissed a Girl
  10. Deja Vu
  11. Tsunami
  12. E.T.
  13. Bon Appetit
  14. Wide Awake
  15. Thinking Of You
  16. Power
  17. Part of Me
  18. Swish Swish
  19. Roar
  20. Firework

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 9th September 2008 Hot n Cold was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 9th September 2008 Hot n Cold was released

Hot n Cold is a song by American singer Katy Perry. The song was written by Perry, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin and produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco for her second studio album, One of the Boys (2008). The track was released as the album’s second single on September 9, 2008. The lyrics address an unstable romantic relationship caused by a partner’s mood swings.

The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Perry’s second consecutive top three single, following I Kissed a Girl. It also became Perry’s second top five single in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and topped the charts in Finland, Germany, Canada, Norway, Spain, and Denmark, among others. To date, Hot n Cold has sold over 5.7 million copies in the US, making it one of Perry’s highest-selling singles in the nation.

To promote Hot n Cold, Perry marked the song’s live debut with a performance on NBC’s Today. She also performed the song at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, which she hosted. The song’s music video, which was directed by Alan Ferguson, was released in October 2008, and features Perry as a bride who is about to get married to her fiancé, who experiences a daydream in which she pursues him after he flees from the wedding. Hot n Cold was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Perry also performed the song on the Hello Katy Tour, California Dreams Tour, Prismatic World Tour and Witness: The Tour.

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 28th August 2020 @katyperry Smile album was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 28th August 2020 @katyperry Smile album was released

Smile is the sixth studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It was released in August 2020, by Capitol Records, three years after its predecessor Witness (2017). Katy worked with a multitude of producers on the album, including Josh Abraham, Carolina Liar, The Daylights, G Koop, Andrew Goldstein, Oligee, Oscar Görres, Oscar Holter, Ilya, Ian Kirkpatrick, The Monsters & Strangerz, Charlie Puth, Stargate and Zedd. She described Smile as her “journey towards the light, with stories of resilience, hope, and love”. It is a pop album, characterized by lyrical themes of self-help and empowerment.

Three singles preceded the album: the lead single “Daisies” was released in May 2020, which peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100; its followup, “Smile”, followed in July 2020. “Not the End of the World” was released as the third single in December 2020, with an accompanying music video featuring Zooey Deschanel. Smile also contains Katy’s 2019 standalone singles “Never Really Over” and “Harleys in Hawaii” in its standard tracklist. The Japanese and fan editions of the album further includes “Small Talk” (2019) and “Never Worn White” (2020). 

Smile received mixed reviews upon release. Music critics were favorable towards Katy’s maturing image, but criticized the album’s familiar production and lyricism. On the Billboard 200 chart, the album debuted at number 5 with 50,000 units, marking Katy’s fifth top-10 album in the United States. Elsewhere, Smile reached the top five in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, the United Kingdom, top 10 in Austria, Ireland, and Italy, and the top 20 in Finland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.