KATY PERRY talks ‘Witness’ album, giving back & new ‘do on ‘Ellen’

“I’m excited for you to see all the fingers and toes and bums,” the pop singer said of her new album.

Katy Perry‘s fourth studio full-length is nearly upon us. Anchored by the politically-frantic, theme-park-themed “Chained to the Rhythm” and the deliciously-satisfying “Bon Appétit,” the aptly-titled Witness arrives everywhere June 9. During her promo tour, she stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show on Tuesday (May 16) to whet fans’ appetites with some tasty tidbits. “I started writing a record in June of last year,” she told host Ellen Degeneres. “I wrote over 40 songs. Now I have 15 beautiful songs to represent this story I want to share with the world.”

Things then got a little spicy. “Right now, you’re just seeing parts of the body of work,” she said. “[‘Bon Appétit’] is the sexually-empowered and liberated part. “‘Chained to the Rhythm’ was the mental, political liberation. Now, embracing my 30s is so bomb dot com. I love it so much. I love being a woman…and I love a consensual interaction. There’s nothing wrong with that; we’re all animals!”

Which leads to the overall arc of the album. She explained, “I make these kooky videos, and I have always had a laugh along the way. Sometimes, I pose a question. But most of the time, I like to lift people’s spirits.”

“I’m excited for you to see all the fingers and toes and bums along the way,” she continued about the “body of work” she’s crafted. A press release describes Witness as an album that “reflects on the changes in her own life and in the world around her, delivering songs that both challenge and inspire.”

Perry also discussed her upcoming Witness, The Tour, launching in early September. “For the first time, I am partnering up with Boys & Girls Club of America,” she said. “And not only will $1 from each ticket sold in America be donated to a Boys & Girls Club, I have 100 tickets–50 for Boys & Girls Club and 50 for my fans–that they can actually earn by signing up to do a medley of different things.” Those include becoming a Boys & Girls Club volunteer and other initiatives.

Perry later talked about attending the Met Gala and the need for GoGirl, which she’s used “in several music videos,” she said. “I always find myself in this predicament where I have this very extravagant, lavish, unrealistic, impractical costume on. That’s just me, I guess.”

She added, “It’s nozzle you put around you [to urinate].”

On her new pixie-like hair cut, she said, “It’s a little Ellen and a little Alfalfa. I love Alfalfa. He’s my hero. I did it about a month and change ago.”

Of course, the singer then kinda, sorta confirmed her placement as a judge on the American Idol revival happening next year on ABC. “Judge not lest ye be judged,” she quipped, as an attempt to avoid a straightforward answer. “But they didn’t say anything about constructive criticism, and I’m good at that.”

Watch her interview above and below.

Check out Perry’s tour dates below:

9/7 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

9/9 – Montréal, QE @ Bell Centre

9/12 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

9/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

9/21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

9/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

9/29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

10/2 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

10/3 – Uniondale, NY @ NYCB Live!: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

10/8 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

10/15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

10/16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

10/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

10/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center

10/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

11/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center

11/14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose

11/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

11/26 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

11/28 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center

11/29 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

12/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

12/2 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena

12/4 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center

12/6 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

12/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

12/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

12/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

12/15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

12/17 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

12/20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena

2018 Dates

1/5 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

1/7 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

1/10 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

1/12 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena

1/14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

1/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena

1/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

1/31 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center

2/2 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center at Rose Quarter

2/3 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

2/5 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

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