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Let’s get the information straight: Katy Perry’s 2019 single “Never Really Over” is among the pop star’s most interesting songs. (Thank God it made the setlist for her Las Vegas residency, Play, which opens December 29.) In the track Perry sings, “Two years, and just like that, my head still takes me back / Thought it was done, but I guess it’s never really over.” It’s now been two years (and a few change) since Perry launched “Never Really Over,” and sure, we’re nonetheless enthusiastic about it. But because of Perry’s new single, it’s not over. The pop star teamed with Swedish producer Alesso, one-third of the just lately reunited Swedish House Mafia, for “When I’m Gone,” one other EDM bop that bears some curious similarities to “Never Really Over.” For one, the refrain: “When I’m gone, I’m never really gone,” ” Perry sings. “You think you’re movin’ on / But you won’t be for long, you see.” We don’t simply see — we hear the same rhythmic cadence within the supply! Past that, each songs are electropop outings produced by EDM stars (Zedd helmed “Never Really Over”). And each are breakup bops … except, after all, “Never Really Over” was only a years-in-the-making prophecy for “When I’m Gone.”
Regardless, prepare to match the music movies on January 10, when Perry and Alesso drop their new visible throughout the College Football Playoff National Championship. (“ESPN and especially College GameDay hold a special place in my heart,” Perry mentioned in a very plausible assertion.) And hear her carry out the brand new track in a medley with “Walking on Air” in Vegas starting tonight — barring interruption from a sure virus that’s by no means actually gone.