Katy Perry didn’t just deliver her first child into the world this week – she also delivered a new album.
Perry, who gave birth on Wednesday to a daughter with fiancé Orlando Bloom, delighted her fans with the release of her sixth studio album, Smile, on Thursday night.
The new mom tweeted about the album, adding "sent from my hospital bed lol". She also tweeted, "delivering a baby and a record in the same week, dont f— with mama," referencing the song "What Makes a Woman" off the new album.
IT’S HERE! IT’S REALLY HERE! 🙃 I finally got back my smile! Hope this record puts one on your face 🙂 #SMILE 🙂 IS OUT EVERYWHERE NOW! LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH ENJOY 🤡♥️ (sent from my hospital bed lol) https://t.co/BImXF3kEcw pic.twitter.com/2UmVajDoyn
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 28, 2020
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 27, 2020
Earlier this week, Perry and Bloom announced the arrival of their daughter Daisy via the Instagram account for UNICEF, for which they are both ambassadors. They shared a black and white image of the baby grasping Bloom’s finger while the pop star held on to the newborn's wrist.
In the caption, they advocated for better pre- and post-natal care for women around the world, saying "We know we’re the lucky ones and not everyone can have a birthing experience as peaceful as ours was. Communities around the world are still experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers and every eleven seconds a pregnant woman or newborn dies, mostly from preventable causes."
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#Repost @unicef ・・・ Welcome to the world, Daisy Dove Bloom! We are honoured to introduce Goodwill Ambassadors @KatyPerry and @OrlandoBloom’s new bundle of joy.⠀ ⠀ “We are floating with love and wonder from the safe and healthy arrival of our daughter,” Katy and Orlando told us.⠀ ⠀ “But we know we’re the lucky ones and not everyone can have a birthing experience as peaceful as ours was. Communities around the world are still experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers and every eleven seconds a pregnant woman or newborn dies, mostly from preventable causes. Since COVID-19 many more newborn lives are at risk because of the increased lack of access to water, soap, vaccines and medicines that prevent diseases. As parents to a newborn, this breaks our hearts, as we empathize with struggling parents now more than ever.⠀ ⠀ “As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, we know UNICEF is there, on the ground, doing whatever it takes to make sure every expecting mother has access to a trained health worker and access to quality healthcare. In celebration of the heart we know our daughter already has, we have set up a donation page to celebrate DDB’s arrival. By supporting them, you are supporting a safe start to life and reimagining a healthier world for every child. We hope your ♥️ can bloom with generosity.⠀ ⠀ Gratefully-⠀ ⠀ Katy & Orlando.”⠀ ⠀ Please tap the link in our bio to support the most precious gift: a healthy child.
Meanwhile, the 12-track Smile sees Perry return to her pop roots after 2017’s stripped down Witness. The New York Times says, "Smile doesn’t have much of an agenda beyond a general feeling of uplift, and it has a lightness that makes it a better and more nimble record than its predecessor," while Vulture says, "Katy Perry’s Midas touch might’ve faded, but Smile is an improvement on her last album, and Perry’s evolution from preternaturally talented Christian contemporary music circuit hopeful to hit machine to the wise veteran Smile shows in its better moments continues to inspire."
Listen to Smile below: