Katy Perry to release new album ‘by 2016’, says manager

Album update came at a conference in Singapore this week

Katy Perry will release her fifth album by next year, her manager has confirmed.

The singer, who begins the last stint of her ‘Prismatic’ tour in Peru on September 22, released her fourth solo album, ‘Prism’, in October 2013. It was the sixth best-selling album of that year.

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Speaking at the All That Matters conference in Singapore, Perry’s manager Steven Jensen said: “She plans to release her next album by 2016”. The comments came as Jensen assured Indian fans that she would visit the country in support of the album, Radio and Music reports.

Meanwhile, Perry recently became embroiled in a political controversy in Taiwan after one of her outfits was taken as a political statement. The pop star recently played a show in Taipei, Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) on April 28. Although an independent nation, many regard Taiwan as part of the mainland People’s Republic of China.

Perry wore a sunflower dress at her gig, which some saw as a show of support for the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement, which saw a group of students occupied Taiwan’s parliament for 23 days in a protest against trade agreements with China. Perry also draped herself in the Taiwanese flag during her performance. See an image of that beneath.

One fan wrote on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo: “I suppose [Perry] has no chance to come to the mainland anymore, though she might not care. These performers who intervene in other countries’ politics are the most annoying,” while another said on Twitter, “I am laugh-crying at Taiwan anti-China dissidents ‘moved to tears’ because Katy Perry’s stylist accidentally committed her to their cause.”