Despite Witness topping the Billboard 200 within the US, it shortly fell away in its second week, dropping out of the Top 10 fully. Critically, the album was given a considerably lukewarm reception.
“It got me out of this loop of being a really desperate, thirsty pop star that felt like they had to be No. 1 all the time,” Katy advised Howard of the album. “Now I feel like I can create and be more dimensional as an artist and also as a human being.”