On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 13th February 2012 Part Of Me single was released
Part of Me was released as the lead single from Teenage Dream:The Complete Confection. It was written by Katy, and Bonnie McKee, with production and additional writing by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut. The song was not included on the original edition of Teenage Dream because Katy felt that it did not fit the composition of the album. A demo of the song leaked online in late 2010, amid speculation that the lyrics were directed to the singer’s ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy. Part of Me was re-worked and officially released in February 2012, through Capitol Records with artwork by art director Gavin Taylor and photography by Mary Ellen Matthews.
A dance-pop and power pop song with a distinctive house beat, it has been compared to Katy’s 2010 singles Firework and California Gurls. Its lyrics describe a female protagonist who declares herself as unbreakable and strong following a break-up. Many critics theorized that the lyrics addressed Katy’s divorce from Russell Brand, although Katy stated it was not about him since it was written in early 2010.
Part of Me was a commercial success. It was the twentieth song to debut at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, Katy’s seventh number-one single on the chart, and her ninth consecutive number-one single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The single debuted at number-one in Canada and the United Kingdom and has been certified Platinum in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Marketing campaigns for Adidas and The Sims 3: Showtime have featured it.
An accompanying music video was filmed at the United States Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. The video depicts Katy enlisting in the Marines following a heartbreak. It garnered generally positive reviews for Katy’s Girl power message but drew criticism from feminist author Naomi Wolf, who denounced it as military propaganda. Katy debuted the first televised performance of song on at the 54th Grammy Awards and has also performed the song at the ECHO Awards, the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, and American Idol.