On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th February 2011, E.T. single was released
E.T. is a song by Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). She co-wrote the song with its producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Ammo. E.T. was serviced to radio stations as the album’s fourth single in February, 2011. One version of the song features verses from American rapper Kanye West. Musically, it is an electronic and hip hop ballad which draws heavily from dubstep and techno, along with smaller amounts of drum and bass. According to Katy, the song lyrically speaks of “falling in love with a foreigner”.
The song became Katy’s fifth non-consecutive number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and also topped charts in Canada, New Zealand and Poland. To date, E.T. has sold over six million digital downloads worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide and Katy’s third highest selling song in the U.S. It was the fourth biggest song of 2011, according to Billboard.
To promote the song, Katy and Kanye West performed on the tenth season of American Idol, the 54th Grammy Awards, and at Madison Square Garden for Z100’s Jingle Ball. Floria Sigismondi directed the song’s music video, which depicts Katy as an evolving alien drifting in outer space before landing on an abandoned litter-covered Earth, interspersed with clips of large felines hunting game. The video garnered positive reviews from music critics.