On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 21st April 2014, Katy Perry Birthday single was released
Birthday is a disco song recorded by Katy Perry for her fourth studio album, Prism (2013). She co-wrote the song with Bonnie McKee and its producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut. Critics, as well as Katy herself, have compared the track to the music of Prince and Mariah Carey. Through double entendres in the lyrics of Birthday, Katy makes sexual references while celebrating a partner’s birthday. Capitol Records sent the track to mainstream and rhythmic radio in April, 2014 as the album’s fourth single.
Following the release of Prism, Birthday entered the single charts of South Korea and France. After being released as an official single, it reached the top 30 in Australia, UK, and Netherlands, number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 7 on the Canadian Hot 100. A music video for the track was released in April, 2014. Primarily recorded with hidden cameras, it features Perry disguised as five different characters in birthday parties and other celebrations. The makeup effects disguises for Perry were designed and created by Tony Gardner.