On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 28th April 2008, I Kissed a Girl was released
I Kissed a Girl is a song recorded by Katy Perry for her second studio album, One of the Boys (2008). It was released in April, 2008, by Capitol Records as the lead single from the record. Katy co-wrote the song with Max Martin, Cathy Dennis, and its producer Dr. Luke, with additional production from Benny Blanco. I Kissed a Girl is a pop rock song with elements of new wave. Katy stated its lyrics are “about the magical beauty of a woman”. The song sparked controversy for its homosexual themes.
The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the 1,000th number-one song of the rock era. The single has sold over 4.7 million digital copies in the US alone. I Kissed a Girl is one of eight songs by Katy to sell over 4 million digital copies in the US, the others being Hot n Cold, California Gurls, Firework, E.T., Teenage Dream, Roar and Dark Horse. A huge hit throughout the Anglosphere, it also topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The song has been certified multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Denmark, and the US.
The accompanying music video for the song was released in May, 2008. The video, directed by Kinga Burza, features Katy in a setting inspired by burlesque and Moulin Rouge styles. It features appearances from Katy’s friends, including actress Shannon Woodward and singer Kesha. The song is recognized as the 10th best-selling single in the 21st century. I Kissed a Girl was performed and a nominee at the 51st Grammy Awards (Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). It was also nominated for Favorite Song at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards. The song has been performed on all of her tours. It was also included in Perry’s performance in Super Bowl XLIX’s Pepsi Halftime Show in 2015.