On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 7th May 2010 California Gurls was released
California Gurls was released as the lead single from Katy Perry’s third studio album, Teenage Dream. The song features verses from rapper Snoop Dogg and both artists co-wrote the song with Bonnie McKee and its co-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, with additional production from Benny Blanco. According to Katy, California Gurls is an answer song to Empire State of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Its midtempo production incorporates disco-pop and funk-pop with influences of new wave and electro pop. Its lyrics are an ode to the state of California, in which both Katy and Snoop Dogg were born and raised.
California Gurls got positive reviews from music critics, with the majority of them labelling it a “summer anthem”, as well as complimenting its production and chorus. Originally intended to be sent to mainstream and rhythmic airplay on May 25, 2010, the song debuted on May 7, 2010, after clips from the Teenage Dream album were leaked online. The song was a worldwide success, peaking at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, giving Katy her second US number-one single in and Snoop Dogg his third. The song also reached number-one in ten other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
A music video for the song was released in June, 2010, and features Katy and her dancers as pieces of a board game, set in the fictional “Candyfornia”. Katy has said that the inspiration behind the video was artist Will Cotton, who was also the artistic director of the video. It has been noted that the video is influenced by several other works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the board game Candyland. In December, 2010, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. In 2012, Billboard ranked the song number one on a special The 30 Summer Songs of All Time listing.