On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 19th May 2017 Swish Swish was released
Swish Swish is a song by Katy Perry featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj for Katy’s fifth studio album, Witness (2017). It was written by Katy, Duke Dumont, Sarah Hudson, PJ “Promnite” Sledge, Minaj and Brittany Hazzard, while being produced by Dumont, with additional production by Sledge and Noah “Mailbox” Passovoy and vocal production by Passovoy. The song was initially released as a promotional single on May 19, 2017, and later as the album’s third single. Swish Swish is a house-inspired EDM and hip hop song that samples “Star 69” by Fatboy Slim which in turn samples “I Get Deep” by Roland Clark.
A song about fighting against bullies, Swish Swish uses basketball metaphors to talk about overcoming hateful people and thriving. Multiple media outlets suspected that the song was a response to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, which was believed to be about Katy. Music critics were divided with Swish Swish; some praised the track’s empowering environment, while others criticised its lyrics. However, Minaj’s verses were applauded. Commercially, Swish Swish reached the top 10 in the Philippines and Scotland, the top 20 in Belgium (Wallonia), Canada, Hungary, and the United Kingdom, and the top 30 in Australia, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Promotion for the track began with a live debut of the track on Saturday Night Live, with a performance that went viral. Subsequently, Katy continued to promote the track during BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the 2017 Glastonbury Festival and The Voice Australia. Later, to further promote the track, a lyric video for the track, featuring Brazilian singer Gretchen, was released in July, 2017. The official music video, directed by Dave Meyers, premiered in August, 2017. Three days later, Katy and Minaj performed the track together for the first time during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Swish Swish is featured in the video game Just Dance 2018, with its dance choreography also appearing in its music video.