Teenage Dream is the third studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It was released in August, 2010, through Capitol Records. Musically, it contains pop and dance-pop with influences of disco, electronic, funk, house, gothic rock, Hi-NRG, and hip hop. Lyrically, it revolves around teenage love, partying, self-empowerment, and personal growth. Katy co-wrote every song on the album, and also worked with a number of producers and writers, including Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Tricky Stewart, StarGate, Greg Kurstin, Bonnie McKee and Ester Dean.
Upon its release, Teenage Dream received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who complimented its production and themes while denouncing Perry’s songwriting. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 192,000 copies in its first week. It was later certified three times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), sold 3 million copies in the United States, and charted within the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 year-end chart three years in a row. The album also sold 1.3 million copies in the United Kingdom, where it was certified four times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). As of July 2013, Teenage Dream has sold 6 million copies worldwide. The album and its singles earned Perry seven Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Record of the Year. It also won International Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2011.
The album was preceded by the number-one singles California Gurls and Teenage Dream, and later produced the number-one singles Firework, E.T., and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.). Its sixth The One That Got Away peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Teenage Dream is the second album in history to produce five number-one singles (after Michael Jackson’s 1987 album Bad), the first by a woman to achieve this milestone and the third album in history to produce eight top five hits. All six of the aforementioned singles, in addition to two from its 2012 reissue, have sold over two million digital downloads each in the US, setting a record in the digital era for the most multi-Platinum singles from one album, breaking the previous record of Fergie’s debut album The Dutchess (2006), which had five multi-Platinum songs, To promote the album, Perry embarked on the California Dreams Tour from 2011 and 2012.