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On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 21st February 2009, Katy Perry performed at the Echo Music Awards

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 21st February 2009, Katy Perry performed at the Echo Music Awards

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th February 2011, E.T. single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th February 2011, E.T. single was released

E.T. is a song by Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). She co-wrote the song with its producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Ammo. E.T. was serviced to radio stations as the album’s fourth single in February, 2011. One version of the song features verses from American rapper Kanye West. Musically, it is an electronic and hip hop ballad which draws heavily from dubstep and techno, along with smaller amounts of drum and bass. According to Katy, the song lyrically speaks of “falling in love with a foreigner”.

The song became Katy’s fifth non-consecutive number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and also topped charts in Canada, New Zealand and Poland. To date, E.T. has sold over six million digital downloads worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide and Katy’s third highest selling song in the U.S. It was the fourth biggest song of 2011, according to Billboard.

To promote the song, Katy and Kanye West performed on the tenth season of American Idol, the 54th Grammy Awards, and at Madison Square Garden for Z100’s Jingle Ball. Floria Sigismondi directed the song’s music video, which depicts Katy as an evolving alien drifting in outer space before landing on an abandoned litter-covered Earth, interspersed with clips of large felines hunting game. The video garnered positive reviews from music critics.


On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 13th February 2012 Part Of Me single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 13th February 2012 Part Of Me single was released

Part of Me was released as the lead single from Teenage Dream:The Complete Confection. It was written by Katy, and Bonnie McKee, with production and additional writing by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut. The song was not included on the original edition of Teenage Dream because Katy felt that it did not fit the composition of the album. A demo of the song leaked online in late 2010, amid speculation that the lyrics were directed to the singer’s ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy. Part of Me was re-worked and officially released in February 2012, through Capitol Records with artwork by art director Gavin Taylor and photography by Mary Ellen Matthews.

A dance-pop and power pop song with a distinctive house beat, it has been compared to Katy’s 2010 singles Firework and California Gurls. Its lyrics describe a female protagonist who declares herself as unbreakable and strong following a break-up. Many critics theorized that the lyrics addressed Katy’s divorce from Russell Brand, although Katy stated it was not about him since it was written in early 2010.

Part of Me was a commercial success. It was the twentieth song to debut at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, Katy’s seventh number-one single on the chart, and her ninth consecutive number-one single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The single debuted at number-one in Canada and the United Kingdom and has been certified Platinum in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Marketing campaigns for Adidas and The Sims 3: Showtime have featured it.

An accompanying music video was filmed at the United States Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. The video depicts Katy enlisting in the Marines following a heartbreak. It garnered generally positive reviews for Katy’s Girl power message but drew criticism from feminist author Naomi Wolf, who denounced it as military propaganda. Katy debuted the first televised performance of song on at the 54th Grammy Awards and has also performed the song at the ECHO Awards, the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards, and American Idol.


On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 10th February 2017, Chained to the Rhythm single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 10th February 2017, Chained to the Rhythm single was released

Chained to the Rhythm served as the lead single from Katy’s fifth studio album, Witness. It features vocals from Jamaican singer Skip Marley. The artists co-wrote the track with its producers Max Martin and Ali Payami, with additional writing from Sia. Capitol Records released the track as a digital download. Chained to the Rhythm is a dancehall and disco song, with lyrics about societal awareness.

The track reached number one in Hungary and Latvia as well as the top 5 in Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States and the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Mathew Cullen directed the song’s music video. It features Katy in an amusement park called “Oblivia”. It was nominated for three awards at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Katy and Skip Marley promoted the song with live performances at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the 2017 Brit Awards, and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.