On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 7th April 2009, Katy Perry Waking Up In Vegas was released
Waking Up in Vegas is a song by Katy Perry, taken as the fourth and final single from her second studio album, One of the Boys(2008). Katy wrote the song with Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson, and co-produced it with Greg Wells, who is also credited for playing all the instruments on the song. Waking Up in Vegas is a pop rock track about an underage couple getting drunk and blowing their money in Las Vegas, paying homage to the phrase What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The song reached the top 10 in over eight countries, including the United States, where it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Katy’s third top ten single. It also peaked in the top 10 in other countries including Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Slovakia and others. The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and it features Katy and actor Joel David Moore in Vegas partying and gambling. Katy performed the track during her Hello Katy Tour and California Dreams Tour.
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.