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On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 26th October 2010 Firework was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 26th October 2010 Firework was released

Firework is from Katy’s third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). Katy co-wrote the song with Ester Dean and its producers StarGate and Sandy Vee. It is a dance-pop self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics, and Katy felt it was an important song for her on Teenage Dream. Capitol Records released it as the album’s third single on October 26, 2010.

The song was commercially successful, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on 20 charts around the world. It has sold 7.2 million copies in the United States, and over 1 million in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Firework was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the shipment of 10 million copies across the United States.[1]An accompanying music video, directed by Dave Meyers, was released a few days later. It portrays Katy singing and dancing around Budapest, with interspersed scenes of young people becoming confident in themselves. An open casting call for the music video drew an unprecedented 38,000 applicants. On MuchMusic’s top 50 videos of 2010, Firework reached the top position. The music video was said to be a more upbeat take on Christina Aguilera’s message in Beautiful. It was nominated for three awards at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, eventually winning one of those, the Video of the Year, the main and final award. Firework was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. In January 2012, Firework was elected the fifth most played single on US radio during 2011 by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, with 509,000 plays.


Music Video

Katy opens the video gazing down upon the city from a balcony. As she sings into the night, fireworks burst from her soul and soon inspire young people throughout the city to overcome their fears and insecurities, in the process igniting their own fireworks. A boy confronts his arguing and fighting parents, who are upsetting his little sister, and pushes them apart. A shy overweight girl, playing the role of wallflower at a pool party, finds the courage to shed her clothes and jump in the pool with her friends. A leukemia patient at a children’s hospital proves to herself that she can show herself out on the street and in public despite her loss of hair. A teenage boy approaches his male friend in a club and kisses him on the mouth. A struggling young performer walking home in a dark alley uses tricks from his magic act to win over a group of street toughs who were trying to rob him. Soon the youth of the city are converging upon the courtyard of Buda Castle, dancing and lighting up the night with their fireworks.


Performances

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 18th October 2013 Prism album was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 18th October 2013 Prism album was released

Prism is the fourth studio album by Katy Perry. It was released by Capitol Records on October 18, 2013. While the album was initially planned to be “darker” than her previous material, Prism ultimately became a prominently dance-inspired record. The singer worked with several past collaborators, while enlisting new producers and guest vocals. Much of Prism revolves around the themes of living in the present, relationships, and self-empowerment. Many critics praised the album’s lyrical content for being more “mature” and personal, while others considered Prism to be more formulaic than her previous material.

The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 286,000 copies sold, becoming Katy’s best opening week to date. The album also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Prism became Katy’s fastest-selling album, the second best-selling album in Australia in 2013, and the second best-selling album released by a woman in the United States in 2013. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) reported that Prism was the sixth best-selling album in the world in 2013, the best-selling album in the world in 2013 released by a woman, and labeled Katy “a global phenomenon.” It has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. The album’s success continued throughout 2014, ranking within the top 10 of the annual charts for 2014 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and earned Katy a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

The release of the album was preceded by the release of two singles. Roar was released in August 2013 as the album’s lead single and topped the Billboard Hot 100. Unconditionally debuted in October 2013 as the record’s second single. In between the release of these two tracks were the releases of promotional singles Dark Horse and Walking on Air in September 2013. Dark Horse was released as the album’s third single three months later in December 2013, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Birthday and This Is How We Do were the fourth and fifth singles, respectively. Prism was further promoted through the Prismatic World Tour.


Tracklist

  1. Roar
  2. Legendary Lovers
  3. Birthday
  4. Walking On Air
  5. Unconditionally
  6. Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)
  7. This Is How We Do
  8. International Smile
  9. Ghost
  10. Love Me
  11. This Moment
  12. Double Rainbow
  13. By The Grace Of God
  14. Spiritual
  15. It Takes Two
  16. Choose Your Battles

Music Videos

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th October 2019 Harleys in Hawaii was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th October 2019 Harleys in Hawaii was released

In October, 2019, Katy revealed the song’s cover art and announced it would be released two days later, with Fox News calling the image “retro”. She stated on the Zach Sang Show that the inspiration for the song was a trip to Hawaii with fiancé Orlando Bloom, saying: “I can remember specifically where I was, the street corner I was at in Oahu and turning that corner and whispering to Orlando, going ‘I’m going to write a song called ‘Harleys in Hawaii'”.

Katy shot a music video for the song in Hawaii in July 2019, and Puth commented in September 2019 that he was in the process of approving a mix of the song, as well as that he had “a lot of fun” creating the song with Perry. The video was produced by Catalan video producer Canada and directed by Pau Lopez, Gerardo del Hierro, and Tomas Pena under the name Manson and was released in October, 2019.

 

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th October 2013 Unconditionally single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 16th October 2013 Unconditionally single was released

Unconditionally was released as the second single from Katy’s fourth studio album Prism (2013) on October 16, 2013. Inspiration for the song came primarily from a humanitarian trip to Madagascar that Perry made in partnership with UNICEF. Having been surrounded by what she described as unconditional love.

Unconditionally is a power ballad styled in rock, backed against a bassline and percussion. Commercially, it peaked within the top ten in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Lebanon, and South Africa as well as the top twenty in Australia, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the United States.

The single release was promoted with an Instagram-based campaign, a lyric video directed by Aya Tanimura and live performances—one of the latter, at the American Music Awards of 2013, was the center of controversy due to accusations of cultural appropriation and racism. Brent Benacorso served as the director for the track’s music video, which adopts the theme of love and uses a series of metaphors to enrich its concept.


Music Video

It begins with Perry, sitting on the ground while mouthing the lyrics of the song and staring at the viewer. As she finishes the first verse, the camera shifts to a ballroom, in which elegantly-dressed dancers start to dance. The song’s chorus kicks in, and Perry is now found in the ballroom, in the middle of all the dancers. As the second verse begins, she has an owl on her arm, which she lets go and flies. The bird represents “something strong, free [and] powerful”, according to Bonacorso, who added: “She lets it go into the world[,] and that literally [means] letting this force within her go wild. That’s an important part of love[,] is that you have to let it go.” The video also shows Perry, with a golden dress and cross-shaped earrings, with flames on her body. By the second repetition of the chorus, a bed gets lit on fire, which the director included to refer to love that “can burn you like an inferno”. As the song reaches its climax, Perry gets hit by a car, with tiny broken debris from it shattering behind her, while she remains stationary and unharmed. This scene symbolizes the experience of true love, that changes “your world” and “hits you out of the blue”. This scene cuts back to the ballroom, where Perry is surrounded by a similar explosion of “colorful” flowers, which is used to contrast the more violent nature of falling in love and the softer part of it, the “joyful and wonderful” feelings.


Performances

 

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 4th October 2011 The One That Got Away was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 4th October 2011 The One That Got Away was released

The One That Got Away was the sixth and final single released from Katy’s album Teenage Dream.

The One That Got Away peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100, with Teenage Dream becoming the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s. The single reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, Adult Top 40, and Mainstream Top 40 charts.

The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Floria Sigismondi and premiered in November 2011, featuring actor Diego Luna. An official remix featuring rapper B.o.B was released to digital retailers in December 2011. An official acoustic rendition was released to digital retailers in January 2012, this version was included in Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection edition. The song has been covered by several artists, including Richard Marx, Jordan Pruitt, and Selena Gomez & the Scene.


Music Video

Released in November 2011, the video begins with an elderly woman (Perry) in a white long-sleeved dress walking through a modernistic home. She blandly walks past her husband (played by Herman Sinitzyn), hinting that the two are in a loveless marriage. While making herself a cup of coffee, the elderly woman, unhappy with her present situation, begins to think about her colorful past when the song begins: her younger self with her artist boyfriend (Luna). As the song plays, the happy girl and the boyfriend paint portraits of each other, dress up wildly, dance at a party, and give each other a makeshift tattoo.

As the elderly woman sadly reminisces while sitting on her (and the husband’s) fancy bedroom alone in a silk nightgown, her younger self and the boyfriend get into an argument which culminates in her splashing red paint on one of his elaborate paintings after he did the same to one of hers and he leaves angrily then drives away. The woman’s younger self appears to her older self’s bedroom with each on the bed as they both sing. The younger version is also shown in her older self’s closet, crying and singing while the boyfriend is seen driving in a Ford Mustang to blow off steam from the fight. At the same time in the present, the older woman is shown driving out of her garage in a similar type of car as the boyfriend is driving in the flashback.

The boyfriend opens the sun visor above him while driving and finds the veil of the dress the younger version of Perry had worn while partying. He stares at the veil, hinting that he decides to make up with her. But he does not notice the large boulders on the road from a small rock slide. He swerves to avoid the rocks and accidentally drives off a cliff, dying in the subsequent crash without getting a chance to make up, while the woman’s younger self also ‘dies’ at the same time (possibly representing the death of her colorful personality). The song ends abruptly as the sounds of the car violently rolling down the cliff are heard.

While Johnny Cash’s cover of You Are My Sunshine plays quietly in the background, the woman’s older self now sports a dark conservative long-sleeved dress and is revealed to have driven to that same spot where the boyfriend had died. She walks up to the edge of the cliff and leans against a fence when the boyfriend (either a ghost or a hallucination) appears before her on the other side of the fence. The two hold hands, revealing matching tattoos on their hands. When the older woman snaps back to reality, the Johnny Cash music stops suddenly and the boyfriend vanishes. Saddened, the elderly woman turns back and silently walks away from the cliff as the screen fades to black.


Performances

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 30th September 2013 Katy performed at iTunes Festival in London

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 30th September 2013 Katy performed at iTunes Festival in London

Setlist

Walking On Air

California Gurls

Teenage Dream

I Kissed A Girl

Dark Horse

Part Of Me

By The Grace Of God

Wide Awake

Firework

Roar