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On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 19th May 2017 Swish Swish was released

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.


On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 7th May 2010 California Gurls was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 7th May 2010 California Gurls was released

California Gurls was released as the lead single from Katy Perry’s third studio album, Teenage Dream. The song features verses from rapper Snoop Dogg and both artists co-wrote the song with Bonnie McKee and its co-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, with additional production from Benny Blanco. According to Katy, California Gurls is an answer song to Empire State of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Its midtempo production incorporates disco-pop and funk-pop with influences of new wave and electro pop. Its lyrics are an ode to the state of California, in which both Katy and Snoop Dogg were born and raised.

California Gurls got positive reviews from music critics, with the majority of them labelling it a “summer anthem”, as well as complimenting its production and chorus. Originally intended to be sent to mainstream and rhythmic airplay on May 25, 2010, the song debuted on May 7, 2010, after clips from the Teenage Dream album were leaked online. The song was a worldwide success, peaking at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, giving Katy her second US number-one single in and Snoop Dogg his third. The song also reached number-one in ten other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

A music video for the song was released in June, 2010, and features Katy and her dancers as pieces of a board game, set in the fictional “Candyfornia”. Katy has said that the inspiration behind the video was artist Will Cotton, who was also the artistic director of the video. It has been noted that the video is influenced by several other works, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the board game Candyland. In December, 2010, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. In 2012, Billboard ranked the song number one on a special The 30 Summer Songs of All Time listing.