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On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory 24th August 2010… Teenage Dream album was released

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.



On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 23rd July 2010 Teenage Dream single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 23rd July 2010 Teenage Dream single was released

Teenage Dream is a song by American singer Katy Perry. It was released as the second single from her third studio album of the same name in July, 2010. Katy and Bonnie McKee wrote many songs with youthful themes in mind, but they were rejected by producers Benny Blanco and Dr. Luke. Blanco showed them The Teenagers’ single “Homecoming”, and McKee imagined Teenage Dream as a throwback song to the euphoric feelings of being in love as a teenager. They met with Max Martin in Katy’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California and started writing the track at Playback Recording Studio, which Katy later described as a pure moment for her. After Katy recorded her vocals, McKee presented her idea and the chorus was rewritten. Katy also described the song as reminiscent of her youth while contemplating her future marriage to Russell Brand.

Musically, Teenage Dream is a mid-tempo pop song with a retro sound. It is styled in the genres of power pop and electropop, while taking influence from other genres such as disco and pop rock. Katy starts the song in a high-pitched voice while her vocals grow stronger as the song progresses. Lyrically, Teenage Dream discusses being with a lover who makes one feel young again. The song has topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Katy’s third number-one single on that chart, and her second consecutive number-one single after California Gurls. Teenage Dream has been certified seven times platinum in the United States, as well as receiving platinum and multi-platinum certifications in other countries.

A music video for the song was filmed in various locations around Katy’s hometown in Santa Barbara, California and was directed by Yoann Lemoine (a.k.a. Woodkid). The video showcases Katy being in love with her high school lover. Katy has performed the song on Saturday Night Live, the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and other occasions. Teenage Dream was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, becoming Katy’s third nomination in the category. Rolling Stone listed the song as the fourth best song of 2010 while Billboard declared it the second best song of the 2010s. In 2018, NPR listed at as #63 on their list of the 200 Greatest Songs by Women of the 21st Century.

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory 6th June 2011… Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory 6th June 2011… Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) single was released

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is a song by Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream. The song was written and produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, who also co-wrote the song with Katy and Bonnie McKee. Katy stated that she was inspired to write the track after a night of wild partying and streaking. It was released as the album’s fifth single in June, 2011, by Capitol Records, with a remix featuring American rapper Missy Elliott released to US radio stations and digital retailers in August, 2011; this version was included in Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection edition. It is a dance-pop song with lyrics about drunken fun and debauchery. Some of the risque lyrics in the song are often censored in radio versions of the song.

The song had chart success worldwide, reaching number one in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and has attained top-ten positions in Austria, Ireland, Italy, and Poland. By topping the US Billboard Hot 100, Katy became the first female solo artist to have five number-one singles on the Hot 100 from a single album; it also was Katy’s sixth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her fifth consecutive number one single. The single had sold 3.7 million digital copies in the US and was the tenth most played single on US radio during 2011.

The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld. The clip features Katy, as her teenage alter-ego Kathy Beth Terry, at a house party filled with music and dancing. While at the party, Terry is made over by her friend and draws attention to herself as the life of the party. The video features appearances by notable music artists and actors, which includes Rebecca Black, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Kenny G, Hanson, and Kevin McHale and Darren Criss of Glee. According to the director, the inspiration behind the video was Sixteen Candles, works by American filmmaker John Hughes, and other 1980s high school films. The music video won Favorite Music Video award at the 38th People’s Choice Awards.

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 22nd May 2012 Wide Awake single was released

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 22nd May 2012 Wide Awake single was released

Wide Awake is a song by Katy Perry from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. She co-wrote the song with Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, and its producers Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It was specifically written for Katy’s autobiographical film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Capitol Records released the song onto radio stations on May 22, 2012. The track is a power ballad styled in dance-pop, and features lyrics about the reality of a break up and moving forward.

Wide Awake became another commercial success for Katy, topping the charts in Canada and New Zealand while reaching number two in Lebanon and the United States. In America, the song was kept off the top spot by Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. It also peaked within the top 10 in Australia, Hungary, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as well as the top 20 in Brazil, Italy, and Slovakia. The single’s music video was directed by Lance Drake, and featured a fairy tale-like story, starring Katy and a child version of her. The video also makes references from Katy’s Teenage Dream singles and the previous Complete Confection single Part of Me.

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.