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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 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.