Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pride Month: Katy Perry Song facts

DARK HORSE by KATY PERRY

This Dr. Luke produced ballad finds Katy with her sights set on a guy, and she won't take no for an answer. It was selected as a promotional single from Prism after the singer asked fans to choose between this song or the dance club heavy "Walking On Air."

The song features a verse from Juicy J. The Memphis rapper told RapFix Live host Sway Calloway about their collaboration: "Dr. Luke gave me a call and was like, 'Hey man, Katy Perry wants you to feature on one of her songs for her album' and I was like, 'Wow.' I couldn't believe," he said. "He sent me the track over, I did the verse and like a week later he called me again and he was like, 'She wants to meet you she wants you to come to the studio.'"

The recording process was something new for the rapper. "It was a little different. I did a lot of different versions to it. I recorded almost three verses because I wanted to make sure everything fit with the song and that she was satisfied," Juicy J said. "So it was a little challenging to make, but I've been doing this for a long time and I had fun doing it so it wasn't a problem."

Dr. Luke also served as executive producer on Juicy J's Stay Trippy album.

The term "Dark Horse" is used to describe a person whose abilities or possible course of action are unknown, or to a somebody who reveals unsuspected talent. The earliest-known use of the phrase was in novelist and future Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's 1831 novel The Young Duke: A Moral Tale Through Gay. He described a horse race where, "a dark horse, which had never been thought of... rushed past the grandstand in sweeping triumph."

Uses of the term "Dark Horse" in popular music include a 1974 single, album and tour by George Harrison named after the phrase. The former Beatle also named his record label Dark Horse Records. In addition, Canadian rockers Nickelback gave their 2008 album the moniker of Dark Horse and Alternative rock band Switchfoot titled the first single off their 2011 Vice Verses "Dark Horses."

This song was co-penned by Sarah Hudson, who is a singer-songwriter and a member of the pop group Ultraviolet Sound. She isn't related to Katy (whose real name is Katy Hudson), however Sarah is the first cousin of another famous person with the same name: the actress Kate Hudson.

Other writers listed on the track are Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Juicy J, and Cirkut.

Perry revealed at a special album release party with iHeartRadio that the song was inspired by the 1996 movie The Craft, which is, "about warning a guy that if you're going to fall in love with me, make sure you're sure because if not, it's gonna be your last." The singer added that it reminded her of the moment she heard the Teenage Dream single "E.T.."

The song finds Perry playing seductress and putting a potential lover under her spell. She described the lyrics to MTV News as "kind of witchy and dark, as if I was a witch warning this man not to fall in love with me, and if you do know I'm going to be your last." Perry went on to describe the tune as having a "witchy, spell-y kind of black magic-y idea."

Along with Juicy J, Perry performed this song at the Grammy awards in 2014. She went with a witchcraft/enchanted forest theme, staging an elaborate spectacle where she emerged from a giant crystal ball and sang to an anthropomorphic horse. Those who believe in Illuminati found lots of evidence of Perry's involvement with the group in her performance.

The song hit the top of the Hot 100 after Perry performed it on the Grammy Awards on the previous Sunday. "This #1 is the most unexpected one I've ever had," said the singer. "'Dark Horse' has been a dark horse of a song, since August when the KatyCats voted to release it early on iTunes, before PRISM even came out."

Perry enlisted Matthew Cullen to helm the video in which she plays a mystic queen in ancient Egypt. The pair previously worked together before, on her "California Gurls" clip. Juicy J also appears in the visual, emerging from a mummy's sarcophagus.

Members of the Muslim community criticized the video, citing the part around the 1:15 mark when Perry kills a a male subject, who is wearing a pendant that forms the word "Allah," the Arabic word for God. The jewelry is also destroyed.

Following a petition, which was signed by more than 65,000 people, the pendant was digitally removed from the scene.

Perry and the other songwriters were taken to court by Christian hip hoppers Flame, Lecrae and John Reilly for allegedly stealing the beat from their 2008 single "Joyful Noise" for this tune.

The lawsuit claimed that the songwriters stole the track and presented it as their own. It was also alleged that Perry ruined the faith-based message of the song by creating a blasphemous video containing uses of witchcraft, idols and black magic. "The devoutly religious message of 'Joyful Nose' has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in 'Dark Horse,'" read the suit. "Indeed, the music video of 'Dark Horse' generated widespread accusations of blasphemy and an online petition signed by more than 60,000 demanding removal of an offensive religious image from the video."

Flame took home a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for "Joyful Noise" while the LP it's from, Our World: Redeemed, won the Grammy for best rock or rap gospel album.

A YouTube video showing how this song stopped a baby crying went viral in August 2014 and renewed interest in the tune.

This won Best Single at the 2014 American Music Awards. Perry also claimed the gongs for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Solo Artist and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist at the same ceremony.

The song's video was the most popular music clip on YouTube in 2014, with 715 million views. It was also the most-streamed song of the year if YouTube views are factored in.

Sans Juicy J, Perry performed this song at the Super Bowl in 2015 when she was the halftime entertainment. For this part of the show, the stage was transformed into a giant chessboard, with Perry singing among an array of dancers in a postmodern, equine motif.

The pooch that has a star turn in the video is Jiff, a Pomeranian from Los Angeles, California. Jiff once held two Guinness World Records: for the fastest 10-meter run on hind legs (6.56 seconds) and the fastest five-meter run on front paws at (7.76 seconds).

UR SO GAY by KATY PERRY

This kiss-off to a former boyfriend was written and co-produced by Greg Wells (Mika, Natasha Bedingfield). He also performed similar duties for "Fingerprints" on the same album.

In an interview for her London Live! concert special, Perry said that this song was about the "emo, indie-rocker boys that borrow your makeup and wear your outfits." Said Perry, "I'm still making out with you, and it's kind of an interesting situation that you like me, but you in another life were probably not on my team."

Prefix Magazine asked Perry if she felt this song enforced a negative stereotype. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter replied: "Every time I play that song, everybody has come back laughing. I'm not the type of person who walks around calling everything gay. That song is about a specific guy that I used to date and specific issues that he had. The song is about my ex wearing guyliner and taking emo pictures of himself in the bathroom mirror. The listeners have to read the context of the song and decide for themselves."

This originally was the title track of an EP released in 2007. It got an unsolicited critical boost from Madonna, who referred to the tune as her current ipod favorite. Perry said "I'm still floored by that. It's like, you're Madonna - you don't have time to be listening to my songs!" The EP also featured a club remix of the song by DJ/producer Junior Sanchez (Madonna, Shakira).

Perry told the Santa Barbara Independent June 24, 2008 about the first time she heard this song on the radio: "I was on my way, running an errand in Hollywood, and I turn on my radio and I heard them play the Catch of the Day on (LA based station) KROQ. And it was a song from my EP [called] 'UR So Gay.' I literally almost ran into the center divider. I was like, 'Not only am I hearing my song for the first time, but I'm hearing my song on KROQ,' which is so cool. And I just heard that KJEE added the song, too, and I'm like, 'Yeah, hometown hero, let's go!'"

The video starred a crew of plastic Barbie and Ken knockoffs and clever, low-budget miniature props. On her MySpace page Perry blogged about the creation of the video: "My friend Walter and I were chatting about wanting to do a little video for it a few weeks ago and I said let's use BARBIES! (they're not official barbies, thank the law!) Walter and team spray painted, wall papered and even LEATHERED the miniature set… I hope you guys pick up on the funny little details… like totally awesome rocker dude. hee hee. We had fun making this."

Years after releasing this song, Perry became an activist for LGBTQ rights, and in 2017 she was given the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Said Perry: "There's no other community that has done more to shape who I am today, and there is no other community that I believe in more than you. You don't get to choose your family, but you can choose your tribe. Many of the people I work with, trust and admire belong to the LGBTQ community, and without them I'd be half of the person I am today. My life is rich in every capacity because of them. They are trusted allies that provide a safe space to fall and to make mistakes. These are the people I hold dear."

HOT N COLD by KATY PERRY

This tale of a neurotic ex-boyfriend was produced and co-written by Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson). The musician, songwriter and producer also performed the same duties on "I Kissed a Girl."


Perry says the song is about a real guy - an ex-boyfriend who she could never get a read on. Said Perry, "One day this person would send me a text and I would be so thrilled about it because I had been waiting for some kind of sign - a smoke signal. He would be all interested and then I would just lose him, or one day he would want to see me and then one day he wouldn't. I didn't know what was wrong with him, if he was bipolar, or if he was wearing a mood ring. I took the theme and the song kind of spilled out of me."

Perry recorded a version of this song in Simlish for the computer game The Sims: Apartment: Life.

This topped the charts in many countries including Germany, where it stayed at #1 for 8 weeks, Canada, Holland, Russia and Turkey. It was what the music media calls a "Halo Hit," meaning it was released by a new artist soon after an initial hit, in this case "I Kissed a Girl." Digital distribution makes it possible to follow up a hit song very quickly, which the audience is looking for more material from an artist.

This ascended to the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart in its 34th week, marking the longest climb to the top 10 by a female artist. The only song to take longer was "Drops of Jupiter" by Train, which reached the Adult Contemporary top 10 in its 49th week in June 2002.

Perry recorded a segment for Sesame Street where she sang a modified version of this song to a very fickle Elmo. PBS decided not to air it when they determined that the gold bustier top Perry wore was too revealing.

I KISSED A GIRL by KATY PERRY

In this song Perry dips her toes into the experimental sea when she kisses a girl after a night of clubbing (drinks are involved). She admits to liking it, but it isn't anything meaningful, and besides, she has a boyfriend - just another crazy club night. The Californian has drawn criticism from some quarters for targeting a young audience with a song about bisexual experimentation.

It was Perry's first single, but she had to convince her record company to release it, as they didn't even want it on the album at first. Perry explained in 2010, "I was really excited to put that out because it was such a fun song that could be both silly and mean something to someone. It was a subject matter that was on the tip of everyone's tongue at that moment, so it was kind of like a snapshot of things that were happening in 2008."

This was not the first song where Perry had referred to matters of sexual orientation in her lyrics. In the Los Angeles singer-songwriter's previous release "Ur So Gay" she disses an effeminate guy who isn't interested in her:

You need SPF-45 just to stay alive
Ur so gay and you don't even like boys

Interestingly, Perry's debut album, which was released in 2001 under the name of Katy Hudson, was a Christian music album released by a Christian record label. Both her parents are pastors and she grew up listening to gospel music - secular music was banned at home. Some commentators expressed surprise at this turnaround from a Christian singer-songwriter to a hard-drinking party girl who sings about gayness. See one church's reaction in Song Images.

In addition to Katy Perry, Dr. Luke ("Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Since U Been Gone," "Girlfriend"), Max Martin ("Oops... I Did It Again," "Baby One More Time," "I Want It That Way") and Cathy Dennis ("Can't Get You Out Of My Head," "Toxic," "About You Now") have songwriting credits on this song. Dr. Luke also produced the track.

On Thursday June 26, 2008, Billboard announced that this song had officially become the 1,000th #1 US single of the Rock era, which began in 1955 when "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets reached #1 on what was then called the Best Sellers chart.

Perry is signed to Capitol Records, which is also the home of Coldplay, who had the previous #1 with "Viva La Vida." This was the first time Capitol had two consecutive #1 hits since 1976 when "Silly Love Songs" followed "Boogie Fever" into the top slot.

In an interview with the Ventura County Star, Perry claimed this song is all about exploration and female bonding. She said: "There's just a magical beauty that women hold that can definitely slay men of all kinds. If Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman or Gisele B√ľndchen walked into the room, everybody would watch."

This song shares a name with a Jill Sobule song that was a hit in 1995. Perry told MTV News: "If my song directs traffic to Jill, that's awesome. She's deserving."

This was the first US #1 for co-songwriter Cathy Dennis. In 1991 she'd recorded three American Top 10 hits including "Touch Me (All Night Long)", which peaked at #2. Dennis also co-penned three other Top 10 entries, the previously most successful having been "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," which reached #7.

In July 2008 this became the first song since Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" to simultaneously appear on the Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, Adult Top 40 and Alternative charts.

Perry came up with the chorus for this song a year and a half before she recorded it. It went unfinished until a session with Dr. Luke where she decided to complete it.

Perry told the Observer Music Monthly that this song is about drunken curiosity, not as some have interpreted it, a call to change sexual orientation. She explained: "I'm talking about the way girls are really touchy-feely and sisterly. Especially when we're growing up. We're holding hands, we're having sleepovers, we're doing choreographed dance moves in our pajamas, we're painting each other's nails and practicing kissing on our arms - or maybe practicing kissing on one another. It wasn't something that we were doing for the sake of anybody else because we were scared of boys. I know I was scared of boys! My first kiss was with a boy, and he almost swallowed me alive. I wish I had kissed that girl I had the girl-crush on when I was growing up. I would have been much more prepared for my dating life, I think."

This topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in a row, equaling the record for a song released on Capitol Records in the rock era - The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (also on Capitol) reigned for seven weeks in 1964.

This was also the longest-running #1 by a female artist having her debut hit since Ciara's "Goodies" topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks in September-October 2004.

Kinga Burza, who directed the song's video, told MTV News that originally the promo was set in a hotel room but due to budget concerns and tight time constraints the location was switched. Instead it was filmed in a 1970s castle in the Hollywood Hills that has often been used as the setting "for pornos and horror films."

Burza explained in the same interview why rather than taking a literal approach to the song's lyrics, she used the video to show off Perry's charisma. She said: "I just really wanted to have Katy performing, whilst being surrounded by loads of really sexy girls. Of course, I didn't want to feature them too much, as the video was all about Katy, and for me, it was more about insinuating and being suggestive with sexy body shapes and silhouettes. It was not [about being] obvious or distasteful. The song's lyrics are enough. We don't want female teens all over the world pashing each other because they look up to Katy Perry!"

Katy Perry's boyfriend at the time, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, told MTV News about the time he first heard this song. He recalled: "When she was recording her record she'd send me songs, and when we were making our record I'd send her songs. So she sent me a demo of 'I Kissed a Girl,' and we were on tour, and I was playing it during our changeover, just watching the kids react. So she came out to one of our shows, and the song came out and she flipped out, like, 'What are you doing playing that?' and I took her to the side of the stage so she could watch the crowd react. And now, well, she's huge."

This won the award for Best Pop Song at the 35th People's Choice Awards, held on January 7, 2009. A few days later it won the Virgin Media Music award for Best Track.

Perry revealed to Q magazine March 2009 that the lyrics are about a real life girl. She explained: "The song was inspired by a friendship I had with a girl when I was 15, but I didn't kiss her. I was totally obsessed with her. She was beautiful-porcelain skin, perfect lips - and I still talk to her, but I've never told her the song is about her."

A pre-famous Kesha appears in the song's music video. The "TiK ToK" singer explained to We Are Pop Slags: "We were actually friends from before she was successful. We just knew each other from being out and about and we worked with some of the same people in Los Angeles."

Also in the video: Katy's cat, Kitty Purry.

Perry told Billboard magazine that the song almost didn't make it on the album. She said: "There was some concern at the top, but I just let them sit with the song and they came around. They liked it so much, it became the (first official) single."

Reflecting on this song in 2013, Perry told Entertainment Weekly: "I think it worked because it was a zeitgeist idea. Everyone was talking about bisexuality and experimenting. Than all of a sudden you have a soundtrack."

Perry performed this song with Lenny Kravitz at halftime of the 2015 Super Bowl (the one where the Patriots beat the Seahawks on a late interception). After Perry introduced Kravitz, he began singing the song, which takes on a different meaning when sung from a male perspective. Perry joined in, Kravitz played a guitar solo (although his instrument was unplugged), and then Katy moved on to the next section of her performance.

Anyone sticking around at halftime to see Kravitz was disappointed to see him relegated to a sideman role, without getting to play even one of his own songs (the "surprise guest" Missy Elliott played bits of three of her songs). Having him sing "I Kissed A Girl" seemed like a way to disguise the true meaning of the song for any viewers who might have been offended.

The song was partially inspired by Scarlett Johansson. When the actress was informed of this during an interview with Allure, she responded: "That's flattering, but my lips are kind of taken." (Johansson had just married actor Ryan Reynolds at the time).

She added, "I had no idea. I should get a cut!"

In 2017, Perry was honored by the Human Rights Campaign with the National Equality Award for supporting the LGBTQ community. In her acceptance speech, she said, "I'm just a singer-songwriter, honestly. I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-sized pop songs. For instance, 'I kissed a girl and I liked it.' Truth be told, I did more than that. How was I going to reconcile that with a gospel singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps? What I did know was I was curious, and even then I knew sexuality wasn't as black and white as this dress. And honestly, I haven't always gotten it right, but in 2008 when that song came out I knew that I started a conversation and a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along, too."

Speaking on 103.5 KTU's Cubby and Carolina in the Morning in a 2017 interview, Miley Cyrus claimed she was the subject of the song.

"Katy Perry, she's been a friend of mine for a really long time. We were actually just realizing the other day that next year, we'll have been friends for 10 years. I think that's my friend that I've known the longest, which is really, really weird," Cyrus said. "When she came out with 'I Kissed a Girl,' I was doing the Hannah Montana movie, and I heard her on the radio, they said, 'Who'd you write that about?' And she said me."

CALIFORNIA GURLS by KATY PERRY

This beach-friendly pop tune is the first single from Katy Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream. Perry co-wrote the song with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin, the same team who produced her first hit "I Kissed a Girl." The other credited writers are American pop-rock singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee, who had some success with her debut album in 2004, and the rapper Snoop Dogg, who wrote his verse.


Perry says it's a fun song that is perfect for the summertime. "My serotonin level changes, my personality changes," said the singer. "'California Girls' talks about all those iconic things that you've seen on postcards and on TV. And I wanted to do a homage to the Beach Boys."

Musically, this song bears a strong resemblance to Kesha's "TiK ToK," which is an earlier Dr. Luke production.

According to Perry, this ode to fun in the sun is a answer song to Jay-Z's tribute to New York, "Empire State of Mind." Perry said in a statement that she was inspired to write the song as she watched her friends go crazy at a party listening to the rap icon's salute to his home city: "Everybody was holding their drinks in the air and dancing, and I thought, 'We're not in New York, we're in Los Angeles! What about California? What about all the homies, the gin and juice, the swaying palm trees, the sun-kissed skin 24-7,' I decided that we needed to make a response. I want people to want to book a ticket to California the first time they hear it!"

Perry told Rolling Stone: "It's been a minute since we had a California song and especially from a girl's perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and some of the '90s, almost house music references."

The song features an assist from Snoop Dogg, who joins in on the guitar-laced hook. "We thought it would sound so cool and give the song another dimension," she explained. "Snoop is as West Coast as it gets."

The unconventional spelling of the song title is a reference to Big Star's "September Gurls." Perry explained to Entertainment Weekly that this is because her manager is a longtime fan of the power pop pioneers, who were fronted by the late Alex Chilton.

Said Perry: "My manager, Bradford, he's from Mississippi, and he's a huge Big Star fan. And with the death of one of their members, I had just written that song, and he's like, 'Katy, just for me, will you please title it 'California Gurls,' with a 'u'? People won't even know!' I don't know the whole catalog of Big Star, but I did it because Bradford is one of my best friends, and I thought it was cool, and you know, the kids like those variations."

The album title is similar to Baltimore, Maryland-based duo Beach House's 2010 album, Teen Dream (more info on their record in the "Take Care" Songfacts). Vocalist Victoria LeGrand tweeted to her fans, "Can't believe this... and not in a good way, guess we have to write a song called 'i kiss a girl' (sic)."

The duo also posted on the Wikipedia page dedicated to Teenage Dream, "Mrs. Perry's album title may or may not be ripping off the brilliant indie duo Beach House and their critically acclaimed record 'Teen Dream'. It will be a challenge for her to achieve the same aural masterpiece." Their comments have since been deleted.

The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its fourth week on the chart, making it the fastest-rising single released by an artist signed to Capitol Records in 43 years. It tied a mark set in 1967 by Capitol artist Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," which also made it to #1 in four weeks.

The song was Perry's second chart-topper after "I Kissed a Girl."
For Snoop Dogg this was his third #1 hit, following his own "Drop It Like It's Hot," and his guest spot on Akon's "I Wanna Love You," in 2006.

The song's music video was directed by Mathew Cullen, the founder of Los Angeles-based production company Motion Theory. It is a candy-coated sweet affair featuring a whole lot of confectioneries but not so much of California. Perry explained to MTV news the plan was to re-imagine the Golden State as "Candyfornia" with her as the queen trying to save her California Gurls from Snoop Dogg's evil Sugar Daddy. "We named it 'Candyfornia' instead of 'California,' so it's a different world," she said. "It's not just like, 'Oh, let's go to the beach and throw a party and then shoot a music video!' It's more like, 'Let's put us California Gurls in a whole different world!'"

She added: "I like the idea of this being like a board game. It's kind of like Candy Land. That was probably one of my favorite games to play growing up. I like to bring back those pure childhood moments and give them a little bit of a naughty twist, of course!"

The popsicle that meets a sad end was Perry's idea. "I was talking to the director when Snoop was doing his verse, [and] I was like, 'I really want there to be a melting-popsicle guy,' "she revealed. "I just love stuff like that. I think I belong in Japan, in some alternate universe. I think this music video is a little bit my love for all things cute, confectionary and Japanese [and] childhood."

Cullen told MTV News why he didn't want to include anything summery in his treatment for the video: "The lyrics were so literal that when I pitched it, I said, 'Look, I want to so something that's a metaphor for what the song's about,' and I guess it was something different from what the other directors were pitching her," the director said. "It was a concept that really stood out for her. Because I think, automatically, since the song has become this summer anthem, it really invokes strong visuals. And I just wanted to do something a little different."

He added: "What really stood out for me is the idea of California as this sugary sweet paradise, so Candyfornia is this place where desire can always be fulfilled, but where pleasure can turn dark. The kind of place where Gummi Bears aren't your friends," laughed Cullen. "I also tried to inject some California iconography into the landscape: the Hollywood Hills made of ice cream, Sunset Boulevard as Sundae Boulevard, the Capitol Records building as pancakes and the Walk of Fame as a gingerbread path."

Cullen explained that the chest-mounted frosting cannons Perry sports at the end of the video were the singer's idea. "[The cannons] were actually Katy's idea. She wanted to have fun with it, and so we did it," he said. "We got it in two takes. I was surprised. We shot it at the end of the first day, and it had everybody rolling on the floor. She was so great to work with. A total pro, and really into it."

Whilst this was Perry's second UK chart-topper, for Snoop Dog this was his debut UK #1 single, sixteen and a half years after making his singles debut with "What's My Name" in 1993.

Perry used Wikipedia to swot up on the rap world ahead of making a decision which rapper she wanted to collaborate with on this song. She chose Snoop Dogg after reading his entry on the Wikipedia encyclopedia website. The Kissed a Girl singer told Canadian radio station Kiss: "I was Wikipedia-ing all the original West Coast people and I was thinking to myself, who is still relevant, who is like the best, cherry on top for this, and it was obvious that it was Snoop.

He did 'Drop It Like It's Hot ' a couple years ago, he did 'Sexual Seduction ' - he's still Mr. Gin and Juice, I mean he doesn't age. He's the Doggfather."

An alternative version was sent to American AOR radio stations with Snopp Dogg's rap contribution edited out.

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, who along with Mike Love wrote the original "California Girls," admitted to the Los Angeles Times that he is a fan of Perry's updated homage. "I love her vocal. She sounds very clear and energetic," he said. "The melody is infectious, and I'm flattered that Snoop Dogg used our lyric on the tag. I wish them well with this cut."

Perry told Q magazine how she persuaded Snoop Dogg to contribute to this tune: "I put a lot of what I call 'Snoop Bait' in the song. 'Gin and Juice' was awesome and I mentioned it in a tribute. Then I just approached him through my record company, EMI. Which is the same as his and he said yes. He's proper West Coast rap royalty. When you meet him it's not an act. He really is that cool for real. That man walks around talking in rhymes even when the recording has finished."

The song was ranked #1 on Billboard's Songs of the Summer 2010 survey. The chart summarized the most popular songs based on actual performance on the Billboard Hot 100 from the chart dated June 12, 2010, to the one dated September 18. This was Perry's second Songs of the Summer chart champion song, following, "I Kissed a Girl," in 2008. Only one other artist has achieved two top placements as a lead act since 1985. Mariah Carey topped the summer's poll in 1990 with "Vision of Love," and in 2005 with "We Belong Together."

This won Best Video at the 2010 MTV European Music Awards.

Perry told The Sun how she and her band members became intoxicated by fumes from the weed that Snoop was smoking when they were in the studio together. "It was really cool. He came by the studio, played the song and rolled a 'J'," she recalled. "Everybody was contact high. But he was super-cool and he's been around forever."

Perry performed this song when she was the featured entertainment at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. She was joined for this section by several backup dancers in colorful swimwear, as well as dancing palm trees, beach balls, sharks and surfboards.

This toast to summer fun was originally scheduled to hit be sent to radio on May 25, 2010. However, after clips from Teenage Dream were leaked online, her label moved up the radio impact date to May 7, 2010 and also began to stream it on her website.

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