Given her recent well-publicised split from short-lived husband Russell Brand, it’s hard not to see Katy Perry’s latest track as a direct response to the spindly, quasi-Dickensian funnyman. Lines like: ‘You chewed me up and spit me out/Like I was poison in your mouth’ suggest that the couple’s parting hasn’t been quite as amicable as originally portrayed.
From its somewhat downbeat opening, the chorus sees the track morph into a slightly more triumphal shape. It’s an anthemic promise to resist the ‘bombs and blows’ with more than a hint of her previous omnipresent hit ‘Firework’ about it. It’s almost certainly going to be massive, so you might as well get used to it.
The track will be making an appearance on ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’, a deluxe reissue of Perry’s mega-selling 2011 album set for release at the end of March. The album already includes a grand total of six number one songs, a feat only previously managed by the now deposed King of Pop Michael Jackson with ‘Bad’.
Far from being a simple cash-in, Perry insists that the pimped out release represents a final lap of honour for her breakthrough record. “This is the complete story of Teenage Dream,” she said on her website. “It was an incredible honor to tie the King of Pop’s Billboard Hot 100 record, but I’m moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest. So this is the complete special edition of my album for my fans.”
Alongside the parade of familiar hits, the new version of ‘Teenage Dream’ contains three new tracks featuring guest spots from Kanye West and Missy Elliott.
Katy Perry could find herself entering the history books soon if her latest single ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ manages to grab the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Her last four singles from the massive selling ‘Teenage Dream’ have all gone to number one, and a fifth will see her equal Michael Jackson’s record of five consecutive number ones from the same album, in his case 1987′s ‘Bad’. Such an achievement will only emphasise the current trend for female artists raising the bar in terms of sales performances. What with Adele virtually monopolising the higher reaches of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic it’s definitely a case of sisters doing it for themselves. The video for ‘Last Friday Night’, which has already racked up a massive 35 million views on YouTube, sees Perry releasing her inner nerd at the party of the year. Introducing her uber-geek alter-ego, Kathy Beth Terry, Katy dons a comedy retainer and hams it up in the role of ugly duckling invading the world of the high school A-list. However, she can’t take all the credit for the success of the vid. An all star cast features Glee’s Kevin McHale and Darren Criss, Kenny G (playing sax on the roof), Rebecca Black, Debbie Gibson and even Hanson popping up as the in-house band. The ever-reliable production team of Max Martin and Dr. Luke deliver the goods music-wise, but the success of the song owes a huge debt to the video and Perry’s willingness to play the fool.
Fresh from marrying Russell Brand in the middle of an Indian tiger sanctuary, Katy Perry barely had time for a honeymoon before once again crashing the charts with her single ‘Firework’ the third to be released from her US and UK number one album ‘Teenage Dream’. Described by some in the media as the ‘comic sans’ of pop Perry has certainly lived up to her image as a fun loving and slightly risque figure who is only to happy to play up to the cameras. However on ‘Firework’ she forgoes the temptation to put out another good-time record and instead opts for a self-empowerment anthem, with both lyrics and video designed to convey an inspirational message. Produced by Norwegian hit factory Stargate, the track starts quietly with Perry’s voice doing most of the work and builds nicely with a string section ramping up the tension before bursting into the explosively motivational choruses.
It’d be no exaggeration to say things are going well for Katy Perry at the moment. Her last single, ‘California Gurls’, enjoyed huge airplay worldwide, hit the top spot of the singles chart in eight countries and topped the Shazam Tag Charts in both the UK and USA. A more impressive feat, however, has probably been the fact that she’s managed to make an honest man of feisty British comedian Russell Brand. Although the English comedian is just beginning to break America with films such as ‘Get Him To The Greek’, he is notorious in his home land for his womanizing, former life as a drug addict and general skill for saying precisely the wrong thing at the absolutely worst time – all character traits that he’s supposedly left behind following his engagement to Ms Perry.
Perry’s latest single follows ‘California Gurls’ lead of summery electro pop. Entitled ‘Teenage Dream’ the official video montage for the song sees Perry going about the place in her underwear and fraternizing with a chiseled, six pack endowed male-model type. Quite what Russell Brand will make of all this is anyone’s guess: all that’s clear is that ‘Teenage Dream’ is likely to be yet another smash hit for the saucy American songstress.