California Gurls Katy Perry
Song Title: California Gurls
Artist: Katy Perry
Date of release: May 7, 2010
Description: ” California Gurls ” is by Katy Perry, the American singer. The song is taken from her third Album ” Teenage Dream “. Written by Katie, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Benjamin Levin, Bonnie McKee, Calvin Broadus and Snoop Dogg, who wrote the verse he raps himself.
The song was produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin with additional production by Benny Blanco.
” California Gurls ” is a mid tempo, disco pop song with a slight of electropop. The lyrics are a sort of tribute to the state of California, the state where Katie had grown up.
Originally the song was to be called ” California Girls “, the title was changed to ” California Gurls ” when Big Star member Alex Chilton died, a sort of tribute with a nod to their song ” September Gurls ” a minor hit in 1974.
Another reason and one probably helped the decision with the name change was when the publishing company for the Beach boys threatened legal action for using ” California Girls ” as the title, they considered it to be one of the classic lines in their popular song.
The record label Capitol Records released the single earlier than planned after the song was leaked online, they posted it onto Katy’s website and moved the radio play date and also released the artwork featuring Katy laying on a sandy beach clad in a bikini of jewels.
” California Gurls ” was to be a commercial success, in the first week the song sold 294,000 digital downloads and entered the US Billboard Digital Songs chart at number 1.
With an entry at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Katy enjoyed her highest debut single at that time. It later reached number 1 which gave Katy her second chart topper and rapper Snoop Dogg’s 3rd number 1.
Download sales of over 2 Million of ” California Gurls ” was to be the second fastest to do so in the history of the format, second only to Flo Rida’s ” Right Round “.
Success followed the US with a number 1 in Canada and top 20 placements in Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), New Zealand and Norway.
Australia saw the song enter the charts at number 3 and climb to number 1, in New Zealand the song entered the charts at number 1.
In the United Kingdom, ” California Gurls ” entered the charts at number 1, this was to become Katy’s second number 1 in the UK. With strong sales in the UK since 2013 with some 780,787 copies sold, the song is Katy’s 3rd best-selling single here.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 6, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 3, Brazil (Billboard) Hot 100 Airplay 12, Brazil (Billboard) Hot Pop Songs 1, Bulgaria (IFPI) 4, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 8, Denmark (Tracklisten) 5, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 2, France (SNEP) 5, Germany (Official German Charts) 3, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Israel (Media Forest) 2, Italy (FIMI) 3, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 10, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 5, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 1, Polish Dance Chart 8, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 2, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 17, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 8, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/KatyPerry