” 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 hint of electropop. The lyrics are a sort of tribute to the state of California, the state where Katie had grown up.
Initially, 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 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 in the United States and entered the Billboard Digital Songs Chart at Number One.
With entry at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, Katy enjoyed her highest debut single at that time. It later reached Number One which gave Katy her second chart-topper and rapper Snoop Dogg’s third Number One.
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 United States with a Number One in Canada and Top Twenty positions in Belgium ( Flanders and Wallonia ), New Zealand and Norway.
Australia saw the song enter the charts at number three and climb to top the chart there, in New Zealand, it joined at the top.
In the United Kingdom, ” California Gurls ” entered the UK Singles Chart at Number One, becoming Katy’s second Number One in the UK. With strong sales in the UK since 2013 with some 780,787 copies sold, the song is Katy’s third 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
Official Website: Katyperry.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/KatyPerry
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