” Dark Horse ” is by Katy Perry ( Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson ), the American singer, songwriter, and actress. The song was written by Katy Perry, Jordan Houston, Lukasz Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, Max Martin and Henry Walter.
Production for the single was by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut. Producer Dr. Luke ( Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald ) has worked with artists like Pink, Taio Cruz, B.o.B, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.
Max Martin ( Martin Karl Sandberg ) is a Swedish songwriter and record producer who has worked with Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift and more. Cirkut ( Henry Russell Walter ) has co-written and co-produced for artists including Jessie J, Britney Spears, Kesha, Rihanna and Shakira.
” Dark Horse ” features rapper Juicy J ( Jordan Michael Houston ) the American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. Juicy J is a founding member of Three 6 Mafia, the Southern hip-hop group.
The song was released on the 17th of December 2013 by record label Capitol Records (a division of Universal Music Group ) and taken as the third single from Katy’s fourth album, Prism.
” Dark Horse ” is a term that originally came from horse racing, it was a horse that was unknown so was difficult to place betting odds. The dictionary meaning is ” a person who keeps their interests and ideas secret, especially someone who has a surprising ability or skill. ”
The saying is thought to go back to Benjamin Disraeli, the twice British Prime minister. Although the saying and origins are evident, Katy and fellow writer Sarah Hudson took their inspiration from the film Craft, the 1996 American supernatural horror film directed by Andrew Fleming.
The accompanying music video was directed by Mathew Cullen, who had worked with Katy before on ” California Gurls “. Katy’s idea for the video was to combine both Ancient Egyptian culture with Memphis, Tennessee hip-hop ( a nod to Juicy J, who came from Memphis, Tennessee ). The setting for the video was Memphis in Egypt, today the ruins of the city can be found near the town of Mit Rahina, roughly 20 km (12 mi) south of Giza.
The video for ” Dark Horse ” became controversial when some Muslims objected to a scene in the video where a pendant showing the Arabic word for “Allah” disintegrates into sand by Katy’s character. The scene was removed after a petition on Change.org reached 65,000 signatures, soon after the offending scene was removed, it was closed on the site.
” Dark Horse ” was a commercial success for Katy and Juicy J. In the United States the song made its debut at number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to reach Number One. It spent three weeks on the chart there and gave Katy her ninth US Number One.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 28th of September 2013 and reached a peak of number four. The song spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and a total of forty-eight weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA Digital Track Chart) 5, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 3, Bulgaria (IFPI) 1, Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100) 27, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Croatia (Croatian Airplay Radio Chart) 6, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 2, Denmark (Tracklisten) 6, Finland, downloads (Suomen virallinen latauslista) 5, France (SNEP) 6, Germany (Official German Charts) 6, Greece Digital Songs (Billboard) 4, Hungary (Single Top 40) 8, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Israel (Media Forest) 4, Italy (FIMI) 5, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 91, Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20) 14, Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Mexico (Monitor Latino) 4, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 1, Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard) 10, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 3, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 16, South Africa (EMA) 5, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 9, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
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