Katy Perry

January 24th, 2009 by We Are Listening

Katy PerryKaty Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 2008 and has sold 3.1 million downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Her subsequent single, “Hot N Cold,” reached number three on the Hot 100 charts and sold 2.9 million downloads.  Although her album sales did not match her singles sales, she enjoyed over 800,000 copies sold since June – and this brings her to A-list revenue figures, even if sales cap off before the million mark.

Perry’s ‘big break’ was when “Ur So Gay”, produced by and co-written with Greg Wells (OneRepublic, Mika), caught the attention of Madonna who mentioned it as her “favorite song right now” on KISS FM and KRQ’s JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona.  This, it seems, was enough to capture audience attention and catapult “I Kissed A Girl” as an international hit in the summer of 2008.

When I first heard it, I thought it was brilliant!  The combination of edgy production values and a memorable and somewhat controversial hook and chorus theme captured my attention immediately.  In terms of songwriting – like it or not – it is a masterfully written song.  “Hot N Cold”, her second installment along the same vein, did not do so much for me, perhaps because I felt that I had enough of Perry after the constant rotation of “I Kissed A Girl” but, her follow-up, “Thinking of You”, which just hit the radio, is a watered-down Katy Perry sound and crafted just as superbly as the others.  Notice that she’s not wearing any fruit but her 1930′s undergarments are, as you would expect, omnipresent in this clip.

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