Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on 25 October 1984) is a singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, California, United States. Since the release of her 2007 debut single “Ur So Gay”, Perry has released two albums – 2008’s “One of the Boys” and 2010’s “Teenage Dream” – and has had six Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit singles.
Under the name Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001, which was unsuccessful. She later recorded an album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a solo album from 2004–05, the later of which was never released. After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first Internet single “Ur So Gay” that November, which garnered public attention but failed to chart. She rose to fame with the release of her second single “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008, which went on to top international charts. Perry’s first mainstream studio album One of the Boys followed later that year and subsequently became the 33rd-best selling album worldwide of 2008. It was accredited platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, while “I Kissed a Girl” and her second single “Hot n Cold” both received multi-platinum certifications.
Her second studio album Teenage Dream was released in August 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album includes five Billboard chart-toppers “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, and “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, making Teenage Dream only the second album – after Michael Jackson’s Bad – to have five songs reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“California Gurls” is a song by American recording artist and songwriter Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). Production was handled by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Benny Blanco, all of whom contributed to the writing of the song along with Perry and Bonnie McKee. American hip hop artist Snoop Dogg also has a writing credit, and is featured as a guest vocalist on the song. According to Perry, the song is an answer song to “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. “California Gurls” is a midtempo funk-pop and disco song, while its lyrics are an ode to the west coast, the state in which Perry was born and raised in.
“California Gurls” garnered positive reviews from music critics, with the majority of them labeling it a “summer anthem”, as well as complimenting its production and chorus. Originally intended to be sent to mainstream and rhythmic airplay on May 25, 2010, the song was rush released to radio on May 7, 2010, after clips from Perry’s new album were leaked online. It was subsequently released to iTunes on May 11, 2010. The song was a worldwide success, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, giving Perry her second US number-one single and Snoop Dogg his third. The song reached number one in over 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.