Perry -- whose last effort yielded four big radio tracks including "I Kissed a Girl" and "Waking Up in Vegas" -- worked with hitmaker Dr. Luke on "Teenage Dream." In a statement, the first statement "California Gurls" was a response to another love song to the coast -- to be more specific, to New York. Perry helped pen "Gurls" as a response to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind."
“Everybody was holding their drinks in the air and dancing, and I thought, ‘We’re not in New York, we’re in Los Angeles! What about California? What about all the homies, the gin and juice, the swaying palm trees, the sun-kissed skin 24-7,’” Perry recalls. “I want people to want to book a ticket to California the first time they hear it!” Snoop Dogg only seemed to be a natural collaboration thereafter.
According to her record label, Perry sold five million copies of her 2008 "One of the Boys" worldwide.
While the "Teenage Dream" title implies a hopeful tone, one group of people probably aren't feeling the love. Beach House released their very excellent album "Teen Dream" earlier this year.
Fun fact: "Teenage Dream" is also a T. Rex song.
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