For FLASHBACK FRIDAY, we are going to highlight a Magic 104 Artist that will be performed at the Grammys, Katy Perry.
This is where we play for you the MOST recent song of an artist and then have a “FLASHBACK” and play their very FIRST song.
So let’s get to it…First, we have Katy’s latest, “Chained to the Rhythm”.
It was released on February 10, 2017. It’s the lead single off her fourth studio album that has yet to given a name or release date.
- This bouncy, tropical disco song was written by Katy Perry with her frequent collaborator Max Martin, his fellow Swede Ali Payami and Australian singer-songwriter Sia. Sia also does uncredited vocals on the track.
- The sociopolitical lyrics are a rallying cry for society to stop living in a bubble and become more politically involved and less complacent. Perry suggests that most people are chained to insidious “rhythm” of conformity.
- The reggae-tinged song features a guest appearance on the bridge by Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley.
It was released on April 28th, 2008 and was off her second studio album, “One of the Boys”.
- In this song Perry dips her toes into the experimental sea when she kisses a girl after a night of clubbing (drinks are involved). She admits to liking it, but it isn’t anything meaningful, and besides, she has a boyfriend – just another crazy club night.
- This was not the first song where Perry had referred to matters of sexual orientation in her lyrics. In the Los Angeles singer-songwriter’s previous release “Ur So Gay” she disses an effeminate guy who isn’t interested in her.
- On Thursday June 26, 2008, Billboard announced that this song had officially become the 1,000th #1 US single of the Rock era, which began in 1955 when “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets reached #1 on what was then called the Best Sellers chart.
- Katy Perry’s boyfriend at the time, Travie McCoy, the frontman of Gym Class Heroes, told MTV News about the time he first heard this song. He recalled: “When she was recording her record she’d send me songs, and when we were making our record I’d send her songs. So she sent me a demo of ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ and we were on tour, and I was playing it during our changeover, just watching the kids react. So she came out to one of our shows, and the song came out and she flipped out, like, ‘What are you doing playing that?’ and I took her to the side of the stage so she could watch the crowd react. And now, well, she’s huge.”
- This won the award for Best Pop Song at the 35th People’s Choice Awards, held on January 7, 2009.
- A pre-famous Kesha appears in the song’s music video. The “TiK ToK” singer explained to We Are Pop Slags: “We were actually friends from before she was successful. We just knew each other from being out and about and we worked with some of the same people in Los Angeles.” Also in the video: Katy’s cat, Kitty Purry.
- The song was partially inspired by Scarlett Johansson. When the actress was informed of this during an interview with Allure, she responded: “That’s flattering, but my lips are kind of taken.”
She added, “I had no idea. I should get a cut!”
*All facts are according to Songfacts*
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