Teenage Dream
Album lyrics Katy Perry

Release date: August 2010

Teenage Dream is the second mainstream and third studio album overall, by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry. It was released in the United States on August 24, 2010.


Prior to starting recording the album, Perry told Rolling Stone: "The second record is really important to me because I think it shows whether I'm meant to do this, or I got lucky. Basically what I want to do is not alienate the audience that I have at all. I think some people feel like they have had success with one thing and one idea and one record and they want to pull a 180 and try a totally different thing, I definitely feel like that's the wrong move. I feel like you just have to grow from it, you can branch off of it but keep the tree the same in some ways. Some people get full of themselves, and they think that anything they do is going to work or turn to gold or be the right move, and the reason why you're here is because of the people that like your music and the fans, so you always should keep an ear open to what they're saying".

Perry said she would "definitely keep it pop. 'Lovefool' by the Cardigans meets 'Into the Groove' by Madonna but a little more meat on the bones lyrically. I'm not just gonna talk about the beat and just dancing, I like to get into the meaning."

Recording and production

Perry started recording the album on October 13, 2009, stating that she has "lots of layers to get through, thankfully Greg Wells is there to do the peeling". It has been announced that she is working with numerous artists and producers including Greg Wells, Guy Sigsworth, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Rivers Cuomo, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Greg Kurstin, Benny Blanco, Darkchild, Cathy Dennis, Ester Dean, The-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, who told Rap-Up magazine in December 2009 that the sound of the album will be pop/rock, the same sound as One of the Boys. He added: "It's a different gear for me. This is a very important project for me 'cause people are waiting to see what I'm gonna do".

As for the visual component, Perry likens it to "going from Shirley Temple, Betty Boop to more of a Betty Paige, pop art-sarcastic-fun-Lichtenstein picture: still bright, but the colors are more saturated, and it's more metallic fuchsia or purple than bubblegum pink."

On March 27, 2010, at 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, Perry told MTV News that the album is "coming out this summer. It's a summer record". She added that her previous teases about the album still fit. "It's what I said I wanted earlier," she told MTV. "We nailed it: It's roller-skating! It's '90s! It's Ace Of Base! It's Cyndi Lauper! It's like all these colors and more". She also said that there "might be some really cool guest appearances by some cool rappers from the West Coast. I mean, you'll just have to see, since I'm a California girl, you know. And then some best friends might be appearing. ... We'll see!. It's going to be fun. It's going to be one of those records that is everybody's favorite guilty pleasure". Perry has also stated that the album is inspired by ABBA and The Cardigans. According to Perry, she gave her producer Dr. Luke a mixtape of songs by the two groups in order to demonstrate how she wanted her next record to sound. Perry described the album as "more groove-driven". She added, "When I went on tour, as much as I love all the in-between songs, I felt I was missing some of the stuff that made people bounce up and down."

During a Rolling Stone photo shoot in April 2010, Perry revealed details about a song on the album, called "California Gurls", allegedly a response to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind", she stated: "It's so great that 'Empire State of Mind' is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about LA? What about California? It's been a minute since we had a California song and especially from a girl's perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and some of the '90s, almost house music references". The song features California rapper Snoop Dogg. USA Today gave the song a positive review: "Potential single California Gurls, with Snoop Dogg, is an effervescent toast to summer fun". Perry also spoke about working with producers Max Martin and Dr Luke: "Working with Max Martin and Dr Luke was a wonderful collaborative effort, I worked with them on the first record 'One of the Boys', and of course I wanted to come back and work with them even more on this record, so instead of it being two songs we have six or seven on this record now".

On April 30, 2010 Perry stated that it's the last day of recording the album and thanked Greg Wells, one of the producers. On May 5, 2010, Perry shot the album cover. On July 21, 2010, the official album cover was premiered via a live webstream with Will Cotton, at the Will Cotton's Art Studio. On July 23, 2010, the album's official track listing was posted on Perry's official website.


Prior to the release of the album, three promotional singles were released exclusively on Apple's iTunes Store as a countdown to Teenage Dream. "Not Like the Movies" was released on August 3, 2010, and made a debut of 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 before falling from the Hot 100 the following week. "Circle the Drain" was released on August 10, 2010, as the second promotional single and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at 58. "E.T." the final promotional single was released the following week on August 17, 2010 and charted at 42 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album's first single, "California Gurls", was released on May 7, 2010 and features the Californian rapper, Snoop Dogg. The song topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US, with sales of more than four million digital downloads. The album's second single and title track, "Teenage Dream", was released on July 23, 2010, and went on to reach number one in Ireland, New Zealand and the US. The third single, "Firework", was released on October 26, 2010.

Chart performance

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 192,000 copies. The album sold 470,000 within 7 weeks of release in the US. In Canada, the album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart selling 26,000 copies. In Australia, the album also debuted at number one, as well as having been accredited with a Gold certification for sales of over 35,000 copies. In the UK Teenage Dream debuted at number one with sales of 54,176, doubling the sales of Eminem's Recovery.

Katy speaking about the album

"Some songs are pretty sweet, but when you hear the entire album, is quite appetizing. Not only wanted to make music for parties. The people living real lives, work, have relationships. There is a higher proportion and perspective on this album too." Circle the Drain 'is my' You Oughta Know 'by Alanis Morissette. I speak the word' fuck up 'about five times in music, but do not think it will shock people - you always say this when you need it."

When speaking of what the album mean to her Perry said: "I believe that when talent meets preparation and opportunity, you breathe success. I thank God for my talent and I thank my wonderful and entertaining my family by DNA. The preparation, I thank the brilliant people who helped me to grow musically and personally. We are a team of which we must be very proud. Finally ... the opportunity to meet with you. You are central to my existence, and I'll never forget it. We will do great things together - you wait, watch and listen. I hope this CD cause a spark in the fireworks of your dreams, no matter what your obstacles - her pure and true teen dream. From my cloud of cotton candy from California. Love my new and improved work."