“Hot n Cold” is a song by American singer Katy Perry. The song was written and composed by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Perry for her second studio and major mainstream debut album, One of the Boys. The track was released as the album’s second single on September 9, 2008. The lyrics address an unstable romantic relationship, told from the singer’s point of view. The chorus uses several antonyms to describe her partner’s bipolar mood swings, with the verses describing how they affect the couple’s life together.
The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Perry’s second consecutive top three single, after her previous worldwide hit “I Kissed a Girl”. It also become Perry’s second top five single in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and topped the charts in 15 countries, including Finland, Germany, Canada, Norway, Spain and Denmark. To date, “Hot n Cold” has sold over six million digital downloads worldwide, making it one of the best selling singles worldwide and the second highest selling single from One of the Boys, behind “I Kissed a Girl”. The song received mixed to positive reviews from music critics.
In order to promote “Hot n Cold”, Perry performed it at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, which she also hosted. The song’s music video, which was directed by Alan Ferguson, was released on October 1, 2008 and features Perry as a bride who is about to get married to her fiancé, and, in his hallucination, pursues him after he flees from the church. “Hot n Cold” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards, but lost to Beyoncé’s “Halo”. Perry has performed the song on both of her world concert tours: the Hello Katy Tour and the California Dreams Tour.
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