“I Kissed a Girl” is a song by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry for her second studio album One of the Boys (2008). It was released on April 28, 2008, by Capitol Records as the lead single from the record. The song was written and produced by Dr. Luke, with additional songwriting provided by Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cathy Dennis. “I Kissed a Girl” is an electro rock song with elements of new wave, with lyrics that are described by Perry as being “about the magical beauty of a woman”.
Upon its release, “I Kissed a Girl” received generally mixed reviews from music critics, praising its sound and structure while highly criticizing its lyrical content. The song drew controversy for its irreverent lyrics and was notably criticized by numerous critics and singers. The song experienced commercial success domestically as well as internationally. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the 1,000th number-one song of the rock era. The single has sold over 4,444,000 digital copies in the US alone. “I Kissed a Girl” is one of six songs by Perry to sell over 4 million digital copies in the US, the others being “Hot n Cold”, “California Gurls”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Teenage Dream”. It has reached the summit of the charts in nearly twenty countries, including Australia, Canada, Lebanon, Ireland, and the United Kingdom while peaking within the top five in other European countries such as Belgium, Finland, and France. The song is one of the best selling singles worldwide.
The accompanying music video for the song was released on May 16, 2008. The video, directed by Kinga Burza, features Perry in a setting inspired by burlesque and Moulin Rouge styles. It features appearances from Perry’s friends actress Shannon Woodward and then-unknown American electropop singer Kesha. The song is recognized as the 10th best selling single in the 21st century. “I Kissed a Girl” was performed and a nominee at the 51st Grammy Awards (Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance). It was also nominated for Favorite Song at the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards.
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