Thinking of You (Katy Perry song)
|"Thinking of You"|
|Single by Katy Perry|
|from the album One of the Boys|
|Released||January 12, 2009|
|Recorded||2007–08; Deathstar Studios, Butch's Old House (Los Feliz)|
|Katy Perry singles chronology|
"Thinking of You" is a song by American singer and songwriter Katy Perry, taken from her second studio album, One of the Boys (2008). The song was released on January 12, 2009, and served as the third single from the album. The song was written by Perry and produced by Butch Walker, and is a pop rock and soft rock power ballad. Lyrically, the song deals with a break-up in which Perry does not want to move on but has no choice, and feels nostalgic of a previous lover while in a relationship with another man. It is one of the three songs on the album that Perry wrote solely herself.
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics; however, it is Perry's lowest charting single to date worldwide. The song peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her only single to fail to reach the Top 20, and her first of two singles to date that did not break into the Top 10 (the other being "Unconditionally" (2013) (No. 14)), and peaked at number 27 in the United Kingdom. There were two music videos released for the song. The first was released in 2007 and featured Perry in two different rooms, black and white, and was directed by a friend of hers. The second was the commercial release in 2008 which was set in the 1940s and featured Perry playing a woman who lost her lover, a soldier (played by Matt Dallas), in battle during World War II. Perry began playing the song during gigs as early as 2006, and performed the song on both of her concert tours: the Hello Katy Tour and the California Dreams Tour.
Background and promotion
"Thinking of You" was written by Perry and produced by Butch Walker. Amateur video of Perry performing an entirely acoustic version at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles as early as 2006 is available on YouTube. The song is a pop ballad song and features acoustic instruments. The single was released on January 12, 2009, in the US, and in Australia seven days later. The CD single was released in Australia and Europe on March 9, 2009. The digital download was released soon after.
Perry performed the song on MuchMusic HQ's MuchOnDemand on December 15, 2008. The song was included in the international soundtrack to India, a Love Story, a Brazilian telenovela. She also performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Early Show, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Outside of the US, Perry performed it on This Morning in the UK, and at the 2009 ECHO Awards in Germany. Perry performed the song as part of a Live Lounge special presented by Fearne Cotton for BBC Radio 1's on March 19, 2012 along with "Part of Me", "The One That Got Away", "Firework" and a cover of "Niggas in Paris". Perry performed "Thinking of You" as part of her setlist on both of her world tours, the Hello Katy Tour and the California Dreams Tour. On the latter, she performed the song with a glittery guitar on a floating cotton candy cloud above the audience.
"Thinking of You" is a ballad styled in the genres of pop rock and soft rock with country music influences. According to digital sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony-ATV Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of E major and the tempo moves at 76 beats per minute. Perry's vocal range in the song spans from the low note of G♯3 to the higher note of C5. According to Perry, the lyrics of the song are about a break-up after which she doesn't want to move on but has no choice, and is thinking about her ex-boyfriend while she is with her current lover. Perry describes her former lover as "perfection" and feels disgusted with herself when she kisses her current boyfriend, calling him second best in comparison.
"Thinking of You" received mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times gave the song a positive review; complimenting its production while saying the song was "gently and compellingly angry." David Balls of Digital Spy compared the song to the works of Alanis Morissette and Evanescence, calling it "a more serious offering designed to show off her vocal and songwriting talents." In a less positive review, Nicole Frehsee from Rolling Stone wrote "'Thinking of You,' which compares an unrequited lover to 'an Indian summer in the middle of winter,' is generic Dawson's Creek schlock."
"Thinking of You" debuted at number 79 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It later rose to number 29 and stayed there for three consecutive weeks. It became Perry's first and only single to peak outside the Top 20, and her first of only two singles to date ("Unconditionally", which stalled at No. 14, being the other) to miss the Top 10. The song debuted at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 and later peaked at number 24 on the chart, becoming Perry's first single there to miss the top ten, but has still been certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
In Europe, the song received moderate success. The song debuted at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart. After seven weeks on the chart, the song peaked at number 27. The song peaked at 38 on the Irish Singles Chart. In France, the song was much more successful, debuting at number 11 on the singles chart, and stayed in the charts for 32 weeks. The song peaked at number 29 on the Swedish Singles Chart and number 14 on the Italian Singles Chart. In Brazil the song peaked at number 1 and stayed there for several weeks, partly due to the use of the song in the Emmy-winning soap opera India, a Love Story. In Australia, the song debuted at number 34 on the Australian Singles Chart, which was its peak position. The single stayed in the charts for six weeks. The song did not chart in New Zealand, becoming Perry's only single not to chart there; however, it did chart on New Zealand's Official Radio Hot 100 at number 51.
To date, the song has sold 1,079,000 downloads in the United States.
The first music video was released in 2007 and surfaced on YouTube in May 2008. The video features Perry in two rooms: a white room in which Perry is happily in a relationship and a dark room with an unhappy Perry showing signs of regret. In the dark room, Perry smokes a cigarette as a man dressed in a suit sits beside her. Soon after, another woman enters and pushes Perry off to the side. Back in the white room, Perry sips red wine as her lover undresses beside her, while Perry's hands are wet with blood and there is blood on the bedsheets. The video ends with the revelation that Perry stabbed her lover in the white room in the back, as she sings tearfully while covered in blood before the shot spans to the side, showing the knife on the floor. The video uses a cross-cutting technique that compares the two relationships. Perry stated in an interview that the aim of the video was never to get a commercial release, but that it is just a simple video "made by a friend".
Perry revealed on her blog that she had already started filming a second and official music video in the first week of December 2008, directed by Melina Matsoukas. The video premiered exclusively on iTunes on December 23, 2008.
The music video is presented as a flashback montage with a young woman whose lover is killed in France during World War II, and begins with Perry in bed with another man. Perry is clearly unhappy with her new partner and longs for her deceased lover as she looks at a photograph of him. Perry reminisces back to a bicycle ride with him, and looks out of her window to see a vision of the two of them laughing outside. Perry's current boyfriend approaches her and kisses her while she remembers a picnic with her former lover, as well as a trip to a lake. In another flashback, Perry slow dances with her former lover at a bar before emotionally waving goodbye to him before he goes to war. While Perry's new love kisses her, she imagines her old lover at a battlefield, being shot and clutching his chest. In another scene, Perry is tearfully applying makeup and putting on a funeral veil, and in another she is opening a letter informing her that her boyfriend has died in battle. After applying dark makeup and dressed in funeral attire, Perry walks out of her house to attend her dead lover's funeral.
The video features actor Matt Dallas playing Perry's deceased soldier lover and model Anderson Davis playing Perry's current lover. The VEVO music video for the song has received more than 48 million views on YouTube, as well as 13.8 million previous views before the introduction of VEVO. An extended five-minute version of the commercial video was also released, with snippets of extra footage and shots. Instead of the original track, it plays the instrumental of the song as well as the chorus. The video received largely positive reviews from critics.
- UK Promo CD single
- "Thinking of You" (radio edit) – 3:58
- "Thinking of You" (album version) – 4:08
- "Thinking of You" (live acoustic) – 4:51
- "Thinking of You" (instrumental) – 4:13
- "Thinking of You" (album version) – 4:09
- "Thinking of You" (live acoustic) – 4:51
Charts and certifications
|United States||January 12, 2009||Mainstream radio|
|February 10, 2009||Hot AC radio|
|Germany||February 20, 2009||CD single|
|Worldwide||February 24, 2009||Digital remixes EP|
|United Kingdom||March 9, 2009||Digital download and CD single|
|Australia||March 14, 2009||CD single|
|France||March 30, 2009||CD single|
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