Ur So Gay

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"Ur So Gay"
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Promotional single by Katy Perry from the album One of the Boys
Released November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)
Format
Recorded 2007 at
Rocket Carousel Studio (Los Angeles, CA)
Genre Trip hop
Length 3:39
Label Capitol
Writer
Producer Greg Wells
Music video
"Ur So Gay" on YouTube

"Ur So Gay" is a song released by American recording artist Katy Perry, produced by Greg Wells and engineered by Drew Pearson. The song was Perry's first major label release, and was later placed on her major label album, One of the Boys. Capitol Records offered the song as a free download on their website. The song failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100.

Background and composition[edit]

When asked about the song, Perry said it was about a metrosexual boy named Greg. The song "wasn't meant to be a big single or show what the album is going to be all about. That was for my Internet bloggers, so I'm not coming out of nowhere."[1] Perry's A&R representative Chris Anokute confirmed this by saying that they had no plans for radio coverage but just wanted to put this "novelty" song out online as an introduction to see "what the attraction was". As expected, sales were low, but Anokute said the single did well in terms of building a press story.[2] For the release of the single, Perry's label told her to include a cover. She originally wanted to cover a Queen song, but couldn't think of one that was particularly club-worthy. While at a club with her friends, The Outfield's "Your Love" was played. Perry said that when the song came on, every girl in the place went onto the dance floor, and she wanted to have that same effect.[1]

"Ur So Gay" is styled in the genres of trip hop, and moves at a moderate pace.[3] According to digital sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony-ATV Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of E minor and the tempo is at 80 beats per minute. Perry's vocal's in "Ur So Gay" span from the lower note of E3 to the higher note of D#5.[4]

Promotion and reception[edit]

A female blond performer onstage wearing a white tuxedo and singing to a microphone in her left hand. A similarly dressed woman claps on her left. They are encircled by a group of guys in roller skates. The backdrop display disco lights in red and yellow.
Perry performing "Ur So Gay" in the California Dreams Tour

The song's lyrics have been described in a positive review as "eighteen different kinds of wrong".[5] The song itself has been described as an "emo-bashing anthem that's either horribly homophobic, a sly piece of social commentary or, possibly, both."[6] The Tampa Bay Times wrote that the "boyfriend-skewering..... isn't homophobic, but it does pummel straight guys who can't handle her edge."[7]

Some critics, however, conclude the song is homophobic. Ugo.com says the song settles for "catchphrase-homophobia"[8] while Allmusic describes the lyrics as "gay-baiting".[9]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Walter May.[10] In the video, Perry plays the song in front of a bright cartoon-like background with clouds that have smiley faces on them. The characters in the video are played by Fashion Royalty dolls.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" Pink vinyl"[11]
  1. "Ur So Gay" – 3:39
  2. "Use Your Love" – 3:01
  • CD single
  1. "Ur So Gay" – 3:39
  2. "Ur So Gay" (Remix) – 5:53
  3. "Use Your Love" – 3:01
  4. "Lost" – 4:20
  5. "Ur So Gay" (Instrumental) – 3:38
  6. "Ur So Gay" (Junior Sanchez Club Instrumental) – 5:55
  7. "Ur So Gay" (Acapella) – 3:15
  • Digital download
  1. "Ur So Gay" – 3:39
  2. "Ur So Gay" (Junior Sanchez Club Remix) – 5:54
  3. "Use Your Love" – 3:03
  4. "Lost" – 4:20

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burr, Mike (February 6, 2008). "Katy Perry: Interview". Prefix. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Interview With Chris Anokute". HitQuarters. October 18, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Masley, Ed (June 21, 2008). "Perry joins the forces of Warped". Arizona Central. Arizona Central. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Katy Perry– Ur So Gay Sheet Music (Digital Download)". Musicnotes.com. Sony-ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Slezak, Michael (Jan 7, 2008). "How awesome is Katy Perry's 'Ur So Gay'?". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved June 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ Hermann, Andy. "Katy Perry's One of the Boys is dandy ear candy", Sun-Sentinel.com. June 17, 2008.
  7. ^ Daly, Sean (June 22, 2008). "Sean Daly's CD picks: Katy Perry, the Fratellis, Ed Harcourt"". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  8. ^ French, Marguerite. "Katy Perry – One of The Boys Album Review", Ugo.com. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2008). "One of the Boys – Katy Perry" review, AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  10. ^ Video Ur So Gay van Katy Perry – Myspace Video
  11. ^ Katy Perry – Ur So Gay
  12. ^ "Singles Chart Search Results: "Ur So Gay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Katy Perry". ABPD. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Katy Perry – Ur So Gay". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 26, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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