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"Love Me"
Song by Katy Perry from the album Prism
Recorded 2013; Gottefar Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Genre
Length 3:53
Label Capitol
Writer
Producer
Prism track listing
"Ghost"
(9)
"Love Me"
(10)
"This Moment"
(11)

"Love Me" is a song by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, taken from her fourth studio album, Prism (2013). It was written by Perry, Max Martin, Vincent Pontare, and Magnus Lidehäll along with the song's producer Christian "Bloodshy" Karlsson. Recording took place in 2013 at Gottefar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. It is a "buzzing" electropop, indie pop and dance-pop song.

Background[edit]

Swedish singer-songwriter Vincent Pontare co-wrote "Love Me".

In July 2012, Perry revealed in an interview with L'Uomo Vogue that after the release of her autobiographical film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, planned to take a hiatus before recording her fourth studio album.[1] On April 18, 2013, Perry announced that she was halfway done the album.[2] At an exclusive listening event in New York City, Perry played the entire album for music executives, where "Love Me" was revealed. Speaking of the song, Perry said that she wanted to work with Bloodshy because of his work with Britney Spears, specifically her 2003 song "Toxic".[3]

"Love Me" was written by Perry along with co-writers Max Martin, Christian Karlsson, Vincent Pontare, and Magnus Lidehäll.[4] Production was helmed by Karlsson under his production name Bloodshy.[4] It was recorded by Karlsson, Lidehäll, and Pontare at Gottefar Studios located in Stockholm, Sweden.[4] Karlsson, Lidehäll, and Pontare also engineered the song at Gottefar, while Perry handled the vocal production.[4] "Love Me" was mixed at MixStar Studios located in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Serban Ghenea mixed the song, and was engineered for mix by John Hanes.[4] All instrumentation and programming was carried out by Karlsson, Lidehäll, and Pontare.[4]

Composition[edit]

"Love Me" has a length of three minutes and fifty-three seconds.[5] Musically, it is an electropop, indie pop, and dance-pop song.[6][7][8] The song opens with Perry singing with subdued vocals, accompanied by hushed synth droplets, and has received comparisons to U2's "Beautiful Day" (All That You Can't Leave Behind, 2000).[7][9] During the mid-way point, the song begins to "take off"[7] It slowly escalates to a climax, which according to Samuel Tolzmann of Pretty Much Amazing, "sounds like sun breaking through storm clouds."[7] The song is constructed around a nimble piano, swirling synths, and a "driving but unobtrusive club beat."[7] "Love Me" contains pitch-shifted backing vocals, handclaps during the bridge, and breaks of sustained left-hand piano before each refrain.[7]

Katie Woodard of Nouse felt that the lyrics "Love Me" "speak of her personal struggles, emphasising how Perry still wears her heart on her sleeve."[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Katie Woodard of Nouse praised the song's intimacy with the listener, saying it "exposes the backbone to the album of Perry’s vulnerability."[10] Steven Hyden of Grantland felt that "Love Me" represented Prism as an album, going on to call it "the song to which pop intellectuals seeking to contextualize Perry in the current musical landscape".[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the release of Prism, "Love Me" debuted at number 86 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart due to high digital downloads of over 2,007, despite not being released as a single.[12]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
South Korea (GIC)[12] 86

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording
  • Recorded at Gottefar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Mixed at MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Prism, Capitol Records.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (June 29, 2012). "Katy Perry Inspired By Madonna For 'Darker' Next Album". MTV News. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gallo, Phil (April 18, 2013). "Katy Perry Is Halfway There on Third Album, Talks New Songs Like 'Double Rainbow'". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (September 6, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'Prism' Album Preview: 10 Things You Need To Know". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Prism (inlay cover) (Media notes). Katy Perry. Capitol Records. 2013. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Katy Perry — "Prism"". ITunes. Capitol Records. September 17, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Garibaldi, Christina (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry's Prism: 4 Tracks KatyCats Have To Hear". MTV News. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Tolzman, Samuel (October 18, 2013). "Review – Katy Perry: Prism". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Jones, Nate (September 6, 2013). "We Heard an Advance Version of Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Here’s What We Think". Popdust. Buzz Media. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Newman, Melinda (October 21, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'Prism' reflects her heart and soul set to a beat: Review". HitFix. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Woodard, Katie (October 28, 2013). "Album Review: Katy Perry – Prism". Nouse. University of York. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Hyden, Steven (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry's Growth Spurt". Grantland. ESPN. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "South Korea Gaon International Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved October 3, 2013.