Waking Up in Vegas

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"Waking Up in Vegas"
Single by Katy Perry
from the album One of the Boys
Released April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
Format
Recorded 2007–08; Rocket Carousel Studio (Los Angeles)
Genre
Length 3:19
Label Capitol
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Katy Perry singles chronology
"Thinking of You"
(2009)
"Waking Up in Vegas"
(2009)
"Starstrukk"
(2009)
Music video
"Waking Up In Vegas" on YouTube

"Waking Up in Vegas" is a song by American singer Katy Perry, taken as the fourth and final single from her second studio album, One of the Boys (2008). Perry wrote the song with Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson, while production was done by Perry and Greg Wells, who is also credited for playing all the instruments on the song. It was officially released to US radio stations on April 21, 2009 (2009-04-21). "Waking Up in Vegas" is a pop rock track about an underage couple getting drunk and blowing their money in Las Vegas, paying homage to the phrase "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".

The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics; some called it a "catchy" tune and praised its rock-oriented vibe, but some others criticized its lyrics. The song was a top-ten hit in over eight countries, including the United States, where it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Perry's third top ten single, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Slovakia and others. The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and it features Perry and actor Joel David Moore in Vegas partying and gambling. Perry performed the track during her Hello Katy Tour and California Dreams Tour.

Background and inspiration[edit]

According to A&R Chris Anokute, "Waking Up in Vegas" played a significant role in initiating Perry's pivotal move to Capitol Records. Having been recorded while still under contract with Columbia Records for an album that was then shelved, Anokute later heard the track on a three-song demo and tried to convince his employers at Capitol to sign Perry, claiming it was a number-one single and its singer a star talent.[1] In an interview with HitQuarters, one of the songwriters of the song, Andreas Carlsson, claimed that he worked together with Perry and Desmond Child to write "Waking Up In Vegas". Carlsson remarked that they "really wanted to tell the story that described that moment when everybody’s checking out on Vegas after they’ve had their fun. And Katy is the perfect artist to tell such a story - she has humour, and she knows how to deliver it." Carlsson also said that two of the first aspects of the song to be composed were the main guitar riff - which he already had pre-prepared - and the phrase "put your money where your mouth is," which they were very keen to use and which for a time was almost used as the song's title.[1]

In an interview for Pop Eater, Perry revealed the inspiration behind the track, claiming:

"What inspired it [was] this boy I was dating at the time. I was 21. We went to Vegas on a whim and we decided to get fake married. We took all the pictures with the minister, with the fake cake, in the fake chapel and got a fake marriage certificate. We went and bought a wedding dress and a suit at a thrift store, and scanned the pictures and the certificate to my family members, my manager at the time [and] totally freaked the s--- out of them. It was the most hilarious, stupid prank I've ever pulled. I still have the wedding dress and the certificate."[2]

"Waking Up in Vegas" was eventually picked as the album's fourth and final single, with a radio edit version of the song being released on April 7, 2009,[3] as well as being sent to US radio stations on April 21, 2009.[4] On the single's artwork, Perry is seen with two dices behind her, giving more emphasis to the song's lyrical content of being in Vegas.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Waking Up in Vegas" was produced by Katy Perry and Greg Wells, who is also responsible for all instruments of the track, as well as for recording the track at the Rocket Carousel Studio, in Los Angeles, California. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, by Alfred Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of F major, and moves at a tempo of 126 beats per minute. Perry's vocals span from the low note of A3 to the high note of C5.[5] Musically, the song has been described as a power pop and pop rock song.[6][7] Lyrically, according to Plugged In, "Waking Up in Vegas" talks about an underage couple get[ting] drunk and blow[ing] their money before [literally] 'waking Up in Vegas'."[8] Bill Lamb of About.com noted that on the track Perry is "stuck in Vegas without her fake ID or her boyfriend's motel room key."[9] Perry added that the song is not about apologizing, "[It's] basically a song about getting into trouble with your best friend or your boyfriend or your girlfriend - or whoever you're with - and not having any 'I'm sorry for what I did'."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Perry performing at Campo Pequeno

The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 107 following her performance on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, and peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, it debuted at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Waking Up in Vegas" also went on to become Perry's second number one hit on Mainstream Top 40, matching the airplay success of "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold". In Canada, the song was driven all the way to number five and then number two thanks in part to her performance on Idol, but also due to increasing sales and airplay. On the Irish Singles Chart it peaked at number eight.[10] Ultimately, the song's success was considered a rebound for Perry after "Thinking of You" failed to ignite the charts. The single also helped One of the Boys return to the top 50 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. "Waking Up In Vegas" was the 33rd most purchased song on iTunes in the US during 2009. As of August 2013, the song has sold 2,211,000 copies in the U.S.[11] The song also peaked at number nine in New Zealand, being certificated Gold.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard gave the song a positive review: "most radio-friendly song yet."[12] Digital Spy gave "Waking Up in Vegas" 3/5 stars, calling the song "a giddy pop-rock romp featuring an ace sing-along chorus."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Waking Up in Vegas" showcasing Perry in a Lamborghini Murciélago as she is about to race down the streets of Las Vegas.

The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, and was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 26, 2009. It made its premiere when released on April 28, 2009 on the Australian, UK, and U.S. iTunes Store.

It begins with Perry holding hands with her love interest played by Joel David Moore. They are in a laundromat, standing in front of a slot machine. It is the morning after the night before, setting the theme of the song's lyric "That's what you get for waking up in Vegas". Moore drops one coin into the slot machine and pulls the handle. Three "blazing 7" symbols land on the payline, and the machine delivers a jackpot in quarters. Moore and Perry look at each other in astonishment.

The next scene shows them winning at roulette the night before. They then head to the hotel room where they kick out Penn and Teller. Subsequent scenes show the couple playing various casino games and parlaying their winnings into millions, defeating poker legend Daniel Negreanu, being welcomed into to the Palms Hotel, by the owners Gavin and George J. Maloof, Jr.. As the winning streak continues Perry and Moore enjoy a lavish lifestyle, racing through the streets of Las Vegas in his-and-hers Lamborghini Murciélagos. At the height of the streak they are dressed in show costumes riding in chariots down Fremont Street, accompanied by a fire breather and an elephant. Then they are feasting at a Roman-style banquet, in a manner reminiscent of the Last Supper.

Perry and Moore kiss in a money booth. After the kiss, the couple's luck changes. They begin to argue. They lose all their winnings, but save a single coin and are ejected from their hotel suite, which Penn and Teller reclaim (even performing a card trick before slamming the door on the couple). Perry steals food from a room service tray. The video ends in the laundromat where it began. The couple is broke. Moore places a single coin in the slot machine and pulls the handle. Three "blazing 7" symbols land on the payline, and the machine delivers a jackpot in quarters. Moore and Perry look at each other in astonishment as the screen goes to black.

Live performances[edit]

Perry performed "Waking Up in Vegas" on Later... with Jools Holland in March 2008. She was also a guest on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in March 2009 where she performed "Waking Up in Vegas" instead of her then-current single, "Thinking of You". which had been released that month. She performed on a Las Vegas-themed stage with her backing band dressed as Elvis Presley. The single was released to Australian radio on March 23, where it became the fourth most added song in its release week.[13] Perry performed the song on American Idol on May 13, 2009. During the performance, she was dressed in an Elvis-themed outfit and a cape emblazoned with Adam Lambert's name on it. The video stars Grandma's Boy actor, Joel David Moore. Perry performed the song on July 24, 2009 on NBC's Today show in New York's Rockefeller Plaza.[14][15] The song was a part of the former's set list on Warped Tour 2008, Hello Katy Tour, Summer Tour 2009, and California Dreams Tour.

Track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Hush Hush" by Pussycat Dolls
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs number-one single
August 22, 2009
Succeeded by
"Crazy Possessive" by Kaci Battaglia
Preceded by
"LoveGame" by Lady Gaga
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs number-one single
August 8, 2009–August 15, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Cry Cry" by Oceana
Hungarian Airplay Chart number-one single
September 21, 2009–October 4, 2009
Succeeded by
"Cry Cry" by Oceana

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Worldwide April 7, 2009[48] Digital download - Radio Edit
United States April 21, 2009[49] Airplay
Worldwide June 2, 2009[50] Digital Remixes EP
United Kingdom June 8, 2009[51] CD single
Germany June 19, 2009[52] CD Single

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