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Teenage Dream
Studio album by Katy Perry
Released August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)
Recorded October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13) – April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30)
Length 58:24
Label Capitol
Katy Perry chronology
MTV Unplugged
Teenage Dream
Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection
Singles from Teenage Dream
  1. "California Gurls"
    Released: May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
  2. "Teenage Dream"
    Released: July 23, 2010 (2010-07-23)
  3. "Firework"
    Released: October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26)
  4. "E.T."
    Released: February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16)
  5. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
    Released: June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)
  6. "The One That Got Away"
    Released: October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)

Teenage Dream is the third studio album by American recording artist Katy Perry, and her second major release after her major-label debut One of the Boys (2008). The album was released on August 24, 2010 by Capitol Records.

Background and recording[edit]

Perry performing "E.T." in Budapest.

Prior to recording Teenage Dream, Perry discussed with Rolling Stone her plans for the album, stating that she would "definitely keep it pop", in order to not "alienate" her fanbase.[1] Perry began recording the album on October 13, 2009, stating that she had "lots of layers to get through, thankfully Greg Wells is there to do the peeling".[2] Work on the album involved collaborating with numerous artists and producers including Wells,[3] Guy Sigsworth,[3] Dr. Luke,[3] Max Martin,[3][4] Ryan Tedder,[5] Rivers Cuomo,[4] Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell,[6] Greg Kurstin, Benny Blanco, Darkchild, Cathy Dennis, Ester Dean, The-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, who told Rap-Up magazine in December 2009 that the sound of the album would be pop and rock, like One of the Boys, though calling it a "different gear" for himself.[7]

As for the visual component, Perry likens it to "going from Shirley Temple, Betty Boop to more of a Betty Paige [sic], pop art-sarcastic-fun-Lichtenstein picture: still bright, but the colors are more saturated, and it's more metallic fuchsia or purple than bubblegum pink."[8]

On March 27, 2010, at 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, Perry told Jose Ordonez that she considered the album "a summer record". She added that her previous teases about the album still fit, saying "it's what I said I wanted earlier".[4] She has also stated that the album is inspired by ABBA and The Cardigans. According to Perry, she gave her producer Dr. Ricardo a mixtape of songs by the two groups in order to demonstrate how she wanted her next record to sound. Perry described the album as "more groove-driven". She added, "When I went on tour, as much as I love all the in-between songs, I felt I was missing some of the stuff that made people bounce up and down."[9]

During a Rolling Stone photo shoot in April 2010, Perry revealed details about what would prove to be the album's lead single, "California Gurls". Allegedly a response to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind", she stated "everyone has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about LA? What about California?", adding that the song also took its inspiration from Prince.[10] The song features California rapper Snoop Dogg.[11] USA Today gave the song a positive review, calling it "an effervescent toast to summer fun".[11] Perry also claimed that working with producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke was "a wonderful collaborative effort".[10]

Recording for the album finished on April 30, 2010. The album cover is a painting by Will Cotton, and was premiered on July 21, 2010[12] via a live webstream with Cotton, at his Art Studio.[13] On July 23, 2010, the album's official track listing was posted on Perry's official website.[14]

For the recording of Teenage Dream, Perry had recorded at a multitude of recording studios such as Playback Recording Studio, Roc the Mic Studios, Conway Recording Studios, Rocket Carousel Studio, Studio at the Palms, Triangle Sound Studios, Silent Sound Studios, The Boom Boom Boom, Henson Recording Studios, Capitol Studios, Nightbird Recording Studios, and Eightysevenfourteen Studios.[15]


Teenage Dream is the kind of pool-party-pop gem that Gwen Stefani used to crank out on the regular, full of SoCal ambience and disco beats. It's miles ahead of Perry's breakthrough disc, One of the Boys, with her clever songwriting boosted by top-dollar pros: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Tricky Stewart, Stargate. In the 2010 style, her vocals are processed staccato blips with lots of oh-oh-way-oh chants. The tracks go heavy on Eighties beats, light on melody, taking a long dip into the Daft Punk filter-disco house sound.

Rob Sheffield, on the sound of the album, Rolling Stone[16]

The album's music revolves around a bright, open, airy sound, and follows the power pop song structure.[17][18] Teenage Dream's composition has noted to be heavily influenced by 1980's disco and house music, drawing comparisons to Madonna, Daft Punk, and Gwen Stefani.[16][19] Throughout the album, many sub-genres of rock music are used, most notably being the use of electro rock.[20]


"Some of the a bit sugary sweet but when you listen to the record head to toe I think it's completely appetizing. I didn't want to have just club songs. People are living real lives, working jobs, having relationships. There's definitely a bit more substance and perspective on this record."

— Katy Perry, on the composition of the album.[21]

"Teenage Dream" starts off with Perry singing in a thin, high head voice, accompanied by a simple and sparse musical arrangement. As the song continues, the vocals get stronger and more powerful, "giving a musical indication of the power of the relationship being described", according to Bill Lamb of[22] Perry's vocals during "Teenage Dream" alternate between "innocently crooning about her true love" using her falsetto during the verses,[23] and a "loud and muscular" sing-along chorus.[24][25] The song's instrumentation is guitar-based, consisting of processed acoustic guitar's which give the song a distinct retro sound,[26][27] and explores elements of disco and industrial music throughout it's production.[28][29] "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" experiments with the use of a saxophone solo during the bridge, preceded by loud chants of "T! G! I! F!" over a light-hearted beat, and features strummy guitars, zigzagging keyboards, and video-game sound effects.[17][30][31] "Last Friday Night" draws upon indie rock influences, and has little autotune.[32][33] Jason Richards of NOW says the song: "strikes a perfect equilibrium between Perry’s sex appeal and goofy, self-effacing charm".[34] "California Gurls" has been described as a "thumping, synthy summer anthem that screams, "This is a summer anthem!"" by Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone. Taking place over a thumping house music beat, the song continues the retro-sound of the album, and contains


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