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Firework - Katy Perry
Teenage Dream (2010)
Track Info
"Firework" is a song by American recording artist Katy Perry. The song was written by Perry, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, Ester Dean, and produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee for Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song is a self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics, and was considered by Perry as the most important song for her on Teenage Dream.

Perry told Billboard that the inspiration for the song came from an unlikely source. "My boyfriend showed me a paragraph out of Jack Kerouac's book On The Road, about people that are buzzing and fizzing and full of life and never say a commonplace thing. They shoot across the sky like a firework and make people go, 'Ahhh.' I guess that making people go 'ahhh' is kind of like my motto." ( Firework Songfacts).

Album Info
Teenage Dream is the third album from American pop artist, Katy Perry, and her sophomore pop release. It was released on August 24, 2010 in North America and August 30, 2010 world wide. The album has spawned six singles in total, "California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)" and the album's title track, "Teenage Dream" amongst them. All of the songs released were #1 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 (with the exception of the last single, The One That Got Away" which peaked at #3).

Before she began to record the album, Perry told Rolling Stones magazine, "The second record is really important to me because I think it shows whether I'm meant to do this, or I got lucky. Basically what I want to do is not alienate the audience that I have at all. I think some people feel like they have had success with one thing and one idea and one record and they want to pull a 180 and try a totally different thing, I definitely feel like that's the wrong move. I feel like you just have to grow from it, you can branch off of it but keep the tree the same in some ways. Some people get full of themselves, and they think that anything they do is going to work or turn to gold or be the right move, and the reason why you're here is because of the people that like your music and the fans, so you always should keep an ear open to what they're saying." Perry said she would "definitely keep it pop. "Lovefool" by The Cardigans meets "Into the Groove" by Madonna but a little more meat on the bones lyrically. I'm not just gonna talk about the beat and just dancing, I like to get into the meaning." She began recording the album in October 2009.

The album cover was released in mid-July on Katy Perry's official website. It is a painting of Katy naked lying down on pink clouds. The official cover also doesn't include text. However, text was added to the cover in some countries. In some areas, the album also will include a scratch-and-sniff cover which will have the scent of cotton candy.

Artist Info
Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on 25 October 1984) is a singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, California, United States. Since the release of her 2007 debut single "Ur So Gay", Perry has released two albums - 2008's "One of the Boys" and 2010's "Teenage Dream" - and has had six Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit singles. Under the name Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001, which was unsuccessful. She later recorded an album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a solo album from 2004–05, the later of which was never released.

Read more about Katy Perry on Last.fm.
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