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Katy Perry talks California Gurls inspiration

Katy Perry

Story by Jack Foley

AFTER scoring four smash singles off her five-million-selling 2008 debut album One of the Boys, two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Katy Perry returns with scorching new single California Gurls.

Released on June 20, the single is described as an irresistible, hook-filled clarion call to throw on Daisy Dukes and a bikini top.

Katy herself states that California Gurls will “melt your popsicle”.

The Santa Barbara-born Perry was inspired to write the track as she watched her friends go crazy at a party listening to Jay-Z’s salute to New York, Empire State of Mind.

“Everybody was holding their drinks in the air and dancing, and I thought, ‘We’re not in New York, we’re in Los Angeles! What about California? What about all the homies, the gin and juice, the swaying palm trees, the sun-kissed skin 24-7?’

“So, I decided that we needed to make a response. I want people to want to book a ticket to California the first time they hear it!”

To add some extra sunshine flavour to proceedings, Perry also recruited rap icon Snoop Dogg to contribute his inimitable vocals to California Gurls.

“We thought it would sound so cool and give the song another dimension,” she says. “Snoop is as West Coast as it gets.”

California Gurls is the first track to be taken from Katy’s new album, Teenage Dream, on August 30.

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