Santa Barbara, California-born Katy was inspired to write ‘California Gurls’ while watching her friends go crazy at a party listening to Jay-Z’s salte 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?” she remembers. “I decided that we needed to make a response. I want people to book a ticket to California the first time they hear it!”
‘California Gurls’ is just a taste of what’s to come when Katy unleashes her brand-new album ‘Teenage Dream’ on August 24 in the US and Canada and August 30 in the rest of the world. The set is the follow-up to her blockbuster debut ‘One of the Boys’ which has now sold five million copies worldwide and spawned four smash hit singles.