First listen: Katy Perry’s new single California Gurls

If you’d maxed-out on all the loved-up antics of Katy Perry and Russell Brand, and gotten a little tired of the half-baked collabs with Timbaland and 3OH3!, then prepare for what I’m going to call “THE RETURN OF KATY PERRY”

Ignoring the dubious spelling, California Gurls is a pumpin’ pure-pop extravaganza. It’s as instantly identifiable as anything she’s done previously, but unashamedly up-tempo, fun and danceable. You can stream the new track – which features the smooth and ever-pervy guest vocals of Snoop Dogg – directly from Katy’s website,

It has to be said, this is virtually everything that you expect from Katy Perry: tongue firmly in cheek (but whose cheek?), risqué, titillating and fun. I can’t wait to see the video. If it is possible to judge a single by its cover, the video for California Gurls promises to be a whole lot of fun for the guys. And maybe even some of the girls who wish Katy’d kissed them and liked it.

This anticipates the second major label album by Perry which is still untitled at the moment. But she has this to say of the new album:

We nailed it: It’s roller-skating! It’s ’90s! It’s Ace of Base! It’s Cyndi Lauper! It’s like all these colors and more… It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be one of those records that is everybody’s favorite guilty pleasure.

Sounds like…fun! But it’s reaction time, readers! What do you think of Katy’s new sound?

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  1. RandomEnigma

    Ahhh, I was just about to post on this new track! But I didn’t know their was cover art for it – I won’t pretend that not only do I fancy the tight short leather pants of Katy but I also want to beat Russel to the post and marry her.

    I can hear the 1990s influences in this song and if the record is going to be a “guilty pleasures go back to the 1990s sound” then I’m all for it as I’m really loving that kind of music at the moment. The video should be fun, definitely!

    The song isn’t exactly the LA equivalent of Empire State Of Mind but it’s a fun pop song. The production sounds a bit like Ke$ha’s TiK ToK but not enough to sound like its plagurised.

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