Explaining the genius of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”—using music theory.
In the days since Ted Gioia published hisessay in the Daily Beast, alleging that music criticism has devolved into lifestyle reporting, with little or no attention paid to how the music itself works, I’ve been challenged by friends on Facebook to write a “not boring” piece that explains a successful pop song using music theory. My bet is that it’ll be boring, but I’m going to do my best not to bore you!
I have picked Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Because: this song’s success seems to mystify all the Katy Perry haters in the world. Why did it go to No. 1? Let’s start by talking about the ingenuity of the harmonic content. This song is all about suspension—not in the voice-leading 4–3 sense, but in the emotional sense, which listeners often associate with “exhilaration,” being on the road, being on a roller coaster, travel. This sense of suspension is created simply, by denying the listener any I chords. There is not a single I chord in the song. Laymen, the I chord (“one chord”) is the chord that the key is in. For example, a song is in G but there are no G-chords.
'DARK HORSE (feat. Juicy J)' remains at #2 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart - March 19th, 2014
Back to the Hot 100’s upper reaches, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, spends a fourth week at No. 2 after it ruled for four weeks. The track also holds the No. 2 spots on Radio Songs (155 million, up 1 percent), which it dominated for two weeks, and Streaming Songs (1-2; 9.4 million, up 6 percent), which it led for four frames, while rebounding 5-4 on Digital Songs (165,000, down 9 percent), which it topped for five weeks.
Katy Perry's 'DARK HORSE (feat. Juicy J)' reaches the 4x platinum mark in paid downloads in the US
Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, rides 5-4 with 165,000 (down 9 percent). The song jumps past the 4million sales threshold as well (4.1 million), marking Perry’s EIGHTH song to sell at least 4 million, which is more than any other person in history.
Katy Perry is a global phenomenon — her latest album topped the charts in 100 countries and she is the most followed personality in the world on Twitter.
PRISM, her third studio album, was released in 2013 and featured a number of tracks that had promotional campaigns built around them. Bob Semanovich, SVP, marketing at Capitol Music Group says: “Our plan for Katy is not built around a traditional album release cycle, where we concentrate our promotional effort around one date.There are lots of singles on PRISM and there will be lots of Katy campaigns for the next 18 months and beyond.”
Roar topped the charts in 97 countries.
Capitol Music Group’s campaigns to support Katy Perry highlight how music companies have transformed their marketing and promotional strategies. The success of the PRISM campaigns also highlights how important multiple hit singles are to continuously drive ongoing interest in an artist and keep them in the spotlight.
'Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) remains at #2, scores its 25th week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
After it led the Hot 100 for four weeks until two weeks ago, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” spends a third week at No. 2. The track tops Streaming Songs for a fourth week, although with a 20% drop to 8.9 million streams. It slips 1-2 after eight weeks atop On-Demand Songs (2.7 million, down 6%). On Digital Songs, which it led for five weeks, “Horse” retreats 3-5 (182,000, down 14%). It holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (153 million, up 1%), which it dominated for two weeks earlier this month. “Horse” also spends its 25th week on the Hot 100 chart.
Katy Perry backs Global Citizen campaign with free gig tickets
Katy Perry, One Direction and Ed Sheeran are among 100 artists offering free concert tickets to UK fans in a bid to help global poverty.
Katy Perry, One Direction, and Ed Sheeran are among the 100 artists lending their support to poverty relief campaign Global Citizen by offering free concert tickets.
The pop stars have signed up to the Global Poverty Project and Global Citizen Tickets initiative, which encourages fans to build up points for actions they take to combat extreme hardship and then exchange their points to buy tickets for gigs and festivals.
Katy said: “This is a simple, smart, modern initiative with potential for huge impact.”
"Global Citizen provides people with doable opportunities to make the world a better place, and rewards them for doing so."
The scheme already runs in Australia, New Zealand and America and will launch in the UK soon.
Emma Banks, chair of the UK Global Citizen Tickets initiative committee, said: “The Global Citizen Tickets initiative in the UK marks the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and foresight.”
"I have no doubt that we will match the successes that this initiative has already enjoyed in the USA, something that could only have been achieved by our industry uniting for this very worthwhile cause."
Each ticket will have a different points value, and those with enough points are entered into a lottery to try and secure a pass.
Points can be earned from activities including volunteering with charities or contacting local MPs.
'DARK HORSE' Billboard Hot 100 chart update - March 5 - 12, 2014
After it led the Hot 100 for four weeks until last week, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” spends a second week at No. 2. The track tops Streaming Songs for a third week, although with a 3% drop to 11.2 million streams; it had surged by 86% last week following the Feb. 20 release of its official video. It also rules the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2.8 million U.S. streams, down 2%, according to BDS) for an eighth week. On Digital Songs, which it led for five weeks, “Horse” slips 2-3 (212,000, down 16%). As reported yesterday, the single dominates the Mainstream Top 40 (aka, Pop Songs) radio airplay chart for a fourth week, upping Perry’s career total to 46 weeks at No. 1 on the ranking, pushing her past Mariah Carey for the most time spent at No. 1 in the list’s 21-year history.