Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ Is Already Second-Best Song Ever With That Title


Are you ready for Katy Perry to own your summer? The bi-curious pop star has broken out the song of summer gate early with “California Gurls,” a single she’s very explicitly hoping we will all despise by November. Says Perry: “It’s so great that ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but what the fuck? What about L.A.? What about California?” Okay, California, here’s “California Gurls”: an abundantly bouncy production, steely executed by Dr. Luke and Max Martin and backing a lazy list of generic Cali signifiers — daisy dukes, bikinis, Venice beach, heat, Snoop Dogg. Our advice? Abandon any residual resentment you may still be harboring toward pop stars’ blatant, contrived swings at the radio, and embrace “Gurls” now, before you get mad at yourself for unconsciously humming it in the shower in a few weeks. Also, one question: People of the West Coast — is Katy Perry speaking for you?