First Hit #1: April 9, 2011
Now in the Katy Perry pantheon of things that are great, sex with an alien. It’s almost as though she’s trying to do what Lady Gaga claims she’s doing, going as weird as she possibly can in both video and lyrics. Perry isn’t actually a very weird person, so she just makes a pretty decent bit of dance pop that mixes an ounce of Queen with a dollop of Kanye West along with a fairly exciting vocal, especially on the chorus. It’s not quite as weird as everyone involved seemed to think it was – this is just pretty typical big chorus pop that happens to also be about alien sex. While I’ve suggested that Dr. Luke and Max Martin are using Britney Spears to test out their ideas for trying new sounds in pop music, it seems like they’re giving Katy Perry the material that actually works. It’s not entirely new, mind you, but it’s both on trend and fairly exciting.