Firework

Katy Perry

About Firework

"Firework" is a song by American singer Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). Perry co-wrote the song with Ester Dean and its producers Stargate and Sandy Vee. It is a dance-pop self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics, and Perry felt it was an important song for her on the record. Capitol Records released it as the album's third single on October 26, 2010. The song was commercially successful, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on 20 charts around the world. It has sold over 10 million copies in the United States, and over 1 million in the United Kingdom. Additionally, "Firework" was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the shipment of 10 million copies across the United States. An accompanying music video, directed by Dave Meyers, was released on October 28, 2010. It portrays Perry singing and dancing around Budapest, with interspersed scenes of young people becoming confident in themselves. An open casting call for the music video drew an unprecedented 38,000 applicants. On MuchMusic's top 50 videos of 2010, "Firework" reached the top position. The music video was said to be a more upbeat take on Christina Aguilera's message in "Beautiful". It was nominated for three awards at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, eventually winning one of those, the Video of the Year, the main and final award. "Firework" was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. On January 5, 2012, "Firework" was elected the fifth most played single on US radio during 2011 by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, with 509,000 plays. 


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Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting thought the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down down down

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you can open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it's time, you'll know

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down down down

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down down down
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

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Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California around the influence of goth music. more »

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Written by: Esther Dean, Sandy Julien Wilhelm, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Katheryn Hudson

Lyrics © DistroKid, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Release and Chart Performance
"Firework" is a song by American singer Katy Perry from her third studio album, "Teenage Dream." It was released by Capitol Records as the album's third single on October 18, 2010. The song peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
Genre and Lyrics
The song is a self-empowerment anthem with influences of dance-pop and pop rock. Perry's inspiration for the song came from a metaphor about a plastic bag, which represented the feeling of being unremarkable and mundane, and then eventually becoming a "firework."
Awards and Nominations
"Firework" earned Perry several awards and nominations. It won a MTV Video Music Award for Video Of The Year in 2011. Additionally, Perry was nominated for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.
Music Video
The music video for "Firework" was filmed in Budapest, Hungary. It features Perry and different individuals transforming into metaphorical fireworks, standing up against their fears and insecurities. Due to its positive message, the video has garnered over 1 billion views on YouTube as of 2020.
Commercial Success
Apart from topping the Billboard Hot 100, "Firework" also reached number 1 in Canada and New Zealand, and reached the top five in several countries across Europe. The song has sold over 6 million copies in the United States as of 2012.
Cultural Impact
The song is often interpreted as an empowerment anthem. It has also been used in many TV shows, movies, and commercials due to its universal theme of self-confidence and self-worth.
Co-Writers and Producers
"Firework" was written by Katy Perry, Ester Dean, Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen), and Sandy Vee, all of whom also produced the song.
Live Performances
Perry performed "Firework" at many live events including the 53rd Grammy Awards, the 2010 American Music Awards, and the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in 2015.
Charity Involvement
A portion of the sales from "Firework" was donated to a non-profit organization, 'It Gets Better Project', which supports LGBTQ+ youth. This adds to Perry's consistent involvement in philanthropic activities.
In Popular Culture
Notably, "Firework" was used in the film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" during a widely appreciated circus scene sequence.

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