“California Gurls” is the lead single by Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song features a verse from rapper Snoop Dogg. Both artists co-wrote the song with Bonnie McKee and its co-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, with additional production from Benny Blanco. According to Perry, the song is an answer song to “Empire State of Mind” (2009), by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. “California Gurls” is a midtempo disco-pop and funk-pop song with influences of New Wave and electropop, while its lyrics are an ode to the state of California, in which both Perry and Snoop Dogg were born and raised.

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