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Smile Katy Perry

Smile Katy Perry Description

Smile Katy Perry: “Smile” is a song by American singer Katy Perry from her upcoming sixth studio album of the same name. It was released as the second single from the album on July 10, 2020, by Capitol Records, alongside the album’s pre-order. The song samples Naughty by Nature’s 1999 song “Jamboree”. On the song, Perry talks about expressing her gratitude for changes in her life. Musically, it is a pop and dance-pop song.

Background and composition

The song was officially released on July 10, 2020 along with the album’s pre-order, with Perry saying she hoped “it can be a few minutes of energizing hopefulness for you as it is for meee”. Smile Katy Perry runs for 2 minutes and 47 seconds. It samples Naughty by Nature’s 1999 song “Jamboree”. The song starts off with an “upbeat hook” and a “dance-driven groove” that leads to the chorus containing lyrics expressing her gratitude for changes in her life: “Yeah, I’m thankful / Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful / Gotta say it’s really been a while / But now I got back that smile”.

On the lyrics, Perry also “extols the virtue of perseverance” after suffering setbacks where every day feels like Groundhog Day as well as “going through motions felt so fake”.

The song was inspired by Perry’s own experiences and was described by Uproxx as an “ode to remembering life’s joys”. Speaking about the release of the song, Perry said “I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life. When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energizing hopefulness”.

Critical reception

Vulture’s Zoe Haylock called the song “empowering”, comparing it to Perry’s 2013 single “Roar”. Jason Lipshutz from Billboard, also compared “Smile Katy Perry” to Perry’s previous songs “Walking on Air” and “Birthday”, both taken from Perry’s fourth album Prism (2013), calling “Smile” the “same sort of dizzy glitter-pop” Perry embraced on Prism. In writing for Consequence of Sound, Wren Graves noted the song’s positive message, stating that “lyrics [are] overbrimming with warmth and gratitude. The song evokes the light at the end of the tunnel”.

Smile Katy Perry Music videos

Performance video

Perry released a performance video for “Smile Katy Perry” on July 14, 2020. In the video, she is dressed as a clown, in her “most fashionable clown attire, wearing an orange, polka-dotted blazer and matching blue jumper with whimsical tuxedo detailing across the front” and performs against a backdrop with a “number of giant clown hands, seated atop a comically oversized clown shoe and more”.

Music video

The official “Smile Katy Perry” music video was released on August 14, 2020 and features a video game theme, with Perry switching between real-life cosplay and animated video game characters. It was directed by Mathew Miguel Cullen, with storyboarding by Cullen and Josh Chesler.

Chart performance

“Smile Katy Perry” debuted at number ten on the New Zealand Hot Singles Chart, 22 in Scotland and 96 in the United Kingdom. It also debuted at number twenty-one on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100.

Credits and personnel

Song credits

Credits adapted from Tidal.

  • Katy Perry – lead vocals, songwriter
  • Josh Abraham – producer, songwriter
  • Oligee – producer
  • G Koop – producer, additional producer
  • Anthony Criss – songwriter, credit song “Jamboree”
  • Kier Gist – songwriter, credit song “Jamboree”
  • Vincent Brown – songwriter, credit song “Jamboree”
  • Benny Golson – songwriter
  • Benny “Starrah” Hazzard – songwriter
  • Ferras Alqaisi – songwriter
  • Oliver Goldstein – songwriter
  • Blake Harden – engineer
  • Clint “CJMIXEDIT” Badal – engineer
  • Darth “Denver” Moon – engineer
  • Louie Gomez – engineer
  • Manny Marroquin – mixer
  • Chris Galland – mixing engineer
  • Dave Kutch – mastering engineer
  • Dave Richard – associated performer, trumpet
  • Kamaria Anita Ousley – associated performer, background vocalist
  • Lincoln Adler – associated performer, saxophone

Music video credits

Adapted from YouTube.

  • Brandon Bonfiglio – executive producer
  • Josh Chesler – story
  • Jeff Cronenweth – director of photography
  • Mathew Miguel Cullen – director, story
  • David Goldstein – 1st associate director
  • Andrew Lerios – producer
  • Ivan Ovalle – post production supervisor
  • Luga Podesta – executive producer
  • Alex Randall – production supervisor
  • John Richoux – production designer

Smile Katy Perry Charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 29
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) 47
Croatia (HRT) 28
Guatemala Anglo (Monitor Latino) 9
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 77
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) 10
Panama Anglo (Monitor Latino) 15
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 57
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 22
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 88
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 87
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 21
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 28
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard) 28
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Smile Katy Perry Lyrics

[Chorus]
Yeah, I’m thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Gotta say it’s really been a while
But now I got back that smile (Smile)
I’m so thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Now you see me shine from a mile
Finally got back that smile (Smile)

[Verse 1]
Every day, Groundhog Day
Goin’ through motions felt so fake
Not myself, not my best
Felt like I failed the test

[Pre-Chorus]
But every tear has been a lesson
Rejection can be God’s protection
Long hard road to get that redemption
But no shortcuts to a blessin’

[Chorus]
Yeah, I’m thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Gotta say it’s really been a while
But now I got back that smile (Smile)
I’m so thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Now you see me shine from a mile
Finally got back that smile (Smile)

[Verse 2]
I’m 2.0, remodeled
Used to be dull, now I sparkle
Had a piece of humble pie
That ego check saved my life

[Pre-Chorus]
Now I got a smile like Lionel Richie
Big and bright, need shades just to see me
Tryna stay alive just like I’m the Bee Gees (Oh, woah)
A Mona Lisa masterpiece (Now I’m)

[Chorus]
Yeah, I’m thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Gotta say it’s really been a while
But now I got back that smile (C’mon, smile, woo)
I’m so thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful (So grateful)
Now you see me shine from a mile
Finally got back that smile (Smile, oh, oh)

[Bridge]
I’m so thankful
‘Cause I finally, ’cause I finally
I’m so grateful
‘Cause I finally, ’cause I finally
(Oh)

[Chorus]
Yeah, I’m thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Gotta say it’s really been a while
But now I got back that smile (Woo, smile)
I’m so thankful
Scratch that, baby, I’m grateful
Now you see me shine from a mile
Finally got back that smile (Smile, oh, oh)

[Outro]
I’m so thankful
‘Cause I finally, ’cause I finally
Smile (Oh)
I’m so grateful
‘Cause I finally, ’cause I finally
Smile (Oh, oh)

Smile Katy Perry Music Video

Smile Katy Perry Image

About Smile Katy Perry

Artist katy Perry
Album Smile
Release Date July 10, 2020
Length 2:45
Genre Dance-pop
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Katy Perry, Benny Golson, Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard, Ferras Alqaisi, Oliver Goldstein, Josh Abraham, Anthony Criss, Kier Gist
Producer(s) OligeeAbraham, G Koop
Format Digital download, Streaming
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