Part of Me (3:35)

Cover of Katy Perry - Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection

From Katy Perry - Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection and 15 other releases

“Part of Me” is a song by American recording artist Katy Perry. The dance-pop and pop rock song was written by Perry and Bonnie Mckee, while production and additional songwriting was done by Lukasz Gottwald and Max Martin. In late 2010, the entire demo of the song leaked online, with music critics comparing the song to Perry’s previous single “California Gurls” (2010) and speculating that the lyrics are addressed to the singer’s ex-boyfriend Travis McCoy. However, it is clear from a reworked version of the song, leaked on February 11, 2012, that the track is directed at her ex-husband Russell Brand with the lyrics “Keep your diamond ring”.

Background

The track was written as part of the Teenage Dream sessions involving Perry, Dr. Luke, Bonnie Mckee, and Max Martin, along with “Teenage Dream”, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” & “California Gurls”. Katy and Bonnie McKee had been casual friends before Katy called her because she wanted help on a song called “Part of Me”. According to Rolling Stone magazine McKee stayed up all night writing lyrics. By the time Perry heard the third line, she shouted, “We’re buying you a car!”. In an interview with blogger Akex Kazemi, McKee said about the song: “The other one I wrote on, ‘Part of Me’ I heard is gonna be on a bonus version or something. That one is beautiful. Katy sings with so much emotion and when I heard the chorus for the first time it gave me chills. It is a very real, raw song.” On December 30, 2010, the full demo of the track leaked online. According to MTV.com the song was rumored to be a leftover cut from her Teenage Dream recording sessions. However, fans have speculated that the track may be included in a re-release of the Grammy-nominated LP, which was unconfirmed at that time.

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