Roar (3:43)

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“Roar” is the first single off Katy Perry’s third LP, Prism. Its official release date is Monday, August 12, 2013, although the final version of the song leaked on August 10 and was played on the same day by a number of radio stations across the US.

It reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 5 and stayed at the top for a total of two weeks, becoming Perry’s eighth #1 on the Hot 100. The music video for “Roar” was also released on September 5, 2013, which was directed by Grady Hall and Mark Kudsi.

“Roar” also holds, as of 11/21/2010, the record for most spins on US Pop Radio, having a total of 17,176 spins on a single week across North-American radio stations. It topped music charts on nine countries, becoming one of Katy Perry’s biggest hits.

The song is a bouncy statement by Perry of moving forward into the next stage of her life after the tumultuous end of her marriage to Russell Brand. Talking to BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, she revealed: “It’s a bit of a self-empowering type of song. I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment. Obviously I’ve been through a lot of therapy since my last record and that’s what this is about.”

Four words that Sylvester Stallone came up with in the early ’80s permeated pop culture through the decades, landing (in very derivative fashion) in this song.

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I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice

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