“Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry

In “Hot N Cold”, Katy Perry speaks about a guy who is extremely indecisive, thus unable to have a steady relationship with her. The singer finds this behavior very annoying and struggles to trust him.

Katy says the song was based on a real experience she had with a guy who could one day seem interested in her, then seem unconcerned on another. She noticed the guy was regularly switching moods but couldn’t figure out what exactly was wrong with him. It is rumored that the guy is her ex-boyfriend Travie McCoy, who she dated from 2007 to 2008.

All in all….

Indecisiveness is a killer in most romantic relationships, and this is the exact message the song “Hot N Cold” throws light on.

Lyrics of "Hot N Cold"
The Alex Ferguson-directed music video to “Hot N Cold” actually featured cameos from Katy Perry’s parents.

Release Date of “Hot N Cold”

This is the second single from Perry’s “One of the Boys” album (which was the second album of her career). And Capitol Records released “Hot N Cold” on 17 June 2008.

Did Katy Perry write “Hot N Cold”?

Yes, Katy contributed to the writing of this tune along with her regular collaborators, Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The writing team had one goal in mind during the writing process of the song. And that goal was to write nothing but a hit for the album “One of the Boys”. In addition to writing this hit, the trio also penned the song “I Kissed a Girl”. Both songs (which appear on “One of the Boys”) went on to become global hits.

And Dr. Luke also co-produced this Katy Perry classic, working with Benny Blanco in the process.

International Hit

The song’s writing team accomplished their goal of coming out with a hit, as “Hot n Cold” topped the charts in roughly 20 nations, including summiting  Billboard’s Adult Top 40and Mainstream Top 40 lists in the US.

Generally speaking, the track charted in 30 nations, some as diverse as Venezuela, Japan and Israel.

This hit also earned Katy Perry a Grammy nomination, in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, in 2010. However, she lost the award to Beyoncé’s “Halo”

Notable Covers

Amongst the artists who have covered this tune are Katy Perry herself. She did so once, modifying the lyrics for usage on the children’s television program “Sesame Street” (2010). And another time she dropped a version in a fictional language called Simlish for the videogame “The Sims 2: Apartment Life” (2008).

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