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Katy Perry - Ur So Gay (MTV Unplugged 2009)

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"Ur So Gay"
Promotional single by Katy Perry from the album One of the Boys
ReleasedNovember 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded2007 at
Rocket Carousel Studio
GenreTrip hop, pop rock
WriterKaty Perry, Greg Wells
ProducerGreg Wells

"Ur So Gay" is a song released by American recording artist Katy Perry, produced by Greg Wells and engineered by Drew Pearson. The song was Perry's first major label release, and was later placed on her major label album, One of the Boys. Capitol Records offered the song as a free download on their website. The song failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100.

Background and composition

When asked about her debut single, Perry said the song was a "soft hello". The song "wasn't meant to be a big single or show what the album is going to be all about. That was for my Internet bloggers, so I'm not coming out of nowhere."[1] Perry's A&R representative Chris Anokute confirmed this by saying that they had no plans for radio coverage but just wanted to put this "novelty" song out online as an introduction to see "what the attraction was". As expected, sales were low, but Anokute said the single did well in terms of building a press story.[2] For the release of the single, Perry's label told her to include a cover. She originally wanted to cover a Queen song, but couldn't think of one that was particularly club-worthy. While at a club with her friends, The Outfield's "Your Love" was played. Perry said that when the song came on, every girl in the place went onto the dance floor, and she wanted to have that same effect.[1]

"Ur So Gay" is styled in the genres of trip hop and pop rock, and moves at a moderate pace.[3][4] According to digital sheet music published at by Sony-ATV Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of E minor and the tempo is at 80 beats per minute.[3] Perry's vocal's in "Ur So Gay" span from the lower note of E3 to the higher note of D#5.[3]

Promotion and reception

A female blond performer onstage wearing a white tuxedo and singing to a microphone in her left hand. A similarly dressed woman claps on her left. They are encircled by a group of guys in roller skates. The backdrop display disco lights in red and yellow.

The song's lyrics have been described in a positive review as "eighteen different kinds of wrong".[5] The song itself has been described as an "emo-bashing anthem that's either horribly homophobic, a sly piece of social commentary or, possibly, both."[6] The St. Petersburg Times writes that the "boyfriend-skewering...isn't homophobic, but it does pummel straight guys who can't handle her edge."[7]

Some critics, however, conclude the song is homophobic. says the song settles for "catchphrase-homophobia"[8] while Allmusic describes the lyrics as "gay-baiting".[9] Simon Amstell sardonically commented on Perry's use of the phrase that "if you think that's homophobic, you should just Jew off and stop being so bloody black about it!" on an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Music video

The video was directed by Walter May.[10] In the video, Perry plays the song in front of a bright cartoon-like background with clouds that have smiley faces on them. The characters in the video are played by Fashion Royalty dolls.

Track listings

  • 7" Pink Vinyl"[11]
  1. "Ur So Gay" – 3:39
  2. "Use Your Love" – 3:01
  • CD Single
  1. "Ur So Gay" – 3:39
  2. "Ur So Gay" (Remix) – 5:53
  3. "Use Your Love" – 3:01
  4. "Lost" – 4:20
  5. "Ur So Gay" (Instrumental) – 3:38
  6. "Ur So Gay" (Junior Sanchez Club Instrumental) – 5:55
  7. "Ur So Gay" (Acapella) – 3:15
  • Digital Download
  1. "Ur So Gay" – 3:39
  2. "Ur So Gay" (Junior Sanchez Club Remix) – 5:54
  3. "Use Your Love" – 3:03
  4. "Lost" – 4:20


  1. ^ a b Burr, Mike (February 6, 2008). "Katy Perry: Interview". Prefix. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Interview With Chris Anokute". HitQuarters. October 18, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Katy Perry– Ur So Gay Sheet Music (Digital Download)". Sony-ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Masley, Ed (June 21, 2008). "Perry joins the forces of Warped". Arizona Central. Arizona Central. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Slezak, Michael (2008). "How awesome is Katy Perry's 'Ur So Gay'?", PopWatchBlog. Jan 7, 2008, 07:03 pm. Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  6. ^ Hermann, Andy. "Katy Perry's One of the Boys is dandy ear candy", June 17, 2008.
  7. ^ Daly, Sean (2008). "Sean Daly's CD picks: Katy Perry, the Fratellis, Ed Harcourt", St. Petersburg Times. In print: Sunday, June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  8. ^ French, Marguerite. "Katy Perry – One of The Boys Album Review", Retrieved June 22, 2008.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2008). "One of the Boys – Katy Perry" review, AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2008.
  10. ^ Video Ur So Gay van Katy Perry – Myspace Video
  11. ^ Katy Perry – Ur So Gay
  12. ^ a b "Singles Chart Search Results: "Ur So Gay"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Katy Perry". ABPD. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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