Katy Perry is set to release her second major-label album, Teenage Dream, in late August, according to a May 11 anouncement. The album will include the American singer's single "California Gurls," which can now be streamed at katyperry.com.
"California Gurls," which featured Snoop Dogg, was a response to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind," according to Perry. "What about California?," said Perry in a press release. "What about all the homies, the gin and juice, the swaying palm trees, the sun-kissed skin 24-7. I decided that we needed to make a response."Additional songs on the album may include "E.T." and "In Between," snippets of which were leaked online on May 6 and made it onto YouTube before they were quickly removed.
The new album's title is getting some media criticism for its resemblance to the recently released Teen Dream by Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House, which counted Jay-Z and Beyoncé among its audience members during a performance at the Coachella Festival in April.
Katy Perry's previous album, 2008's One of the Boys, earned the singer two Grammy nominations, went platinum in nine countries, and spawned the chart-topping singles "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold."
Teenage Dream will be released by Capitol Records on August 24 in the US and Canada and August 30 in the rest of the world.