6 Songs You Didn’t Know Katy Perry Has Written For Other Artists

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Before Katy Perry took over the pop world with hits ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘Hot n’ Cold’ after her 2008 debut One of the boys, she lived a different musical life as a Christian music artist, releasing her self-titled debut album in 2001.

Ready to re-emerge as a pop artist, part of Perry’s job was to co-write songs for other artists in the genre. Primarily co-writing for pop artists like Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears, Perry has also branched out into country and hip-hop along the way.

Here are six songs Perry has co-written for and with other artists.

“The Girl Next Door”, Jessie James Decker (2009)
Written by Katy Perry, Ted Bruner, T. Vittetoe

Perry wrote two songs for country singer Jessie James Decker’s 2009 debut: “Bullet,” also co-written with Decker, and “Girl Next Door.” Although no song was released as a single, the album charted at No. 23 on the Billboard Top 200.

“I’m Not Connecting”, Kelly Clarkson (2009)
Written by Katy Perry, Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells

On Kelly Clarkson’s fourth album, Everything I ever wantedPerry co-wrote not one but two songs for the singer, “Long Shot” (with Glen Ballard and Matt Thiessen), which peaked at No. 33, and “I Do Not Hook Up”, which reached No. #8 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The uplifting song is about falling in love with having a quick connection.

“It’s More Like That”, Selena Gomez and the Stage (2011)
Written by Katy Perry, Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg

It was Perry’s second time writing a song for Gomez’s album, When Sun sets, with his band The Scene. Formed in 2008, the band, consisting of Gomez, along with guitarist Drew Taubenfeld, bassist Joey Clement, drummer Greg Garman and keyboardist Dane Forrest, released three debut albums in 2009. Kiss and say and A year without rain in 2010 – Perry also co-wrote the track “Rock God” – until their final release When Sun sets. “[This] is a bit of a cheeky 50s theme, back then you always assumed the woman would cook for you and the guys would go to work,” Gomez said. “The song flips that around and says ‘you can massage my feet, you can take care of me, you can cook me dinner.’ I think the girls will like to sing this although I apologize to all the boys who will hear this song.

“Passenger”, Britney Spears (2013)
Written by Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Sia, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Swanson, Katy Diplo, Anthony Preston

For her eighth album, Britney Jean, Britney Spears has a solid collection of co-writers and collaborators like Sia, who helped write two tracks, including “Passenger,” which was co-written with Perry. The song was originally written for Perry’s Prism album and reworked for Spears.

“Get on Your Knees”, Nicki Minaj with Ariana Grande (2014)
Written by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Chloe Angelides, Henry Russell Walter, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Lukasz Gottwald, Sarah Hudson

Perry helped write the more hip-hop track for Minaj’s third album The pink footprint album. The album, which also features contributions from Drake, Beyoncé, Meek Mill and more, won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album in 2015.

“Black Widow”, Iggy Azalea with Rita Ora (2014)
Written by Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea Tor, Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Benjamin Levin, Sarah Hudson

Another song originally intended for Perry Prism album, “Black Widow” found its way to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, who helped work on the song for this duet with British singer Rita Ora. Both sing of a despised woman—It’s like I love you so much now I hate you / I feel stupid all the time I gave you / I wanted it all or nothing for us, there’s no space in between / Maybe I believe what you say you’ll never say. Featured on Azalea’s debut, The new classic, the song reached number one on several charts, including the Hot Rap/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Katy Perry

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