Katy Perry to Release Her Sophomore Album

Katy Perry
Peter Gaston

Love her or hate her, Katy Perry is back. Her sophomore album, Teenage Dream, is set for an August 24 release -- and its first single, "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, is out now. Listen to it here.

Perry, the former Christian pop star who wears a cross-emblazoned guitar strap but sings about love, sex, Vegas, and making out with girls, says she wrote "California Gurls" as a West Coast answer to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind": "I decided that we needed to make a response. I want people to want to book a ticket to California the first time they hear it."

The track finds Perry -- who's engaged to British comedian Russell Brand -- raving about riding around in jeeps, wearing bikini tops with Daisy Dukes, sippin' gin and juice, and boasting "sun-kissed skin so hot we'll melt your popsicle." Later, Snoop joins in atop the song's disco-guitar-laced hook. "I'm all up on ya," Snoop hollers at Perry, "cuz you're representin' California."

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