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Story of Song

‘Part of Me’ is an empowering song penned by Perry and Bonnie McKee. The single was leaked on the internet in 2010, and it was addressed to Perry’s then ex-boyfriend Travis McCoy. But when the song was officially released in 2012, there was a difference in the lyrics between the two versions, and listeners thought that the lyrical change was directed toward Perry’s ex-husband, actor Russell Brand. When asked about the story behind the song Perry explained: “I wrote it two years ago, which is funny because everybody is like ‘God, it sounds so current,’ and some people that I work with were like ‘You should just say you wrote it a couple of weeks ago.’ I’m like ‘I’m not a dick, I’m going to tell the truth.’ I wrote it two years ago when I was writing and recording Teenage Dream, but it didn’t feel right on the record. I would’ve had to take out one of my other songs that made the album a nice, complete package.”

Release date

Released February 13, 2012


Katy Perry – Lukasz Gottwald – Max Martin – Bonnie McKee



Chart Rankings

‘Part of Me’ topped the UK Singles Charts and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In the US, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the US Dance Club Songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 2.78 million copies. Perry’s single reached number 1 on the charts in Bulgaria, Canada, New Zealand, and Scotland. It also reached the top 10 charts in several countries, including Australia, Hungary, Ireland, Lebanon, and Mexico.  In Canada and Australia the song was certified Triple Platinum, in New Zealand it was certified Platinum, and in both Italy and Mexico it was certified Gold.

Artist’s age on release date

Katy Perry was 27 years old when she released this song.

Cover Versions

Madilyn Bailey – Adam Stanton – Megan Nicole – Tyler Ward – The Animal In Me – Jason Chen – Tanner Patrick – Jake Coco featuring Katie Behzadi – Ali Brustofski – Freaky Fortune – Bianca – Merel (The Voice Kids 3) – Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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