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The song was made to not only reflect what was going on in Katy Perry’s life at the time (coping with her 2011 divorce from Russell Brand), but to be a turning point for Katy and become a powerful pop song as well. Using sounds of both glam and arena rock, Katy’s co-writer,Bonnie McKee wanted to make a song perfect for Katy. Bonnie told that Katy “was kind of coming out of sort of a dark place when she was setting up Prism, she was talking about wanting to explore her darker side.” Writing the song in Katy’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California, the song provided almost a kind of therapy, with Bonnie explaining that: “Prism went from being a dark album, to being an empowering album full of light.” “Roar” essentially tells people to own their power and stand up for themselves.  Bonnie McKee told MTV that “Roar” is “kind of a ‘pick yourself up and dust yourself off and keep going’, female empowerment song”, while Katy told BBC Radio that “I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment.”

Release date

Released August 10, 2013


Katy Perry – Lukasz Gottwald – Max Martin – Bonnioe McKee – Henry Walter



Chart Rankings

“Roar” entered the UK Singles Chart in the number one spot, becoming Katy Perry’s fourth number one single in the UK. The song was Katy’s eighth consecutive number one song on the US Billboard Hot 100, and earned the highest first week sales numbers of 2013 in the US, as well as her biggest digital song sales per week ever. Besides the US and UK, “Roar” reached number one in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Europe, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexican Anglo Chart, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Korea; and reached the top five in Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg Digital Songs, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela Pop Rock. “Roar” earned 11x Platinum status in Australia, 9x Platinum in the United States, 5x Platinum in Canada, 4x Platinum in New Zealand, Sweden, and Venezuela, 2x Platinum in Denmark, Italy, United Kingdom, 2x Platinum + Gold in Mexico, and Platinum certification in Austria and Germany. “Roar” also earned Gold certification in Belgium.

Artist’s age on release date

Katy Perry was 28 years old when Roar was released

Cover Versions

A cover of “Roar” was on an episode of the TV show Glee, called “A Katy or a Gaga”, and was also featured in the opening number of the 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television, covered by Alex Gonzaga and Toni Gonzaga.  Covers were also made by Mariangeli from HitStreak; Boyce Avenue featuring Bea Miller on Apple & Spotify; Alex G; Angelic; Samantha Potter; Megan Nicole; Jannine Weigel; Cimorelli; Alex Goot and Sam Tsui; Tori Kelly and Scott Hoying; Olivia Wise; Andie Case; Tyler Ward and Two Worlds; a Vintage Motown cover featuring Annie Goodchild; MACO (Japanese); Macy Kate; Ali Brustofski; Daniel J.; Tanner Patrick; an a cappella cover featuring Andy Lange, Chester See, Andrew Garcia, Josh Golden, Sam Tsui & Alex Goot; Savannah Outen (acoustic); Tiffany Alvord & Jon D.; Leo Moracciolim, (metal); Alex Boye featuring Mom Bloggers United (Africanized); Gollayan Sisters; Before You Exit; Megan Nicole; U4ria; and Dot SE.


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  1. Ekateriana Bulgakova

    February 27, 2018 at 8:22 pm

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