T." is a song by American singer Katy Perry taken from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). Musically, it is an electronic and hip hop ballad which draws heavily from dubstep and techno, along with smaller amounts of drum and bass.
The song became Perry's fifth non-consecutive number one on the U. Billboard Hot 100, and also topped charts in Canada, New Zealand, Poland, Australia, Ireland and Scotland. T." has sold over six million digital downloads worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide and Perry's third highest selling song in the U. According to Billboard, it was the fourth biggest song of 2011.
To promote the song, Perry and West performed on the tenth season of American Idol, the 54th Grammy Awards, and at Madison Square Garden for Z100's Jingle Ball.
Floria Sigismondi directed the song's music video, which shows Perry as an evolving alien drifting in outer space before landing on an abandoned litter-covered Earth, while clips of large felines hunting game are interspersed.
The video garnered positive reviews from music critics. T." came after its beat was accidentally played during a recording session she had with Dr. It was originally intended for American hip hop group Three 6 Mafia.
However, after hearing it, Perry chose to work with the track.
She told MTV News: "I heard it and I always knew I wanted to write this futuristic, alienistic song, and they pulled it up and I was like, 'Wait, I can wrap my head around this.
I know this seems like a long shot, but I think I have the perfect material to put on top of this sound.' And I did, and it really worked out perfectly." In December 2010, Perry asked fans through Twitter to help her select the album's fourth single.
On December 13, 2010, she tweeted, "Thanks for all your great suggestions for the next single today! We're on the same page." In early January 2011, Perry announced via Facebook that "E. The announcement was accompanied with the single's artwork, which features Perry with "cat eye make-up, bangs, and a sequined top". T." opens with the first rap verse by West containing the lines "I got a dirty mind / I got filthy ways / I'm trying to bathe my Ape in your milky way / They callin' me an alien / A big-headed astronaut". T." together with some other tracks from the albums is heavier sonically and lyrically, with a boom-boom-pow electro punch and Perry discussing more toxic relationships." Pop Matters' staff writer Steve Leftridge called the song "neither strong nor edgy nor clever nor sonically interesting enough to lend any genuine credibility to Perry as a serious artist with anything to actually say." Genevieve Koski of The A. Club gave the song a C-, saying that while its lyrical content was "borderline-embarrassing", it did earn "a couple bonus points for showing a relatively darker side" of Perry, while A. Club editor Steven Hyden was more critical of the both Perry's and West's lyrics, saying that "borderline-embarrassing" was too generous and that "the whole concept of the song is so beyond either side of sanity" that it was impossible to grade.
One week before the official release of Teenage Dream, the solo version of "E.
T." was released as a promotional single and debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 42, selling 64,000 digital copies. T." topped the New Zealand Singles Chart on January 31, 2011, becoming her sixth number-one in the country, and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand for sales of 15,000.
On the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs), "E.