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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" Video Closes Out Two-Year 'Teenage Dream' Era

Two years ago, "California Gurls" kicked off Katy Perry's Teenage Dream era. The single became her second #1 on the Hot 100 (following 2008's "I Kissed A Girl"), and she subsequently went on to become a superstar. The further chart-topping hits "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" followed, while "The One That Got Away" peaked at #3.

Then came the album's Complete Confection re-release this past March, which spawned another #1 ("Part Of Me"), and her current, and final, single from the whole she-bang, "Wide Awake." It's a sweet number about finding redemption and life anew following a failed relationship, penned by the dream team of Perry, Bonnie McKee, Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Henry Walter, and the video is a fitting farewell to all the teenage dreaminess that has led Katy to this point.

The fairy tale-like clip fittingly begins with Perry on the set of her "California Gurls" video shoot, then proceeds through a Candy Land-esque labyrinth of baddies in masks, closing walls, a false Prince Charming and new chances. In the end, she winds up on stage during her recent tour.

Of course, Katy is a brand at this point, and she can't truly say goodbye without the inevitable concert movie/documentary tie-in (the 3D Part Of Me film hits theaters on July 5).

But somewhere, under all this gloss and floss, there's just a good, simple pop song at the heart of it all — and that's "Wide Awake."