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article imageReview: Katy Perry is a revelation in new music video for 'Birthday' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 18, 2014 in Music
Pop mega-star Katy Perry released the music video for her latest single "Birthday" on April 24, via her YouTube channel.
The tune was co-written by Perry, songstress Bonnie McKee and Perry's producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut. It is the third track on her latest studio album Prism, that was released on Capitol Records. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld and Danny Lockwood and it was subsequently produced by Dawn Rose.
It is quite different than some of her previous work and the antithesis of her "Unconditionally" video, where she looked like a mystical goddess. In her "Birthday" video, which was filmed in April of 2014, she deglams herself into five of the world's worst birthday party entertainers, and the best part was that nobody knew it was her. The personalities she portrayed included an elderly woman named "Goldie the Dancer," Yosef Shulem, a Jewish master of ceremonies, Kriss the Clown, Ace the Animal Trainer, as well as Mandee Rogers, who is a face-painted dressed up as a princess.
It certainly has a disco vibe to it (whose beginning is reminiscent of Kool and the Gang's "Celebration") and the disco ball in one of the video's scenes gives it a late 70s throwback feel.
The best part is when she apologizes profusely for the disappointing face-painting job that she did on the girl's faces, but that is when she reveals herself as the real Katy Perry, which is a real treat for the girls and they are seen singing dancing with the pop diva and taking pictures with her.
I always enjoy Katy Perry's lengthy videos such as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and the same holds true for "Birthday." It is witty and a clever concept, and she showcases her acting chops as she transforms into these five alter egos.
The song's lyric video is stunning which can be seen here:
One of the standout lyrics are in the chorus where Perry sings, "So make a wish, I'll make it like your birthday every day." It garners an A rating, and I'm sure it will be a birthday party anthem at celebrations this summer.
The song sits at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, for the week of May 24, but with a video of this caliber and constant radio airplay, I think it is No. 1 bound.
For more information on pop star Katy Perry and her "Birthday" music video, visit her official website.
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