“Part of Me” by Katy Perry
The Story of the Song: Katy Perry released this angst ridden pop song in the aftermath of her separation from husband Russell Brand. Naturally, fans all over the world assumed he had inspired such pain in Katy.
The Story Behind the Song: The song was originally a B-side written during the songwriting sessions for Teenage Dream–meaning it wasn’t inspired by Russell Brand at all. It was a bit too pessimistic and combative for the frothy, fun tone of the album, so it was shelved. There were some lyrical changes that refer to the break up of a marriage in the single version, but Perry has been emphatic that the song was initially written prior to her relationship with Brand. In fact, at its core, the song was supposed to be about her transition from being a gospel singer to a pop star.