You may not recognize her instantly, but she's the award-winning face behind hits like Britney Spear's "Hold It Against Me", Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Ke$ha's "C'Mon," not to mention Katy Perry's best friend and constant collaborator. Now singer and songwriter Bonnie McKee is releasing her new single, "American Girl," alongside a Slurpee-filled, star-spangled sexy new music video.
Joined by two of her friends, McKee struts through the patriotic video full of iconic American tackiness (from arcades, malls, falling in love at a 7-11 to roasting marshmallows over a car set on fire) declaring she's a "hot-blooded American girl" in a song she's described as a "summer banger," a follow-up to her 2004 single "Somebody." The song will be officially released tomorrow on iTunes.
McKee said during a recent Ustream chat that the new video was inspired by the film "Spring Breakers," Harmony Korine's cheesecake gun ballet with plenty of neon and a soaring Skrillex-inspired soundscape. "We steal a car, go to the mall and other American stuff," McKee said during the live stream. "I also dance a lot."
McKee has collaborated with Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Avril Lavigne, Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few, helping to write some of this decade's greatest hits.
The original video for "American Girl" featured a star-studded cast of some of McKee's best friends and collaboraters, like Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, and (of course!) Katy Perry singing along to her new single, as well as surprise appearances from celebrity guests like Kathy Griffin, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe and the band KISS.
Most recently, McKee helped pen Britney Spear's latest songs off the "Smurfs 2" soundtrack, "Ooh La La" and "Vacation," and has worked with Ellie Goulding on a new song for her upcoming album re-release "Halycon Days," a track entitled "Got It Under Control."
McKee has also been working with Katy Perry on the superstar's upcoming fourth studio album,
"We were just in [Katy's hometown of] Santa Barbara and we wrote three or four songs, I guess. So I have four songs with her coming out," McKee told MTV News. "Katy and I are really similar. That's kind of how we became friends. We met at Wasteland on Melrose [Avenue in Los Angeles], a thrift store. We just are totally on the same level...We're just soulmates in that way, I guess."