"Party in the U.S.A." is a pop song performed by American recording artist Miley Cyrus. The song was written by Lukasz Gottwald, Claude Kelly and Jessica Cornish, and produced by Gottwald. Released as the lead single from Cyrus' extended play The Time of Our Lives, it served as promotion for her clothing line with Max Azria. The song was scheduled to be released to mainstream radio on August 3, 2009, but the release date was changed to July 29 following an unauthorized leak on the Internet. "Party in the U.S.A." is a mid-tempo song and has prominent pop rock characteristics. The song's lyrics evoke Cyrus' move from Nashville, Tennessee to Los Angeles, California.
The song garnered commercial success for Cyrus in several nations, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States. In the Billboard Hot 100, the song reached its highest international peak at number two due to strong digital sales that placed it at number one on Hot Digital Songs. The song became her best charting single, first number one on Hot Digital Songs and Hollywood Records' fastest selling song. The song reached number one on the Billboard Pop 100 chart on October 30, 2009. The song has stayed in the top ten of the Hot 100 for 16 weeks beating out The Climb's eight weeks.
A Grease-inspired music video, directed by Chris Applebaum, to "Party in the U.S.A." was released on September 23. Cyrus promoted the song by performing it at several venues, including on her first international concert tour, Wonder World Tour. Rolling Stone ranked the song #4 on their Best 25 Songs of 2009 list.
Miley Cyrus is one of the most understated artists of our time, and while she continues to be misunderstood by the mainstream media, also communicates complex ideas around deep human emotions and the experience of living through the lyrics in her songs. One of the greatest examples is her masterpiece, "Party in the USA", which expresses deep anxiety, fear of acceptance, and the transition of a young Southern girl experiencing the emotional assault of being thrown … more