Bon Appétit (song)

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"Bon Appétit"
Katy Perry - Bon Appétit (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Katy Perry featuring Migos
from the album Witness
Released April 28, 2017
Format Digital download
Length 3:47
Label Capitol
Katy Perry singles chronology
"Chained to the Rhythm"
"Bon Appétit"
"Swish Swish"
"Chained to the Rhythm"
"Bon Appétit"
"Swish Swish"
Migos singles chronology
"Peek a Boo"
(2017) Peek a Boo2017
"Bon Appétit"
(2017) Bon Appétit2017
(2017) Body2017
Music video
"Bon Appétit" on YouTube

"Bon Appétit" is a song by American singer Katy Perry from her fifth studio album Witness (2017), featuring American hip hop group Migos. The track was released as the second single from the album on April 28, 2017 by Capitol Records, it is a dance-pop and trap-pop song with lyrics that feature sexual double entendres involving food. An accompanying music video followed on May 12, 2017, and features Perry being prepared and served by chefs as a meal. Commercially, the song charted within the top ten in France and Israel, as well as the top twenty in Belgium (Wallonia) and Canada.

In June 2017, Charlie Puth delivered a acoustic version at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.


Perry described her fifth album Witness as a "360-degree liberation" record, with "Bon Appétit" representing a "sexual liberation",[1] she also called it a "pretty sexual" song that was part of "some of that good 'ol Katy Perry, fluffy stuff that you love so much".[2] "Bon Appétit" is a disco-infused dance-pop and trap-pop song[3][4] with a duration of 3 minutes and 47 seconds.[5] According to Hugh McIntyre from Forbes, the track's rhythm features "breezy, summery, 90's-invoking vibes" and a beat that gradually builds, eventually becoming "undeniable".[6] MTV writer Sasha Geffen calls the track, "a smorgasbord" of double entrendres with food.[3] In the song, Perry sings "'Cause I'm all that you want, boy/All that you can have, boy/Got me spread like a buffet/Bon a, Bon appétit, baby".[7] Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone found the song similar to the music of AC/DC.[8]

The song is written in the key of E minor with a tempo of 106 beats per minute in common time. Perry's vocals span from G3 to E5.[9]

Release and promotion[edit]

Perry performing "Bon Appétit" during Witness: The Tour in Madison Square Garden

On April 24, Perry sent out a recipe for the "World's Best Cherry Pie", teasing the song's release. Fans sent photos of their completed pies to Perry on Twitter where she said they "may get a surprise" and rated their pies.[10][11] Perry subsequently announced the track's release two days later. Capitol Records released it for download on April 28, 2017, as the second single from her upcoming fifth studio album.[5][12] To promote the song on the day of its release, Perry went to Times Square in a food truck to hand out cherry pies to fans.[4] Three days later, she and Migos performed it at the 2017 Met Gala after Perry also sang her songs "Chained to the Rhythm", "Dark Horse", and "Firework". According to Vogue, "Bon Appétit" was the highlight of the show, writing the performance was where "things really got going", concluding "that's how you wrap up a Met Gala."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly's Nolan Feeney gave "Bon Appétit" a B+ rating writing, "she is back to garish, stupid-fun party jams that don't even try to be subtle about cramming in as many sex metaphors as possible in three-and-a-half minutes. In other words, the kind of songs she's best at."[14] Forbes writer Hugh McIntyre felt the song was "great pop music" with potential for success.[6] Jon Carmanica of The New York Times states, "Ms. Perry is in her least convincing mode—dance-floor diva—but the production is direct and effective."[15] NME writer Jamie Milton calls "Bon Appétit" a "recipe for greatness", and "supremely confident, addictive, steamed-up sound of summer 2017". Milton praised Migos' presence on the song saying they "could grace any track and make it even better".[16] Chris Willman of Variety said "Bon Appétit" is, "a gleefully ridiculous exercise in chewing the comedic scenery by presenting female sexuality as a four-course-plus meal", noting Perry is moving "further into a pure EDM-pop realm here".[17] Idolator's Mike Wass ranked it as the 8th best pop song of 2017,[18] and described the song as "catchy" as well as a "tasty treat", though felt its chorus had too many double entendres.[19]

In a negative review, USA Today contributor Jayme Deerwester criticized the track's production as "unsubstantial and ultimately unsatisfying".[20] Spin writer Anna Gaca was equally critical of the song. Gaca called the song "Katy Perry's drooling one-trick pony of a new single, also featuring Migos. It's about food and none-too-coded references to Katy Perry's vagina, and it will make you a little uncomfortable."[21] Isha Aran of Fusion was critical of the lyrics and production, while considering the song an improvement to its predecessor commenting "I can't say the song is great (Katy Perry songs always feel incomplete to me, like they're giving 70%), but it's something of a relief—much less awkward than 'conscious' Katy."[22] Perry's collaboration with Migos was criticized by media commentators and fans due to the group's homophobic comments on American rapper iLoveMakonnen.[23][24][25]

Chart performance[edit]

In Australia, the track debuted at number 35 on the ARIA Charts with sales of 4,358 copies;[26] in the United Kingdom, it entered at number 40 on the UK Singles Chart.[27] It later ascended to number 37 in the nation.[28]

In the United States, the song opened at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated May 12, 2017, with first week digital downloads of 18,000 copies and an airplay audience of 3.8 million.[29] Following the music video's release, it rose to number 59 in the nation and debuted on the country's Streaming Songs chart at number 36 with 11.7 million streams.[30] It also peaked at number 28 on Hot Dance Club Songs, thus breaking her streak of 18 consecutive number-one singles on the chart;[31] in Canada, "Bon Appétit" entered at number 41[32] before rising to number 14.[33] In France, the song debuted at number 37 on May 5, 2017. Following Perry's performance on The Voice: la plus belle voix on June 4, 2017, the song peaked at number 9 on June 16, 2017.[34][35]

In Russia, "Bon Appetit" peaked at number 174 on Top Hit Weekly General with overall 56,586 plays.[36]

Music video[edit]

Chef Roy Choi appeared in the music video

Dent De Cuir directed the song's music video, which was released on May 12, 2017 and features chef Roy Choi, it first shows Perry wrapped in plastic before chefs cut the wrapping open and "start kneading her like dough" before she is boiled in a pot with carrots while singing her lyrics and Choi serves her as a meal. Migos watch and rap their verses as she then dances on a pole. Perry then is served a pie containing dismembered body parts of the patrons,[37] as of June 2018, the music video has just over 500 million views.

Brian Josephs of Spin criticized the video as "uncomfortable to watch", and wrote that it is "Weird as Hell".[38] Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Nolan Feeney called it both "eye-catching" and "as creepy as it is bonkers".[39]

The video accrued over 16 million views within 24 hours on YouTube, the most since Adele's "Hello" music video.[40]

At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, it was nominated for "Best Art Direction".[41]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Bon Appétit" (featuring Migos) 3:47
Digital download – MUNA Remix[42]
No. Title Length
1. "Bon Appétit" (MUNA Remix) 3:21
Digital download – Martin Jensen Remix[43]
No. Title Length
1. "Bon Appétit" (featuring Migos) (Martin Jensen Remix) 2:56
Digital download – 3LAU Remix[44]
No. Title Length
1. "Bon Appétit" (featuring Migos) (3LAU Remix) 3:04

Credits and personnel[edit]



  • When I'm Rich You'll Be My Bitch (ASCAP) – administered by WB Music Corp., – MXM – administered by Kobalt (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. on behalf of Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia AB and Wolf Cousins (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Crown and Scepter (ASCAP), Unsub Pub LLC (ASCAP) – administered by WB Music Corp. –, Huncho YRN Music/Quality Control QC Pro/Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP), YRN Piped Up Entertainment/Quality Control QC Pro/Reservoir Media Music (ASCAP) and Silent Assassin YRN/Quality Control QC Pro/Reservoir Media Music (ASCAP)
  • Migos appears courtesy of Quality Control Music


Credits and personnel adapted from Witness album liner notes.[45]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[81] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[82] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[83] Gold 66,666*
Italy (FIMI)[84] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[85] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[86] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, release format, and label
Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various April 28, 2017 Digital download Original Capitol [5]
Italy May 12, 2017 Mainstream radio Original Universal [87]
Various May 19, 2017 Digital Download MUNA Remix Capitol Records [42]
Martin Jensen Remix [43]
3LAU Remix [44]


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