“Wide Awake” became another commercial success for Perry, topping the charts in Canada and New Zealand while reaching number two in Lebanon and the United States. In America, the song was kept off the top spot by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. It also peaked within the top 10 in Australia, Hungary, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as well as the top 20 in Brazil, Italy, and Slovakia. The single’s music video was directed by Lance Drake, and featured a fairy tale-like story, starring Perry and a child version of her. The video also makes references from Perry’s Teenage Dream singles and the previous Complete Confection single “Part of Me”.
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Perry co-wrote “Wide Awake” with Bonnie McKee, Max Martin, and its producers Cirkut and Dr. Luke. The production coordination was helmed by Irene Richter and Katie Mitzell. Recorded at NightBird Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California, it was engineered by Clint Gibbs, who was assisted by Angelo Caputo, and John Hanes, and was mixed by Serban Ghenea.
In the United States, “Wide Awake” made its first appearance on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number 19 based on digital sales alone following the release of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. After Perry’s performance on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 35 as the second highest debut of the week, behind Phillip Phillips’ “Home”. The same week, the song debuted on multiple Billboard component charts – at number 29 on the Pop Songs and 35 on the Adult Pop Songs charts. For the chart issue dated June 4, 2012, “Wide Awake” debuted at number 50 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart as well as moving 5 spots on the Pop songs chart to number 20. The song reached the summit on the week of August 4, 2012.