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Katy Perry

A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. Raised in a religious household as the daughter of two pastors, she was forbidden to listen to secular bands as a child, although a childhood slumber party introduced her to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury. Religious music remained at the forefront, however, and Katy released a self-titled Christian album in 2001 under her original name. She would later abandon the genre (and her given surname) in favor of a pop career.

At age 17, she began working with hitmaker Glen Ballard, who had produced and co-written for Alanis Morissette. Several years later, she teamed up with the Matrix, a Grammy-nominated production/songwriting team whose résumé included collaborations with Avril Lavigne, Shakira, and Korn. Tired of producing music for other artists, the Matrix had plans to record an album of their own, with Perry serving as one of the group's two singers. The project was ultimately shelved, but not before Perry appeared in a 2004 write-up by Blender magazine, who hailed her as "the Next Big Thing!"

With the Matrix's unreleased album sitting in the vaults at Sony Records, Perry went back to the drawing board and began working on a solo album for Columbia. The project was eventually canceled, although two of its songs were later given to Kelly Clarkson, who scored a Top 40 hit with "I Do Not Hook Up" several years later. Perry (who, by this point, had shed her original surname due to its similarity to actress Kate Hudson) then signed with Capitol, who encouraged their new client to write her own music and helped establish her image as a boisterous, tongue-in-cheek pop star. Perry's debut single, "Ur So Gay," generated a small buzz with its mischievous lyrics and clever music video, but it was "I Kissed a Girl" that proved to be her breakthrough hit, topping the charts in 20 countries and pushing its accompanying album, 2008's One of the Boys, into the Top Ten in America. Perry supported her debut by joining the Warped Tour that summer, where she toured alongside her boyfriend at the time, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Meanwhile, "Hot N Cold" became her second multi-platinum hit, "Thinking of You" (one of the album's three songs written solely by Perry) cracked the Top 40, and "Waking Up in Vegas" cracked the Top Ten.

Such success meant that Katy Perry had officially become one of the industry's biggest pop stars, celebrated as much for her outsized behavior and outrageous fashion choices as the music itself. She continued touring through the summer of 2009 (albeit without McCoy, whose boyfriend status had been revoked earlier that year) and found time to tape an installment of MTV Unplugged, which was released in November. Meanwhile, she worked on a new album and started up a whirlwind romance with comedian Russell Brand, eventually becoming his wife, a short-lived marriage that would last for only a year. She would later begin an on-again, off-again relationship with adult-alternative singer/songwriter John Mayer. Recording sessions for her album wrapped up in early 2010, and Perry scored her second number one single with "California Gurls," which was released that May. The accompanying album, Teenage Dream, followed in August. The album was reissued in 2012 as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, with the bonus track "Wide Awake," earning Perry a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

In 2013, Perry announced the release of Prism, her fourth album, with the number one single "Roar." Written and produced in collaboration with a host of artists and producers (including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé), it was inspired musically by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Prince, and lyrically by her past relationships. Appearing in October, it hit number one in the U.S. and U.K., followed by another Billboard chart-topper, "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J. "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do" both reached the Top 40. In May 2014, she embarked on an ambitious tour of England, North America, Australia, and Europe, with concert dates lasting into early 2015. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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She rocked the super bowl
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Halftime with her was so cool she did a great job P.S. I mean the super bowl ...
I love you Katy perry
What's your number ��
I love this song so much
I like your song that was on the 49 super bowl
I like your songs that was on the super bowl game.It was so good.
You sang at the supr bowl 7 minutes ago
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Just sang at supr bowl!!
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Your so pretty and you can be confident in front of the world.you are going to be great.I want to be like you when I grow up!!!
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Katy Perry is so amazing because she makes awesome songs and she is going to be performing at halftime tonight at the super bowl game and I'm super excited I'm probably gonna have a heart attack when she comes out on the field and starts singing the first word of her amazing songs hahahahahaha h a !
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Hi
munchie1229
Love your songs Katy kiss me baby my name is Kenndi! I am 8years old love you!
brooklynne17
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I love ya girl! Cant wait to see you Super Bowl preformance.
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You go girl! You have come for far! And now u are performing at the Super Bowl!! You deserve to stand in the place u stand in!
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Have so much fun at the Super Bowl go girl you can do it
I love you so much
Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on two other songs look under your pillow
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I love your music and I can't wait for you to perform at superbowl 49 yay for 2015 I bet it will be an awesome performance
anisamody
You are an awesome singer and the best of all of them
anisamody
I am your biggest fan
Good work
Your a good singer but is it the right thing to do to sell your soul to the devil I THINK THAT ITS NOT SO STOP BEING THAT WAY OR PEOPLE WONT LIKE YOU AM I RIGHT IF I AM DAY YES ON THESE COMMENTS
Say iphone 5 times
Pick what color
Post this on 2 other songs
Look under your pillow
Your a awesome singer
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Katy I love your songs good luck at the super bowl song so excited I will watch with my family and friends can u say my name that would be amazing my name is Ellee Irwin thanks even though I know u wont but count on u that would mean a lot and make everything real amazing for me
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keante.rob
I love you very much your songs is good
rikarredon
Can't wait for her to play at Super Bowl in halftime I'm girl
Katy you so so so so awsome ............ . . . . I ❤️katy
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Love your music
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