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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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kellerzoo0
hey katty perry i loved your songs its called hot n cold
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started so don't stop this is so scary because it actually works put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Lol she's so old now like she hasn't put out a song in forever but I still love her songs
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I love your song dark horse
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Wow
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I. Love. Your. Song
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Kiss your left hand
Pick a school day
Post this on ! 5 different songs
And you will be asked out by your crush.
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I'm Katy Perry's biggest fan

And I'm a girl
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Say ariana post this on two other songs check you voice
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Why are people talking about Taylor Swift here if this us Katy Perry bio
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Damn if Katy Perry ever died I'd be depressed for years
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I like this song and +denale.dami a n
What happens??
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denisegkhour y
I love your music
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Say mermaid 5x
Don't talk till you post this on two songs
Touch water
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Good song Katy I luv you
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jdrozell
Love you Katy Perry
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Love. You
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I love your song last Friday night!! Hi my name is jeweliauna rogers!!
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Hii
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I love you're songs so much i love you so much❤�������
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Katy perry I LOVE LOVE LOVE your songs
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290Tula to one another to get my money to get my phone to the best of the day after a few years and the best way of the day before I go to bed now so much for a few weeks of my friends to be able too see it on a Friday morning to the first place I want you in my room for a new phone and the first place I have no clue who I was in my head hurts so bad but it doesn't even work and it will take place Memorial Service at a time when you have no clue how I can get the best way of saying it would have
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I Love your music and I love you so much.��
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I love you so much ��
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Kiss your left hand
Say a school day
Post this on 15 other songs
And your crush will ask you out
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Henry said Piece of Me to the best way for me I have no idea what I'm saying that he is the most recent quarter and a new album of a sudden urge you all have that problem of my friends to the first half and I have no idea what I do it all in one day and the best of the first place for me I was a little more time I try to be able the best way for a new phone case you would Like a little too hard and the Send Pink hair cut off my mind and body of work for a be the same as I have no clue who they r
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Katy perry me and my friend, like you a lot we watching videos of you all the time favorite song is wide awake and want her favorite song is I don't know do you know anything about making another one can you call it Black keys your number one fan i'm grounded I still watch videos of you even know I'm not supposed to do you're so awesome. I am Little
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Say Ariana 5#
Post on 2 songs and check out your voice
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Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on 3 other songs then look under your pillow
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Katy perry u are awesome I like u better than Taylor swift
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ralphw9
I love Katy perry!!!!!!! ! ! * * * * * $ $ $ $ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 0 0 ! , ? ! ? ? ! ! ? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ ! ? $ & n b v c x e a * * * * *
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chlomole2012 5
1. Kiss your hand.
2. Say your crushes name.
3. Close your hand.
4. Say a school day.
5. Open your hand.
6. Post this on fifteen other songs.

After all of this, your crush will ask you out!
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I love you to but my friends don 't like you ether sorry. Agery with you harymond12
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Say IPHONE 5 times, Pick a color, Post 5 other times, & look under your pillow.
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Love all of your songs
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1.Kiss your hand

2.Say your crushes name

3.Close your hand

4.Say a school day

5.Open your hand and post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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chrislindaol s o n
You me Dow your songs you are my favorite.
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Say IPhone 5 times
Post this on 5 other songs
Say a color
Look under your pillow
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Katy perry is the best singer ever and my name is harvest
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Hey Katy ur awsome
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she is awesome I like I'm wide awake
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This is serenity I am such a big big fan I really like your songs
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How do make songs cause i want to be singer like you./? Love Miah the H is silent.
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How do you do this?
Lol
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I <3 it!!!!
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Eddie and I am so I am going to the other than that you can be able too long I out to see the other use of the last out in a new year to see you have been to me a good time and then you can you I am a few weeks ago I am going by oyo
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AWSOME SONG!!!!!!! GO KATY PERRY!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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THE BEST KATI PERRY SONG EVER BESIDES THE THAT GOT AWAY.
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