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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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Selected Discography


Track List: Birthday (Cash Cash Remix) (Single)


Track List: Dark Horse (Single)


Track List: Roar (Single)


Track List: Teenage Dream (Single)


Track List: Unconditionally (Single)


Track List: Ur So Gay (Radio Single)


Track List: Walking On Air (Single)


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Katty perry I coming see you in person
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I love all your songs
Love all your songs!
I love you katy Perry by the way I love your song last Friday night! !!!!!!!!
Went to your consert so awsome the voice is purfect
Katy is not gross
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your so pretty :)
Dark horse is number 1
Your such a good singer
I love your songs
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1.kiss ur left hand
2.say ur crushes name
3.close ur hand
4.say ur name this on fifteen other songs and ur crush will ask u out
Pretty good but she should work with cher lloyd or seleana gomes
Like your singing & you are so pretty katy
rachelmarie0 4 1 0 2
I luv ur songs
If its so sucky then turn off ur phone or delete this app duh (dizayoanni1
Like ure songs
Is it katy perry
Hey when I click a artist that I chose it takes me to another artist
Hello there how you doing today
Love your songs
I love u went to your concert it was awesome love your songs and voice
You will hear me roar on a Friday lol KMSL
I love Katty perry she can sing and dance omg
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birthday song i love it so much
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Your a great signer
I love this song��
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Your pretty katy Perry
❤️❤️ love it
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Forget the haters
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this on at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days now you've started to read this so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is scary because it actually works!
You are perfect katy no matter what pepole say but you are butiful
And your. Rush will ask you out
1.kiss your left hand 2.say your crush's name 3.say your name 4.pick a school day 5. Post this on 15other songs
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