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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

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

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Track List: Dark Horse (Single)

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Track List: Roar (Single)

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Track List: Teenage Dream (Single)

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Track List: Unconditionally (Single)

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Track List: Ur So Gay (Radio Single)

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Track List: Walking On Air (Single)

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I love your music I'm listening to you right now !! I'm listening to dark horse it is great Katy perry I love you !!!!!! :):):) #retnuh
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Your like my favorite singer
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Hi I went to your concert.
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Hi Katy Perry what are you doing


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I love your music
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You cool Katy Perry
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cmariemorrow
Dear Katy... I am weird and well akward. You have a sense of humor and you are weird (no offense). I love ALL your songs. I love The One That Got Away the most. I also like... California Gurls. Ur so Gay. I Kissed a Girl. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F). Dark Horse. Birthday. And many others. Thanks for reading.

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1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say a school day
5.open your hand and post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
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patriciaj_fl o r e s
Yo cool!
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U r a sweeeeeeeeee e e e e e t girl I love u Katy u r my biggest fan ever!!!!!!!! !
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gigibae25
Say iPhone five times
Pick a color
Put this on five other songs
Look under your pillow
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Ur amazing I love u
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❤️
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teal75tlc
Dear Katy Perry. I love your songs! Derynn 7 years old.
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U are awesome!
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I �� your roar and dark horse.����
I will lisin to it all day long no mater what!��
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I am a big fan
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Say iPhone five times
Pick a color
Put this on five other songs
Look under your pillow
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jesikabgagne r
You are cool. But not as cool as Luke Bryan
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joshgalica
I totally love Katy Perrys songs
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I luv firework
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bullfrederic k s 1 0 0
Kiss ur hand 10 times
Say ur crushes name
Post this 2 times
Look at ur hand
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I luv your songs im a big fan of roar and dark horse
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She has heart touching music
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I love roar in dark horse. From her ill girl
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luckygal1999
I love you and your music!
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I love your music������❤
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You rock Katy perry!!!!!!! ! ! ! Even though there are some haters well personally I think they have there heads up there you know what's never stop believing.p. s I know you will ��
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1. Kiss ur left hand
2. Say ur crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a school day
5. Open your hand and post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask u out
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You are awesome Katy Perry
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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 be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Now you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I luv this song every Friday me and my friends would sing this
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I. Love. Your music. ������������
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1. Kiss the back of your hand
2. Say your crush's name
3. Close your hand
4. Pick a school day
5. Say your name
6. Post this on 10 different songs & your crush will ask you out on the day you picked
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I love your songs
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I love her songs
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Your songs are super duper long :-(
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Boom boom the beat��
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Oh yeah hear the beat of e.t. Kiss me kiss kiss me
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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 reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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juijpf
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Say ariana two times and post this on two other songs then check your voice
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Haha shout out to everyone going to bed with a 10 and waking up to a 2 lol
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You are awesome and
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