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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)


Last Friday night was awsome
Love love love your songs I hope you never give up on music
I love all Katy Perrys songs :-)
I love this song because it makes you dance
Hey Katy Perry you are so pretty and your songs are cool and nice. My favorite songs are part of me, fireworks, and dark horse. Did you know my birthday is on 4th of July. I glud that you made the song FIREWORKS. Katy Perry did you know on Pandora when fireworks or the songs I like. I LOVE YOU!!♥;-) ❇
meganlanning 8 6
I love your song Tore♥:-)
Say iphone 5 times then pick a color then post this on two song then look under your pillow
You could travel the world just follow me
T. G. I. F.
Brings back memories
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I �� this song and Katy! You're going to hear me roar!��
I love Katy Perry and this is how we do
I love this song so much, you're gonna hear me roar!
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i love this song ❤
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The one got away
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All the California girls
I love birthday
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I love your songs Katy Perry
Sing Katy perry
Say iPhone five times pick a color post this on five different stations then look under ur pillow
love your sonds ok katty perry
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give me something good to celebrate... ( 8 )
Kiss ur hand 20 times say ur crush's name 5 times post on 2 other songs and tomorrow u will be kissed or asked out by ur crush....... . . . . . . . . . . . I love Katy Perry and most of her songs.
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I love Katy perry
This is anaya I am 9 years old I am your first fan I love your song dark horse I hope I meet you one day
Katy perry rocks! :):):)<3 roar is my fave!!!
i love katy perry
You and i
I was trying to hit it and quit it
Oh my gosh!!! She's a christian too!!!!
She's my HERO I LOVE KATY PERRY she's amazing and has the best music I love you Katy
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Love it love it love it
I think this is the best song she ever made but my face is dark horse because I love the rap but this is a awesome one too I like this one a lot!! U wouldn't think she wrote it I don't thing this song is really HER but its a awesome. Song so I will let it slide lol
I mesmerized all the songs Katy Perry wrote and sung :)
My favorite songs is part of me, wide awake, firework, and dark horse
I love Katy Perry songs
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