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

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Track List: Roar (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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Katy Perry is the Qween!
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ortizalexa11
Say ariana 5× post on 2 other songs and check out your voice
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I love this person
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Open your hand after the 4 steps and I believe tomorrow or the school day you said you're crushes name that you said will ask you out
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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
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menagalindo6
Kiss your hand 2. Say your crushes name 3. Close your hamd
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lcamp129
I love your songs so much. My favorite song is Roar!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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rhondacordov a 1 3
Hey
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irisyomarahe r n a n d e z
Your awesome
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I love Katy perry so much I love firework
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Omg I love Katy Perry she is the best ��
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sweetdreamsk n i g h t
I love you so much
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U are the best u know right
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mememaldonad o 3
My name is jay will you Merry me
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Have a party !!!
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Love your asome fricken music Katy perry
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She toured through late 2015
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Pink
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Lol and your awesome I love
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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 dont post this you will be injured (you wont die) in two days. Now you have started reading so you cant stop post this on five other songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary it actually works
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I love this song so much that I love katy perry too much now it came from the movie the ugly truth
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Love but not alote
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Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life however,if u don't post this u will be injured in two days (u won't die).now you started reading this so don't stop.post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 minutes.when you done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen.it is so scary it actually works!
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Say iPhone 5times,post on two songs. Look under your pillow.
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I like your songs
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Brock and cody
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I love you kitty purry /Katty perry
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Say mermaid 5 times don't talk until you post this on 2 songs��
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Hi me!!!! :-)
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Say mermaid 5 times don't talk until u post this on 2 songs
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IF ONLY IF ONLY. And the iPhone thing doesn't work u idiots
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And I'm using my dads account so it's really a girl commenting not a crazy dude.
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I'm speechless I have her calendar and it's so BEAST!! Wish I could see her in person I would faint cuz it would be too much to breath her own air!!������� . LOVE U. ������������
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izzymonkey31 1
I love this song when is her next constert
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katerynr1996
Love you❤️����❤️❤
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Say iphone 5.say a color post on 2 other songs look under your pillow
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Katy Perry I love you ♡♡♡♡
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I love this song
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Say iPhone 5 times. Post on 2 other songs. Tomorrow there will be a pink iPhone under ur pillow.
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northernmizz k i t t y 6
I rely love Katy Perry!
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Then touch water
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Say mermaid 5 times, don't talk until you post this on 2 songs
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I love roar its the bests song ever i just love it i can't stop hearing it
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alex.passey3
Love this song
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Say Ariana 5 times, post this in two other songs, than check your voice
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I don't understand why people say she sings terrible in live performences and uses auto tune
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I can't wait to see u in concert I love how u don't care what other people think and u be u I love u so much keep going bae ❤️❤️❤️
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Bad singing ��
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Love song
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I love her❤️❤️❤️❤️❤
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