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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: 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 the song dark horse
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1.say iphone 5
2.say a color
3.post this on five other songs
4. Look under your pellow
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KATY PERRY RULZ!!!
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I like teenage dream, last Friday night, firework, dark horse, prism, AND ALMOST EVERY OTHER SONG YOU SING :D
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Plz email me at Birdylikesto w h i s t l e @ g m a i l . c o m that's my email :)
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OMG KAY PERRY YOU RUUUUULE!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love her music
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Katy perry is the best singer ever you rule
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jakellen5
How many Perrys are there?
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I love your song Katy perry so much because I love you so much.iwant to be like you when I grow up
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My name is Katy too
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I could do better. :'(
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Katy Perry eyes closed.

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Who ever is listening to katy Perry and reading comments say this exactly like this KATY PERRY RULZ!!!
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<3
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Thank you for the comment AND you are the best to for liking her
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You are the best!
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KATY PERRY IS MY DREAM COME TRUE. SHE ENCOURAGED ME TO KEEP SINGING EVERY WERE I GO NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE SAY. SHE IS A NEW GENERATION OF MUSIC. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL, LOVEABLE, AMAZING, JAW DROPPING, AND A SHOW STOPPING WOMEN WHO CARES ABOUT EVERY ONE! SHE SAVED MY LIFE WITH HER SONG PART OF ME. IF YOU DON'T LIKE HER SONGS THEN YOU SUCK AND I HATE YYYYYOOOOOOU U U U U . I'M HER NUMBER ONE AND ONLY FAN.
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I like Katy perry's songs alot ����
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U guys are dumb for putting your personal info out
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She's evil but cool
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KATY PERRY IS PRETTY, LOYAL , LOVEABLE , NICE , PERFECT ♡♡♡♡ MY FAVORITE SONG IS FIREWORK I LISTEN TO IT EVERY DAY WHEN I AM UPSET BUT I LOVE HER AND SO SHOULD EVERYONE ELSE SO YA P.S .LOVE HER ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ I LOVE YOU KATY PERRY ♡♡
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Why did you stop singing Christian music. Please email bellakolb94@ g m a i l . c o m to answer.
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I have a dark horse. U are cccccccccccc c c c c c o o o o o o o o o o o o o o l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l
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Happy Easter day
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You rock Katy!!!
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I like katy perry so much I made a station of her, I like this is how we do, wide awake, and well, pretty much all her songs :>
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Don't read this because it works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. If you don't post this on 5 songs you will be injured in 2 days
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K then stop king me
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Kkkkkkkkkkkk k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k k
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Roar like a Bear
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I love you so bad
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I just love yur song wide awake and this is how we do. I loved yur hair in the music video
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Katy Perry is my favorite singer
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I love Katy Perry songs there are the same
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Kiss both of yor hands x5 & post this on100,000,00 0 , 0 0 0 , 0 0 0 , 0 0 0 oter songs: BOOM BABY BOOM.
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Like roar
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I am a big fan of Katy Perry I love your hair and outfits and concerts and songs
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I i'm a fan
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I love tigers.woo I love this song.you are a nice person Katy.love your songs too.have a nice Easter everyone.;)
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Omg I luv this song with all my heart.. LOVE U KATY!!!! U de best girl :D
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I love roar sumtims i sig it alot!!!
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f6
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f6
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Don't read this because it works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 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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Katy is talented. But I have gotten tired of hearing this song everywhere.
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I what to be you.
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Love your storie and all your songs wish I could come to one of your concerts one day love your voice
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You are awesome !!!!!!!!!!!! ! # l o v e your songs
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Katy Perry is my most fav singer
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