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Katy Perry

Brandishing a wink, a coo, and cleavage with the aplomb of an assassin, Katy Perry created a distinctly new millennial pop persona: a Disney princess as imagined by Madonna. Flirty and bodacious, Perry sometimes skirted with taboos -- she sneered on her first single "Ur So Gay" (punch line: "and you don't even like boys"), she gasped "I Kissed a Girl" and she liked it -- and that willingness to be controversial certainly put her on the pop culture radar, but the reason she stayed there was her knack for blending classic pop conventions with new trends. This talent reached its apex on 2010's Teenage Dream, a blockbuster sophomore set that generated hits as diverse as its dreamily romantic title track, the cotton-candy summertime pop "California Gurls," and steely EDM variant "Firework," but she was canny enough to temper some of her risqué moves as her career progressed, transforming herself from the naughty cousin into an admirable big sister.

Perry's success was so sudden in 2008 it seemed as if she was an overnight success when the opposite was true. The daughter of Pentecostal pastors, she was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Raised by born-again parents, Katy was initially attracted to gospel music, sometimes sneaking pop music in to balance the inspirational tunes, but when she first started singing it was in the church. She picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and soon started writing songs, pursuing a music career in earnest when she was 15. Earning the attention of CCM artists Jennifer Knapp and Steve Thomas, Katy headed out to Nashville in 2001, where she cut demos and eventually secured a contract with Red Hill Records. Red Hill released Katy Hudson, a record targeted at a Christian/Inspirational demographic, in February 2001, but the album didn't garner much attention and was ultimately buried once the label was shuttered at the end of the year. In the wake of the album's failure, Perry transitioned toward pop music, relocating to Los Angeles and working with producer Glen Ballard, the chief collaborator of Alanis Morissette, one of Katy's biggest inspirations. As she abandoned Christian music, she also abandoned her surname Hudson, choosing to use her mother's maiden name Perry instead.

Ballard signed Perry to his Island/Def Jam-distributed label Java in 2004 but once the producer's imprint severed ties with its parent company, Perry and the album were dropped. Next up, Perry signed to Columbia Records, where she worked on a record for two years, collaborating with the likes of Max Martin, Dr. Luke, the Matrix, Desmond Child, and Butch Walker, but just as the album was reaching the finish line in 2006, she was dropped from Columbia. Perry continued to soldier forth, working as a backup singer for hire (she can be heard on Mick Jagger's "Old Habits Die Hard" from the soundtrack to 2004's Alfie), and recording a full album with the production team the Matrix, only to find that album also scrapped. She finally saw a song called "Simple" released on the soundtrack to 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but her next big break arrived in 2007, when Jason Flom signed her to Capitol. Once again, Perry headed into the studio to create a would-be blockbuster -- Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Butch Walker all returned, with Dave Stewart, Greg Wells, and S*A*M* & Sluggo also showing up -- but this time everything fell into place for the singer. First came the deliberately controversial "Ur So Gay," released as a video and digital single, and it gained enough attention that by spring of 2008, Madonna was calling it her current "favorite song." By that point, Katy's first real single was scheduled for release: "I Kissed a Girl." Also vaguely scandalous, "I Kissed a Girl" became a smash and headed all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut, One of the Boys, followed in June of 2008, and it was also a success, supported by the Top 10 hit "Hot N Cold," along with "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up in Vegas." One of the Boys was a big enough hit that the shelved album Perry had recorded with the Matrix back in 2004 saw a release in January 2009, but it didn't do much.

Perry supported One of the Boys with media appearances and steady tours, including an appearance on the 2008 Warped Tour and her own headlining Hello Katy jaunt in 2009. A stopgap MTV Unplugged album appeared in November 2009, by which time Perry was hard at work on her second album, Teenage Dream. Preceded by the frothy single "California Gurls," Teenage Dream was an international smash, generating no less than five consecutive number one singles in the U.S.: "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T." (which featured Kanye West), and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." This success had few precedents: she was the first female artist ever to achieve such a run of number ones and the first artist since Michael Jackson to have so many singles from an individual album reach the pole position. In 2012, the album was expanded as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which contained a new single in "Part of Me," which also topped the charts. During this entire cycle, Perry was a constant pop culture presence, undergoing an international tour, appearing in cameos all over television, courting mild social media controversies, creating fragrances, and filming the documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, which appeared in theaters in July 2012.

As the Teenage Dream juggernaut wrapped up, Katy Perry turned her attention to recording her third album. Appearing in October 2013, Prism signaled a more mature Katy Perry, something that was apparent from its motivating first single, "Roar." Prism received a lift from its third single "Dark Horse," which became her ninth number one ("Unconditionally" didn't crack the Top 10), and it was followed by "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do," both released as she supported the album with an international tour. The highlight of that tour was her appearance at the half-time show for 2014's Super Bowl XLIX, where she performed with Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz.

Two years later, Perry made her comeback with another major sporting event: the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Her single "Rise" was honored as the official anthem for the games. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chained To The Rhythm (Oliver Heldens Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Chained To The Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Chained To The Rhythm (Single)

1. Chained To The Rhythm (Feat. Skip Marley)

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Track List: Rise Remixes (Single)

1. Rise (Purity Ring Remix)

2. Rise (Monsieur Adi Radio Edit)

3. Rise (TĀLĀ Remix)

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Track List: Rise (Single)

1. Rise

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Track List: This Is How We Do (Single)

1. This Is How We Do (Feat. Riff Raff)

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Track List: Dark Horse (Single)

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

1. Birthday (Cash Cash Remix)

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Track List: Unconditionally (Single)

1. Unconditionally

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Track List: Prism (Deluxe)

1. Roar

2. Legendary Lovers

3. Birthday

4. Walking On Air

5. Unconditionally

7. This Is How We Do

8. International Smile

9. Ghost

10. Love Me

11. This Moment

12. Double Rainbow

13. By The Grace Of God

14. Spiritual

15. It Takes Two

16. Choose Your Battles

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Track List: Roar (Single)

1. Roar

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Track List: Part Of Me (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)

1. Part Of Me (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)

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Track List: Part Of Me (Single)

1. Part Of Me

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Track List: The One That Got Away (Remix Bundle)

1. The One That Got Away (7th Heaven Club Mix)

2. The One That Got Away (Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda Peak Hour Club Mix)

3. The One That Got Away (R3hab Club Mix)

4. The One That Got Away (Plastic Plates Club Mix)

5. The One That Got Away (Tommie Sunshine & Disco Fries Club Mix)

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Track List: E.T. (The Remixes)

2. E.T. (Benny Benassi Radio Edit)

3. E.T. (Dave Aude Remix) (Radio Edit)

4. E.T. (Noisia Remix)

5. E.T. (Johnson Somerset & John Monkman Remix)

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Track List: Teenage Dream (Vandalism Le Pop Mix) (Single)

1. Teenage Dream (Vandalism Le Pop Mix)

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Track List: Teenage Dream (Single)

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Track List: Teenage Dream Remix EP

1. Teenage Dream (Vandalism Le Pop Mix)

2. Teenage Dream (Vandalism V8 Vocal Remix)

3. Teenage Dream (Manhattan Clique Remix)

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Track List: Teenage Dream - The Complete Confection (Explicit)

1. Teenage Dream

2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

3. California Gurls

4. Firework

5. Peacock

6. Circle The Drain

7. The One That Got Away

8. E.T.

9. Who Am I Living For?

10. Pearl

11. Hummingbird Heartbeat

12. Not Like The Movies

13. The One That Got Away (Acoustic)

14. Part Of Me

15. Wide Awake

16. Dressin' Up

17. E.T.

18. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Feat. Missy Elliott)

19. Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash-Up

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Track List: Teenage Dream (Explicit)

1. Teenage Dream

2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

3. California Gurls

4. Firework

5. Peacock

6. Circle The Drain

7. The One That Got Away

8. E.T.

9. Who Am I Living For?

10. Pearl

11. Hummingbird Heartbeat

12. Not Like The Movies

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Track List: Teenage Dream

1. Teenage Dream

2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

3. California Gurls

4. Firework

5. Peacock

6. Circle The Drain

7. The One That Got Away

8. E.T.

9. Who Am I Living For?

10. Pearl

11. Hummingbird Heartbeat

12. Not Like The Movies

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Track List: Teenage Dream - The Complete Confection

1. Teenage Dream

2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

3. California Gurls

4. Firework

5. Peacock

6. Circle The Drain

7. The One That Got Away

8. E.T.

9. Who Am I Living For?

10. Pearl

11. Hummingbird Heartbeat

12. Not Like The Movies

13. The One That Got Away (Acoustic)

14. Part Of Me

15. Wide Awake

16. Dressin' Up

17. E.T.

18. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Feat. Missy Elliott)

19. Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash-Up

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Track List: Teenage Dream (Remix Single)

1. Teenage Dream (Dave Aude Club Mix)

2. Teenage Dream (Manhattan Clique Dub)

3. Teenage Dream (Vandalism V8 Club)

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Track List: MTV Unplugged

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Track List: Unplugged (Live)

1. I Kissed A Girl (Live)

2. Ur So Gay (Live)

3. Hackensack (Live)

4. Thinking Of You (Live)

5. Lost (Live)

6. Waking Up In Vegas (Live)

7. Brick By Brick (Live)

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Track List: Hot N Cold (Remix Ep)

1. Hot N Cold (Innerpartysystem Main)

2. Hot N Cold (Bimbo Jones Remix Radio Edit)

3. Hot N Cold (Manhattan Clique Remix) (Long Edit)

4. Hot N Cold (Yelle Remix)

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Track List: One Of The Boys

1. One Of The Boys

2. I Kissed A Girl

3. Waking Up In Vegas

4. Thinking Of You

5. Mannequin

6. Ur So Gay

7. Hot N Cold

8. If You Can Afford Me

9. Lost

10. Self Inflicted

11. I'm Still Breathing

12. Fingerprints

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Track List: I Kissed A Girl (Radio Single)

1. I Kissed A Girl

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Track List: I Kissed A Girl (Remixes)

1. I Kissed A Girl (Jason Nevins Funkrokr Edit)

2. I Kissed A Girl (Dr. Luke & Benny Blanco Extended Mix)

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Track List: Ur So Gay

1. Ur So Gay

2. Ur So Gay (Remix)

3. Use Your Love

4. Lost

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Track List: Ur So Gay (Radio Single)

1. Ur So Gay

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Track List: Circle The Drain (Radio Single)

1. Circle The Drain

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Track List: E.T. (Radio Single)

1. E.T.

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Track List: Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Feat. Missy Elliott) (Single)

1. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Feat. Missy Elliott)

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Track List: Not Like The Movies (Radio Single)

1. Not Like The Movies

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Track List: The One That Got Away (Acoustic) (Single)

1. The One That Got Away (Acoustic)

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Track List: Walking On Air (Single)

4. Walking On Air

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