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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: 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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U are so amazing!
I ♡ KATY PERRY . I SAW HER AT ONE OF HER PRISMATIC TOUR CONCERTS
My name is janely and you inspired me with unconditiona l l y
z.iggyn
I love you so much!!!!!
Your songs are
AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love u
YOU ARE the BEST !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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U are my favs
hopemeyers12
Katy is my ultimate role model forever! I love her wayyy too much!! Lol
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If u post this on 10 other songs then u will have the best day in your life if you don't then you will see a dead girl in you're room
Ismale is in burr like me i like him
To not them like for every day say I hate you 5 times
Say your crush name 2 times. And he will like you for ever
THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SONG. KATY SONGWRITING SKILLS ARE AMAZING!
I love your songs KatyPerry
Katy Perry is my favorite! All time favorite person! She is amazing <3
I love katy perry I love her songs dark horse and this is how we do and the rest!!!
Thank God We Invented Auto Tune. If Not, Our Ears Would Be Gone By Now.
Happy late bday
Kiss your left hand right on a different song and you will be asked out by your crush
My sister loves you she wants to be your sister
Luv this
Katy$$
KATY PERRY IS MY FAVORITE FEAMALE SINGER
So awesome and good singer!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
jimbous72
My Tia went to you consent she liked it.......she loved it?anyway... I hate you.by
hkharmon1818
Kiss ur hand 20 times then say ur crushes name 5 times then tomorrow u will be asked out or kissed
If u post this on 10 other songs then u will have the best day in your life. If you don't then you will see a dead girl in your room
KATY PERRY!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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u rock Katy perry!!!!!
go Katy perry!
I like her a lot and I like her even more because she's a Christian! goo Katy! follow men if u agree
Kiss your hand 20 times say your crushes name 5 times an post this on two other songs and you will be kissed or asked out tomorrow
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I hate you
I love this song it is the best song
Cool
So so so so so awesome love you
alwayskimmyk a t
Kiss your left hand, say your crush's name, close your hand, say your name, post this on 15 songs, ur crush will ask you out!
hay my name is payton in im bi in my kik is payton_zion7 4 7 instagram payton.j,bla n t o n
Love it
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Dont read this cause it really works. U will be kiss on the nearest friday by the love of your life. However if you dont post this u will die in two days.Now that you started reading this you cant stop. post this on five other songs in the next 143 minutes. when you are done press the f6 key on ur keyboard and ur lovers name will show on the screen. This is scary cause it really works.
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I like the original ET better
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 2 more songs
Look under your pillow
gocjeffe
Kiss your left hand and then post this on a different song and your crush will ask you out the next day ;)))
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