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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. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Walking On Air (Single)

Comments

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Love you katy!!!!
anaamaro2
Katy is amazing <3
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Katy cats��
Kiss your hand say ur crushes name say ur name pick a day post this on 5 other days then ur crush will ask u out
:-) ♥♣✴
that is not true
liar
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on songs
Look under pillow
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this in 2 days,now you've started reading this so don't stop.this is scary put this on 5 songs in 143 min. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.
I love katy u are my favorite singer
I hate her!
The song roar is so stupid!
wide awake
berejim65
Love you
Katy Perry your in my dreams and your Rich $$$$$$$$$$$$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $$$$$$$$$$$$
Love her!!:);)
I love you Katy Perry
Katy perry is amazing ��������
I picked friday cuz that's the most romantic weekday. ;)
My crush will ask me out on fri any ideas on wat I should wear?
I'm breaking up with my bf on Wednesday which is tomorrow k ppl? I reposted a message 15 times which means that my crush will ask me out omg I can't wait!!!
I reposted a message 15 times so now my crush will ask me out sorry baby I luv my crush more than u tristyn, kk? :(
I'm a Katy Cat I luv her who else ppl?
Kiss it hand
Say it crushes name
Say it name
Pick a day
Post this on 5 songs
It crush will kiss you that day
Kiss you hand 10times. Say your crushs name. Post this in 2 other songs. Your crush will ask u out
Don't read this because it actually works! U will b kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will b the best day of ur life. However if u don't post this, then u will die in two days. Now u started reading so don't stop this is so scary. Put this comment in five songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 then ur lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters!
I'm a Katy cat ����
Love this song
Siggy iggy is to biggy to be around you sometime ill be forgeting all about you small money girl my life is easy when i aint around you
Who else is a katy cat?
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
close your hand
Say a weekday
say your name
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
bbijoor
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iPhone iPhone iPhone
I wish I could be like the cool kidz bcuz they seem to fit in ������������
IPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone
Say ariana and clap five times and check your voice
Ur hot then ur cold ur yes then u no
THIS IS HOW WE DO
She sucks
kelleher989
you guys are killing me with the expiring ...hahahahah a a a a a a a a a a a inspirationa l , inspiring, ...yeah? That's it. Thanks. I'll be going now, I have this strong urge to kiss my hand....???
Love katy perry. If u don't love her umm WHY?
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a weekday
Post this to 15 other songs
I. Like the song rore��������
magnolia.bry n e l l e n
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone
Purple
IPhone iPhone iPhone blue
I love your new song katy!!!!!
Say iPhone
Say a color
Post this 2 times and look under ur pillow
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ️ u
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