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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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chlomole2012 5
1. Kiss your hand.
2. Say your crushes name.
3. Close your hand.
4. Say a school day.
5. Open your hand.
6. Post this on fifteen other songs.

After all of this, your crush will ask you out!
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I love you to but my friends don 't like you ether sorry. Agery with you harymond12
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Katy you're awesome at singing but I have to say my friends do not like you sorry for the complaints but I'm serious my friends do not like you they hate you I love when you sing this is what we do. Sincerely Sky Raymond or Harmond
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Katy Perry your so awesome I loved your songs when you sing fireworks I blew up you are cruel. Since Sincerely Skye Harmon
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Say IPHONE 5 times, Pick a color, Post 5 other times, & look under your pillow.
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Love all of your songs
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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 and post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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chrislindaol s o n
You me Dow your songs you are my favorite.
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Say IPhone 5 times
Post this on 5 other songs
Say a color
Look under your pillow
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Katy perry is the best singer ever and my name is harvest
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Hey Katy ur awsome
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she is awesome I like I'm wide awake
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This is serenity I am such a big big fan I really like your songs
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How do make songs cause i want to be singer like you./? Love Miah the H is silent.
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How do you do this?
Lol
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I <3 it!!!!
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Eddie and I am so I am going to the other than that you can be able too long I out to see the other use of the last out in a new year to see you have been to me a good time and then you can you I am a few weeks ago I am going by oyo
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AWSOME SONG!!!!!!! GO KATY PERRY!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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THE BEST KATI PERRY SONG EVER BESIDES THE THAT GOT AWAY.
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mbonesteves2
Say iPhone 5 times, say a color, post this five times, look under your pillow
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mbonesteves2
Don't read this because it's really works. You'll will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best of your life. However if you don't post this at least 5 songs in the next 143 mins, tomorrow will be the worst day of your life. When you don't press f6 in the comment section, your lover name will appear in big letters. This is scary but it's actually works. Weirdogirl90
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mbonesteves2
Say iPhone 5 times, pick a color, look under your pillow and comment this on two songs
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VanessaGardu n o commented
Love love it��
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Hi
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I love you. Just so much.
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angelssinwag o n 7 8
I love your songs katy parry!!!!!
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Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best of your life. However if you don't post this at least 5 songs in the next 143 mins, tomorrow will be the worst day your life . When your don't press f6 in the comment section, your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is scary but actually works
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I hate the song bad blood from taylor
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I love you
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my sister loves your songs
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I Love It♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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heatherjoe8
I love u so much. I love your songs and your outfits
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imanickjonas f a n 2 1
I LIKE IT
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carrilloj90
The one that said mean things about Katy are boring and annoying !
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Mmmm
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And boring
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I like most of her songs except for Roar, that song is annoying
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Eddie and I will be a few days of the new York NY and I am so I am so y will be a few days of u you are you can you can you can you I can you can you can you can you can
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Eddie o know if I am going to see you can u you know how is a lot for a new one day to the way to see you o know if I can be a good to see if you can you can you can be o know
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Eddie sent your email is a lot of a few months of the way to see it to the way I o know yo Oyo state of a few months ago but your time and I can do p do you can you can you can you can you can do it is not the way I can do the way I can you can you pi for a up is a lot and then you can be in up pipe dream and I can iPad and then p do it to see if I p do it to see if I can be in this up with a lot i
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KATY PERRY RULZ AND THE BEST EVER KNOWN. NOW KATY PERRY EYES CLOSED.
KATY PERRY YA I RULE. I AM HER # 1 FAN YEAHHHHHH
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That's so true doodleforboo k m a r k d o o d l e d o o
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That pic of u in the clouds is not approprite
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Trololololol o l
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And look under your pillow. There might be a iPhone under there.. :-*
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Ohh and follow for a follow!!!
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I LOVE KATY PERRY and her songs
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She is the best songwriter ever
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You make me Feel happy Katy i love you
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I love your songs
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