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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: 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 Katy
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adrianna.smi t h e r s
I'm your number one fan I love all your songs my cousin's say that I am a white girl but I don't care because I love your songs katy Perry
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Don't listen to haters! They just want attention ! Kart you are awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love you
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Pink
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Hey I'm a big fan ������
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She is my favorite singer.:)
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I love is song ilke katy perry she at too most so you less. You like for Christina perri so. Her she ilke I like that ilke don't. My. Nicole
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Guess what sonic and uncle chuck
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If katy parry is reading this message is a lot of the new FAMAS people
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Say iphone 5 times
Say a colour
Post this on 5 songs
Check under you pillow
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Dark horse by Katy Perry is my favorite song
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Go back
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Don't read this because it actually works.you will be missed on the nearest possible friday by the love of you life. However if you don't do this you will die in the next two days. Now that you started reading don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. When your done press f6 and your loves name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
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shamayamcnee l y 0 5
I love Katy perry she is really good at singing that is why I love her so much I wish that I was Katy perry
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Katy Perry void like a cow
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jcookiemonst e r 1 0 1
Kiss ur hand 10 times and then say ur crushes name post this two more times then look back
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jcookiemonst e r 1 0 1
Kiss ur hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Say a school day
Post this 15 times
Ur crush will ask u out on this day
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She is ok I have heard better
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I like your song dark horse
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Katy Perry y like your sons
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Hi Katy perry I like your song roar. Roar was one of my spelling words oh my name is I can't tell you that sorry
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Katy Perry here is a tip on singing when your singing try not to suck like u always do OK?
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jacobrod66
Who is hear
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Cute Katy
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I luv this song
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I love u And. Your songs u are the best
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Go Katy!!!��
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I love this song ( darkhorse )
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Just one word LOVE
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Say iphone 5times

Pick a color

Post this on five other songs

check under your pillow
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Birthday
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I love u
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I like waking up in Vegas
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Your cute my favoriteng is so wide awake
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Hello
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Hi
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Luvvvv you katy
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Love l yo
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I love your songs
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We love you so much ����������❤️
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I love the song Hot and Cold
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Kiss ur left hand
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Close your hand
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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I love this song it's awesoooooome
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IF ANYONE COULD GET THIS MESSAGE TO PINK: I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT SHE COULD ASSIST IN GETTING MY PANTY SNATCHER DOG BACK. I HAVE BEEN HURT ENOUGH AND IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT HE HAD TO GO TO JAIL BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SONG...IF YOUR TO SCHOOL FOR COOL.
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