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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)

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cassie.gaude t t e 1 5
hey Katy parry
Tell me if it worked
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say a school school day
5.say your name
6.open your hand
7.post this in 15 songs and your crush will say he likes you & will ask you out on the day you choose
jocblue
I wish I was famous
Bananas
Go f**k yourself b**ches! BROKE BACK Marlett sucks!
BANANAS
I love this song and it makes me laugh cuz there's a boy in my class who wouldn't stop singing it over and over and the way he sang it was so funny!!!!:p
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently you copy and paste is on 10 different comments you will have the best day tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
GO KATY!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! :D
oreilly05
Your okay
Awsime
I don't like her
I love love you Katy perry
ana.underber g 7
UR SO freakin AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
ana.underber g 7
katy u r awesome.
I love your songs there the best
I love this song :-)
I like your songs
mcleontaraki s 8
1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs
6 on that day your crush will kiss you
OMG KK U R SOO MUCH BETTER NOW(u have always been good just now I can really connect!!!:- )
You are so f**king ugly Katy perry
Wow you went from holy to pop
Love your songs
ange.beauty
I love Katy perry
ana.underber g 7
ur a amazing person katy!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! keep on making great music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Your songs mean something in all of them
modurant06
Biches
modurant06
Katy Perry is boyfriend
1 day ago
I love her music. She inspired me to sing. I am her number one fan<3
I like her songs *E.T , *dark horse , *I kissed a girl and *California gurls :)
I love this song it is my favorite by Katy Perry��❤️❤️
I love wide awake! !!!!!!!!!
Go f**k yourself b**ches!
dobler54
Cielo love katy perry
I love all ur songs I think ur the best
Ily ❤️
You are the best singer were your biggest fans ever
FOLLOW 4 A FOLLOW 96 FOLLOWERS CAN WE GET 100 TODAY IT'S UP TO U
You could travel the world but nothing comes close to the golden coast...Cali f o r n i a ! ! ! ; ) : P
I love her she acts like so we fit in with her:-)
mzkeybell6
I love your songs
Like it
Ur song I kissed a girl is nasty that mean to me ur ugly
Go f**k yourself b**ches!
I love you Kate Parry
Katy id My girlfriend
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