Katy Perry
American singer-songwriter
Katy Perry
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American recording artist, songwriter, and actress. Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Her conservative parents forbade her from listening to mainstream pop music. As a teen, she pursued a career in gospel music under her birth name and released her debut self-titled studio album. She also recorded a second solo album which never received release.
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Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran to play iHeartRadio Music Awards
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NEW YORK (AP) — Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers will perform at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.
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Katy Perry wears her politics on her sleeve. And her lapel. And her body. And her Grammys set.
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Katy Perry Admits She Worked Out 'Some Sh*t' Writing New Album: Over Taylor Swift Feud? - Hollywood Life
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Hollywood Life Katy Perry Admits She Worked Out 'Some Sh*t' Writing New Album: Over Taylor Swift Feud? Hollywood Life Katy Perry seems totally refreshed after dropping the first song off her new album, and she revealed on the Grammys red carpet on Feb. 12 that she 'worked out' some of her 'sh*t' while writing it! Does that mean she's totally over her drama with Taylor ... See Little Big Town Cover Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' at GrammysRollingStone.com Katy Perry Wears 'Persist' Armband at GrammysFox News Grammys gets political: Katy Perry, Joy Villa, other celebrities make statementsamNY ELLE.com -Fredericksburg.com -SFGate -KTLA all 242 news articles »
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Katy Perry Makes A Political Statement With A 'Persist' Armband At The Grammys
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Singer Katy Perry Has 'Given Up' on the Opinion of Others
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The pop star, 32, tells People that she isn't worried about critics.
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Katy Perry Dances Till the World Ends and MIA Starts a New Wave - New York Times
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New York Times Katy Perry Dances Till the World Ends and MIA Starts a New Wave New York Times Katy Perry will perform her new single "Chained to the Rhythm" at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. CreditJohn Shearer/Invision, via Associated Press. Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week's most notable new songs and ... Katy Perry's Biggest Billboard Hot 100 HitsBillboard Hear Katy Perry's Bouncy New Song 'Chained to the Rhythm'RollingStone.com Katy Perry Dissing Donald Trump In 'Chained To The Rhythm'? See Cryptic LyricsHollywood Life TIME -Huffington Post -Bloomberg -The Atlantic all 127 news articles »
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Katy Perry has been added to the performance roster at the Grammy Awards.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Katy Perry
  • 2016
    Age 31
    Perry also spoke and performed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to endorse Hillary Clinton.
    More Details Hide Details She encouraged people to vote, commenting that they will "be just as powerful as any NRA lobbyist" and "have as much say as any billionaire" during the election. Throughout her career, Perry has won five American Music Awards, fourteen People's Choice Awards, and four Guinness World Records. In September 2012, Billboard dubbed her the "Woman of the Year". From May 2010 to September 2011, she spent a record-breaking total of 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. Teenage Dream became the first album by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles, and the second album overall after Michael Jackson's Bad. She has accumulated a total of nine number-one singles on the Hot 100, her most recent being "Dark Horse". In June 2015, her music video for "Dark Horse" became the first video by a female artist to reach 1 billion views on Vevo. The following month, her music video for "Roar" reached 1 billion views on Vevo, making her the first artist to have multiple videos with 1 billion views.
    Perry has also early publicly endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and contributed $2,700 to Clinton's campaign.
    More Details Hide Details She performed at a rally for Clinton in Iowa in October 2015, and alongside Elton John at a fundraising concert for Clinton in New York City in March 2016.
    Following the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, Perry and nearly 200 other artists and executives in music signed an open letter organized by Billboard addressed to United States Congress demanding increased gun control in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Through Twitter and by performing at his rallies, Perry supported President Barack Obama in his run for re-election and praised his support for same-sex marriage and LGBT equality. She performed at three rallies for Obama, in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Wisconsin, singing a rendition of "Let's Stay Together" as well as a number of her songs. During her Las Vegas performance she wore a dress made to replicate a voting ballot, with Obama's box filled in. On Twitter, she encouraged her followers to vote for Obama. In August 2013, Perry voiced criticism of Tony Abbott, then-Leader of Conservative Liberal Party of Australia and candidate for Prime Minister of Australia, due to his opposition to gay marriage and told Abbott, "I love you as a human being but I can't give you my vote." In April 2014, she publicly supported Marianne Williamson in her campaign for California's 33rd congressional district by attending a political press event.
    In May 2016, she worked with UNICEF to improve child care quality in Vietnam, hoping to "break the cycle of poverty and drastically improve children's health, education and well-being".
    More Details Hide Details The following month, UNICEF announced that Perry would receive the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award "for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in support of the world's most vulnerable children" at their annual Snowflake Ball in November. Perry has supported organizations aimed at aiding people suffering with diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS. During the 2008 Warped Tour, she had a cast made of her breasts to raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation. She hosted and performed at the We Can Survive concert along with Bonnie McKee, Kacey Musgraves, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, and duo Tegan and Sara at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 2013. The concert's profits were donated to Young Survival Coalition, an organization aiding breast cancer in young women. In June 2009, she designed an item of clothing for H&M's "Fashion Against AIDS" campaign, which raises money for HIV/AIDS awareness projects.
    In June 2016, Forbes estimated her net worth was $125 million.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Basim, the Danish representative to 2014 Eurovision Song Contest sang "Cliché Love Song" in the finals held on 10 May 2014 in the Danish capital Copenhagen in which Basim refers to his love interest as: "Like Katy Perry (so sexy) / She could kiss a lucky girl / Tastes like cherry / Yeah, she could rock the world". The use of Katy Perry's name raised questions about compliance with the Eurovision regulation prohibiting the use of brand names in songs during the competition. But the EBU decided that since the name Katy Perry is not being used in a promotional way, the mention of her name in the lyrics would be permitted. Perry has supported various charitable organizations and causes during her career. She has contributed to organizations aimed at improving the lives and welfare of children in particular. In April 2013, she joined UNICEF to assist children in Madagascar with education and nutrition. On December 3, 2013, she was officially named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, "with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents." She arranged for a portion of the money generated from tickets to her Prismatic World Tour to go to UNICEF. In September 2010, she helped build and design the Boys Hope/Girls Hope foundation shelter for youth in Baltimore, Maryland along with Raven-Symoné, Shaquille O'Neal, and the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
    She recorded an anthem for NBC Sports's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics titled "Rise", which was released on July 14, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Perry chose to release it as a standalone track rather than save it for an album "because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite". NBC also felt its message spoke "directly to the spirit of the Olympics and its athletes" for its inspirational themes. The song debuted at number one in Australia and number eleven in the United States. In August, Perry stated that she aspired to make material "that connects and relates and inspires" and told Ryan Seacrest that she was "not rushing" her fifth album, adding "I'm just having a lot of fun, but experimenting and trying different producers, and different collaborators, and different styles". During the early stages of her career, Perry's musical style gravitated towards gospel and she aspired to be as successful as Amy Grant. At the age of 15, she heard Queen's "Killer Queen," which inspired her to pursue a career in music. She cites the band's frontman, Freddie Mercury, as her biggest influence and expressed how the "combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his 'I don't give a fuck' attitude" inspired her music. She paid homage to the band by naming her third fragrance Killer Queen. Perry described The Beach Boys and their album Pet Sounds as having a considerable influence on her music: "Pet Sounds is one of my favorite records and it influenced pretty much all of my songwriting.
    In May 2016, Perry confirmed she was working on new music.
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    She later appeared as herself in the film Zoolander 2, which was released in February 2016.
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    Her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million.
    More Details Hide Details She is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold 100 million records globally throughout her career. In film, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs and its sequel in 2013. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Mary Christine (née Perry) and Maurice Keith Hudson. Her parents are born again Christians, each having turned to religion after a "wild youth". Perry has English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry. Through her mother, she is a niece of film director Frank Perry. She has a younger brother named David, who is a singer, and an older sister, Angela. From ages 3 to 11, Perry often moved across the country as her parents set up churches before settling again in Santa Barbara. Growing up, she attended religious schools and camps, including Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona and Santa Barbara Christian School in California during her elementary years. Her family struggled financially, sometimes using food stamps and eating from the food bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents' church.
  • 2015
    Age 30
    Perry released a mobile app titled Katy Perry Pop in December 2015 through Glu Mobile where her character helps players become famous musicians.
    More Details Hide Details She described it as "the most fun, colorful world that helps guide your musical dreams".
    In September 2015, she appeared in the documentaries Katy Perry: Making of the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, which followed Perry's preparation for her Super Bowl performance, and Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer, which followed the life and career of designer Jeremy Scott.
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    Perry also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Madonna's song "Bitch I'm Madonna" in June 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, she released another fragrance with Coty, entitled Mad Potion.
    In March 2015, she appeared in Brand: A Second Coming, a documentary following her ex-husband Russell Brand's transition from comedy work to activism, and released a concert film titled Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour through Epix, which took place during her tour of the same name.
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  • 2014
    Age 29
    In January 2014, she became a guest curator of Madonna's Art for Freedom initiative.
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    In March 2014, she made a guest appearance playing herself in the episode "Blisteritos Presents Dad Academy Graduation Congraduritos Red Carpet Viewing Party" of the Kroll Show.
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    On June 17, 2014, Perry announced that she had founded her own record label under Capitol Records, titled Metamorphosis Music.
    More Details Hide Details Ferras was the first artist to get signed to her label, and Perry served as an executive producer on his self-titled EP. She also recorded a duet with him on the EP, titled "Legends Never Die". Outside of her music career, Perry reprised her role as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2, which was released in theaters on July 31, 2013. Like its predecessor, The Smurfs 2 was a financial success but was panned by critics.
    In May 2014, a portrait of Perry by painter Mark Ryden was featured in his exhibition "The Gay 90s", and shown at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Along with several other artists, she also recorded a cover version of the song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" on a limited-edition concept album to accompany the exhibition. That month, a portrait of Perry by artist Will Cotton was included in the United States National Portrait Gallery. On November 23, 2015, Perry starred in H&M's holiday advertising campaign, for which she wrote and recorded a song titled "Every Day Is a Holiday".
    On June 26, 2014, she was declared the Top Certified Digital Artist Ever by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for certified sales of 72 million digital singles in the United States.
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    On November 23, 2014, the NFL announced that Perry would perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on February 1, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott served as special guests for the show. Two days after the halftime show, the Guinness World Records announced that Perry's performance garnered 118.5 million viewers in the United States, and became the most watched and highest rated show in Super Bowl history. The viewership was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) ranked her fifth on the list of Top Global Recording Artists of 2013.
    It grossed $204.3 million worldwide and won Perry the award for "Top Package" at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards.
    More Details Hide Details She also performed at the 2015 Rock in Rio festival on September 27, 2015.
    Perry's third headlining tour, The Prismatic World Tour, began in May 2014 and concluded in October 2015.
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    Prior to ending her relationship with Mayer in February 2014, she recorded and co-wrote a duet with him titled "Who You Love" for his album Paradise Valley.
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  • 2013
    Age 28
    Killer Queen was released as her third fragrance in August 2013 through Coty, Inc.
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    Four days later, Perry performed the songs from the album at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. "Dark Horse" was released as the album's third single on December 17, 2013, and became her ninth U.S. number-one single on January 29, 2014. In 2014, "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do" followed as the album's fourth and fifth singles, and reached the top 25 on the Hot 100.
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    She commented "I felt very prismatic", which inspired the album's name. "Roar" was released as the lead single from Prism on August 10, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details It was promoted at the MTV Video Music Awards and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "Unconditionally" was released as the second single from Prism on October 16, 2013, and peaked at number 14 in the United States. Prism was released on October 18, 2013, and has sold 4 million copies as of August 2015. It received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Although she told L'Uomo Vogue in June 2012 that she planned to have "darker elements" in Prism following the end of her marriage, Perry revealed to MTV during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that she changed the album's direction after periods of self-reflection.
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    In November 2012, Perry began work on her fourth album, Prism.
    More Details Hide Details She told Billboard, "I know exactly the record I want to make next. I know the artwork, the coloring and the tone" and "I even know what type of tour I'm doing next. I'll be very pleased if the vision I have in my head becomes a reality."
    After the marriage ended in 2012, Perry began a relationship with singer John Mayer that August.
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    Billboard dubbed her as their "Woman of the Year" for 2012.
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    Electronic Arts recruited her to promote their new expansion pack for The Sims 3: Showtime, before releasing a separate stuff pack featuring Perry-inspired furniture, outfits, and hairstyles, titled The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, in June 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, she became the spokesperson and ambassador for Popchips and made an investment in the company.
    On July 5, 2012, Perry's autobiographical documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me was released to theaters through Paramount Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details The film received positive reviews and grossed $32.7 million worldwide at the box office. Perry began to venture into business when she endorsed her first fragrance, Purr, in November 2010. Her second fragrance, Meow!, was released in December 2011. Both perfumes were released through Nordstrom department stores.
    In March 2012, she guest starred as a prison security guard named Rikki on the Raising Hope episode "Single White Female Role Model".
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    On February 13, 2012, Capitol released the lead single from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, "Part of Me", which debuted at number one on the Hot 100 and became Perry's seventh single overall to top the chart.
    More Details Hide Details Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection was released on March 23. "Wide Awake" was released on May 22 as the re-release's second single, peaking at number two on the Hot 100 and number one in Canada and New Zealand. On January 5, she was named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan. That month, she became the first artist to have four songs sell over 5 million digital units.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    For this record, she received an honorary American Music Award in November 2011 and a 2013 Guinness World Record.
    More Details Hide Details On September 7, she set a new record by becoming the first artist to spend 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100. In October, "The One That Got Away" was released as the album's sixth single. The song peaked at number three on the Hot 100 and number two in Canada.
    She hosted Saturday Night Live on December 10, 2011, with Robyn as the episode's musical guest.
    More Details Hide Details Perry's work on the episode received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised her performance in the episode's digital short featuring her and Andy Samberg.
    She made her film debut in the 3D family motion picture The Smurfs as Smurfette on July 29, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a financial success worldwide, while critics gave mostly negative reviews.
    In February 2011, she made a guest appearance on the How I Met Your Mother episode "Oh Honey", playing a woman known as Honey.
    More Details Hide Details The role won her the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Guest Star in January 2012.
    On September 23, 2011, she performed on the opening day of the 2011 Rock in Rio festival along with Elton John, Claudia Leitte, and Rihanna.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2010, Perry was scheduled to appear on the 41st-season premiere of Sesame Street. After her scene was uploaded to YouTube, viewers criticized Perry's exposed cleavage. Four days before the scheduled airing, Sesame Workshop announced that the segment would not air on television, but would still be available to watch online. Perry subsequently mocked the controversy on Saturday Night Live, where she was a musical guest and wore an Elmo-themed shirt showing large amounts of cleavage during one skit. In December 2010, Perry played Moe Szyslak's girlfriend in the live-action segment from a Christmas episode of The Simpsons titled "The Fight Before Christmas".
    The tour grossed $59.5 million globally and won her the award for Best Live Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.
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    Perry embarked on her second tour, the California Dreams Tour, in support of Teenage Dream from February 2011 to January 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 25
    She married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010, in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan. Brand announced on December 30, 2011, that they were divorcing after 14 months of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Perry later stated that conflicting career schedules and his desire to have children before she was ready led to the end of their marriage, and that he never spoke to her again after sending a text message that he was divorcing her while Brand asserted that he divorced her due to her commercial success and reluctance to engage in activism. She was initially distraught over their divorce, and said that she contemplated suicide.
    Released on August 24, 2010, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details It received mixed reviews from music critics, and has since sold 6 million copies globally. In October, "Firework" was released as the album's third single. It became the album's third consecutive number one on the Hot 100 on December 8, 2010. A remixed version of "E.T." featuring rapper Kanye West was released as the fourth single from Teenage Dream on February 16, 2011. It topped the Hot 100 chart for five non-consecutive weeks, making Teenage Dream the ninth album in history to produce four number one singles on the Hot 100. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" followed as the fifth single in June, and Perry became the first female artist to achieve five number-one Hot 100 songs from one album when the single topped that chart on August 17, and the second artist after Michael Jackson with his album Bad.
    After serving as a guest judge on American Idol, Perry released "California Gurls" featuring rapper Snoop Dogg on May 7, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The song was the lead single from her third studio album, Teenage Dream, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. She also served as a guest judge on The X Factor UK later that month before releasing the album's second single, "Teenage Dream", in July. "Teenage Dream" reached number one on Billboard in September.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    She began dating Brand after meeting him again that September at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The couple became engaged on December 31, 2009, while vacationing in Rajasthan, India.
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    Perry also appeared on two singles with other artists; she was featured on a remix of Colorado-based band 3OH!3's song "Starstrukk" in September 2009, and on a duet with Timbaland entitled "If We Ever Meet Again", from his album Shock Value II, in January 2010.
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    On July 22, 2009, Perry recorded a live album titled MTV Unplugged, which featured acoustic performances of five tracks from One of the Boys, as well as two new songs, "Brick by Brick" and "Hackensack".
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    Perry also hosted the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2009, becoming the first person to host two consecutive ceremonies.
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    On August 4, 2009, she performed as opening act for one date of the band No Doubt's Summer Tour 2009.
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    She embarked on her first headlining world tour, the Hello Katy Tour, from January to November 2009 to support One of the Boys.
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  • 2008
    Age 23
    After her relationship with McCoy ended in December 2008, Perry met her future husband Russell Brand in the summer of 2009 while filming a cameo appearance for his film Get Him to the Greek.
    More Details Hide Details Her scene, in which the two kiss, does not appear in the film.
    After finishing the Warped Tour 2008, Perry hosted the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2008, where she won the award for Best New Act.
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    Perry released her first single with Capitol, "I Kissed a Girl", on April 28, 2008, as the lead single from One of the Boys.
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    In March 2008, Perry made a cameo appearance as a club singer in the Wildfire episode "Life's Too Short", and appeared as herself during a photo shoot in June on The Young and the Restless for the show's magazine Restless Style.
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    Madonna helped publicize the song by praising the track on the JohnJay & Rich radio show in April 2008, stating it was her "favorite song".
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    Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles "I Kissed a Girl" – which sparked controversy for its homosexual themes – and "Hot n Cold" from her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys.
    More Details Hide Details Her third album, Teenage Dream (2010), ventured into disco, and contained the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" as well as the number-three single "The One That Got Away". The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one songs in the U.S., and the second overall after Michael Jackson's album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the songs "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake". Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and dance. She became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for its songs "Roar" and "Dark Horse".
  • 2007
    Age 22
    A campaign was started with the November 2007 release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market.
    More Details Hide Details A digital EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create interest.
    After Columbia dropped Perry, Angelica Cob-Baehler, then a publicity executive at the label, brought Perry's demos to Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom. Flom was convinced that she could be a breakthrough star and she was signed to Capitol Records in April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The label arranged for her to work with Dr. Luke in order to add an "undeniable smash" to her existing material. Perry and Dr. Luke co-wrote the songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold" for her second album One of the Boys.
  • 2006
    Age 21
    She recorded background vocals on P.O.D.'s single "Goodbye for Now" and was featured at the end of its music video in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Perry also appeared in the music video for "Learn to Fly" by Carbon Leaf, and played the love interest of her then-boyfriend, Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy, in the band's music video for "Cupid's Chokehold".
  • 2004
    Age 19
    In September 2004, Blender named Perry "The Next Big Thing".
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    She provided backing vocals on Mick Jagger's song "Old Habits Die Hard", which was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 film Alfie.
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    The Matrix's self-titled debut album, which Perry had recorded with the band in 2004, was released onto iTunes on January 27, 2009, as a result of her solo success.
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    In 2004, Perry signed to Ballard's label, Java, which was then affiliated with The Island Def Jam Music Group.
    More Details Hide Details She began work on a solo record, but the record was shelved after Java was dropped. Ballard then introduced Perry to Tim Devine, an A&R executive at Columbia Records, and she was signed as a solo artist. Over the course of the next two years, Perry wrote and recorded material for her Columbia debut, and worked with songwriters including Desmond Child, Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Scott Cutler/Anne Previn, The Matrix, Kara DioGuardi, and Max Martin and Dr. Luke. In addition, after Devine suggested they become a "real group", she recorded with the Matrix. Perry was dropped from Columbia in 2006 as her record neared completion. After she was dropped from Columbia, Perry worked at an independent A&R company called Taxi Music. Perry had minor success prior to her breakthrough. One of the songs she had recorded for her album with Ballard, "Simple", was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
  • 2003
    Age 18
    In 2003, she briefly performed as Katheryn Perry to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson.
    More Details Hide Details She later adopted the stage name Katy Perry, using her mother's maiden name.
  • 2001
    Age 16
    She released the album on March 6, 2001, and went on tour that year as part of Phil Joel's Strangely Normal Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Katy Hudson received positive reviews from critics, though was commercially unsuccessful and sold an estimated 200 copies before the label ceased operations in December. Transitioning from gospel music to secular music, Perry started writing songs with producer Glen Ballard, and moved to Los Angeles at age 17.
    Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
  • 1984
    Born on October 25, 1984.
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