Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge.
After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful.
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.
Life and Career
1984–1998: Early life
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".
1999–2006: Career beginnings
Perry completed her General Educational Development (GED) requirements at age 15, during her freshman year of high school,[21] and left Dos Pueblos High School to pursue a musical career
2007–2009: Breakthrough with One of the Boys
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.
2010–2012:
Teenage Dream and first marriage
After serving as a guest judge on American Idol,[81] Perry released "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg on May 7, 2010.[82] The song was the lead single from her third studio album, Teenage Dream, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in June
"E.T." featuring Kanye West was released as the fourth single from Teenage Dream on February 16, 2011
On January 5, 2012, Perry was named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan
2013–2015:
Prism and Super Bowl XLIX halftime show
In November 2012, Perry began work on her fourth album, Prism.
Prism was released on October 18, 2013, and has sold 4 million copies as of August 2015
On November 23, 2014, the NFL announced that Perry would perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on February 1, 2015
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) ranked her fifth on the list of Top Global Recording Artists of 2013
2016–2018:
Witness and American Idol
Perry started writing songs for her new album in June 2016,[190] and recorded an anthem for NBC Sports's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics titled "Rise", which was released the following month.
In August 2016, Perry stated that she aspired to create material "that connects and relates and inspires"
Outside of recording music, Perry appeared as herself in the film Zoolander 2, which was released in February 2016
2019–present:
Smile and motherhood
At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Perry performed "Here You Come Again", alongside Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves, as part of a tribute to Parton
In June 2019, Perry appeared in the music video of Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down".
Artistry
Influences
During the early stages of her career, Perry's musical style gravitated towards gospel and she aspired to be as successful as Amy Grant.
Perry cites Alanis Morissette and her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill as a significant musical inspiration, and opted to work with Morissette's frequent collaborator Ballard as a result.
Perry names Björk as an influence, particularly admiring her "willingness to always be taking chances".
Musical style and themes
While Perry's music incorporates pop, rock, and disco, Katy Hudson contains gospel.
Perry describes herself as a "singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star"
Voice
Perry possesses a contralto vocal range
Her singing has received both praise and criticism. Betty Clarke of The Guardian commented that her "powerful voice is hard-edged" while Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone described Perry's vocals on Teenage Dream as "processed staccato blips".
Public Image
On social media, Perry surpassed Justin Bieber as the most followed person on Twitter in November 2013
Fashion
Perry is considered a sex symbol; GQ labelled her a "full-on male fantasy"
while Elle described her body "as though sketched by a teenage boy"
Vice described her as a "'serious' popstar/woman/sex symbol".
Philanthropy
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."
Politics
Perry has publicly advocated for LGBT rights.
She supported Stonewall during their "It gets better..... today" campaign to prevent homophobic bullying, and dedicated the music video to her song "Firework" to the It Gets Better Project
Perry describes herself as a feminist, and appeared in April 2013 in a video clip for the "Chime For Change" campaign that aimed to spread female empowerment
Achievement
Throughout her career, Perry has won five American Music Awards, fourteen People's Choice Awards, four Guinness World Records, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award.
In September 2012, Billboard dubbed her the "Woman of the Year"
From May 2010 to September 2011, the singer 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
In the United States, she has accumulated a total of nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, her most recent being "Dark Horse"
Tours
Hello Katy Tour (2009)
California Dreams Tour (2011–2012)
Prismatic World Tour (2014–2015)
Witness: The Tour (2017–2018)
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