Artist: Katy Perry Bio

05 May 2007, 20:09  149,511,283  3,775,678

Katy Perry

Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on 25 October 1984) is a singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, California, United States. Perry's success was so sudden in 2008 it seemed as if she was an overnight success when the opposite was true. The daughter of Pentecostal pastors, she was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Raised by born-again parents, Katy was initially attracted to gospel music, sometimes sneaking pop music in to balance the inspirational tunes, but when she first started singing it was in the church. She picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and soon started writing songs, pursuing a music career in earnest when she was 15. Earning the attention of CCM artists Jennifer Knapp and Steve Thomas, Katy headed out to Nashville in 2001, where she cut demos and eventually secured a contract with Red Hill Records. Red Hill released Katy Hudson, a record targeted at a Christian/inspirational demographic, in February 2001, but the album didn't garner much attention and was ultimately buried once the label was shuttered at the end of the year. In the wake of the album's failure, Perry transitioned toward pop music, relocating to Los Angeles and working with producer Glen Ballard, the chief collaborator of Alanis Morissette, one of Katy's biggest inspirations. As she abandoned Christian music, she also abandoned her surname Hudson, choosing to use her mother's maiden name Perry instead.

Ballard signed Perry to his Island/Def Jam-distributed label Java in 2004 but once the producer's imprint severed ties with its parent company, Perry and the album were dropped. Next up, Perry signed to Columbia Records, where she worked on a record for two years, collaborating with the likes of Max Martin, Dr. Luke, the Matrix, Desmond Child, and Butch Walker, but just as the album was reaching the finish line in 2006, she was dropped from Columbia. Perry continued to soldier forth, working as a backup singer for hire (she can be heard on Mick Jagger's "Old Habits Die Hard" from the soundtrack to 2004's Alfie), and recording a full album with the production team the Matrix, only to find that album also scrapped.

She finally saw a song called "Simple" released on the soundtrack to 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but her next big break arrived in 2007, when Jason Flom signed her to Capitol. Once again, Perry headed into the studio to create a would-be blockbuster -- Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Butch Walker all returned, with Dave Stewart, Greg Wells, and S*A*M* & Sluggo also showing up -- but this time everything fell into place for the singer. First came the deliberately controversial "Ur So Gay," released as a video and digital single, and it gained enough attention that by spring of 2008, Madonna was calling it her current "favorite song." By that point, Katy's first real single was scheduled for release: "I Kissed a Girl." Also vaguely scandalous, "I Kissed a Girl" became a smash and headed all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut, One of the Boys, followed in June of 2008, and it was also a success, supported by the Top Ten hit "Hot N Cold," along with "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up in Vegas." One of the Boys was a big enough hit that the shelved album Perry had recorded with the Matrix back in 2004 saw a release in January 2009, but it didn't do much.

Perry supported One of the Boys with media appearances and steady tours, including an appearance on the 2008 Warped Tour and her own headlining Hello Katy jaunt in 2009. A stopgap MTV Unplugged album appeared in November 2009, by which time Perry was hard at work on her second album, Teenage Dream. Preceded by the frothy single "California Gurls," Teenage Dream was an international smash, generating no less than five consecutive number one singles in the U.S.: "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T." (which featured Kanye West), and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." This success had few precedents: she was the first female artist ever to achieve such a run of number ones and the first artist since Michael Jackson to have so many singles from an individual album reach the pole position. In 2012, the album was expanded as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which contained a new single in "Part of Me," which also topped the charts. During this entire cycle, Perry was a constant pop culture presence, undergoing an international tour, appearing in cameos all over television, courting mild social media controversies, creating fragrances, and filming the documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, which appeared in theaters in July 2012.

As the Teenage Dream juggernaut wrapped up, Perry turned her attention to recording her third album. Appearing in October 2013, Prism signaled a more mature Katy Perry, something that was apparent from its motivating first single, "Roar." Prism received a lift from its third single, "Dark Horse," which became her ninth number one ("Unconditionally" didn't crack the Top Ten), and it was followed by "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do," both released as she supported the album with an international tour. The highlight of that tour was her appearance at the halftime show for 2014's Super Bowl XLIX, where she performed with Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz.

Two years later, Perry made her comeback with another major sporting event: the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Her single "Rise" was honored as the official anthem for the games; it peaked at 11 on Billboard's Hot 100. Perry next released "Chained to the Rhythm," a single co-written with Sia Furler and co-produced by Max Martin, in February 2017. Another single -- "Bon Appetit," featuring Migos -- appeared before the June release of Witness, an album that emphasized EDM-inspired dance-pop.


Top Track "Katy Perry"

I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry

I Kissed a Girl

1,207,554
8,136,037
Hot n Cold - Katy Perry

Hot n Cold

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6,379,556
Firework - Katy Perry

Firework

905,051
7,756,007
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

Teenage Dream

817,723
7,560,827
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) - Katy Perry

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

678,173
5,413,545
E.T. - Katy Perry

E.T.

589,414
5,406,934
Waking Up in Vegas - Katy Perry

Waking Up in Vegas

544,074
3,375,266
Roar - Katy Perry

Roar

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6,121,002
Thinking of You - Katy Perry

Thinking of You

495,084
4,105,174
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry

The One That Got Away

486,508
4,240,714
Ur So Gay - Katy Perry

Ur So Gay

463,237
2,398,177
Dark Horse - Katy Perry

Dark Horse

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3,682,466
Peacock - Katy Perry

Peacock

377,951
2,896,948
Part of Me - Katy Perry

Part of Me

349,361
3,343,732
Wide Awake - Katy Perry

Wide Awake

349,036
3,076,601
One of the Boys - Katy Perry

One of the Boys

279,580
1,653,686
Lost - Katy Perry

Lost

267,242
1,347,824
Fingerprints - Katy Perry

Fingerprints

263,884
1,297,766
Circle the Drain - Katy Perry

Circle the Drain

261,691
1,814,275
Unconditionally - Katy Perry

Unconditionally

260,965
2,480,437
This Is How We Do - Katy Perry

This Is How We Do

259,934
2,193,702
Hummingbird Heartbeat - Katy Perry

Hummingbird Heartbeat

256,074
1,921,696
If You Can Afford Me - Katy Perry

If You Can Afford Me

254,333
1,544,852
Not Like the Movies - Katy Perry

Not Like the Movies

247,044
1,665,226
Mannequin - Katy Perry

Mannequin

240,757
1,370,654
Who Am I Living For? - Katy Perry

Who Am I Living For?

238,004
1,473,387
Birthday - Katy Perry

Birthday

228,213
1,935,918
Pearl - Katy Perry

Pearl

223,882
1,376,036
Self Inflicted - Katy Perry

Self Inflicted

216,992
1,154,663
E.T. (feat. Kanye West) - Katy Perry

E.T. (feat. Kanye West)

209,918
1,503,403
I'm Still Breathing - Katy Perry

I'm Still Breathing

196,161
1,136,722
chAiNEd tO the RhyTHM - Katy Perry

chAiNEd tO the RhyTHM

174,100
2,077,757
Hot 'N Cold - Katy Perry

Hot 'N Cold

157,417
1,573,482
Swish Swish - Katy Perry

Swish Swish

147,625
1,741,590
Walking on Air - Katy Perry

Walking on Air

143,778
1,734,266
Legendary Lovers - Katy Perry

Legendary Lovers

141,457
1,561,096
Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) - Katy Perry

Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)

135,606
2,400,026
International Smile - Katy Perry

International Smile

123,287
973,378
bOn aPpétIT - Katy Perry

bOn aPpétIT

108,652
1,236,752
Ghost - Katy Perry

Ghost

104,557
841,539
By the Grace of God - Katy Perry

By the Grace of God

98,787
744,575
Love Me - Katy Perry

Love Me

98,686
749,795
Use Your Love - Katy Perry

Use Your Love

96,858
554,585
This Moment - Katy Perry

This Moment

96,376
713,395
Double Rainbow - Katy Perry

Double Rainbow

94,072
724,424
Never Really Over - Katy Perry

Never Really Over

87,356
1,107,248
E.T. - feat. Kanye West - Katy Perry

E.T. - feat. Kanye West

85,352
318,971