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Katy Perry


Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, October 25, 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. Daughter of Pentecostal pastors, Katy was raised by born-again parents and 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 10 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 US: "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". Its third single, "Dark Horse", became her 9th #1 ("Unconditionally" didn't crack the Top 10), 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.



Song lyric I Kissed a Girl I KISSED A GIRL Katy Perry
Song lyric Firework FIREWORK Katy Perry
Song lyric Teenage Dream TEENAGE DREAM Katy Perry
Song lyric Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (T.G.I.F.) Katy Perry
Song lyric E.T. E.T. Katy Perry
Song lyric Roar ROAR Katy Perry
Song lyric Ur So Gay UR SO GAY Katy Perry
Song lyric The One That Got Away THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY Katy Perry
Song lyric Dark Horse DARK HORSE Katy Perry
Song lyric Peacock PEACOCK Katy Perry
Song lyric Wide Awake WIDE AWAKE Katy Perry
Song lyric Part of Me PART OF ME Katy Perry
Song lyric Lost LOST Katy Perry
Song lyric Fingerprints FINGERPRINTS Katy Perry
Song lyric If You Can Afford Me IF YOU CAN AFFORD ME Katy Perry
Song lyric Hummingbird Heartbeat HUMMINGBIRD HEARTBEAT Katy Perry
Song lyric Mannequin MANNEQUIN Katy Perry
Song lyric Who Am I Living For? WHO AM I LIVING FOR? Katy Perry
Song lyric This Is How We Do THIS IS HOW WE DO Katy Perry
Song lyric Pearl PEARL Katy Perry
Song lyric Self Inflicted SELF INFLICTED Katy Perry
Song lyric Unconditionally UNCONDITIONALLY Katy Perry
Song lyric Birthday BIRTHDAY Katy Perry
Song lyric I'm Still Breathing I'M STILL BREATHING Katy Perry
Song lyric Hot 'N Cold HOT 'N COLD Katy Perry
Song lyric Legendary Lovers LEGENDARY LOVERS Katy Perry
Song lyric International Smile INTERNATIONAL SMILE Katy Perry
Song lyric Use Your Love USE YOUR LOVE Katy Perry
Song lyric Ghost GHOST Katy Perry
Song lyric Love Me LOVE ME Katy Perry
Song lyric This Moment THIS MOMENT Katy Perry
Song lyric Double Rainbow DOUBLE RAINBOW Katy Perry
Song lyric It Takes Two IT TAKES TWO Katy Perry
Song lyric Spiritual SPIRITUAL Katy Perry
Song lyric Dressin' Up DRESSIN' UP Katy Perry
Song lyric 3. I Kissed A Girl 3. I KISSED A GIRL Katy Perry
Song lyric A Cup of Coffee A CUP OF COFFEE Katy Perry
Song lyric Act My Age ACT MY AGE Katy Perry
Song lyric Black And Gold BLACK AND GOLD Katy Perry
Song lyric Bon Appétit BON APPÉTIT Katy Perry
Song lyric Box BOX Katy Perry
Song lyric Breakout BREAKOUT Katy Perry
Song lyric Brick By Brick BRICK BY BRICK Katy Perry
Song lyric Broken (feat. The Matrix) BROKEN (FEAT. THE MATRIX) Katy Perry
Song lyric Bullet BULLET Katy Perry
Song lyric By The Grace Of God BY THE GRACE OF GOD Katy Perry
Song lyric California Girls CALIFORNIA GIRLS Katy Perry
Song lyric California Gurls CALIFORNIA GURLS Katy Perry
Song lyric California Gurls Feat Snoop Dogg CALIFORNIA GURLS FEAT SNOOP DOGG Katy Perry
Song lyric Chained To The Rhythm CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry
Song lyric Choose Your Battles CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES Katy Perry
Song lyric Circle The Drain CIRCLE THE DRAIN Katy Perry
Song lyric Cozy Little Christmas COZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Katy Perry
Song lyric Cup Of Coffee CUP OF COFFEE Katy Perry
Song lyric Daisies DAISIES Katy Perry
Song lyric Damn DAMN Katy Perry
Song lyric Dance With the Devil DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Katy Perry
Song lyric Dark Horse (DJ Double Beats) Latin House Remix DARK HORSE (DJ DOUBLE BEATS) LATIN HOUSE REMIX Katy Perry
Song lyric Dark Horse Feat Juicy J DARK HORSE FEAT JUICY J Katy Perry
Song lyric Diamonds DIAMONDS Katy Perry
Song lyric Dressin’ Up DRESSIN’ UP Katy Perry
Song lyric Déjà Vu DÉJÀ VU Katy Perry
Song lyric Electric Feel ELECTRIC FEEL Katy Perry
Song lyric Faith Won't Fail FAITH WON'T FAIL Katy Perry
Song lyric Fireworks FIREWORKS Katy Perry
Song lyric Growing Pains GROWING PAINS Katy Perry
Song lyric Hackensack HACKENSACK Katy Perry
Song lyric Harleys In Hawaii HARLEYS IN HAWAII Katy Perry
Song lyric Hey Hey Hey HEY HEY HEY Katy Perry
Song lyric Hook Up HOOK UP Katy Perry
Song lyric Hot N Cold HOT N COLD Katy Perry
Song lyric I Kissed A Girl I KISSED A GIRL Katy Perry
Song lyric I Kissed A Girl Remix feat. MIMS I KISSED A GIRL REMIX FEAT. MIMS Katy Perry
Song lyric I Think I Am Ready I THINK I AM READY Katy Perry
Song lyric It's Okay To Believe IT'S OKAY TO BELIEVE Katy Perry
Song lyric Last Call LAST CALL Katy Perry
Song lyric Last Friday Night LAST FRIDAY NIGHT Katy Perry
Song lyric Like A Virgin LIKE A VIRGIN Katy Perry
Song lyric Long Shot LONG SHOT Katy Perry
Song lyric Milk Milk Lemonade MILK MILK LEMONADE Katy Perry
Song lyric Mind Maze MIND MAZE Katy Perry
Song lyric My Own Monster MY OWN MONSTER Katy Perry
Song lyric Naturally NATURALLY Katy Perry
Song lyric Never Really Over NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry
Song lyric Never Worn White NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry
Song lyric Not Like The Movies NOT LIKE THE MOVIES Katy Perry
Song lyric One Of The Boys ONE OF THE BOYS Katy Perry
Song lyric Pendulum PENDULUM Katy Perry
Song lyric Piercing PIERCING Katy Perry
Song lyric Power POWER Katy Perry
Song lyric Rise RISE Katy Perry
Song lyric Roulette ROULETTE Katy Perry
Song lyric Save As Draft SAVE AS DRAFT Katy Perry
Song lyric Search Me SEARCH ME Katy Perry
Song lyric Simple SIMPLE Katy Perry
Song lyric Small Talk SMALL TALK Katy Perry
Song lyric Spit SPIT Katy Perry
Song lyric Swish Swish SWISH SWISH Katy Perry
Song lyric Swish Swish (Starring Gretchen) SWISH SWISH (STARRING GRETCHEN) Katy Perry
Song lyric Takes One To Know One TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE Katy Perry
Song lyric Thinking Of You THINKING OF YOU Katy Perry
Song lyric Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash Up TOMMIE SUNSHINE'S MEGASIX SMASH UP Katy Perry
Song lyric Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash-Up TOMMIE SUNSHINE'S MEGASIX SMASH-UP Katy Perry
Song lyric Tommie Sunshine’s Megasix Smash-Up TOMMIE SUNSHINE’S MEGASIX SMASH-UP Katy Perry
Song lyric Trust In Me TRUST IN ME Katy Perry
Song lyric Waking Up In Vegas WAKING UP IN VEGAS Katy Perry
Song lyric Walking On Air WALKING ON AIR Katy Perry
Song lyric Walking Up In Las Vegas WALKING UP IN LAS VEGAS Katy Perry
Song lyric Waving Through A Window WAVING THROUGH A WINDOW Katy Perry
Song lyric When There's Nothing Left WHEN THERE'S NOTHING LEFT Katy Perry
Song lyric White Christmas WHITE CHRISTMAS Katy Perry
Song lyric Wish You The Worst WISH YOU THE WORST Katy Perry
Song lyric Witness WITNESS Katy Perry