A music superstar, Katy Perry easily has millions of fans all around the world. The daughter of two pastors, she originally performed gospel music prior to diving into the pop-rock scene. Since she first picked up the guitar in her teens, she has written numerous tracks, many of which have charted worldwide. Her first single, I Kissed a Girl was released in 2008 through Capitol Records with whom she had signed with a year prior.
Born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, Katy Perry (Real Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) grew up in a religious households as both her parents were Pantecostal pastors. Growing up on the West Coast, she attended several Christian schools during her elementary years. Due to her upbringing, she often listened to gospel music; in fact, secular music was frowned upon in the family home.
Interested in singing, she eventually began to take voice lessons at the age of nine. From there, she joined the church choir with whom she performed with well into her teens. As a student, she went to Dos Pueblos High School for a few years until she completed her GED requirements at the age of fifteen. Eventually leaving to pursue a music career, she studied briefly at the Music Academy of the West before her vocals caught the attention of two rock artists who invited her to Nashville, Tennessee for further training.
After much hard work, Perry landed a deal with Capitol Records in April 2007. Her debut single, I Kissed a Girl was eventually made available on April 28, 2008.
How Katy Perry Became Famous
A couple of months later, she released her major label debut, One of the Boys on June 17, 2008. Written entirely by the artist herself, the album consisted mainly of pop-rock songs. Co-produced by Katy with help from Dr. Luke, Greg Wells, Dave Stewart, and Glen Ballard, it featured twelve titles including One of the Boys, Ur so Gay, Hot n Cold, Waking Up in Las Vegas, and I Kissed a Girl- the last of which became a chart topper with close to 5 million sales in the US.
Though initial reviews for the studio album were mixed, One of the Boys proved to be a success, having entered the Billboard Top 200 at number nine with 47,000 first week sales. Outside of the United States, it also charted within the top ten in Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia. Supported by four hot singles, Kerry later embarked on three separate tours (e.g. Warped Tour, Hello Katy Tour, No Doubt’s Summer Tour) over the next two years in support of the album.
As of 2017, over 7 million copies of the album have been sold across the globe.
Katy Perry’s Later Music Albums
On August 24, 2010, the singer dropped her next project, Teenage Dream. A dance-pop album with elements of electronic, disco, and hip hop, it was preceded by two number one singles, Teenage Dream and California Gurls. Revolving around themes of self-empowerment and personal growth, it included the tracks Firework, Who Am I Living For?, Not Like the Movies, The One That Got Away, and Circle the Drain.
An applause-worthy effort from the artist, it debuted at the top of the Billboard Top 200 with close to 200,000 copies sold in the initial week. Eventually, the album also reached number one in New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Canada, and Australia. One of her most successful albums to date, it has since gone platinum three times in the United States.
Her next studio album, Prism came out on October 18, 2013. Recorded at multiple studios in Santa Barbara, Sweden, and California, the dance-inspired project boasted thirteen new songs, including Unconditionally, This is How We Do, Dark Horse, Birthday, and Roar, all of which were released as singles. Her second consecutive number one album in the US, it also became a chart topper in seven different countries including Taiwan, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. Two times platinum as of 2017, it has sold well over four million copies worldwide.
Most recently on June 9, 2017, the released her fifth album, Witness. Preceded by three singles, it topped the charts in the US, Spain and Canada while reaching number two in nine other nations including Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Korea. Produced mainly by Katy and Max Martin, with help from a few other individuals, it featured fifteen tracks including Swish Swish (Feat. Nicki Minaj), Bon Apetit (Feat. Migos), Chained to the Rhythm (Feat. Skip Marley), and Into Me You See.
Katy Perry’s Love Life
After a year-long relationship with actor Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry is once again single. In the past, she has also dated John Mayer, Diplo, Robert Pattinson, Robert Ackroyd, and James Valentine.
From 2010 to 2011, she was also married to Russell Brand. After meeting each other at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, they dated for a year before getting engaged in December 2009.
Awards Received by Katy Perry
The holder of four Guinness World Records, Katy has also received fourteen People’s Choice Awards, five American Music Awards, a Juno Award, as well as a Brit Award. Hailed “Woman of the Year” by Billboard in 2012, she has since sold over 90 million singles in the US, making her the third best-selling artist in the country.
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Katy Perry’s Other Social Media Accounts
Katy Perry’s Facebook Account
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Katy Perry’s Twitter Account
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Katy Perry’s Instagram Account
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Katy Perry’s Youtube Account
You can find the singer on Youtube at @KatyPerryMusic. Alternatively, you can view most of her music videos over at her official Vevo channel at @KatyPerryVEVO.