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Katy Perry

Profile of Katy Perry

 

Type(s) of Music: Pop, pop-rock

Full name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Place of birth: Santa Barbara, California

Date of birth: October 25, 1984

Musical Influences:

Common misspelling: Katie Perry, Katty Perry, Katy Pery, Katy Perrie

 

 

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Biography of Katy Perry

 

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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson[1] (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name of Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised by Christian pastor parents, Perry grew up listening to only gospel music and sang in her local church as a child. After earning a GED during her first year of high school, she began to pursue a career in music. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001, which was unsuccessful. She later recorded an album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a solo album from 2004–05, the latter of which was never released.

 

After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first Internet single "Ur So Gay" that November, which received public attention but failed to chart. She rose to fame with the release of her second single "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008, which went on to top international charts. Perry's first mainstream studio album One of the Boys followed later that year and subsequently became the 33rd-best selling album worldwide of 2008.[2] It was accredited platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, while "I Kissed a Girl" and her second single "Hot n Cold" both received multi-platinum certifications. The recording earned two Grammy Awards nominations. In 2009, Billboard magazine named her the 51st-best-selling music artist of the 2000–2009 decade.[3] The album spawned other two hits singles on the charts, "Thinking of You" and Billboard top ten "Waking Up in Vegas". The One of the Boys's singles, digital tracks, and mobile products have sold more than 22 million copies worldwide.[4] After all the success of One of the Boys, she released her first live album, MTV Unplugged.

 

Her third studio album Teenage Dream was released in August 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, subsequently became the eleventh best selling album worldwide of 2010 and ninth best selling album worldwide of 2011. The album included the Billboard chart-toppers "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T." and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", and top five hit "The One That Got Away". The album produced five Hot 100 toppers, and was only the second album—after Michael Jackson's Bad—to do so and the album produced six Hot 100 top five hits. It was the third album to reach this mark.[5][6] With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. She spent a total of 69 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.[7] The recording earned six Grammy Award nominations, including the coveted Album of the Year and Record of the Year. In December 15, 2011, she was elected the Artist of the Year by MTV.[8]

 

According to Nielsen SoundScan she sold over 37,620,000 million digital tracks in the United States alone,[9] and sold more than 11 million albums worldwide.

 

Perry became a guest judge on the seventh series of British television show The X Factor and the ninth season of American Idol. She has released fragrances "Purr" and "Meow". She voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film The Smurfs. Perry had a long relationship with Travie McCoy. She later married Russell Brand in October 2010,[10] and separated from him in December 2011.[11]

 

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Background information

Birth name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Also known as Katy Hudson

Born October 25, 1984 (1984-10-25) (age 27)

Santa Barbara, California, U.S.

Genres Pop, Dance music, gospel

Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress

Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano

Years active 2001–present

Labels Red Hill, Island, Columbia, Capitol

Associated acts The Matrix

Website Katyperry.com

 

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Early life and career

 

1984–2006: Early life and career beginnings

 

Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California[12] to Keith, a West Coast scenester in the 1960s,[13] and Mary Hudson (née Perry), an evangelist who grew up in Southern California and had "a tempestuous first marriage in Zimbabwe".[13] Perry has German, Portuguese, Irish, and English ancestry.[14][15] She is the second child of two pastors.[16] She has an older sister and younger brother.[13] Perry's mother's aunt and uncle were screenwriter Eleanor Perry and director Frank Perry.[13] Perry was incorporated into her parents' ministry[16] and sang in their church between the ages of nine and seventeen.[17] She grew up listening to gospel music,[18] was not allowed to listen to what her mother called "secular music",[17][19] and attended Christian schools and camps.[16] As a child, Perry learned how to dance in a recreation building in Santa Barbara. She was taught by seasoned dancers and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug.[20] She took her GED after her freshman year at Dos Pueblos High School and decided to leave school in the pursuit of a career in music.[21] Perry initially started singing "because [she] was at that point in [her] childhood where [she] was copycatting [her] sister and everything she [would do]."[21] Her sister practiced with cassette tapes, while Perry took the tapes herself when her sister was not around. She rehearsed the songs and performed them in front of her parents, who suggested she take vocal coaching. She grabbed the opportunity and began taking lessons at the age of nine and continued until she was sixteen. She later enrolled in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and studied Italian opera for a short period of time.[21]

 

At the age of 15, Perry's singing in church attracted the attention of rock veterans from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to polish her writing skills.[22] In Nashville, Perry started recording demos and was taught by country music veterans how to craft songs and play guitar.[17][19] Perry signed to the Christian music label Red Hill, under which she recorded her first album at the age of 15.[23] Performing as Katy Hudson, she released the self-titled Gospel-rock album in 2001.[22] The album was unsuccessful, however, after the label ceased operations at the end of 2001.[23] She later changed her surname to Perry, her mother's maiden name, because "Katy Hudson" was too close to film actress Kate Hudson.[22][24]

 

At the age of 17, Perry left her home for Los Angeles, where she worked with Glen Ballard on an album for Island Records.[25] Growing up listening to mostly gospel music, Perry had few references when she began recording songs.[17] Asked by the producer with whom she would like to collaborate, Perry had no idea. That night, she went with her mother to a hotel. Inside, she turned on VH1 and saw producer Glen Ballard talking about Alanis Morissette;[17] Ballard produced Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, which had a "huge influence" on Perry.[22] She expressed interest in working with Ballard to her initial collaborator, who arranged a meeting for her with Ballard in Los Angeles. Perry presented one of her songs to Ballard. Ballard then helped Perry develop her songwriting over the next few years.[17] The album was due for release in 2005,[22][23] but Billboard reported it also went nowhere.[23] Perry was dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group.[13] Some of Perry and Ballard's collaborations included "Box", "Diamonds" and "Long Shot", were posted on her official MySpace page. "Simple", one of the songs she recorded with Ballard, was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.[26] "Long Shot" and "I Do Not Hook Up" was later recorded by Kelly Clarkson for her 2009 album All I Ever Wanted.[27]

 

Perry signed to Columbia Records in 2004. However, the label was not amenable with her vision, not putting her in the "driver's seat".[23] Instead, one of Columbia's ideas was to pair Perry with the record production team The Matrix, who was working on an album, to serve as its female vocalist. Although the album was later shelved,[28] she caught the attention of the music press: Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004 by Blender magazine.[23] With no album project ongoing, Perry began recording her own. Eighty percent completed, however, Columbia decided not to finish it and dropped her from the label.[23] While waiting to find another label, she worked in an independent A&R company called Taxi Music. In 2006, Perry was featured in the tail-end of the video to P.O.D.'s single "Goodbye for Now".[29] She made a cameo appearance in Carbon Leaf's video, "Learn to Fly".

 

2007–09: Commercial success with One of the Boys and MTV Unplugged

 

While in the process of being dropped by Columbia in 2006, the company's publicity executive Angelica Cob-Baehler enthusiastically recommended Perry to Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom.[30] At the time Flom was leading a complete revival in fortunes at the label and looking to crown recent achievements by breaking a global pop act.[30] Despite mixed reactions from fellow Virgin executives, Flom became convinced that Perry could be that breakthrough star, and at the start of 2007 extended discussions with Columbia resulted in Perry signing to the newly created Capitol Music Group, a merger between Virgin and Capitol. As part of the deal, the label secured the masters to the unfinished album, recorded while at Columbia, that would go on to form a significant part of her official mainstream debut album, One of the Boys.[30]

 

The Columbia recordings were seen by Flom as being "very strong but lacking an undeniable smash or two that would work both at U.S. pop radio and internationally" and so one of the executive's first actions after completing the signing was to set up a collaboration between Perry and the writer-producer Dr. Luke.[30] The results were the songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold". Establishing her image was one of the immediate concerns of her management.[23] A campaign was started in November 2007 with the release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market. A digital EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create online buzz and press story.[16][23][31] This was a successful move that resulted in bringing Perry to the attention of Madonna,[23] who mentioned her on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona. On March 10, 2008, she appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series, Wildfire, on the episode "Life's Too Short".[32]

 

In the next step of promoting the album, Perry undertook a two-month tour of radio stations. The album's official lead single, "I Kissed a Girl", was released on May 6, 2008. Perry's A&R, Chris Anokute, told HitQuarters the song and its controversial theme had met with strong resistance at the label: "People said, 'This is never going to get played on the radio. How do we sell this? How’s this going to be played in the bible belt?'"[31] Anokute said that they needed the support of one of the label's radio promoters to convince people to believe in the record; otherwise, Perry would have likely been dropped again. Capitol's SVP of Promotions, Dennis Reese, saw the vision and helped push the single on national radio. The first station to pick it up and take a chance was The River in Nashville. After playing it for three days they were innundated with enthusiastic calls.[31] With the song climbing atop the charts, Perry embarked on the annual Warped Tour music festival, which her management used to "establish her as a credible performer and make sure she wasn't seen as just a one-hit wonder."[23] The single was a commercial success, peaking at number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.[23] It has since become a major worldwide hit, topping charts in 30 countries,[28] including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.[33] On June 12, 2008, Perry appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless,[32] posing for the cover to the June 2008 issue of the fictional magazine Restless Style.[34] Perry also performed backing vocals on the song, "Another Night in the Hills" from Gavin Rossdale's 2008 solo album Wanderlust.[35]

 

One of the Boys was released on June 17, 2008 to mixed critical reviews.[36] The album has reached number nine on the Billboard 200,[37] and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[38] Perry released her second single, "Hot n Cold", which became her second top three single in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100,[23] as well as topping the charts in Germany, Canada, and Denmark. After Perry wrapped up her appearance at the Warped Tour, she went on tours in Europe. She later launched her first headlining tour, the Hello Katy Tour, in January 2009.[23] "I Kissed a Girl" earned Perry a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[39] Perry was nominated in five categories at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Video, but lost to Britney Spears.[40] She won Best New Act at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, which she co-hosted,[41] and Best International Female Artist at the 2009 BRIT Awards.[42] On February 9, 2009, both "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold" were certified three-time platinum by Recording Industry Association of America for individual digital sales of over three million.[43] The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Perry in its 2010 version as the "Best Start on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist," for having her first two singles sell over two million digital copies.[44]

 

The Matrix's self-titled debut album, which features Perry, was later released via the team's label, Let's Hear It, during Perry's solo tour. When the release date was scheduled, "I Kissed a Girl" had been charting well. Matrix member Lauren Christy spoke to Perry about the decision, but she wanted to hold the release until the fourth single of One of the Boys had been dispatched. Despite their communication, The Matrix was released on January 27, 2009, via iTunes Store.[45]

 

In December 2008, Perry apologized to British singer Lily Allen for remarks in which she called herself a "skinnier version" of her, saying she meant it as a joke.[46] Allen retaliated and told a British radio station that she "happen[ed] to know for a fact that she [Perry] was an American version" of her because their record company needed "to find something controversial and 'kooky'" like her.[47] In January 2009, Perry embarked on her first headlining world tour, the Hello Katy Tour, visiting North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Beginning on January 23, 2009, and ending on November 28, 2009, the tour consisted of 89 concerts. During that time, Perry also opened select concerts for the band No Doubt, on their Summer Tour 2009.

 

On May 16, 2009, Perry performed at the opening ceremony of the annual Life Ball in Vienna, Austria.[48] In June 2009, lawyers acting for Perry opposed the then-recent trademark of Australian fashion designer Katie Perry, who uses her own name to market loungewear.[49] Some media outlets reported this as a lawsuit, which Perry denied on her blog.[50] Katie Perry reported on her blog that at a hearing with IP Australia on July 10, 2009, the singer's lawyers withdrew their opposition to the trademark.[51] During the summer of 2009 Perry filmed a cameo appearance for Get Him to the Greek; her scene, in which she kisses her future fiancé Russell Brand was cut, and does not appear in the final film. Discussing the issue with MTV, Perry hypothesized there may have been some fear that seeing the two make out would have taken viewers out of the experience.[52] In 2009, Perry was featured on two singles: in August, a remix of Colorado-based band 3OH!3's song "Starstrukk" (the idea for the collaboration having come after Perry's tour that featured 3OH!3 as the supporting act, the song being released by iTunes on September 8, 2009); and, thereafter, in December, on "If We Ever Meet Again", the fourth single from Timbaland's album Shock Value II.[53] In October 2009, MTV Unplugged revealed that Perry was one of the artists to perform for them, and that she would be releasing a live album of the performance, including two new tracks, "Brick by Brick" and Fountains of Wayne cover "Hackensack".[54] The album, released on November 17, included both a CD and a DVD,[55] and debuted at #168 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

 

2010–present: Teenage Dream, breaking records, film debut, and re-release

 

Perry appeared as a guest judge alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh during the Dublin audition stage of the seventh series of the British television show The X Factor on June 28, 2010[56]. She was one of the many celebrities chosen to fulfil the role of judge whilst Dannii Minogue was on maternity leave. In May 2010, Perry released the first single, "California Gurls". The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks and was the fastest rising single from a Capitol Records artist since Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" in 1967.[57][58]

 

In July 2010, Perry released the second single, "Teenage Dream", then peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.[59][60] On August 9, she won two awards at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

 

Perry's second mainstream studio album was titled Teenage Dream[61] and was released in August 2010, debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with a total of 192,000 copies sold in its first week.[62] The album sold over 2 million copies in US, and has been certified two times Platinum by the RIAA. The cover art for Teenage Dream is a painting by Will Cotton that depicts Perry lying naked on clouds of cotton candy; resembling the shots of Perry in the video for "California Gurls".[63] The booklet of the physical edition of the album, in keeping with the theme of cotton candy, has a cotton candy scent.[64]

 

In October 2010, Perry released third single, "Firework", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four non-consecutive weeks, making Perry the first female artist in eleven years to have three consecutive #1 singles from an album.[65]

 

Perry released a perfume named "Purr" in November. It comes in a cat-shaped bottle, and is available through Nordstrom stores.[66][67]

 

In February 2011, Perry released the fourth single, "E.T.", a remixed version featuring Kanye West, that peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five non-consecutive weeks.[68] The music video for "E.T." was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features Shaun Ross as the main love interest. With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.[7] On February 20, 2011 through to January 22, 2012, Perry embarked on an extensive world tour, the California Dreams Tour, playing 124 shows in Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America and earning over $59 million.[69]

 

In June 2011, Perry released the fifth single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". A remixed version featuring American rapper Missy Elliot was released in early August.[70] The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on August 17, 2011, making Perry the first female and second artist (tie Michael Jackson) ever to have five #1 singles from one album.[5]. Also, when the song reached number 1 in the Pop Songs airplay chart, "Teenage Dream" became the first album to have 5 number 1's from the same album on that chart. Additionally, when the song reached number one in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, the album become the first to have 4 number 1's from the same album on the chart.[71]

 

In July 2011, Perry made her film debut in the 3D family film The Smurfs as Smurfette. The Smurfs earned $557,771,535 worldwide during its theatrical run. Perry appeared at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2011. She was nominated for ten awards, received the most nominations of the ceremony and was the first singer to have four different music videos shown in various categories, eventually winning three of those, Video of the Year for "Firework", Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for "E.T.". On September 17, 2011, marked Perry' 69th consecutive week in the Top 10 with single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)".[72][73] On September 23, 2011, she performed, along with Elton John, Brazilian Claudia Leitte and friend Rihanna, on the opening day of the 2011 Rock in Rio festival, which was extended to October 2.[74] Perry performed for 100 thousand people, a show that received high praise from critics and audience alike.[75].

 

In October, 2011, Perry released the sixth single, "The One That Got Away". It reached #3 on Hot 100, becaming the third album in history to produce six top five hit singles,[76] and the seventh song from Teenage Dream to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, the most by any album and setting a new record in the chart.[77] The "The One That Got Away" remixed version featuring American rapper B.o.B. was released in half December.[78]

 

On November 8, 2011, Perry had announced on Twitter that she will release her second fragrance, "Meow."[79][80].

 

In December 14, 2011, the annual list Forbes was elected the third singer who earned more than US$44 million, behind Lady Gaga (US$90 million) and Taylor Swift (US$45 million).[81] In December 15, 2011, Perry was elected the Artist of the Year by MTV, for their performance on the charts worldwide and won the record during the year.[8] On December 20, 2011, She will be releasing a Barbie doll that represents her style in 2012.[82]

 

On January 5, 2012, According to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems Perry was the most played artist on radio of 2011, with up 1,457,000 detections on US radio in 2011, and three Teenage Dream singles most played of the year - "E.T." was fourth most played song with 526,000 detections, "Firework" was fifth most played song with 509,000 plays and "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" was tenth most played song with 450,000 plays.[83][84]

 

In January 11, 2012, Perry won five awards at the 38th People's Choice Awards, "Favorite TV Guest Star", "Favorite Song of the Year", "Favorite Music Video", "Favorite Tour Headliner", and "Favorite Female Artist".[85]

 

On the week ending January 15, 2012, Perry became the first artist ever to have five songs ("Hot N Cold", "California Gurls", "Firework" and "E.T.") sell over 5,000,000 digital copies in the USA.[86] Further, she has more songs than any other artist to have sold 4,000,000-plus copies (six as of December 1, 2011, including "I Kissed a Girl" and "Teenage Dream" aside from the aforementioned four), twice as many as her closest runner-up, Eminem and Lady Gaga for a lead artist.[87] On January 16, she was recruited by EA Games to help promote their new expansion pack "The Sims 3: Showtime" for their The Sims game franchise. A collector's edition will be released on March 6, 2012 with in-game content based on herself.[88]

 

With "Hot N Cold", "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg; "Teenage Dream; "Firework", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), and most recently "The One That Got Away" reaching number 1 in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, Perry passes Nickelback and P!nk to become the first artist ever with a six-pack of Adult Pop Songs No. 1s.[89]

 

With Perry having pocketed two leaders from her prior album "One of the Boys" - "Hot N Cold" (2008) and "Waking Up in Vegas" (2009) - her sum of eight total Pop Songs toppers places her behind only Rihanna (nine) for the most No. 1s in the list's 19-year history. Lady Gaga, P!nk and Britney Spears follow with seven rulers apiece.[90]

 

Also in January 2012, on the Pop Songs chart, it was announced that Perry re-writes the mark for most consecutive Pop Songs No. 1s - seven, starting from "Waking Up in Vegas" through "The One That Got Away" - as a lead artist. Lady Gaga linked six Pop Songs leaders in a row to begin her career in 2009-10.[91]

 

"Teenage Dream" under the title "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection" on March 27, 2012. The repackaged album is said to include the original album's tracklisting, plus unused songs from the original album sessions, brand new songs, remixes, and music videos.[92][93]

 

Artistry

 

Musical style and themes

 

Perry has a contralto vocal range.[94] Perry's first album is of the gospel music genre.[16][23] She related that her perspective in music was "a bit enclosed and very strict", and everything she did was church-related.[16] Her second album, One of the Boys, is described as "secular" and "rock," and reflects a departure from her religious musical roots.[16] Her next album Teenage Dream featured more pop songs in the vein of Boys.[20][95] Among Perry's musical influences are Alanis Morissette,[18][28] Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Shirley Manson,[96] and Freddie Mercury,[17] the late frontman of the British band Queen. In her tribute to Mercury on what would have been his 65th birthday, Perry stated; "Without you I wouldn't be making music or doing what I do because your lyrics inspired me as a 15 year old girl."[97] She was especially inspired by the Queen song, "Killer Queen" to pursue a career in pop music after her first album.[16] She also described Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill as having influenced her music profoundly; even going on to work with Morissette's collaborator on the album, Glen Ballard because of that.[22]

 

Perry is artistically involved in her projects, especially in the writing process. Since she could play guitar, she would start writing songs at home and present it to her producers. Perry is mostly inspired by specific moments of her life. She said it is easy for her to write songs about heartbreak.[17] Most of the themes in One of the Boys deal with heartbreak, teen adventure, and "puking into toilets".[22] Perry's mother reportedly told British tabloid Daily Mail that she dislikes her daughter's music, calling it "shameful and disgusting".[16][98] Perry said her mother was misquoted and told MTV that it was false information.[98] Her songs "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl" have received negative reactions from both religious and gay sectors.[98] The songs have been respectively labeled as being homophobic and promoting homosexuality, as well as "lez ploitational".[16] MTV mentioned criticism suggesting that Perry is using "bi-curiosity" as a way to sell records.[98] Perry responded to the controversy surrounding "Ur So Gay": "It's not a negative connotation. It's not, 'you're so gay,' like, 'you're so lame,' but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay. I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever ... It wasn't stereotyping anyone in particular, I was talking about ex-boyfriends."[99] Perry has written several songs for other singers, including Ashley Tisdale ("Time's Up"), Selena Gomez & the Scene ("Rock God" and "That's More Like It"), Kelly Clarkson ("Long Shot" and "I Do Not Hook Up"), Jessica James ("Bullet" and "Girl Next Door"), Lesley Roy ("Slow Goodbye"), Kady Malloy ("Wish You the Worst"), Adam Lambert ("Cookoo").

 

Public image

 

Perry is known for her unconventional style of dress.[20] It is often humorous, bright in color, and reminiscent of different decades, and she frequently uses fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon, as part of her outfits.[96] Perry's transformation into an artist began with fashion, inspired by American film actress Dominique Swain's portrayal in the 1997 film Lolita.[22] She defines her fashion style as "a bit of a concoction of different things".[20] Her fashion has caught the attention of designers.[16][96] In June 2008, a publicity photo that showed Perry posing with a switchblade was criticized.[100] The picture was defended as only an effort to give Perry a "sexy, harder edge".[100] The criticism leveled at her was mocked by Perry who subsequently posed with a spoon instead.[101] She was ranked 7th in Rolling Stone's global Queen of Pop poll in July 2011.[102] Perry is also a gay activist. According to Dosomething.org, Perry had stated "I am a gay activist and I say that proudly. I voted no on Prop 8 (California’s Nov. 4, 2008 amendment declaring that marriage is defined as a union solely between a man and a woman), of course."[103]

 

Personal life

 

Perry has had relationships with Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, whom she met in a recording studio in New York,[24] breaking up in December 2008;[104] Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen, with whom she worked on her album Teenage Dream[105] as well as Kelly Clarkson's 2009 album All I Ever Wanted;[106] and British comedian Russell Brand.

 

Perry first met Brand in the summer of 2008[107] when she filmed a cameo appearance for Brand's film Get Him to the Greek.[108] Perry and Brand began dating after meeting again in September 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards,[109] where Brand, as host, remarked, "Katy Perry didn't win an award and she's staying at the same hotel as me, so she's gonna need a shoulder to cry on. So in a way, I'm the real winner tonight." The couple became engaged in December 2009 while vacationing in India.[110][111][112] At the time, Perry stated that she had plans to take dual British citizenship. "One of the first things I'll do is apply for dual citizenship. I'm not too sure if I have to take a test as I've not had time to look into it. But England is like my second home".[113] In an August 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Perry also noted that, "I am sensitive to Russell taking the Lord's name in vain and to Lady Gaga putting a rosary in her mouth. I think when you put sex and spirituality in the same bottle and shake it up, bad things happen."[114][115][116] Perry and Brand married on October 23, 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the same location where Brand proposed.[117][118]

 

After 14 months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce from Perry on December 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.[11] Just days before, rumors arose that the seemingly happy couple were having marital problems. An insider informed Us Weekly that they had got into a "massive fight" and spent Christmas on opposite sides of the globe. Perry was in Hawaii and Brand in London; both of them were seen without their wedding rings.[119][120]

 

Discography

 

Katy Hudson (2001)

One of the Boys (2008)

Teenage Dream (2010)

 

Tours

 

Hello Katy Tour (2009)

California Dreams Tour (2011–2012)

 

Filmography

 

Television

 

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2008

Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless

Herself

Episode 8914

Wildfire

Herself

"Life's Too Short" (Season 4, episode 8)

2010

American Idol

Guest judge

"Season 9, episode 5"

The X Factor

Guest judge

"Series 7, episode 2"

Sesame Street

Herself

Online special (deleted from televised episode due to viewer controversy)

The Simpsons

Herself

1 episode, "The Fight Before Christmas"

2010–2011

Saturday Night Live

Herself / Host / Musical Guest

"Amy Poehler/Katy Perry" (Season 36, episode 681)
"Katy Perry/Robyn" (Season 37, episode 710)

2011

How I Met Your Mother

Honey

1 episode, "Oh Honey"
People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Guest Star

America's Got Talent

Guest judge

July 27 (Season 6, Qtr Finals 3 results)

 

Film

 

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2010

Get Him to the Greek

Herself

Deleted scene
Uncredited

Out in the Desert

Herself

Post-production[121][dead link]

2011

The Smurfs

Smurfette

Voice
Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie Voice

The Muppets

Herself

Deleted scene
Cameo appearance

 

Awards and nominations

 

During her career, Perry has received various awards, some of them including 1 Brit Award, 1 Echo Award, 1 MTV Video Music Award Japan, 2 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica, 2 MTV Europe Music Awards, 3 People's Choice Awards, 4 Teen Choice Awards, 6 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 1 BMI Award and 1 Juno Award.

 

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Katy Hudson (2001)

Red Hill

One of the Boys (2008)

Capitol

Teenage Dreams (2010)

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1."Trust in Me" – 4:46
2."Piercing" – 4:06
3."Search Me" – 5:00
4."Last Call" – 3:07
5."Growing Pains" – 4:05
6."My Own Monster" – 5:25
7."Spit" (Katy Hudson) – 5:10
8."Faith Won't Fail" – 5:14
9."Naturally" – 4:33
10."When There's Nothing Left" – 6:45
11."Naturally" (single version) – 5:11

1. "One of the Boys" 4:09
2. "I Kissed a Girl" 3:01
3. "Waking Up in Vegas" 3:24
4. "Thinking of You" 4:09
5. "Mannequin" 3:19
6. "Ur So Gay" 3:39
7. "Hot N Cold" 3:42
8. "If You Can Afford Me" 3:21
9. "Lost" 4:18
10. "Self Inflicted" 3:27
11. "I'm Still Breathing" 3:48
12. "Fingerprints" 3:44

1. Teenage Dream
2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
3. California Gurls ft Snoop Dogg
4. Firework
5. Peacock
6. Who Am I Living For?
7. The One That Got Away
8. E.T.
9. Circle The Drain
10. Pearl
11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
12. Not Like The Movies

 

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"Wildfire" (TV)

The Smurfs

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Herself (1 episode)

Herself (1 episode)

Smurfette

Herself (cameo - deleted scene)

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MySpace page: www.myspace.com/katyperry
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