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KATY PERRY

A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, CA. Raised in a religious household as the daughter of two pastors, she was forbidden to listen to secular bands as a child, although a childhood ...

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KATY PERRY Music Videos

CMT Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves

CMT Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves

CMT Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves

KATY PERRY Shows and Performances

Katy Perry & her #KatyCats paw their way towards Brooklyn where they'll 'Roar' live at the 2013 VMAs on August 25th at 9 pm EST.

An 18 year old Katy reflects on the "rebellious phase" she's going through in this exclusive clip from her "Part Of Me" 3D movie.

KATY PERRY News

Updated September 6, 2013
Katy Perry steps into the jungle for her newest video to go with her freshest hit ROAR. There is no site of Tarzan ...
Katy Perry is ramping up to the VMA's and her Prism album launch by offering fans the chance to unlock new songs and ...
Get ready to show your claws at this year's VMAs! Katy Perry has just been added to the superstar lineup of performers ...
Katy Perry's newest and hotly anticipated single "ROAR" leaked over the weekend, two days before its official release ...
Katy Perry is embracing her past on her new album cover, but its not quite what you would think. The cotton candy ...
Did we call it or what - "cub is gone and the lioness has entered the lair" yesterday!!! Katy Perry's brand new ...
Katy Perry continues to build drama and tension toward her next single ROAR, this time, by burying those baby blues! ...
Katy Perry is burning on the inside to share a new single with worldwide fans. It a short teaser clip, Perry, in ...
Katy Perry says its not fame that makes her happy but rather the people and support systems that surround her. In a ...
What does it take to become a timeless work of art? Just a little photoshop magic with an iconic face and presto you ...
In a recent interveiw with Vicki Woods for Vogue Magazine (See Cover & Spread here), Katy Perry revealed how exactly ...
Katy Perry gave one of her fans the "Dream" of a lifetime when she performed her hit song "Firework" with her onstage ...
Katy Perry has just released "The Making Of Wide Awake" exclusively until August 25th. Wide Awake, the video, is ...
So here we have it, Katy Perry talking exclusively to Sway Calloway on MTV First - right here. USHER'S 'LOOKING ...
Unexpectedly, the brand new, hotly anticipated video, "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry has leaked early Originally ...
Watch the brand new sneak peek of Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake' video! The exclusive premiere will occur June 19th on ...
Katy Perry showed up at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards with ex-Russell Brand..sort of. While Brand was hosting the show, ...
Katy Perry has released another teaser video for her upcoming documentary movie Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3d. The clip ...
Katy Perry releases her newest lyric video for "Wide Awake" that was debuted at th 2012 Billboard Music Awards. The ...
Katy Perry has officially joined the Carly Rae Jepsen bandwagon with her own rendition of "Call Me, Maybe" [Watch ...

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Katy goes back to her original neighborhood where she grew up being inspired by music, songwriting and a career in entertainment.

Full Biography

A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, CA. Raised in a religious household as the daughter of two pastors, she was forbidden to listen to secular bands as a child, although a childhood slumber party introduced her to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury. Religious music remained at the forefront, however, and Katy released a self-titled Christian album in 2001 under her original name. She would later abandon the genre (and her given surname) in favor of a pop career.

At age 17, she began working with hitmaker Glen Ballard, who had produced and co-written Alanis Morissette's chart-topping Jagged Little Pill in 1995. Several years later, she teamed up with the Matrix, a Grammy-nominated production/songwriting team whose résumé included collaborations with Avril Lavigne, Shakira, and Korn. Tired of producing music for other artists, the Matrix had plans to record an album of their own, with Perry serving as one of the group's two singers. The project was ultimately shelved, but not before Perry appeared in a 2004 write-up by Blender magazine, who hailed her as "the Next Big Thing!"

With the Matrix's unreleased album sitting in the vaults at Sony Records, Perry went back to the drawing board and began working on a solo album for Columbia. The project was eventually canceled, although two of its songs were later given to Kelly Clarkson, who scored a Top 40 hit with "I Do Not Hook Up" several years later. Perry (who, by this point, had shed her original surname due to its similarity to actress Kate Hudson) then signed with Capitol, who encouraged their new client to write her own music and helped establish her image as a boisterous, tongue-in-cheek pop star. Perry's debut single, "UR So Gay," generated a small buzz with its mischievous lyrics and clever music video, but it was "I Kissed a Girl" that proved to be her breakthrough hit, topping the charts in 20 countries and pushing its accompanying album, 2008's One of the Boys, into the Top Ten in America. Perry supported her debut by joining the Warped Tour that summer, where she toured alongside her boyfriend at the time, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Meanwhile, "Hot N Cold" became her second multi-platinum hit, "Thinking of You" (one of the album's three songs written solely by Perry) cracked the Top 40, and "Waking Up in Vegas" cracked the Top Ten.

Such success meant that Katy Perry had officially become one of the industry's biggest pop stars, celebrated as much for her outsized behavior and outrageous fashion choices as the music itself. She continued touring through the summer of 2009 (albeit without McCoy, whose boyfriend status had been revoked earlier that year) and found time to tape an installment of MTV Unplugged, which was released in November. Meanwhile, she worked on a new album and started up a whirlwind romance with comedian Russell Brand, eventually becoming his fiancé. Recording sessions for her album wrapped up in early 2010, and Perry scored her second number one single with “California Gurls,” which was released that May. The accompanying album, Teenage Dream, followed in August.