Katy Perry

  • 05 March 2008

Date of birth

25th October, 1984




1st January, 1970



Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, 25.10.1984) is an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame with the widespread success of her song 'I Kissed A Girl'. Released in 2008, the song topped the charts in over 20 countries worldwide.

Net Worth: Perry's earnings are $260 Million according to Celebrity Net Worth as of 2016.

Childhood: Katy was born and raised in Santa Barbera, California, USA. Both of her parents are pastors and she is their middle child.

In 2003, Katy graduated from Dos Pueblos High School. Upon graduating, she moved to Los Angeles.

Career: Katy's first CD was released under her original name, Katy Hudson. The eponymously titled album was released in 2001 by Red Hill Records and was a Christian Gospel album.

In 2004, Katy Perry worked with the production team The Matrix. The Matrix are famous for having worked with some of the USA's biggest musical acts, such as Britney Spears, Liz Phair and Avril Lavigne. Songs such as 'Box' and 'Long Shot' that she wrote with Glen Ballard, appeared on her MySpace page. In 2005, her songs 'Simple' was featured in the soundtrack to the film the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. She also appeared on the single 'Goodbye For Now', by the Christian rock band P.O.D.

Following a period of time struggling in the music industry, Perry signed to Capitol Music in 2007. Her voice is now a regular feature on MTV and VH1's music channels and she appeared at the 2008 MTV VMA Awards, performing Madonna's 'Like A Virgin'.

Late in 2007, Perry released the digital-only EP entitled 'Ur So Gay'. Despite being lauded by the likes of Madonna, the song has been criticised for its alleged homophobic overtones.

2008 saw the release of her debut mainstream, major label debut album. Entitled One of the Boys, the album saw her working with the likes of Cathy Dennis, Dave Stewart and Greg Wells. To promote the album, she joined the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.

'I Kissed a Girl' was released in April 2008. The song reached the top spot in charts across the globe. However, Perry was still plagued by allegations of homophobia in this song as well.

Katy appeared in the video for Gym Class Heroes' 'Cupid's Chokehold'. She is dating the lead singer Travis McCoy and in the video, she plays his love interest.

'Hot N' Cold' was released as a single at the start of September 2008. She announced her tour to support the album which was her first solo tour since The Hello Katy Tour.

In 2010 Perry released her second studio album Teenage Dream which included the lead single California Girls which features US rapper Snoop Dogg. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart in June. Teenage Dream and Firework were the second and third singles, both became instant favourites with her fans. Teenage Dream was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards in 2010.

In 2013 Katy released her fourth studio album entitled Prism. It was produced by Dr Luke, Greg Wells and Max Martin. The album's lead single Roar reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and so did the third single Dark Horse which featured American rapper Juicy J. The other two singles, Unconditionally and This Is How We Do reached top twenty chart positions.

Other Ventures: Katy has released Katy Perry: Part of Me which is an autobiographical documentary film about her life on 5th July 2012. The film contains interviews with her and family about pivotal moments that have occurred and follows her on her worldwide California Dreams Tour. The film won a Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie: Comedy/Music in 2012. Perry has also stared in The Smurfs films voicing the character of Smurfette.

Personal life: Katy Perry dated Travie McCoy in 2007 but they ended their relationship in 2008. In 2009 she then started dating comedian Russell Brand and this romance saw the pair travel the world. After less than a year of dating the couple were married in a ceremony that was held in India in 2010. Unfortunately the marriage did not last and after 14 - months their divorce was finalised (in July 2012.) It has been rumored that since splitting with Brand she went on to date John Mayer, however this relationship didn't last. As of 2016 she is said to be dating actor Orlando Bloom.

Linkin Park, Usher And Katy Perry: 2017 Carpool Karaoke Episodes Ranked

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 25 December 2017

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Who were the best guests from James Corden's Carpool Karaoke?

The world just can't get enough of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke from his 'Late Late Show'; so much so that an Apple series began this year featuring long segments with different guests. But here is a list of episodes ranked in order of our favourites from 2017.

Image caption James Corden at the Emmy Awards

1. Linkin Park - Not part of the 'Late Late Show' segment but for the Apple series, this episode was shot with Ken Jeong less than a week before frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide. It was released in October and is definitely the most memorable episode of the series.

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From Taylor Swift To Green Day: Ten Coolest Pop Music Videos Of 2017

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 24 December 2017

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We love these funny, intense and unique pop videos.

These days it's difficult to get away with a music video that's all singing, all dancing with wind machines. It's becoming more and more popular to go for a more conceptual piece; like a mini cinematic montage to rival Hollywood. Indeed, these artists have all done something a little bit different with their musical outputs.

Image caption Has Taylor Swift ended her feud with Katy Perry?

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Katy Perry Pays Tribute To Persecuted Historical Women In 'Hey Hey Hey' Video

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 21 December 2017

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She's Marie Antoinette meets Joan of Arc in her latest release.

Katy Perry is transported to Napoleonic France in the video for her latest single 'Hey Hey Hey' - or, at least, what 18th to 19th century France would look like if they had smart phones. Plus, to juxtapose the humour, she's putting some serious feminist messages across.

Image caption Katy Perry at the MTV VMAs

The singer's furturistic style gets a period makeover in the new video, which has been directed by Isaac Rentz. She's her usual hilarious self as she channels Marie Antoinette in pastel shades, trying to avoid the unwanted advances of a lecherous male.

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Is Katy Perry Date The Weeknd As Revenge On Selena Gomez?

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 23 November 2017

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The web of revenge and deceit seems to run deep

It seems that Katy Perry knows how to hold a grudge - following years of an alleged feud with fellow singer Taylor Swift it has now been suggested the I Kissed a Girl hitmaker went on a date with The Weeknd in revenge after his own ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, stepped out with her ex, Orlando Bloom.

Image caption Are Katy Perry and The Weeknd really dating?

The Sun reported that sources closest to the star revealed it was an act of 'revenge' after The Weeknd's ex Selena Gomez embarrassed Katy, 33, by joining her own ex Orlando Bloom for dinner one night in May while they were still together.

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Ellen DeGeneres Under Fire For Sexism After Katy Perry Birthday Tweet

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 26 October 2017

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DeGeneres has come under fire for a tweet she sent celebrating Katy Perry's birthday.

Ellen Degeneres has attracted vociferous criticism over a recent tweet she directed to Katy Perry, with many decrying the presenter as “sexist” and as having “double standards”.

The daytime talk show host tweeted on Wednesday (October 25th) to wish the pop megastar a happy 33rd birthday.

“Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” the 59 year old presenter wrote, captioning a picture of her gawping open-mouthed at Perry’s breasts, in an attempt at humour as it referenced the lyrics to the star’s ‘Birthday’ hit.

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Katy Perry Watches Fans Get Engaged On National Coming Out Day

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 13 October 2017

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The couple got engaged on stage during her Brooklyn show.

Earlier this year it was National Coming Out day, and Katy Perry celebrated in the most beautiful way by encouraging a lesbian couple to get engaged on stage at her show in Brooklyn. It was a fantastic moment that marked the highlight of the entire concert.

Image caption Katy Perry at the 2017 MTV VMAs

During her performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday (October 11th 2017) she brought two local young women on stage with her named Becky and, weirdly, Katy. It happened to be Becky's birthday that day, and little did she know that Katy had a special surprise for her.

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Russell Brand Heaps Praise On Katy Perry And Amy Winehouse In Heartfelt Interview

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 06 October 2017

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The British sex symbol has a lot of love for these women.

The ever philosophical and articulate Russell Brand has changed a lot in the last decade. He's now a happily married man, a father, clean from his addictions and studying for a degree in Religion in Global Politics - and it seems he has nothing but love for all the women in his life.

Image caption Russell Brand at the ITV Studios

It's impossible to forget his whirlwind marriage to popstar Katy Perry in 2010, and he has made some less than flattering comments since their divorce. However, these days her can only look back on their relationship fondly, as he tells Wendy Williams in his latest interview ahead of the release of his new book 'Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions'.

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Russell Brand Wants To Reconcile With Ex, Katy Perry

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 12 September 2017

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The pair were married for 14 months

Celebrity fans worldwide were shocked when British comedian Russell Brand and international popstar Katy Perry got together and got married. Sadly, the unusual pairing didn’t last and the two parted ways after just 14 months of marriage, reportedly on bad terms.

Russell Brand is ready to make up with Katy Perry

However, it seems the newly married bad boy of comedy is willing to reconcile with his ex-wife five years after their split.

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Is Katy Perry At Fault For Worker's Gruesome Backstage Injury?

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 30 August 2017

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She's being sued over the loss of a big toe.

Katy Perry is facing a lawsuit for a rather gruesome and unusual accident involving a stagehand at one of her shows during her Prismatic World Tour three years ago. The woman in question sustained a serious injury that resulted in the loss of a body part, and she's holding the singer responsible.

Image caption Katy Perry at the MTV VMAs