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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.
The week's music news rounded up, including tributes to the legendary Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin TRIBUTES POUR IN
The world of music is in mourning this weekend, following the passing of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, on Thursday at the age of 76. Tributes have been pouring in from the great and good of the worlds of music and beyond.
Sir Elton John took to social media and said he “adored and worshipped” the singer, and “the loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music.”
After a Twitter campaign, Perry turned up at the home of eight year old super-fan Grace Moores to perform a short acoustic set.
A young Katy Perry stricken with cancer got a huge surprise after she was forced to miss the star’s gig this week because of emergency surgery, when the singer herself turned up at her home to perform a short gig.
Eight year old Grace Moores was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April this year, and was scheduled for an unplanned emergency operation on Wednesday this week that left her unable to attend Perry’s gig on Monday (July 30th) in her hometown of Adelaide for which she had tickets.
Perry, who’s nearing the end of her massive Witness world tour and is currently in Australia, caught wind of her young fan’s plight when Moores’ older sister Tiana tweeted about it to her small followership.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Performs Personal Home Gig For Sick Fan Who Missed Concert
Perry told Vogue Australia that the commercial under-performance of her latest album 'Witness' came as a serious shock.
Katy Perry has revealed that she suffered “situational depression” after the release and comparative underperformance of her current album Witness.
The record, her fourth, reached only number 6 in the British album charts in June 2017 when it was released, in comparison to the chart-topping performances of her previous two albums. In America, although it reached number one on the Billboard charts, it has sold a mere fraction of the multi-million figures of her previous two efforts.
Perry, 33, told Vogue Australia in a new interview as her current mammoth world tour begins its final Oceania leg next week, that she had put a lot of “validity” into the public’s reaction, but “the public didn't react in the way I had expected, which broke my heart.”
The singer that the gown was a little ill-fitting.
Fans of the royal family are still frothing at the mouth gushing about the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but not everyone was hugely impressed about all aspects of the special event. Katy Perry revealed bluntly that she was not a fan of Meghan's dress.
Katy Perry at the Met Gala
The 36-year-old wore a gloriously simple dress designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy. With a bardot neckline, long sleeves and zero embellishment on the gown itself, attention was drawn more to the elegantly embroidered veil and regal tiara. But some people just did not appreciate the simplistic beauty of the dress, largely because of the way it fitted (or didn't) Meghan.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Hated Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress
The pair have been involved in a very public feud for a number of years
Their feud has had the pop world hooked since it began at least four years ago. Music juggernauts, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, have traded blows during interviews, on social media and even in their songs. However, it seems those times are over after Katy sent Taylor an actual olive branch to heal their rift.
Katy Perry has come over all angelic and decided to heal her rift with Taylor Swift
Swifty, who is about to start her Reputation tour, shared a video of the package she received from Katy - which appeared to include a note with the words "miscommunications" and "deeply sorry" written on it.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Has Offered Taylor Swift An Actual Olive Branch
Katy Perry at the 2018 Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala or the Met Ball) held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year's theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination' - New York, New York, United States - Monday 7th May 2018
There's no backing down for Sister Rita Callanan.
Katy Perry remains locked in a battle with the last living nun of a Los Angeles convent that the singer is fighting to purchase as a home, but the nun in question has already exceeded her crowdfunding goal to take control of the property and sell it to a restaurateur and hotelier.
Katy Perry at Byron Allen's Annual Oscar Gala
Sister Rita Callanan of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles is not about to back down from her legal battle with Katy Perry over the sale of the nunnery now that her friend and fellow Sister Catherine Rose Holzman has passed away.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Still In Legal Battle With Last Nun Of Dream Convent Home
The singer was put on the spot about her feud with Swifty on American Idol
The feud between award-winning songstresses Katy Perry and Taylor Swift has been well-documented over the years since the pair had their alleged fall-out at least five years ago. But now, with Perry’s new role on reality singing show, American Idol, it seems Katy - at least - is ready to break the ice.
Katy Perry was put on the spot about Taylor Swift while on American Idol
The I Kissed A Girl singer praised Taylor Swift's songwriting skills as she responded to one of the contestants and his apology for being a fan of the Bad Blood star.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Reveals She "Loves" Taylor Swift As A Songwriter
Benjamin Glaze admits he felt uncomfortable when the singer kissed him.
As Katy Perry continues to court controversy following the moment she forced a teenage boy into his first kiss during the 'American Idol' auditions, the budding musician in question has opened up about how he felt about the situation. Needless to say, it wasn't the most comfortable moment of his life.
Katy Perry performing live at the T Mobile Arena
When 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze told judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan that he loves working in an electronics store so that he can say hi to cute girls, Luke went on to ask if he'd 'kissed a girl and liked it', in reference to the Katy Perry song 'I Kissed A Girl'.
Continue reading: 'American Idol' Contestant Opens Up About First Kiss With Katy Perry
The singer was spotted wearing a onesie with her ex-boyfriend's face on
Singer Katy Perry has given the biggest hint yet that she’s back with her ex-boyfriend, Orlando Bloom - by wearing a onesie with his face all over it. The pair got together in January 2016 but confirmed their split in February 2017. However, it seems their brief separation is over.
Katy Perry could be back together with ex, Orlando Bloom
Following a performance in Chile during her Witness tour, the 33-year-old stopped to chat to a fan and happened to be wearing a striking onesie covered in her rumoured boyfriend’s face.
Continue reading: Are Katy Perry And Orlando Bloom Back Together?
The star revealed she would be in Barcelona in June using a Spanish national symbol
Superstar singer Katy Perry is facing an unexpected backlash after announcing her live show in Catalan on her social media channels using the Spanish national symbol. Taking to Instagram, the I Kissed A Girl singer told her 68.5 million followers: "Trust and believe I'm coming for you too Barcelona. See you June 28."
Katy Perry has offended her fans in Catalan
However, next to the comment posted a video with the shield over a background of red and yellow - the colours of the Spanish flag.
Continue reading: Katy Perry Has Angered Catalans With Her Tour Announcement
Katy Perry performs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas during her 'WITNESS: The Tour' where she was supported by special guest Carly Rae Jepsen. Katy released her fifth studio album back in June 2017, and it became her third consecutive number one - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 20th January 2018
Date of birth
25th October, 1984
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