Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984
in Santa Barbara,
), known by her stage name Katy Perry,
is an American
recording artist, songwriter, and actress.
Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California
Her conservative parents forbade her from listening to mainstream pop music.
As a teen, she pursued a career in gospel music under her birth name and
released her debut self-titled studio album.
In April 2007, Perry signed a deal with Capitol Records.
She rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the single "I Kissed a Girl
from her second album, One of the Boys
Perry's third album, Teenage Dream
(2010), was preceded
by the US Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls
and "Teenage Dream
and later produced the number-one singles "Firework
", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs,
and the second overall after Michael Jackson's Bad (1987).
In March 2012, she reissued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection
which produced the number-one single "Part of Me
Her fourth album, Prism
, was released in 2013 and
included the number-one singles "Roar
" and "Dark Horse
Perry has received many awards and nominations, and been included
in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Throughout her career, she has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide,
making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Perry has also made celebrity endorsements and released fragrances Purr, Meow!, and Killer Queen.
In July 2011, she made her film debut voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs
The following July, she released a documentary film, Katy Perry: Part of Me
which concentrated on her life as a touring artist and the dissolution of her brief marriage to English actor
and comedian Russell Brand
in the early 2010s.
As of August 2014, she has accumulated a total of nine number-one singles on the Hot 100.
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