Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Born 25 October 1984.


Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress originally from Santa Barbara, California. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager, releasing her debut studio album, Katy Hudson in 2001. The following year, she moved to Los Angeles to venture into pop and rock music. She recorded a collaborative album with the Matrix, which was released in 2009. She also worked on a solo album with Glen Ballard that was recorded but never released.

In April 2007, Perry signed a recording contract with Capitol Records. She rose to fame in 2008 with the release of her single "I Kissed a Girl" from her second album, One of the Boys. Perry's third album, Teenage Dream (2010), was preceded by the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream", and later produced the number-one singles "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard songs, and the second overall after Michael Jackson's Bad (1987). In March 2012, she re-released 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".

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  1. Review of Teenage Dream

    Teenage Dream 2010

    Reviewed by Al Fox
    Displays intelligence, individuality and character – but too often morphs into parody.
  2. Review of One Of The Boys

    One Of The Boys 2008

    Reviewed by Lizzie Ennever
    In general, this record is surprising – and in a good way.

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  1. Cover art for Roar
  2. Cover art for Birthday
  3. Cover art for California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  4. Cover art for Teenage Dream
  5. Cover art for Firework


  1. Radio 1's Big Weekend 2014
  2. Katy Perry

    Katy Perry

    Mon, 19 Mar 2012

  3. Katy Perry

    Katy Perry

    Wed, 17 Sep 2008

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