Artist Name: Katy Perry

05 May 2007, 20:09 142,777,055 3,690,908

Katy PerryKaty Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on 25 October 1984) is a singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, California, United States. Perry's success was so sudden in 2008 it seemed as if she was an overnight success when the opposite was true. The daughter of Pentecostal pastors, she was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Raised by born-again parents, Katy was initially attracted to gospel music, sometimes sneaking pop music in to balance the inspirational tunes, but when she first started singing it was in the church. She picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and soon started writing songs, pursuing a music career in earnest when she was 15. Earning the attention of CCM artists Jennifer Knapp and Steve Thomas, Katy headed out to Nashville in 2001, where she cut demos and eventually secured a contract with Red Hill Records. Red Hill released Katy Hudson, a record targeted at a Christian/inspirational demographic, in February 2001, but the album didn't garner much attention and was ultimately buried once the label was shuttered at the end of the year. In the wake of the album's failure, Perry transitioned toward pop music, relocating to Los Angeles and working with producer Glen Ballard, the chief collaborator of Alanis Morissette, one of Katy's biggest inspirations. As she abandoned Christian music, she also abandoned her surname Hudson, choosing to use her mother's maiden name Perry instead.

Ballard signed Perry to his Island/Def Jam-distributed label Java in 2004 but once the producer's imprint severed ties with its parent company, Perry and the album were dropped. Next up, Perry signed to Columbia Records, where she worked on a record for two years, collaborating with the likes of Max Martin, Dr. Luke, the Matrix, Desmond Child, and Butch Walker, but just as the album was reaching the finish line in 2006, she was dropped from Columbia. Perry continued to soldier forth, working as a backup singer for hire (she can be heard on Mick Jagger's "Old Habits Die Hard" from the soundtrack to 2004's Alfie), and recording a full album with the production team the Matrix, only to find that album also scrapped.

She finally saw a song called "Simple" released on the soundtrack to 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but her next big break arrived in 2007, when Jason Flom signed her to Capitol. Once again, Perry headed into the studio to create a would-be blockbuster -- Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Butch Walker all returned, with Dave Stewart, Greg Wells, and S*A*M* & Sluggo also showing up -- but this time everything fell into place for the singer. First came the deliberately controversial "Ur So Gay," released as a video and digital single, and it gained enough attention that by spring of 2008, Madonna was calling it her current "favorite song." By that point, Katy's first real single was scheduled for release: "I Kissed a Girl." Also vaguely scandalous, "I Kissed a Girl" became a smash and headed all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut, One of the Boys, followed in June of 2008, and it was also a success, supported by the Top Ten hit "Hot N Cold," along with "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up in Vegas." One of the Boys was a big enough hit that the shelved album Perry had recorded with the Matrix back in 2004 saw a release in January 2009, but it didn't do much.

Perry supported One of the Boys with media appearances and steady tours, including an appearance on the 2008 Warped Tour and her own headlining Hello Katy jaunt in 2009. A stopgap MTV Unplugged album appeared in November 2009, by which time Perry was hard at work on her second album, Teenage Dream. Preceded by the frothy single "California Gurls," Teenage Dream was an international smash, generating no less than five consecutive number one singles in the U.S.: "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T." (which featured Kanye West), and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." This success had few precedents: she was the first female artist ever to achieve such a run of number ones and the first artist since Michael Jackson to have so many singles from an individual album reach the pole position. In 2012, the album was expanded as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which contained a new single in "Part of Me," which also topped the charts. During this entire cycle, Perry was a constant pop culture presence, undergoing an international tour, appearing in cameos all over television, courting mild social media controversies, creating fragrances, and filming the documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, which appeared in theaters in July 2012.

As the Teenage Dream juggernaut wrapped up, Perry turned her attention to recording her third album. Appearing in October 2013, Prism signaled a more mature Katy Perry, something that was apparent from its motivating first single, "Roar." Prism received a lift from its third single, "Dark Horse," which became her ninth number one ("Unconditionally" didn't crack the Top Ten), and it was followed by "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do," both released as she supported the album with an international tour. The highlight of that tour was her appearance at the halftime show for 2014's Super Bowl XLIX, where she performed with Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz.

Two years later, Perry made her comeback with another major sporting event: the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Her single "Rise" was honored as the official anthem for the games; it peaked at 11 on Billboard's Hot 100. Perry next released "Chained to the Rhythm," a single co-written with Sia Furler and co-produced by Max Martin, in February 2017. Another single -- "Bon Appetit," featuring Migos -- appeared before the June release of Witness, an album that emphasized EDM-inspired dance-pop.

Top Track of Atist: Katy Perry

I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry

I Kissed a Girl

1,177,821
7,893,582
Hot n Cold - Katy Perry

Hot n Cold

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Firework - Katy Perry

Firework

879,467
7,539,246
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

Teenage Dream

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7,339,263
E.T. - Katy Perry

E.T.

567,555
5,187,523
Waking Up in Vegas - Katy Perry

Waking Up in Vegas

535,559
3,312,788
Roar - Katy Perry

Roar

519,859
5,890,129
Thinking of You - Katy Perry

Thinking of You

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4,024,300
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry

The One That Got Away

466,058
4,067,224
Ur So Gay - Katy Perry

Ur So Gay

458,321
2,363,587
Dark Horse - Katy Perry

Dark Horse

434,315
3,468,856
Peacock - Katy Perry

Peacock

370,403
2,827,081
Wide Awake - Katy Perry

Wide Awake

337,036
2,969,396
Part of Me - Katy Perry

Part of Me

333,715
3,223,217
One of the Boys - Katy Perry

One of the Boys

275,788
1,624,053
Lost - Katy Perry

Lost

264,980
1,328,084
Fingerprints - Katy Perry

Fingerprints

261,871
1,281,546
Circle the Drain - Katy Perry

Circle the Drain

256,577
1,766,088
Hummingbird Heartbeat - Katy Perry

Hummingbird Heartbeat

250,942
1,864,602
If You Can Afford Me - Katy Perry

If You Can Afford Me

250,562
1,520,571
This Is How We Do - Katy Perry

This Is How We Do

249,576
2,101,716
Unconditionally - Katy Perry

Unconditionally

245,777
2,347,535
Not Like the Movies - Katy Perry

Not Like the Movies

242,057
1,620,283
Mannequin - Katy Perry

Mannequin

237,783
1,349,201
Who Am I Living For? - Katy Perry

Who Am I Living For?

233,323
1,427,171
Pearl - Katy Perry

Pearl

220,081
1,339,666
Birthday - Katy Perry

Birthday

218,680
1,856,410
Self Inflicted - Katy Perry

Self Inflicted

214,931
1,139,185
E.T. (feat. Kanye West) - Katy Perry

E.T. (feat. Kanye West)

208,458
1,489,058
I'm Still Breathing - Katy Perry

I'm Still Breathing

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1,118,798
chAiNEd tO the RhyTHM - Katy Perry

chAiNEd tO the RhyTHM

158,157
1,883,738
Hot 'N Cold - Katy Perry

Hot 'N Cold

157,330
1,572,613
Walking on Air - Katy Perry

Walking on Air

137,428
1,629,145
Legendary Lovers - Katy Perry

Legendary Lovers

134,838
1,471,559
Swish Swish - Katy Perry

Swish Swish

129,312
1,556,682
International Smile - Katy Perry

International Smile

118,198
925,840
Ghost - Katy Perry

Ghost

100,354
793,439
bOn aPpétIT - Katy Perry

bOn aPpétIT

96,812
1,096,849
Use Your Love - Katy Perry

Use Your Love

96,418
550,308
By the Grace of God - Katy Perry

By the Grace of God

94,748
705,957
Love Me - Katy Perry

Love Me

94,707
709,092
This Moment - Katy Perry

This Moment

92,373
674,868
Double Rainbow - Katy Perry

Double Rainbow

90,047
685,628
It Takes Two - Katy Perry

It Takes Two

75,395
597,489
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