Katy Perry, full name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known as “Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984. She is an American songwriter, television judge, and singer.
Katheryn started her career as a teenager in gospel music after signing in the church in childhood. After signing a contract with Red Hill Records, she released her first debut album ‘Katy Hudson’ with her birth name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, in 2001. However, this song was not a commercial success.
Katy moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music. Afterward, she began to work with producers like Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Glen Ballard. Katy adopted her stage name from her mother’s maiden name ‘Katy Perry.’
After being dropped by Columbia Records and The Island Def Jam Music Group, she signed another contract in April 2007 with Capitol Records.
Katy Perry got a frame with her second album in 2008. ‘One of The Boys, ‘ her pop-rock recording, was top-listed at number one in the US.
Similarly, her two albums, ‘I Kissed a Girl, and ‘Hot n Cold,’ also topped the United States Billboard 200. In 2010, she released two more albums: The Disco and Teenage Dream.
The same year, her five albums were in the top 100 Hot Billboard: Firework, Last Friday Night, California Gurls, Teenage Dream, and ET.
She tried to record with Michael Jackson’s Bad after its follow-up; in 2013, she recorded “Prism,” inspired by her everyday life, self-reflection, relationships, and divorce.
After the music videos “Roar” and “Dark topped the chart, she became the only artist to have multiple videos reach one billion views on Vivo.
In 2020, her sixth album was released, which has received various awards, including five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, four Guinness World Records, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award.
She was included in the annual Forbes list from 2011 to 2019 for highest-earning women in music.
She is estimated to earn 125 million dollars as of 2016. Perry is one of the World’s best-selling music artists, having over 125 million singles and 18 million albums worldwide.
Afterward, in 2012, she released an autobiographical documentary named Katy Perry: Part of Me.
She also gave her voice in the Film Smurfit in 2011 and Films like Smurfs and its sequel in 2013. Her performance in the Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched video in history. She also seemed to serve as a Judge in the reality show American Idol in 2018.
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Katy Perry’s Early Life
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, shortly known as ‘Katy Perry,’ was born on 1984 October 25, in California as a daughter of Mary Christine and Maurice Keith Hudson. After a wild youth, her parents changed their religion from Pentecostal pastors to Christians.
Perry has ancestry in English, Portuguese, Irish, and German. She is the niece of film director ‘Frank Perry from her mother’s side.
She has a younger brother, David, who has established himself as a singer, and an elder sister, Angela. Perry often moved across the countries in her childhood as her parents set up churches before settling in California.
She attended religious schools growing up, including Santa Barbara Christian School in California and Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona during her elementary level.
Her family had to struggle a lot financially. Perry used to listen to Gospel Music as secular music was not allowed in her house.
She sneaked her friends for CDs and DVDs and discovered popular music. She began her training at nine and incorporated it into her parents’ ministry.
She sang in church from the age of nine to seventeen. Katy was gifted a guitar on her 13th birthday and started performing songs she wrote.
Katy’s younger brother described her as a tomboy during her adolescence. She then joined dance classes to learn Lindy hop, jitterbug, and swing.
Teenage Dream and First Marriage
On May 7, 2010, Perry released ‘California Gurls’ after serving as a judge on the reality show “American Idol.”
In June, California Gurls was the lead single from her “Teenage Dream” album and was listed on the Billboard Hot 100. She served as a guest judge on the British “The X Factor” the next month.
Before releasing the second single off her album ‘Teenage Dream’ in September, this album topped number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Teenage Dream reached number one on the Billboard 200 On August 24, 2010, and received reviews from Critics Music. It has sales of over six million copies worldwide. Teenage Dream won the “Juno Award for International Album of the Year in 2011.
She released ‘Firework’ as a single from her third album in October. It was considered one of the top singles to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010.
Perry was considered the sixth best-selling digital artist in the US, with sales of over 37.6 million.
The same month, she successfully became the only artist with four sales of over five million. In November 2010, Perry started a business when she endorsed her first fragrance.
In December 2011, Meow! Her second fragrance. Nordstrom department stores released both perfumes. She promoted Electronic Art’s expansion pack for Showtime.
She became Pop Chips’s ambassador and spokesperson and invested in a company this year. In 2012, Billboard called her “Women of The Year.”
On October 23, 2010, she married Russell Brand in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan, India. On December 30, 2011, after 14 months of marriage, the Brand announced divorce.
She did not want a divorce and even said she would commit suicide. Afterward, they finally got divorced in 2012. Then, Perry was in a relationship with singer and songwriter ‘John Mayer that August.
In November 2013, Perry surpassed Justin Biber on Twitter, the most followed person on social media. She won the Guinness World Record in 2015 for the maximum number of followers on Twitter, followed by 100 million followers by June 2017.
Keith Caulfield of Billboard said,” Perry is the rare celebrity having popularity but Genuine ground-level interaction with Katycats.
She has followers of over 292 million across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She is listed in the top six most-followed musicians on social media.
Time magazine listed Katy Perry among its 25 Most Influential People on the Year’s Internet in June 2017. Forbes ranked Perry third in “Top-Earning Women in Music, In 2011.
Then, she was ranked the fifth most-earning woman in music in 2012. She earned 45 million dollars that year.
Finally, in 2015, Forbes ranked her as number one as the n “Most Earning Women in Music” with 135 million dollars.
In 2015, they listed Perry as the World’s Highest-Paid Musician and declared her the highest-earning female celebrity.
The magazine estimated 125 million dollars and ranked her sixth Highest-Paid Woman in Music with 41 million dollars. In 2019, Perry was placed as the number four Highest-Paid Woman in Music with 57.5 million dollars.
The following year, she was ranked number 9 in the Highest earning musician of the decade with earnings of 530 million dollars throughout the 2010s.
Throughout her career, Perry has won several awards: fourteen People’s Choice Awards, a Brit Award, a Juno Award, five American Music Awards, and four Guinness World Records. Billboard dubbed her the Women of the Year in September 2011.
Perry spent 69 continuous weeks in the top ten Billboard Hot 100 from May 2010 to September 2011. She was the first female artist to produce five top Billboard Hot 100 singles from a single album.
Perry accumulated nine number-one dollars in the USA chart of Billboard Hot 100. She also holds the record for having 18 consecutive top-one songs on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
Billboard also listed her as the 15th most successful dance club artist. In addition, the magazine ranked her at number 4 on its list of Greatest of all time pop song artists.
Dark Horse’ ranked at number 100 on its Greatest 100 Songs of All Time and one of the Greatest Songs of all time Hot 100 by a female artist with California Gurls and Firework.
She became the only female artist with over 1 billion views in a music video on Vivo in June 2015.
Her other music video, ‘Roar,’ published in the same year a few months later, also crossed over 1 billion, making her the only artist with several videos with over a billion views.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry declared her the Top Global Female Recording Artist of 2013.
She is the fifth top digital singles artist in the US, per the ‘Recording Industry Association of America.’ With eleven million certified albums and 105 million songs nationwide, 116 million certified singles are an on-demand scheme.
‘Perry’ became the first artist to receive Diamond certifications from the RIAA for her three singles: Roar, Dark Horse, and Firework.
Her California Gurls, Hot n Cold and ET have sales of over five million copies. In her career, Perry has sales of over 125 million singles and 18 million albums globally. Sales of these copies made her one of the best-selling music artists ever.