Katy Perry Height Weight Bra Size Age Biography Family Wiki Net Worth, Affairs, Marriage & much more. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. She is known for her influence on the pop sound and style of the 2010s. Pursuing a career in gospel music at 16, Perry released her commercially unsuccessful debut album, Katy Hudson (2001), under Red Hill Records. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to venture into secular music, adopting the stage name “Katy Perry” from her mother’s maiden name. With producers Glen Ballard and Greg Wells, she recorded an unreleased album titled Fingerprints while signed to Java Records and then Columbia Records before being dropped. After this, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
Perry rose to fame with her second album and major-label debut, One of the Boys (2008), a pop-rock record containing her debut single “I Kissed a Girl” and follow-up single “Hot n Cold”, which respectively reached number one and three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The disco-influenced pop album Teenage Dream (2010) spawned five U.S. number-one singles—”California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”—becoming the first album by a solo female artist to do so. A reissue titled Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012) subsequently had the U.S. number-one single “Part of Me”. Her fourth album Prism (2013) has themes of self-empowerment and relationships. With the music videos for its U.S. number-one singles “Roar” and “Dark Horse”, Perry became the first artist to have multiple videos reach one billion views on YouTube. Witness (2017) featured an electropop sound with themes of liberation and a political subtext, while Smile (2020) featured themes of motherhood and self-help. She later embarked on her first concert residency titled Play in Resorts World Las Vegas, selling out multiple shows and receiving critical acclaim.
Perry is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 143 million records worldwide. All of her studio albums released under Capitol have individually surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. She has nine U.S. number-one singles, three U.S. number one albums and has received various accolades, including four Guinness World Records, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. Perry has been included in the annual Forbes lists of highest-earning women in music from 2011 to 2019. Her critically acclaimed Super Bowl halftime show performance is the most-watched in history. Outside of music, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in The Smurfs film series. Perry began serving as a judge on American Idol, starting from its sixteenth season in 2018. She is also the most followed woman on Twitter, with over 108 million followers.
Early life and family
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Mary Christine (née Perry) and Maurice Keith Hudson. Both of her parents turned to religion after a “wild youth”. Perry has English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry. Through her mother, she is a niece of film director Frank Perry. She has a younger brother named David, who is a singer, and an older sister, Angela.
From ages three to 11, Perry often moved across the country as her parents set up churches before settling again in Santa Barbara. Growing up, she attended religious schools and camps, including Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona and Santa Barbara Christian School in California during her elementary years. Her family struggled financially, sometimes using food stamps and eating food from the food bank which also fed the congregation at Perry’s parents’ church.
Growing up, Perry and her siblings were not allowed to eat the cereal Lucky Charms as the word “luck” reminded their mother of Lucifer, and had to call deviled eggs “angeled eggs”. Perry primarily listened to gospel music, as secular music was generally discouraged in the family’s home. She discovered popular music through CDs she sneaked from her friends. Perry later recalled a story about how a friend of hers played “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette, which impacted her songwriting and singing.
While not strictly identifying as religious, she has stated, “I pray all the time – for self-control, for humility.” Wanting to be like her sister Angela, Perry began singing by practicing with her sister’s cassette tapes. She performed the tracks in front of their parents, who let her take vocal lessons as Angela was at the time. She began training at age nine, and was incorporated into her parents’ ministry, singing in church from ages nine to 17. At 13, Perry was given her first guitar for her birthday, and publicly performed songs she wrote. She tried to “be a bit like the typical Californian girl” while growing up, and started rollerskating, skateboarding, and surfing as a teenager. Her brother David described her as a tomboy during her adolescence, which Perry talks about on her song “One Of The Boys”. She took dancing lessons and learned how to swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug.
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Musical style and themes
While Perry’s music incorporates pop, rock, and disco, Katy Hudson contains gospel. Her subsequent releases, One of the Boys and Teenage Dream, involve themes of sex and love. One of the Boys is a pop rock record, while Teenage Dream features disco influences. Perry’s fourth album, Prism, is significantly influenced by dance and pop music. Lyrically, the album addresses relationships, self-reflection, and everyday life. Her fifth studio effort Witness is an electropop album that she described as a “360-degree liberation” record, with themes including political liberation, sexual liberation, and liberation from negativity.] Many of her songs, particularly on Teenage Dream, reflect on love between teenagers; W magazine described the album’s sexual innuendos as “irresistible hook-laden melodies”. Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry’s music.
Perry has described herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star” and maintains that honest songwriting is very important to her. She told Marie Claire: “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable.” Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig commented that “as easy, breezy, and infectious as Perry’s songs can be, beneath the surface lurks a sea of mixed emotions, jumbled motives, and contradictory impulses complicated enough to fill a Carole King record.” According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, “being taken seriously may be Perry’s greatest challenge yet.” In 2013, The New York Times labeled her “the most potent pop star of the day – her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation”. Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent “clichés”. Throughout her career, Perry has also co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Lesley Roy, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie James Decker, Selena Gomez & the Scene, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.
Throughout her career, Perry has won five American Music Awards, fourteen People’s Choice Awards, four Guinness World Records, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. In September 2012, Billboard dubbed her the “Woman of the Year”. From May 2010 to September 2011, the singer spent a record-breaking 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. Teenage Dream became the first album by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles, and the second album overall after Michael Jackson’s Bad. In the United States, she has accumulated nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, her most recent being “Dark Horse”, and holds the record for having 18 consecutive number-one songs on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
Billboard also named her the 15th most successful dance club artist of all time. The magazine additionally ranked her 4th on its “Greatest of All Time Pop Songs Artists” list, included Teenage Dream and Prism among its “Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums by Women” list, and ranked “Dark Horse” at number 100 on its “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs” as well as one of its “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs by Women” along with “E.T.”, “Firework”, and “California Gurls”. In June 2015, her music video for “Dark Horse” became the first video by a female artist to reach 1 billion views on Vevo. The following month, her music video for “Roar” reached 1 billion views on Vevo, making her the first artist to have multiple videos with 1 billion views.
Perry was declared the Top Global Female Recording Artist of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the fifth top digital singles artist in the United States, with 105 million certified song units in the country including on-demand streams and also has 11 million certified album units, totaling 116 million certified units in the nation. She also became the first artist to have three songs receive Diamond certifications from the RIAA with “Dark Horse”, “Firework”, and “Roar”. All three of them and “E.T.”, “California Gurls”, and “Hot n Cold” have each sold over 5 million digital copies. Throughout her career, Perry has sold more than 18 million albums and 125 million singles globally, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Main articles: Katy Perry discography and List of songs recorded by Katy Perry
- Katy Hudson (2001)
- One of the Boys (2008)
- Teenage Dream (2010)
- Prism (2013)
- Witness (2017)
- Smile (2020)
Main article: Katy Perry videography
- The Smurfs (2011)
- Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
- The Smurfs 2 (2013)
- Brand: A Second Coming (2015)
- Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour (2015)
- Katy Perry: Making of the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show (2015)
- Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015)
- Zoolander 2 (2016)
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Tours and residency
Main article: List of Katy Perry live performances
- Strangely Normal Tour (with Phil Joel) (2001)
- Hello Katy Tour (2009)
- California Dreams Tour (2011–2012)
- Prismatic World Tour (2014–2015)
- Witness: The Tour (2017–2018)
- Play (2021–2022)