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Facts about Katy Perry
Biography for Katy PerryKatheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born Oct. 25, 1984 (29 years ago)), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Perry rose to fame in 2007 (6 years ago) with her internet hit "Ur So Gay", and later scored in 2008 (5 years ago) her breakthrough single "I Kissed a Girl".
Hudson was born and raised in Santa Barbara by Christian pastor parents and grew up listening only to gospel music. After earning a GED during her freshman year of high school, she began to pursue a music career. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001 (12 years ago). In 2004 (9 years ago), she recorded an album with production team The Matrix, but it was never released. After signing on with Capitol Music Group in 2007 (6 years ago), she took on stage name Katy Perry and released her first mainstream album, One of the Boys.
Early yearsKaty Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on Oct. 25, 1984 (29 years ago), in Santa Barbara, California, United States. The second child of two pastors, she has an older sister and younger brother. Her Evangelical mother, Mary Hudson, grew up in Southern California and had "a tempestuous first marriage in Zimbabwe". Her father was a West Coast scenester in the 1960 (53 years ago). Perry's uncle and aunt were director Frank Perry and screenwriter Eleanor Perry.
Baptized a Christian, Perry was incorporated to her parents' ministry, and she started singing in their church from the age of nine; she continued singing in the church until she was seventeen. She grew up listening to gospel music and was not allowed to listen to what her mother called secular music. Perry attended Christian schools and camps. As a child, Perry learned how to dance in a rec hall in Santa Barbara. She was taught by seasoned dancers and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug. She took her GED after her freshman year of high school and decided to leave schooling to pursue a career in music. Perry initially started singing "because I was at that point in my childhood where I was copycatting my sister and everything she did". She was in a constant fight to capture the attention of her parents off her sister's, who was at the time taking voice lessons. Her sister practiced with cassette tapes, and Perry took the tapes herself when her sister was not around. She rehearsed the songs and performed it to her parents, who suggested she should take voice lessons. She grabbed the opportunity and began taking lessons at age nine to sixteen. She enrolled in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and studied Italian opera for a short time.
Perry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, whom she met in a recording studio in New York, on and off for several years. After more than a year of friendship and casual dating, they became serious with their relationship right before they embarked into the 2008 (5 years ago) Warped Tour. Perry and McCoy broke up in dec. 2008 (5 years ago).. They began dating again in Apr. 2009 (4 years ago).
In Jun. 2008 (5 years ago), a publicity photo (wallpaper) emerged that showed Perry posing with a switchblade. Tabloid The Sun reportedly criticized the photo (wallpaper) as an attempt to glamorize knives. The picture (wallpaper) was defended as only an effort to give Perry a "sexy, harder edge".
At the age of 15, Perry's singing in church attracted the attention of rock veterans from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to polish her writing skills. In Nashville, Perry started recording demos and was taught by country music veterans on how to craft songs and play guitar. Perry signed to the Christian music label Red Hill, under which she recorded her first album at the age of 15. Using her real name, Katy Hudson, she released the self-titled Gospel-rock album in 2001 (12 years ago). The album was unsuccessful, however, after the label ceased. She later changed her surname to Perry, her mother's maiden name, because "Katy Hudson" was too close to movie actress Kate Hudson. At the age of 17, Perry left her home for Los Angeles where she worked with Glen Ballard on an album for record label Island. The album was due for release in 2005 (8 years ago), but Billboard magazine reported it also went nowhere. Perry was dropped by Island Def Jam Music Group. Some of Perry and Ballard's collaborations included "Box", "Diamonds" and "Long Shot", were posted on her official MySpace page. "Simple", one of the songs she recorded with Ballard, was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 (8 years ago) movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Trying her luck, Perry signed to Columbia Records in 2004 (9 years ago). However, the label was not amenable with her vision, not putting her in the "driver's seat". Instead, one of Columbia's ideas was to pair Perry with the record production team The Matrix, who was working on an album, to serve as its female vocalist. Although the album was later shelved, she caught the attention of the music press: Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in Oct. 2004 (9 years ago) by Blender magazine. With no album project ongoing, Perry began recording her own. Eighty percent completed, however, Columbia decided not to finish it and dropped her off the label.
While waiting to find another label, she worked in an independent A&R company called Taxi Music. In 2006 (7 years ago), Perry was featured in the tail-end of the video to P.O.D.'s single "Goodbye for Now". She made a cameo appearance in Carbon Leaf's video, "Learn to Fly", and in Gym Class Heroes' video, "Cupid's Chokehold", playing the eventual love interest of lead singer Travis McCoy. Her songs eventually captured the attention of Virgin Records CEO Jason Flom, then head of Capitol Music Group, who signed her to Capitol Music in early 2007 (6 years ago).
2008–2009: One of the Boys
After signing to Capitol Records, Perry began recording tracks for her official mainstream debut album, One of the Boys, and establishing her image (wallpaper) was one of the immediate concerns of her management. A campaign was started in Nov. 2007 (6 years ago) with the release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market. A digital EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create online buzz. This was a very successful move that resulted in bringing Perry to the attention of Madonna, who mentioned her on KISS FM and KRQ's JohnJay & Rich morning show in Arizona. On Mar. 10, 2008 (5 years ago), she appeared as herself on the ABC Family TV series, Wildfire, on the episode "Life's Too Short".
While the buzz over Perry was building, she went on the next step of promoting the album, undergoing a two-month tour of radio stations. The album's official lead single, "I Kissed a Girl", was released on May 6, 2008 (5 years ago). With the song climbing atop the charts, Perry embarked on the annual Warped Tour music festival, which her management used to "establish her as a credible performer and make sure she wasn't seen as just a one-hit wonder." The single was a commercial success, peaking at number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since become a major worldwide hit, topping charts in 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. On Jun. 12, 2008 (5 years ago), Perry appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, and poses for the cover to the Jun. 2008 (5 years ago) issue of the fictional magazine Restless Style.
Katy Perry performing live in Berlin, sep. 2008One of the Boys was released on Jun. 17, 2008 (5 years ago) to mixed critical reviews. The album has reached number nine on the Billboard 200, and, as of Feb. 2009 (4 years ago), has sold over 800,000 copies in the United States. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Perry released her second single, "Hot N Cold", which became her second top three single in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States where it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the charts in Germany, Canada, and Denmark. After Perry wrapped up her appearance at the Warped Tour, she went on tours in Europe. She later launched her first headlining tour, the Hello Katy Tour, in Jan. 2009 (4 years ago). "I Kissed a Girl" earned Perry a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 (4 years ago) Grammy Awards. Perry was nominated in five categories at the 2008 (5 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Video, but lost to Britney Spears. She won Best New Act at the 2008 (5 years ago) MTV Europe Music Awards, in which she co-hosted, and Best International Female Artist at the 2009 (4 years ago) BRIT Awards. On Feb. 9, 2009 (4 years ago), both "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold" were certified three-time platinum by Recording Industry Association of America for individual digital sales of over three million.
The self-titled debut album of The Matrix, which features Perry, was later released via the team's label, Let's Hear It, during Perry's solo tour. When the release date was scheduled, "I Kissed a Girl" had been charting well. Matrix member Lauren Christy spoke to Perry about the decision, but she wanted to hold the release until the fourth single of One of the Boys had been dispatched. Despite their communication, The Matrix was released on Jan. 27, 2009 (4 years ago), via iTunes Store.
In dec. 2008 (5 years ago), Perry apologized to British singer Lily Allen (8 walls) (9 walls) for remarks in which she called herself a "skinnier version" of her, saying she meant it as a joke. Allen retaliated and told a British radio station that she "happen[ed] to know for a fact that she [Perry] was an American version" of her because their record company needed "to find something controversial and 'kooky'" like her.
In Jun. 2009 (4 years ago), lawyers acting for Katy Perry opposed the recent trademark of Australian fashion designer Katie Perry who uses her own name to market loungewear. Some media outlets reported this as a lawsuit, which Katy Perry has denied on her blog. Katie Perry the designer reports on her blog that at a hearing with IP Australia on Jul. 10 2009 (4 years ago), the singer's lawyers withdrew their opposition to the trademark.
Personal lifePerry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, whom she met in a recording studio in New York, on and off for several years. After more than a year of friendship and casual dating, they became serious with their relationship right before they embarked into the 2008 (5 years ago) Warped Tour. Perry and McCoy broke up in dec. 2008 (5 years ago). They began dating again in Apr. 2009 (4 years ago).
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