Thursday, October 8, 2015

Katy Perry, Stunning Songbird

Katy Perry: Hot In Leather!

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Katy Perry.

Singer Katy Perry burst on the musical scene during the 2000s with her winsome song about kissing a girl and liking it. Since then, she has stunned audiences as much with her outrageous fashion selections as she has with her singing.

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Katy was born October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy, though, isn't actually named Katy Perry.

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The singer we know as Katy Perry actually is named Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. So, it is Katy Hudson who has all those hits, not Katy Perry.

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Katy's ancestry mixed. She is three sixteenths Portuguese (Katy's mother is of three eighths Portuguese descent). Katy's other background includes English, German, and Irish influences.

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Katy has an older sister and a younger brother.

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Katy is from a religions background. Both of her parents are pastors, Pentecostal Christians. Her parents did not allow her to watch The Smurfs, though she appeared as (the voice of) Smurfette in "The Smurfs."

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She started singing in church at the age of 9, where she sang until she was 17. She even has a religious tattoo on her wrist, which she likes to show off to prove her religious bona fides.

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Katy pursued a classical music training. She actually studied Italian Opera at one point. Katy is a contralto.

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When she began singing professionally, Katy Hudson changed her name to avoid confusion with the actress Kate Hudson. Perry is Katy's mother's maiden name.


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Katy listened to Christian music as a kid. She was inspired to pursue a singing career by Alanis Morissette's 1995 hit "You Oughta Know" from the cd "Jagged Little Pill."

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While Katy jumped from just singing in church to recording, she didn't leave church music far behind. She began her career with Christian pop.

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Katy began her career at a young age. At age 16, she signed with Red Hill Records and released a Christian pop album, "Katy Hudson." It featured gospel songs. Then, as she later recalled, "the label went bankrupt." Not many people heard it.

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After that first attempt at stardom fizzled, Katy went to Los Angeles and met producer Glen Ballard. He took a liking to Katy and signed with Ballard's label, Java, which was part of Def Jam Music Group. Def Jam is not particularly known for its church music, and that marked the end of Katy's gospel recordings.

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Things did not go well at Java, either. Katy's next album was shelved and never released. She was just 17, and had two failures behind her.

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Katy Perry and Selena Gomez.

Katy switched to Columbia Records. She worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including The Matrix, Kara DioGuardi, Max Martin and Dr. Luke. However, this did not go well, either. Before releasing any of Katy's material, Columbia dropped her.

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At this point, Katy was on her own, with no label and nothing but a bunch of rejected recordings. She hitched a ride with Taxi Music, which was quite a different experience than Def Jam and Columbia.

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However, things were not lost. Ballard managed to get one of the songs that Katy had recorded with him, "Simple," included on the soundtrack of "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" (2005). The film was a huge success. Another song on which she had sung backup, Mick Jagger's "Old Habits Die Hard," was on the soundtrack to 2004 film "Alfie." These successes at least got Katy noticed.

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While her singing career was stalled, Katy was a huge presence within the music scene. She passed the time filming music videos for P.O.D.'s "Goodbye for Now" (on which she also sang backup), Carbon Leaf's "Learn to Fly," and Gym Class Heroes' song "Cupid's Chokehold." Katy was dating Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes at the time. Though they split up in 2009, he appeared in Katy's later "I Kissed A Girl" video.

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After a year without a major label, Katy managed to sign with Capitol Records. Once again, she began working top top talent such as Dr. Luke. The feeling was that Katy had talent, but needed a little help to develop a popular style. With Dr. Luke, Kerry wrote catchy pop tunes "I Kissed A Girl" and "Hot n Cold" for a second album, entitled "One of the Boys."

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The first single from "One of the Boys" was "Ur So Gay." Released in November 2007, it did not do well. It now is considered just a "promotional single" and not a real Katy Perry single release.

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Katy's next single, though, did become a huge hit. In fact, it became one of the biggest hits ever. "I Kissed A Girl," released on April 28, 2008, became a sensation. It hit No. 1 on pop charts around the world, including the United States. "I Kissed A Girl" remains Katy's signature song despite all of her subsequent success. Katy later said that "I Kissed a Girl" was partly inspired by actress Scarlett Johansson.

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Album "One of the Boys" also was a big hit, though it did not set the musical world on fire. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 album chart. That's very respectable. Perhaps in part due to Katy's subsequent success, "One of the Boys" ultimately sold over 7 million copies.

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Follow-up single "Hot n Cold" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped charts in Canada, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Katy embarked on The Warped Tour to support the album.

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Katy on "The Young and the Restless."

Katy now was a celebrity. She hosted the 2009 Europe MTV Awards and became a guest judge on American Idol.

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Katy appeared on "The Young and the Restless" on 12 June 2008. It was episode 8914 of the long-running soap. It was Katy's first acting appearance.

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Russell Brand proposed to Katy on New Year's Eve, 2009. They were in India, sitting on an elephant watching fireworks. Brand and Katy were married for a year. He filed for divorce after a year of marriage, on 30 December 2011.

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During 2009, Perry began her own headlining world tour, the "Hello Katy Tour." She recorded additional music, including songs with Timbaland and 3OH!3.

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 Katy released her next album, "Teenage Dream," on August 24, 2010. It was another huge hit, ultimate selling 3 million copies in the United States and 6 million worldwide.

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Katy had five number one singles from "Teenage Dream" in 2010-2011:
  1. "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  2. "Teenage Dream"
  3. "Firework"
  4. "E.T." (featuring Kanye West)
  5. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
Besides Katy, only Michael Jackson has done that. Katy also had a No. 1 hit, "Part of Me," from the follow-up "extended" version, "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection." So, in reality, Katy had six number ones from that project.

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"Teenage Dream" cemented Katy's worldwide celebrity. Subsequent albums "Prism" (2013) and "Witness" (2017) also have topped the Billboard album chart.

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Subsequent to her success, Katy has made numerous television appearances, though music remains her career focus. She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program for "Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Starring Katy Perry (2015)." She shared the nomination with Ricky Kirshner (executive producer) and Rob Paine (supervising producer).


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Katy writes songs for others as well as herself. She has had her work recorded by Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and Kelly Clarkson, among others.


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It's not unusual for Perry to mimic styles of the past, such as those of Marilyn Monroe.

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One can only assume that she has a full staff of people who find wilder and funnier outfits.

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You can see that Katy likes leather just as much in her personal life as on stage.

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Have I ever kissed a girl? Of course I have. I can't sing a song and not have done it. That'd be complete hypocrisy. I fancy Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie - I'd definitely kiss them.

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My singing is really important to me, but when children come along they'll be my main focus. I'd never put my career in front of my babies - it'd be a case of fitting jobs around them.

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When I was 15, I fell in love with a female friend. I thought she was beautiful and wanted to be like her. She had such a huge impact on my life, but I never told her how I felt.

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I've told my boyfriend that if Scarlett Johansson wanted to go out with me, I'd ditch him immediately. Female beauty can be incredibly powerful... Actually, I'm obsessed with beautiful women and their elegance. I like the paradox of appearing innocent and sexy all at once.

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People don't understand that I have a great relationship with my parents - like, how that can exist. There isn't any judgment. They don't necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don't necessarily agree with everything they do. They're at peace with - they pray for me is what they do. They're fascinated with the idea that they created someone who has this much attention on her.

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Katy being bashful!

I get drunk, I pick my nose, I swear and I fart! I don't care, I'm not planning to become the President of the United States.

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This is a really important time in my life. I can't just be the girl who sang I Kissed a Girl. I have to leave a legacy.

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There's times when you see other people who, the only reason why they have success is because they're just shock jocks, which works for a period of time. I haven't really taken off all my clothes yet... Yeah, I've done my fair share of 'naked on a cotton candy cloud' situation, but everything is with a wink.

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This is a really important time in my life. I can't just be the girl who sang I Kissed a Girl. I have to leave a legacy.

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Look, any couple in a serious relationship has that talk about babies, but we haven't decided when. Russell wants lots of children and I think there's something amazing about tons of kids running around. We probably won't have the talk again for a few years - it's important to enjoy each other before having babies.

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If people want a role model, they can have Miley Cyrus.

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My singing is really important to me, but when children come along they'll be my main focus. I'd never put my career in front of my babies - it'd be a case of fitting jobs around them.

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The number one issue for me is equal rights, whether it's being able to be equal in love, and being treated equally whether you have ovaries or not.

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I think it's important to not just play the sexy card. Be sexy but be smart and sophisticated.

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You know you're living right when you wake up, brush your hair - and confetti falls out!

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Have I ever kissed a girl? Of course I have. I can't sing a song and not have done it. That'd be complete hypocrisy. I fancy Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie - I'd definitely kiss them.

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People just think I'm the girl wearing the ruby slippers. I wanted to show them at the end of the journey. I am the Oz as well.

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Katy has a cat named Kitty Purry, and fans follow its life activities on the Internet.

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Katy topped Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.
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Katy has an extremely popular Instagram account.

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Katy's birth name was Kathryn Hudson. Perry is her mom's maiden name.

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Katy married Russell Brand in India.

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Katy is part Portuguese, English, German, Irish, and various other western European parts.

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Katy is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Katy has sold songs she has written to other famous artists, including two to Selena Gomez. These were "Rock God" and "That's More Like It."

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Katy has the most followers in Twitter history, with over 100 million.

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Katy is a strong supporter of the Democrat Party, having strongly endorsed both Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2015.

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Katy has tried to buy a former nunnery of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. The sale is held up in litigation because there is an alternate prospective buyer. Legend has it that Katy tried to impress the nuns by, among other things, showing them her religious tattoo. That didn't seem to work that well. She also sang a religious song, but had to look the words up on her phone. Again, the nuns were not amused. Katy deserves points for trying, though.

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The sale ultimately was approved by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, but the issue still may be challenged in court. The court ruled that the nuns didn't actually have authority to sell the property. Katy has said that she wants to settle her mother and grandmother there and drink green tea in the meditation garden.

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Katy's hair is naturally blonde. It is the one hair color she rarely shows.

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Katy has her own Barbie Doll. It was released in December 2011. Makes for a great Christmas gift.

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Katy also has a fragrance. It is called "Purr." It comes in a cat-shaped bottle and was released in November 2011.

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Katy mostly just sings these days, but she is talented at the acoustic guitar and electric guitar.


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After being rich, famous and internationally renowned, Katy's second choice would be to become a housewife or open a stylist shop.

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Katy likes Mario Lopez' dimples.

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Katy likes to listen to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" while driving.

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Katy loves tattoos. She gets a new tattoo for each album.

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She got a strawberry tattoo for "One of the Boys" and a peppermint for "Teenage Dreams."

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Katy even brought a tattoo artist on her tour bus.

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The presence of the tattoo artist means that pretty much everybody who travels with her now has tattoos.

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Her manager now also has a tattoo.

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When Katy went on "The View," Whoopi Goldberge was impressed. Whoopi kissed Katy on the lips and said, "I liked it!"

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Katy likes to compare herself to Amy Winehouse, the skinny British singer who passed away from drugs. She portrays herself as the fatter version of Winehouse and the thinner version of Lily Allen. Allen did not take kindly to that.

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Katy had her own concert film, "Katy Perry: Part of Me." It appeared in theaters on 5 July 2012. It did ok, but there has not been any talk of any more films.

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Katy had lunch at the White House for her 28th birthday. She ate with Michelle Obama.

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Katy could have joined the American Idol judges in 2013. She was offered $20 million. She turned it down. "American Idol" ended not long afterward.

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Katy's movie "Part of Me" got a PG rating.

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Katy's cat is named Kitty Purry, and it posts its thoughts on a blog.

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Katy almost appeared in Brand's film "Get Him to the Greek," but her scene was cut.

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Katy is friends with Rihanna, Perez Hilton and Adam Lambert.

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Katy has announced that she has put on weight and no longer is a standard model size.

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Katy's following continues to grow. On social media, which is where it's at for celebrities these days, Perry surpassed Justin Bieber as the most followed person on Twitter in November 2013. Katy was the first person in Twitter history to surpass 80 million followers as of January 2016, and now numbers well over 100 million. Katy's followers are known as "KatyCats," and she is very good at interacting with fans on Twitter and elsewhere.


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