|Also known as:||Katheryn Brand, Katheryn Hudson, Katy Hudson, Keti Perri, Kety Perry|
|Born:||October 25, 1984|
Santa Barbara, California, USA
|Bra/cup size:||32E (70E) (same as DD cup)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||125 lb (57 kg)|
Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter. Her 2008 single "I Kissed a Girl" has become an international smash-hit topping numerous charts worldwide.
While on the 2008 Warped Tour, a mold of Katy's torso was cast, to be decorated and auctioned off to benefit breast cancer charity the Keep A Breast Foundation. In a video showing the molding, Katy quips, "You just can't mess with 32Ds."
In a 2009 article in The Sun, she is quoted as saying, "I remember really vividly kneeling by my bed as a nine-year-old, saying my prayers and asking God to give me boobs that were so big that if I laid on my back I wouldn't be able to see my feet."
Perry performed "Hot n Cold" with Elmo from Sesame Street, which was originally to appear on the forty-first-season premiere of the educational children's program on September 27, 2010. However, four days before the scheduled airing, Sesame Workshop announced, "In light of the feedback we've received on the Katy Perry music video ... we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on YouTube." The main reason was that parents complained about what appeared to be a great amount of cleavage shown by her dress.
Perry has received many awards and nominations, and been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" for 2011, 2012, and 2013. Throughout her career, she has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. Perry has also made celebrity endorsements and released perfumes Purr, Meow!, and Killer Queen. In July 2011, she made her film debut voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs. The following July, she released a documentary film, Katy Perry: Part of Me, which concentrated on her life as a touring artist and the dissolution of her brief marriage to English actor and comedian Russell Brand in the early 2010s.
In November 2012, Perry began work on her fourth album, Prism. She told Billboard, "I know exactly the record I want to make next. I know the artwork, the coloring and the tone" and "I even know what type of tour I'm doing next. I'll be very pleased if the vision I have in my head becomes a reality."Although she told L'Uomo Vogue in June 2012 that she planned to have "darker elements" in Prism,Perry revealed to MTV during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that she changed the album's direction after periods of self-reflection. She commented "I felt very prismatic", which inspired the album's name."Roar" was released as the lead single from Prism on August 10, 2013.It was promoted at the MTV Video Music Awards and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100."Unconditionally" was released as the second single from Prism on October 16, 2013,and peaked at 14 in the United States.
Prism was released on October 18, 2013, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Four days later, Perry performed the songs from the album at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. "Dark Horse" was released as the album's third single on December 17, 2013, and became her ninth number-one single on January 29, 2014. In 2014, "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do" were respectively released as the album's fourth and fifth singles. Additionally, she recorded and co-wrote a duet with Mayer titled "Who You Love" for his album Paradise Valley. The song was released on August 12, 2013. Perry began her third headlining tour, The Prismatic World Tour, on May 7, 2014. It started in Europe, and will continue through North America and Oceania.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry named her fifth on the list of Top Global Recording Artists of 2013. On June 26, 2014, she was declared the Top Certified Digital Artist Ever by the Recording Industry Association of America for certified sales of 72 million digital singles in the United States. In May 2014, a portrait of Perry by painter Mark Ryden was featured in his exhibition "The Gay 90s", and shown at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Along with several other artists, she also recorded a cover version of the song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" on a limited-edition concept album to accompany the exhibition.That month, a portrait of Perry by artist Will Cotton was included in the United States National Portrait Gallery.
Aside from her music career, Perry reprised her role as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2, which was released in theaters on July 31, 2013. Like its predecessor, The Smurfs 2 was a financial success and panned by critics. In March 2014, she made a guest appearance playing herself in the season finale of the Kroll Show. Killer Queen was released as her third fragrance in August 2013 through Coty, Inc. In January 2014, she became a guest curator of Madonna's Art for Freedom initiative. On June 17, 2014, Perry announced that she had founded her own record label under Capitol Records, titled Metamorphosis Music. Ferras was the first artist to sign to her label, and Perry served as an executive producer on his self-titled EP. She also recorded a duet titled "Legends Never Die" with Ferras on the EP. She ranked seventh on the 2013 Forbes list for "Top-Earning Women In Music" with $39 million. In February 2014, her relationship with Mayer ended.
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. Many of her songs, particularly on Teenage Dream, reflect on love between teenagers; W described the album's sexual innuendos as "irresistible hook-laden melodies". Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry's music.
Perry identifies 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." 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 Chicago Tribune, "being taken seriously may be Perry's greatest challenge yet." 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 Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent "clichés". Throughout her career, Perry has co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Selena Gomez & the Scene, Jessie James, Kelly Clarkson, Lesley Roy, Britney Spears, and Iggy Azalea.
Perry has a contralto vocal range. Her singing has received both praise and criticism, Betty Clarke of The Guardian commented that her "powerful voice is hard-edged" while Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone described Perry's vocals on Teenage Dream as "processed staccato blips". Darren Harvey of musicOMH compared Perry's vocals on One of the Boys to Alanis Morissette's, both possessing a "perky voice shifting octaves mid-syllable". Alex Miller from NME felt that on One of the Boys "Perry's problem is often her voice", stating that "somewhere along the line someone convinced her she was like, well, a ballsy rock chick". Conversely, Bernadette McNulty from The Daily Telegraph praised her "rock chick voice" in a review of a concert promoting Prism.
- Biography for Katy Perry. The Internet Movie Database (2008). Retrieved on 2008-07-09.