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Katy Perry

A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. Raised in a religious household as the daughter of two pastors, she was forbidden to listen to secular bands as a child, although a childhood slumber party introduced her to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury. Religious music remained at the forefront, however, and Katy released a self-titled Christian album in 2001 under her original name. She would later abandon the genre (and her given surname) in favor of a pop career. At age 17, she began working with hitmaker Glen Ballard, who had produced and co-written for Alanis Morissette. Several years later, she teamed up with the Matrix, a Grammy-nominated production/songwriting team whose résumé included collaborations with Avril Lavigne, Shakira, and Korn. Tired of producing music for other artists, the Matrix had plans to record an album of their own, with Perry serving as one of the group's two singers. The project was ultimately shelved, but not before Perry appeared in a 2004 write-up by Blender magazine, who hailed her as "the Next Big Thing!" With the Matrix's unreleased album sitting in the vaults at Sony Records, Perry went back to the drawing board and began working on a solo album for Columbia. The project was eventually canceled, although two of its songs were later given to Kelly Clarkson, who scored a Top 40 hit with "I Do Not Hook Up" several years later. Perry (who, by this point, had shed her original surname due to its similarity to actress Kate Hudson) then signed with Capitol, who encouraged their new client to write her own music and helped establish her image as a boisterous, tongue-in-cheek pop star. Perry's debut single, "Ur So Gay," generated a small buzz with its mischievous lyrics and clever music video, but it was "I Kissed a Girl" that proved to be her breakthrough hit, topping the charts in 20 countries and pushing its accompanying album, 2008's One of the Boys, into the Top Ten in America. Perry supported her debut by joining the Warped Tour that summer, where she toured alongside her boyfriend at the time, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Meanwhile, "Hot N Cold" became her second multi-platinum hit, "Thinking of You" (one of the album's three songs written solely by Perry) cracked the Top 40, and "Waking Up in Vegas" cracked the Top Ten. Such success meant that Katy Perry had officially become one of the industry's biggest pop stars, celebrated as much for her outsized behavior and outrageous fashion choices as the music itself. She continued touring through the summer of 2009 and found time to tape an installment of MTV Unplugged, which was released in November. Meanwhile, she worked on a new album and started up a whirlwind romance with comedian Russell Brand, eventually becoming his wife, a short-lived marriage that would last for only a year. She would later begin an on-again, off-again relationship with adult alternative singer/songwriter John Mayer. Recording sessions for her album wrapped up in early 2010, and Perry scored her second number one single with "California Gurls," which was released that May. The accompanying album, Teenage Dream, followed in August. The album was reissued in 2012 as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, with the bonus track "Wide Awake" earning Perry a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. In 2013, Perry announced the release of Prism, her fourth album, with the number one single "Roar." Written and produced in collaboration with a host of artists and producers (including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé), it was inspired musically by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Prince, and lyrically by her past relationships. Appearing in October, it hit number one in the U.S. and U.K., followed by another Billboard chart-topper, "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J. "Birthday" and "This Is How We Do" both reached the Top 40. In May 2014, she embarked on an ambitious tour of England, North America, Australia, and Europe, with concert dates lasting into early 2015. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Katy Perry

    Pop Remixes

    Pop Remixes
    8 songs

    Dance Pop

    Dance Pop
    8 songs

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    4 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    4 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    1 song

    Workout Songs

    16 songs

    Top 50 Pop Songs of 2013

    2 songs

    LGBT Pride

    5 songs

    Party Hits

    4 songs

    Scratch DJ Academy Mixtape

    1 song

    Gay Anthems

    10 songs

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    5 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    3 songs

    Street Beats

    1 song

    Patriotic Songs

    1 song

    Love Songs

    2 songs

    Teen Pop

    4 songs

    Kids Pop

    2 songs

    Reggaeton Urbano

    2 songs

    Fresh 40

    4 songs

    Female Focus

    2 songs

    Top Jams [Clean]

    1 song

Albums by
Katy Perry

Top Songs by
Katy Perry

  1.   Song
  2.   Roar
  3.   Dark Horse
  4.   Firework
  5.   Part Of Me
  6.   Wide Awake
  7.   Teenage Dream
  8.   California Gurls by Snoop Dogg
  9.   Hot N Cold
  10.   E.T. by Kanye West
  11.   Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  12.   Unconditionally
  13.   I Kissed a Girl
  14.   The One That Got Away
  15.   This Is How We Do
  16.   Birthday
  17.   Waking Up In Vegas
  18.   Thinking of You
  19.   Walking on Air
  20.   Hummingbird Heartbeat
  21.   Peacock
  22.   Legendary Lovers
  23.   Use Your Love
  24.   Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash-Up
  25.   International Smile
  26.   Double Rainbow
  27.   Not Like the Movies
  28.   Circle the Drain
  29.   Ghost
  30.   This Moment
  31.   UR So Gay
  32.   Who Am I Living For?
  33.   Mannequin
  34.   Lost
  35.   By the Grace of God
  36.   White Christmas
  37.   Love Me
  38.   One of the Boys
  39.   Pearl
  40.   Choose Your Battles
  41.   Spiritual
  42.   It Takes Two
  43.   If You Can Afford Me
  44.   Dressin' Up
  45.   Hackensack
  46.   Fingerprints
  47.   Black and Gold
  48.   Self Inflicted
  49.   I'm Still Breathing
  50.   Brick by Brick
  51.   Simple
  52.   Electric Feel
  53.   I Think I'm Ready
  54.   Bonus Material
  55.   [Untitled]
  56.   [Untitled]
  57.   Being Famous: Katy Muses Over Her Celebrity Status
  58.   California Girl: Katy Discusses Her Background, and Her Evolving Music
  59.   Collaborating: Katy Talks About Working with Kelly Clarkson
  60.   Garage Sales: Katy Talks About Her Childhood and Her Love of Garage Sal
  61.   Madonna: Katy Talks About Her Surprise at Finding Out Her Songs Are on
  62.   Proposal: Katy and Fiancé Russell Brand Discuss Their Recent Engagement
  63.   Provocative: Katy Discusses the Controversy That Has Surrounded Some of
  64.   Shopping: Katy Discusses Her Love of Shopping and Her Sense of Style
  65.   Spontaneous: Katy Reveals Her Plans for the Future
  66.   Storyteller: Katy Talks About How She Writes Her Songs
  67.   Tattoos: Katy Talks of Her Beginnings As a Gospel Singer, and the Story
  68.   Teenage Dream: Katy Talks About the Making of Her New Album
  69.   Touring: Katy Reveals the Story Behind Her Recent European Tour
  70.   Vegas: The Truth Behind "Waking Up in Vegas"
  71.   Vision: Katy Discusses Her Artistic Vision and Her Role in Driving Her
  72.   Working with Snoop: Katy Talks About Working with Snoop Dogg on "Califo
  73.   Walking Up in Las Vegas
  74.   No Name