Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Katy Perry looking straight and smiling
Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
(1984-10-25) October 25, 1984 (age 30)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Katy Hudson
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • philanthropist
  • businesswoman
Net worth U.S. $44 million (October 2014 estimate)[1]
Spouse(s) Russell Brand (m. 2010; div. 2012)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts The Matrix

Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records, and released her debut studio album, Katy Hudson, in 2001. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music. After being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a deal with Capitol Records in April 2007.

Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold" from her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys. Her third album, Teenage Dream (2010), ventured into disco, and contained the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" as well as the number-three single "The One That Got Away". The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs, and the second overall after Michael Jackson's album Bad (1987). In March 2012, she reissued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the chart-topping singles "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake". Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and dance. It has spawned the number-one singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse".

Perry has received many awards and nominations, including three Guinness World Records, 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.

Life and career

1984–98: Early life

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Maurice Keith Hudson (born 1947) and Mary Christine Perry (born 1947).[2][3] Her parents are born again Christians, each having turned to God after a "wild youth".[4] Perry has Portuguese, German, Irish, and English ancestry.[5] Through her mother, she is a niece of film director and producer Frank Perry (1930–1995).[6] She has a younger brother named David (born 1988), who is a singer,[7] and an older sister, Angela (born 1982).[8] From ages 3 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 and Santa Barbara Christian School during her elementary years.[3][9] Her family struggled financially,[10] sometimes using food stamps and eating from the food bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents' church.[11]

Growing up, Perry and her siblings were not allowed to eat Lucky Charms as the term "luck" reminded their mother of Lucifer, and had to call deviled eggs "angeled eggs".[12] Perry primarily listened to gospel music,[13] as secular music was generally discouraged in the family's home. She discovered popular music through CDs she snuck from her friends.[14] While not strictly identifying as religious, Perry has stated, "I pray all the time – for self-control, for humility."[15] Following her sister Angela, Perry began singing by practicing with her sister's cassette tapes. She performed the tracks in front of their parents, who suggested she take vocal lessons. She began training at age 9,[16] and was incorporated into her parents' ministry,[4] singing in church from ages 9 to 17.[17] At 13, Perry was given her first guitar for her birthday,[4][18] and publicly performed songs she wrote.[10] She tried to "be a bit like the typical Californian girl" while growing up, and started rollerskating, skateboarding, and surfing as a teenager. David described her as a tomboy during her adolescence.[19] She took dancing lessons and learned how to swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug.[20]

1999–2006: Career beginnings

During her freshman year of high school,[21] Perry completed her General Educational Development (GED) requirements at age 15, and left Dos Pueblos High School to pursue a musical career. She briefly studied Italian opera at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Her singing caught the attention of rock artists Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp from Nashville, Tennessee, who brought her there to improve her writing skills.[22][23] In Nashville, she started recording demos and learned how to write songs and play guitar.[13] After signing with Red Hill Records, Perry recorded her debut album, a gospel record titled Katy Hudson. The album was released on March 6, 2001,[24] and she joined The Strangely Normal Tour to support it.[25] The album was commercially unsuccessful, selling an estimated 200 copies[26] before the label ceased operations in December.[27]

Transitioning from gospel music to secular music, Perry started writing songs with producer Glen Ballard,[28] and moved to Los Angeles at age 17.[29] In 2003, she briefly performed as Katheryn Perry to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson. She later adopted the stage name Katy Perry, using her mother's maiden name.[30] After signing a record deal with The Island Def Jam Music Group, she became the female vocalist of the Matrix, a record production team that was working on an album. However, Island Def Jam cancelled the album before it was completed. She was later dropped by the label, and a solo album she had been working on with Ballard was shelved. Perry later signed to Columbia Records, though was soon dropped. During that time, she worked in an independent A&R company called Taxi Music.[31]

Perry had minor success prior to her breakthrough. One of the songs she had recorded for her album with Ballard, "Simple", was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.[32] She provided backing vocals on Mick Jagger's song "Old Habits Die Hard",[33] which won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[34] In September 2004, Blender named Perry "The Next Big Thing".[32] She recorded background vocals on P.O.D.'s 2005 single "Goodbye for Now" and was featured at the end of its music video in 2006. That year, Perry also appeared in the music video for "Learn to Fly" by Carbon Leaf, and played the love interest of her then-boyfriend, Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy, in the band's music video for "Cupid's Chokehold".[35]

2007–09: Breakthrough with One of the Boys

Katy Perry performing on the Warped Tour 2008

Perry was part of the 2008 Warped Tour lineup

After Columbia dropped Perry, she was recommended by the company's publicity executive Angelica Cob-Baehler to Virgin Records chairman Jason Flom. Flom was convinced that she could be a breakthrough star and she was signed to Capitol Records in April 2007. The label arranged for her to meet with producer Dr. Luke, in order to add an "undeniable smash" to her existing material.[36][37] Perry and Dr. Luke co-wrote the songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold" for her second album One of the Boys. A campaign was started with the November 2007 release of the video to "Ur So Gay", aimed at introducing her to the music market.[38] A digital EP led by "Ur So Gay" was later released to create interest.[4][39] Madonna helped publicize the song by praising the track on the JohnJay & Rich radio show in April 2008,[40] stating it was her "favorite song".[41] In March 2008, Perry made a cameo appearance as a club singer in the Wildfire episode "Life's Too Short",[42] and appeared as herself during a photo shoot in June on The Young and the Restless for the show's magazine Restless Style.[43]

Perry released her first single with Capitol, "I Kissed a Girl", on April 28, 2008,[44] as the lead single from One of the Boys. The first station to pick up the song was WRVW in Nashville, who were inundated with enthusiastic calls the first three days they played it.[39] The track reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[45] One of the Boys, released on June 17, garnered mixed critical reviews and reached number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200.[46][47] "Hot n Cold" was released in September[48] and became the album's second successful single, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100,[49] while topping charts in Germany,[50] Canada,[51] the Netherlands,[52] and Austria.[53] Later singles "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up in Vegas" were released in 2009[54][55] and reached the top 30 of the Hot 100.[49]

After finishing the Warped Tour 2008,[56] Perry embarked on her first headlining world tour, the Hello Katy Tour, from January 23, 2009,[57] to November 2009.[58] On August 4, 2009, she performed as opening act for one date of the band No Doubt's Summer Tour 2009.[59] The Matrix's self-titled debut album, which Perry had recorded with the band in 2004, was released as a result of her solo success. She requested holding off the release until the fourth single of One of the Boys had been commissioned, but The Matrix was released onto iTunes on January 27, 2009, prior to the release of fourth single "Waking Up in Vegas".[60] On July 22, 2009, Perry recorded a live album titled MTV Unplugged, which featured acoustic performances of five tracks from One of the Boys, as well as two new songs.[61] It was released on November 17, 2009.[62] Perry also appeared on two singles with other artists; she was featured on a remix of Colorado-based band 3OH!3's song "Starstrukk" in September 2009,[63] and on a duet with Timbaland entitled "If We Ever Meet Again", from his album Shock Value II, in January 2010.[64][65] Guinness World Records recognized her in its 2010 edition as the "Best Start on the U.S. Digital Chart by a Female Artist", for digital single sales of over two million copies.[66]

In response to speculation that her parents opposed her music and career, Perry told MTV that they had no problems with her success.[67] After her relationship with McCoy ended in December 2008,[68] Perry met her future husband Russell Brand in the summer of 2009 while filming a cameo appearance for his film Get Him to the Greek. Her scene, in which the two kiss, does not appear in the film.[69] She began dating Brand after meeting him again that September at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.[70] The couple became engaged on December 31, 2009, while vacationing in Rajasthan, India.[71]

2010–12: Teenage Dream and marriage

After serving as a guest judge on American Idol,[72] Perry released "California Gurls" featuring rapper Snoop Dogg on May 7, 2010.[73] The song was the lead single from her third studio album, Teenage Dream, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in June.[74][75] She also served as a guest judge on The X Factor UK later that month[76] before releasing the album's second single, "Teenage Dream", in July.[77] "Teenage Dream" reached number one on Billboard in September.[78] Released on August 24, 2010,[79] the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[80] It received mixed reviews from music critics,[81] and has since sold 5.7 million copies globally.[82] In October, "Firework" was released as the album's third single.[83] It became the album's third consecutive number one on the Hot 100 on December 8, 2010.[84] The song has since been certified 9× Platinum in the United States.[85]

A remixed version of "E.T." featuring rapper Kanye West was released as the fourth single from Teenage Dream on February 16, 2011.[86] It topped the Hot 100 chart for five non-consecutive weeks, making Teenage Dream the ninth album in history to produce four number one singles on the Hot 100.[87] "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" followed as the fifth single in June,[88] and Perry became the first female artist to achieve five number-one Hot 100 songs from one album when the single topped that chart on August 17, and the second artist after Michael Jackson with his 1987 album Bad.[89][90] On September 7, she set a new record by becoming the first artist to spend 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100.[91] In October, "The One That Got Away" was released as the album's sixth single.[92] The song peaked at number three on the Hot 100[93] and number two in Canada.[51] On February 13, 2012, Capitol released the lead single from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, "Part of Me", which debuted at number one on the Hot 100 and became Perry's seventh single overall to top the chart.[49][94] Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection was released on March 23.[95] "Wide Awake" was released on May 22 as the re-release's second single,[96] peaking at number two on the Hot 100[93] and number one in Canada[51] and New Zealand.[97] On January 5, she was named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with sales of 37.6 million units according to Nielsen SoundScan.[98] That month, she became the first artist to have five songs sell over 5 million digital units.[99]

Katy Perry performing during the California Dreams Tour

Perry's California Dreams Tour grossed over $59 million

From February 20, 2011,[100] to January 22, 2012,[101] Perry embarked on the California Dreams Tour in support of Teenage Dream, grossing over $59 million globally.[102] On September 23, 2011, she performed on the opening day of the 2011 Rock in Rio festival along with Elton John, Claudia Leitte, and Rihanna.[103] In September 2010, Perry was scheduled to appear on the 41st-season premiere of Sesame Street. After her scene was uploaded to YouTube, viewers criticized Perry's exposed cleavage. Four days before the scheduled airing, Sesame Workshop announced that the segment would not air on television, but would still be available to watch online.[104] Perry mocked the controversy shortly afterwards on Saturday Night Live, where she was a musical guest and wore an Elmo-themed shirt showing large amounts of cleavage during one skit.[105]

In December 2010, Perry played Moe Szyslak's girlfriend in the live-action segment from a Christmas episode of The Simpsons titled "The Fight Before Christmas".[106][107] In February 2011, she made a guest appearance on the How I Met Your Mother episode "Oh Honey", playing a woman known as Honey.[108] The role won her the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Guest Star in January 2012.[109] She made her film debut in the 3D family motion picture The Smurfs as Smurfette on July 29, 2011. The film was a financial success worldwide,[110] while critics gave mostly negative reviews.[111] She hosted Saturday Night Live on December 10, 2011, with Robyn as the episode's musical guest. Perry's work on the episode received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised her performance in the episode's digital short featuring her and Andy Samberg.[112] In March 2012, she guest starred as a prison security guard named Rikki on the Raising Hope episode "Single White Female Role Model".[113] On July 5, 2012, Perry's autobiographical documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me was released to theaters through Paramount Pictures.[114] The film received positive reviews[115] and grossed $32.7 million worldwide at the box office.[116]

Perry began to venture into business when she endorsed her first fragrance, Purr, in November 2010. Her second fragrance, Meow!, was released in December 2011. Both perfumes were released through Nordstrom department stores.[117][118] Electronic Arts recruited her to promote their new expansion pack for The Sims 3: Showtime,[119] before releasing a separate stuff pack featuring Perry-inspired furniture, outfits, and hairstyles, titled The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats, in June 2012.[120] The following month, she became the spokesperson and ambassador for Popchips and made an investment in the company.[121] She was ranked third on the 2011 Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" with earnings of $44 million,[122] and fifth on their 2012 list with $45 million.[123] Billboard dubbed her as their "Woman of the Year" for 2012.[124]

She married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010, in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.[125] Brand announced on December 30, 2011, that they were divorcing after 14 months of marriage.[126] Perry later stated that conflicting career schedules and his desire to have children before she was ready led to the end of their marriage,[127] and that he never spoke to her again after sending a text message that he was divorcing her.[128] She was initially distraught over their divorce, and said that she contemplated suicide.[129][130] After the marriage ended in 2012,[131] Perry began a relationship with singer John Mayer that August.[132]

2013–present: Prism and Super Bowl XLIX

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."[133] Although she told L'Uomo Vogue in June 2012 that she planned to have "darker elements" in Prism following the end of her marriage,[134] 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.[135] "Roar" was released as the lead single from Prism on August 10, 2013.[136] It was promoted at the MTV Video Music Awards and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[137][138] "Unconditionally" was released as the second single from Prism on October 16, 2013,[139] and peaked at number 14 in the United States.[140]

Katy Perry performing during The Prismatic World Tour

Perry performing during The Prismatic World Tour in July 2014

Prism was released on October 18, 2013,[141] and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.[142] Four days later, Perry performed the songs from the album at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles.[143] "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.[144][145] In 2014, "Birthday"[146][147] and "This Is How We Do"[148] followed as the album's fourth and fifth singles, and reached the top 25 on the Hot 100.[49] 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.[149][150] Perry began her third headlining tour, The Prismatic World Tour, on May 7, 2014. It started in Europe, and will continue through North America[151][152] and Oceania before concluding in Europe on March 22, 2015.[153] On November 23, 2014, NFL announced that Perry will perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on February 1, 2015.[154]

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry named her fifth on the list of Top Global Recording Artists of 2013.[155] 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.[85][156] 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.[157] That month, a portrait of Perry by artist Will Cotton was included in the United States National Portrait Gallery.[158]

Aside from her music career, Perry reprised her role as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2, which was released in theaters on July 31, 2013.[159] Like its predecessor, The Smurfs 2 was a financial success[160] and panned by critics.[161] In March 2014, she made a guest appearance playing herself in the season finale of the Kroll Show.[162] Killer Queen was released as her third fragrance in August 2013 through Coty, Inc.[163] In January 2014, she became a guest curator of Madonna's Art for Freedom initiative.[164] 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.[165] She ranked seventh on the 2013 Forbes list for "Top-Earning Women In Music" with $39 million.[166] and fifth on their 2014 list with $40 million.[167] In February 2014, her relationship with Mayer ended.[168][169]



Alanis Morissette playing guitar
Freddie Mercury performing
Alanis Morissette (left) and Freddie Mercury (right) both significantly influenced Perry and her music

During the early stages of her career, Perry's musical style gravitated towards gospel and she aspired to be as successful as Amy Grant.[170] At the age of 15, she heard Queen's "Killer Queen" and has described it as being the song that inspired her to pursue a career in music.[171] She cites the band's frontman, Freddie Mercury, as her biggest influence and expressed how the "combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his 'I don't give a fuck' attitude" inspired her music.[172] She paid homage to the band by naming her third fragrance Killer Queen.[163] Perry described The Beach Boys and their album Pet Sounds as having a considerable influence on her music: "[It] is one of my favorite records and it influenced pretty much all of my songwriting. All of the melody choices that I make are because of [it]."[173] The singer also holds the Beatles' album The Beatles in high esteem, and described these two albums as "the only things I listened to for probably two years straight."[174]

Perry cites Alanis Morissette and her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill as a significant musical inspiration, and opted to work with Morissette's frequent collaborator Ballard as a result. Perry stated, "Jagged Little Pill was the most perfect female record ever made. There's a song for anyone on that record; I relate to all those songs. They're still so timeless." Additionally, Perry borrows influence from Flaming Red by Patty Griffin and 10 Cent Wings by Jonatha Brooke.[175] Perry intends to become "more of a Joni Mitchell", releasing folk and acoustic music.[176] Perry's autobiographical documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me was largely influenced by Madonna: Truth or Dare. She admires Madonna's ability to reinvent herself, saying "I want to evolve like Madonna."[177]

Perry has listed multiple artists as having inspired her work. She names Gwen Stefani and Björk as influences, particularly admiring Björk's "willingness to always be taking chances".[175] "Firework" was inspired by a passage in the book On the Road by Jack Kerouac in which the author compares people who are full of life to fireworks that shoot across the sky and make people watch in awe.[178] Her second concert tour, the California Dreams Tour, was reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.[179] She also credits the 1996 movie The Craft for being the influence behind her song "Dark Horse",[180] and Eckhart Tolle's book The Power of Now for influencing Prism.[129]

Musical style and themes

"When I am in between records, sometimes I doubt myself. I'll be like: Did I just get lucky, or did I mass-manipulate the world into thinking that seven songs were worth a number-one position? And then I go back into the studio and I start writing, and the true essential oil of who I am comes bubbling back up and reminds me that it's always been inside of me, that nobody can take this away no matter what comment anyone makes."

—Perry on her confidence as a songwriter[181]

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.[182][183] Perry's fourth album, Prism, is significantly influenced by dance and pop music. Lyrically, the album addresses relationships, self-reflection, and everyday life.[184] 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".[29] Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry's music.[185]

Perry identifies as a "singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star"[186] 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."[15] 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."[174] According to Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune, "being taken seriously may be Perry's greatest challenge yet."[187] The New York Times labeled her "the most potent pop star of the day – her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation".[188] Randall Roberts of Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent "clichés".[189] Throughout her career, Perry has co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Selena Gomez & the Scene,[190][191] Jessie James,[192] Kelly Clarkson,[193] Lesley Roy,[194] Britney Spears,[195] Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea,[196] Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.[197]

Perry has a contralto vocal range.[198][199] Her singing has received both praise and criticism, Betty Clarke of The Guardian commented that her "powerful voice is hard-edged"[200] while Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone described Perry's vocals on Teenage Dream as "processed staccato blips".[183] 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".[201] Alex Miller from NME felt that "Perry's problem is often her voice" on One of the Boys, stating that "somewhere along the line someone convinced her she was like, well, a ballsy rock chick".[202] Conversely, Bernadette McNulty from The Daily Telegraph praised her "rock chick voice" in a review of a concert promoting Prism.[203]

Public image

Perry performing in a dress decorated with peppermint swirls

Perry's trademark spinning peppermint swirl dress

Perry is considered a sex symbol; GQ labelled her a "full-on male fantasy",[10] while Elle described her body "as though sketched by a teenage boy".[21] Vice described her as a "'serious' popstar/woman/sex symbol".[204] She was placed at number one on the Maxim Hot 100 in 2010 as the "most beautiful woman in the world", with editor Joe Levy describing her as a "triple – no quadruple – kind of hot".[205] Men's Health readers voted her the "sexiest woman of 2013".[206] In November 2010, Perry told Harper's Bazaar that she was proud of and satisfied with her figure.[207]

Perry's fashion often incorporates humor, bright colors, and food-related themes[208] such as her trademark spinning peppermint swirl dress.[209] Vogue described her as "never exactly one to shy away from the outrageous or the extreme in any realm",[210] while Glamour named her the "queen of quirk".[211] In February 2009, Perry told Seventeen that her fashion style was "a bit of a concoction of different things" and stated she enjoyed humor in her clothing.[212] She has also described herself as having "multipersonality disorder" for fashion.[207] Perry lists Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson, Chloë Sevigny, Daphne Guinness, Natalie Portman, and the fictional character Lolita as her style icons.[29][213]

On social media, Perry surpassed Justin Bieber as the most followed person on Twitter in November 2013.[214] In January 2014, she became the first person to gain 50 million followers on the site,[215] and won the 2015 Guinness World Record for most Twitter followers.[216] Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz commended Perry on her social media usage, saying "Perry makes excellent use of Twitter, talking to her fans and sharing funny photos and videos in a way that makes them all feel like Perry is their best buddy."[217] Keith Caulfield of Billboard stated that she is "the rare celebrity who seems to have enormous popularity but genuine ground-level interaction with her adoring KatyCats."[218]

Other ventures


Perry posing for photographers at a UNICEF gala

Perry became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 2013

Perry has supported various charitable organizations and causes during her career. She has contributed to organizations aimed at improving the lives and welfare of children in particular. In April 2013, she joined UNICEF to assist children in Madagascar with education and nutrition.[219] On December 3, 2013, she was officially named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, "with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents."[220] She arranged for a portion of the money generated from tickets to her Prismatic World Tour to go to UNICEF.[221] In September 2010, she helped build and design the Boys Hope/Girls Hope foundation shelter for youth in Baltimore, Maryland along with Raven-Symoné, Shaquille O'Neal, and the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.[222] She has also supported children's education; in May 2014, Perry and a selection of other artists recorded a cover version of the song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" for a concept album to accompany painter Mark Ryden's art exhibition, titled "The Gay 90s". All profits from sales of the album were donated to the charity Little Kids Rock, which supports musical education in underprivileged elementary schools.[157] In June 2014, she teamed up with Staples Inc. for a project entitled "Make Roar Happen" which donated $1 million to DonorsChoose, an organization that supports teachers and funds classroom resources in public schools.[223]

Perry has supported organizations aimed at aiding people suffering with diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS. During the 2008 Warped Tour, she had a cast made of her breasts to raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation.[224] She hosted and performed at the We Can Survive concert along with Bonnie McKee, Kacey Musgraves, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, and duo Tegan and Sara at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 2013. The concert's profits were donated to Young Survival Coalition, an organization aiding breast cancer in young women.[225] In June 2009, she designed an item of clothing for H&M's "Fashion Against AIDS" campaign, which raises money for HIV/AIDS awareness projects.[226]

The proceeds from Perry's single "Part of Me" were donated to the charity MusiCares, which helps musicians in times of need.[227] During her California Dreams Tour, she raised over $175,000 for the Tickets-For-Charity fundraiser. The money was divided between three charities: the Children's Health Fund (CHF), Generosity Water, and The Humane Society of the United States.[228] On her 27th birthday, Perry set up a donations page for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Auckland,[229] and set up a similar page benefiting the David Lynch Foundation for her 28th birthday.[230] On March 29, 2014, she helped raise $2.4 million for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles along with other celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Pharrell Williams, Tim Allen, Lisa Edelstein, and Riley Keough.[231]


Perry is a gay rights activist. She supported Stonewall during their "It gets better..... today" campaign to prevent homophobic bullying,[232] and dedicated the music video to her song "Firework" to the It Gets Better Project.[233] Perry told Do Something in November 2008 she was proud to be a gay activist, saying "I've always been a very open-minded person, but I definitely believe in equality." She confirmed that she voted against Proposition 8, an amendment (ultimately ruled unconstitutional) that legally defined marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman in California.[234] In June 2012, Perry expressed her hopes for LGBT equality, commenting "hopefully, we will look back at this moment and think like we do now concerning [other] civil rights issues. We'll just shake our heads in disbelief, saying, 'Thank God we've evolved.' That would be my prayer for the future."[235] In December 2012, Perry was awarded the Trevor Hero Award by The Trevor Project for her work and activism on behalf of LGBT youth.[236] She identifies as a feminist,[237] and appeared in April 2013 in a video clip for the "Chime For Change" campaign that aims to spread female empowerment.[238] She has also said that America's lack of free health care drove her "absolutely crazy".[239]

Through Twitter and by performing at his rallies, Perry supported President Barack Obama in his run for re-election and praised his support for same-sex marriage[240] and equality.[241] She performed at three rallies for Obama, in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Wisconsin, singing a rendition of "Let's Stay Together" as well as a number of her songs. During her Las Vegas performance she wore a dress made to replicate a voting ballot, with Obama's box filled in.[242] On Twitter, she encouraged her followers to vote for Obama.[243] In August 2013, Perry voiced criticism of Tony Abbott, then a candidate for Prime Minister of Australia, due to his opposition to gay marriage and told Abbott, "I love you as a human being but I can't give you my vote."[244] In April 2014, she publicly supported Marianne Williamson in her campaign for California's 33rd congressional district by attending a political press event.[245]


Throughout her career, Perry has won five American Music Awards,[246] five MTV Video Music Awards,[247] fourteen People's Choice Awards,[248] and three Guinness World Records.[66][90][216] In September 2012, Billboard dubbed her the "Woman of the Year".[124] From May 2010 to September 2011, she spent a record-breaking total of 69 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.[91][249] Teenage Dream became the first album by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard singles, and the second album overall after Michael Jackson's Bad (1987).[89] Perry was declared the Top Global Female Recording Artist of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).[155] She has accumulated a total of nine number-one singles on the Hot 100, her most recent being "Dark Horse".[145]

According to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Perry is the best-selling digital singles artist in the United States, with certified sales of 72 million digital singles including on-demand streaming.[250] Her songs "Firework", "E.T.", "California Gurls", "Hot n Cold", "Roar", and "Dark Horse" have each sold over 5 million digital copies.[251] As of November 2013, Perry has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide.[252]






See also




  1. Jump up ^ "The Fabulous Life of Pop Divas: Katy Perry". VH1. Viacom. October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  2. Jump up ^ Perry 2012, 05:23.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Friedlander 2012, p. 15
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Graff, Gary (February 21, 2009). "Interview: Katy Perry – Hot N Bold". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved February 28, 2009. 
  5. Jump up ^ Cowlin 2014, pp. 11; 51
  6. Jump up ^ Robinson, Lisa (May 3, 2011). "Katy Perry's Grand Tour". Vanity Fair (Advance Publications). Retrieved January 2014. 
  7. Jump up ^ Martins, Chris (September 4, 2012). "7 Questions With David Hudson: His Movement, The Music & Advice From Big Sister Katy Perry". Spin (SpinMedia). Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  8. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, p. 7
  9. Jump up ^ Masley, Ed (January 9, 2015). "Katy Perry talks Super Bowl, Scottsdale childhood". The Arizona Republic (Gannett Company). Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ Jump up to: a b c Wallace, Amy (January 19, 2014). "Katy Perry's GQ Cover Story". GQ (Advance Publications). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  11. Jump up ^ Grigoriadis, Vanessa (August 19, 2010). "Sex, God & Katy Perry". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  12. Jump up ^ Hudson 2012, p. 27
  13. ^ Jump up to: a b Montgomery, James (June 24, 2008). "Katy Perry Dishes on Her 'Long And Winding Road' From Singing Gospel To Kissing Girls". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  14. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Discusses Evangelical Childhood, Term 'Deviled Eggs' Banned from House". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). May 4, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ Jump up to: a b Hoffman, Claire (December 9, 2013). "Katy Conquers All". Marie Claire (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  16. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, p. 8
  17. Jump up ^ Hudson 2012, p. 41
  18. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, p. 18
  19. Jump up ^ Hudson 2012, p. 25
  20. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, p. 37
  21. ^ Jump up to: a b Hudson, Kathryn (August 29, 2013). "Katy Perry: Elle Canada Interview". Elle (Hachette Filipacchi Médias). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  22. Jump up ^ Hudson 2012, p. 37
  23. Jump up ^ Spencer, Amy (January 6, 2010). "Katy Perry (she kisses boys, too!)". Glamour (Advance Publications). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  24. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, p. 24
  25. Jump up ^ "Phil Joel to play in West Hartford". West Hartford News. December 8, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  26. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, p. 10
  27. Jump up ^ Price, Deborah Evans (December 1, 2001). "Doors close in Pamplin's beleaguered music division". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  28. Jump up ^ Perry 2012, 21:11.
  29. ^ Jump up to: a b c Hirschberg, Lynn (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry". W (Advance Publications). Retrieved November 2013. 
  30. Jump up ^ Perry 2012, 38:33.
  31. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, pp. 11–12
  32. ^ Jump up to: a b Summers 2012, p. 11
  33. Jump up ^ "Mick Jagger says he never hit on 18-year-old Katy Perry". USA Today (Gannett Company). October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  34. Jump up ^ Hay, Carla (January 29, 2005). "'Alfie', 'Aviator', and 'Ray' Rack Up Awards". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  35. Jump up ^ Music video guest appearances:
  36. Jump up ^ "Correction to the interview with Chris Anokute". HitQuarters. January 21, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  37. Jump up ^ Mervis, Scott (July 21, 2014). "Katy Perry's star keeps rising". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (John Robinson Block). Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  38. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, pp. 58; 61
  39. ^ Jump up to: a b "Interview With Chris Anokute". HitQuarters. October 18, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  40. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, pp. 38–39
  41. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, p. 61
  42. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, p. 61
  43. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, p. 99
  44. Jump up ^ "I Kissed a Girl". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). July 30, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  45. Jump up ^ Cohen, Jonathan (August 14, 2008). "Rihanna Topples Katy Perry on Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  46. Jump up ^ "One of the Boys". Metacritic. CBS Corporation. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  47. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  48. Jump up ^ "Hot n Cold". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). July 30, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  49. ^ Jump up to: a b c d "Katy Perry – Chart history: The Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  50. Jump up ^ "Hot n Cold (Single)". Musicline. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  51. ^ Jump up to: a b c "Katy Perry – Chart history: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  52. Jump up ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 01, 2009". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  53. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry - Hot N Cold". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  54. Jump up ^ Carter, Kevin (January 12, 2009). "CHR/Top 40". Radio & Records. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  55. Jump up ^ "Waking Up in Vegas". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). July 30, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  56. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry on Warped 2008: Mosh Pits, Injuries and Andrew WK". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). August 25, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  57. Jump up ^ Summers 2012, p. 19
  58. Jump up ^ Hudson 2012, p. 83
  59. Jump up ^ Ching, Albert (August 5, 2009). "Last Night: No Doubt, Katy Perry, the Sounds at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater". OC Weekly (Voice Media Group). Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  60. Jump up ^ Kaufman, Gil (January 27, 2009). "The Matrix Drop Long-Lost Album Featuring Katy Perry". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  61. Jump up ^ MTV Unplugged (Compact Disc). Katy Perry. Capitol Records. 2009. 
  62. Jump up ^ Montgomery, James (October 12, 2009). "Katy Perry's MTV Unplugged Album Will Feature Two New Songs". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  63. Jump up ^ "Starstrukk (feat. Katy Perry)". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. September 14, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  64. Jump up ^ "If We Ever Meet Again". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). July 30, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  65. Jump up ^ "Video: Timbaland f/ Katy Perry – 'If We Ever Meet Again'". Rap-Up (Devin Lazerine). January 18, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  66. ^ Jump up to: a b Glenday 2010, p. 405
  67. Jump up ^ Vena, Jocelyn (August 20, 2008). "Katy Perry Responds To Rumors of Parents' Criticism: 'They Love And Support Me'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  68. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry And Travis Split". MTV News. Viacom. January 5, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  69. Jump up ^ Vena, Jocelyn (June 4, 2010). "Katy Perry Explains Why She Was Cut From 'Get Him to the Greek'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  70. Jump up ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (September 4, 2010). "Katy Perry, Russell Brand's Love Story Began at the VMAs". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  71. Jump up ^ Heldman, Breanne L. (January 6, 2010). "Katy Perry and Russell Brand Engaged in India". E!. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  72. Jump up ^ Barrett, Annie (January 27, 2010). "'American Idol': The Kara vs. Katy Lifetime movie". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  73. Jump up ^ Montgomery, James (May 7, 2010). "Katy Perry Debuts New Single 'California Gurls'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  74. Jump up ^ Montgomery, James (June 9, 2010). "Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' Makes History in Rise To #1". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  75. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (June 9, 2010). "Katy Perry Speeds To No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  76. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Hits Dublin For X Factor Auditions". MTV News. Viacom. June 28, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  77. Jump up ^ Greenblatt, Leah (July 22, 2010). "Katy Perry's new single 'Teenage Dream' hits the web". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  78. Jump up ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio (September 8, 2010). "Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' Dethrones Eminem on Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  79. Jump up ^ Vena, Jocelyn (May 11, 2010). "Katy Perry To Release Teenage Dream On August 24". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  80. Jump up ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 23, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'Prism' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  81. Jump up ^ "Teenage Dream Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Corporation. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  82. Jump up ^ Reaney, Patricia (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry shows vulnerability, maturity on new album 'Prism'". Reuters. The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  83. Jump up ^ Semigran, Aly (February 8, 2011). "Glee Sets 'Firework' Apart From 'Silly Love Songs'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  84. Jump up ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio (December 8, 2010). "Katy Perry's 'Firework' Shines Over Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  85. ^ Jump up to: a b "RIAA Crowns Katy Perry Top Certified Digital Artist Ever". Recording Industry Association of America. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  86. Jump up ^ Wete, Brad (February 16, 2011). "Kanye West abducts Katy Perry on singer's new single, 'E.T'". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  87. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (March 30, 2011). "Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Rockets To No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  88. Jump up ^ "FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Nielsen Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  89. ^ Jump up to: a b Trust, Gary (August 17, 2011). "Katy Perry Makes Hot 100 History: Ties Michael Jackson's Record". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  90. ^ Jump up to: a b Glenday 2013, p. 423
  91. ^ Jump up to: a b Trust, Gary (September 7, 2011). "Adele's 'Someone Like You' Soars To No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  92. Jump up ^ "Available for Airplay (10/11)". FMQB. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  93. ^ Jump up to: a b Lipshutz, Jason (August 9, 2013). "Katy Perry's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  94. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (February 11, 2012). "Katy Perry's' 'Part of Me' Hits iTunes, Radio Monday". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  95. Jump up ^ "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  96. Jump up ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  97. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry - Wide Awake". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  98. Jump up ^ Loynes, Anna. "The Nielsen Company & Billboard's 2011 Music Industry Report". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  99. Jump up ^ Grein, Paul (January 19, 2012). "Week Ending Jan. 15, 2012. Songs: The Song That Won't Drop". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  100. Jump up ^ Vena, Jocelyn (October 11, 2010). "Katy Perry Announces European Tour Dates". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  101. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry 'So Excited' To Finish 'California Dreams' Tour In The Philippines". Capital FM. Global Group. January 22, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  102. Jump up ^ "Top 25 Worldwide Tours (01/01/2011 – 12/31/2011)" (PDF). Pollstar (Pollstar, Inc.). December 28, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  103. Jump up ^ "Rock in Rio 2011: A hora e a vez do pop". Jornal da Cidade de Bauru (in Portuguese). September 26, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  104. Jump up ^ Getler, Michael (September 24, 2010). "Was This Show a Must or a Bust(ier)?". PBS. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  105. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry mocks Sesame Street ban". Capital FM. Global Group. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  106. Jump up ^ Kaufman, Gil (September 27, 2010). "Katy Perry to appear on 'The Simpsons' in December". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  107. Jump up ^ Snierson, Dan (September 25, 2010). "Katy Perry to guest star on 'The Simpsons'! Here's your exclusive first look". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  108. Jump up ^ Tucker, Ken (February 7, 2011). "How I Met Your Mother: 'Oh Honey'". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  109. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Wins Five People's Choice Awards Including Fave Guest Star for 'How I Met Your Mother'". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). January 11, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  110. Jump up ^ "The Smurfs (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  111. Jump up ^ "The Smurfs". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  112. Jump up ^ Rutherford, Keith (December 11, 2011). "Katy Perry Hosts 'SNL': The Hits & Misses, Including a Florence Welch Spoof". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  113. Jump up ^ Moraski, Lauren (February 22, 2012). "Katy Perry to portray a prison attendant on "Raising Hope"". CBS News. CBS Corporation. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  114. Jump up ^ Warner, Kara (March 7, 2012). "Katy Perry: Part Of Me' Concert Movie Due This Summer". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  115. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  116. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry: Part of Me". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  117. Jump up ^ Howard, Hilary (November 17, 2010). "Beauty Spots". The New York Times (Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.). Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  118. Jump up ^ Moraski, Lauren (February 1, 2012). "Katy Perry to perform at Grammy Awards". CBS News. CBS Corporation. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  119. Jump up ^ Sweeney, Mark (January 17, 2012). "Katy Perry becomes a Sim". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  120. Jump up ^ "The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats". Electronic Arts. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  121. Jump up ^ Donnelly, Matt (July 25, 2012). "First Look: Katy Perry joins Popchips as its face, an investor". Los Angeles Times (Eddy Hartenstein). Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  122. Jump up ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (December 14, 2011). "The Top-Earning Women In Music 2011". Forbes (Forbes Inc.). Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  123. Jump up ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (December 12, 2012). "The Top-Earning Women In Music 2012". Forbes (Forbes Inc.). Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  124. ^ Jump up to: a b "Katy Perry: Billboard's Woman of the Year". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). September 25, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  125. Jump up ^ Ganguly, Prithwish (October 26, 2010). "Katy affirms Brand loyalty". The Times of India (The Times Group). Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  126. Jump up ^ Freydkin, Donna (December 30, 2011). "Russell Brand, Katy Perry call it quits". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  127. Jump up ^ Perry 2012, 01:11:49.
  128. Jump up ^ Saad, Nardine (June 18, 2013). "Katy Perry's First Vogue Cover". Los Angeles Times (Eddy Hartenstein). Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  129. ^ Jump up to: a b Diehl, Matt (September 27, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  130. Jump up ^ Heller, Jill (September 30, 2013). "Katy Perry Contemplated Suicide After Divorcing Russell Brand, Says Split Was A 'Dark Time'". International Business Times. IBT Media. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  131. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry says Russell Brand texted his desire to divorce". United Press International. News World Communications. June 18, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  132. Jump up ^ "John Mayer Dedicates Song to Katy Perry During Tour Opener". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  133. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Won't Rush New Album: "I Know Exactly The Record I Want To Make Next"". Capital. Global Group. December 1, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  134. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry inspired by Madonna". MTV News. Viacom. June 29, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  135. Jump up ^ Garibaldi, Christina (August 27, 2013). "Katy Perry 'Lets the Light In' On Prism". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  136. Jump up ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 10, 2013). "Katy Perry's 'Roar' Arrives Early: Listen". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  137. Jump up ^ Wickman, Kase (August 26, 2013). "Katy Perry Makes Brooklyn 'Roar' With Epic VMA Finale". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  138. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (September 4, 2013). "Katy Perry Dethrones Robin Thicke Atop Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  139. Jump up ^ Benjamin, Jeff (October 16, 2013). "Katy Perry Wails on New Single "Unconditionally"". Fuse. The Madison Square Garden Company. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  140. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (February 17, 2014). "Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  141. Jump up ^ Hill, Nick (October 31, 2013). "Katy Perry Scores Billboard No.1 With 'Prism', Topping Miley Cyrus' Sales". Contactmusic.com. Channel 4. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  142. Jump up ^ Caulfield, Keith. "Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Shines at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  143. Jump up ^ Gundersen, Edna (October 22, 2013). "Live stream: Katy Perry's 'Prism' album release party". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  144. Jump up ^ "Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). July 30, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  145. ^ Jump up to: a b Trust, Gary (January 29, 2014). "Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Gallops to No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  146. Jump up ^ "CHR/Top 40". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  147. Jump up ^ "Rhythmic". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  148. Jump up ^ Strecker, Erin (July 24, 2014). "Katy Perry Releases Lyric Video For New Single 'This Is How We Do'". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  149. Jump up ^ Danton, Eric R. (August 13, 2013). "Listen to John Mayer's 'Paradise Valley' Now". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  150. Jump up ^ Gicas, Peter (February 26, 2014). "Katy Perry and John Mayer: Inside Their Relationship's Ups and Downs". E!. NBCUniversal. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  151. Jump up ^ Lipshutz, Jason (November 18, 2013). "Katy Perry Announces First 'PRISMATIC' World Tour Dates". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  152. Jump up ^ Montgomery, James (January 15, 2014). "Is Katy Perry Coming To Your Town? Check Out Full Prismatic Tour Dates". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  153. Jump up ^ Gardener, Chris (October 22, 2014). "Katy Perry Cancelled 30th Birthday Party in Egypt Due to 'Safety Concerns'". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  154. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry confirmed to perform at Super Bowl halftime show". CBS News. CBS Corporation. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  155. ^ Jump up to: a b Brandle, Lars (January 30, 2014). "One Direction Named Most Popular Recording Artist for 2013". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  156. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Becomes the RIAA's All-Time Top Digital Artist". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  157. ^ Jump up to: a b Williams, Maxwell (May 2, 2014). "Katy Perry Featured on Pop Artist Mark Ryden's $100 'Gay Nineties' Album". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  158. Jump up ^ Press, Associate (May 21, 2014). "Katy Perry Added to US National Portrait Gallery". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  159. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry taped background vocals for 'Ooh La La'". United Press International. News World Communications. July 29, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  160. Jump up ^ "The Smurfs 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  161. Jump up ^ "The Smurfs 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  162. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Makes Hilarious Cameo on Kroll Show". Maxim (Biglari Holdings Inc.). March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  163. ^ Jump up to: a b Reed, Ryan (July 15, 2013). "Katy Perry Launches Third Fragrance: Killer Queen". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  164. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry to Guest Curate Madonna's Art for Freedom Project". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). January 7, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  165. Jump up ^ Lindner, Emilee (June 17, 2014). "Katy Perry Starts Her Own Record Label and Reveals First Signee". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  166. Jump up ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (December 11, 2013). "The Top-Earning Women In Music 2013". Forbes (Forbes Inc.). Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  167. Jump up ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (November 4, 2014). "The Top-Earning Women In Music 2014". Forbes (Forbes Inc.). Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  168. Jump up ^ Lipshutz, Jason (February 26, 2014). "Katy Perry & John Mayer Break Up: Report". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  169. Jump up ^ Malkin, Marc (March 31, 2014). "Katy Perry After John Mayer: New Hair, New Tour, New Very Expensive Hobby". E!. NBCUniversal. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  170. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry on the 180 That Saved Her Career". NPR. National Public Radio, Inc. October 26, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  171. Jump up ^ Schneider, Marc (May 12, 2012). "Katy Perry Wants a 'Fucking Vacation' After Next Single". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  172. Jump up ^ "Freddie Mercury inspired Katy Perry to 'Kiss a Girl'". NME (Time Inc.). September 26, 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  173. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry, The Things They Say". Contactmusic.com. Channel 4. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  174. ^ Jump up to: a b Wiig, Kristen (March 2, 2012). "Katy Perry". Interview (Brant Publications). Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  175. ^ Jump up to: a b Mitchell, Gail (November 30, 2012). "Katy Perry Q&A: Billboard's Woman of the Year 2012". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  176. Jump up ^ Michaels, Sean. "Katy Perry wants to go folk acoustic – in style of Joni Mitchell". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  177. Jump up ^ Dinh, James (April 6, 2012). "Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Film Inspired By Madonna". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  178. Jump up ^ Friedlander 2012, p. 123
  179. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry's 'California Dreams' Tour: What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). June 19, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  180. Jump up ^ Rutherford, Kevin (October 22, 2013). "Katy Perry Reveals 'Prism' Influences, Adds Stripped-Down Performances at Album Release Event". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  181. Jump up ^ Woods, Vicki (June 2013). "Katy Perry's First Vogue Cover". Vogue (Advance Publications). Retrieved July 2013. 
  182. Jump up ^ Musical genres of Katy Hudson and One of the Boys:
  183. ^ Jump up to: a b Sheffield, Rob (August 23, 2010). "Teenage Dream". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  184. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (September 9, 2013). "Katy Perry's Future 'Prism' Hits: Industry Picks". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  185. Jump up ^ Reed, James (October 20, 2013). "Perry shows many colors on 'Prism'". The Boston Globe (Christopher Mayer). Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  186. Jump up ^ Wallace, Amy (January 19, 2014). "Katy Perry's GQ Profile Outtakes: Going Back to School, Dating Musicians, and Plastic Surgery". GQ (Advance Publications). Retrieved February 2014. 
  187. Jump up ^ Kot, Greg (October 20, 2013). "Katy Perry album review; Prism reviewed". Chicago Tribune (Tony W. Hunter). Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  188. Jump up ^ Pareles, Jon; Ratliff, Ben; Carmanica, Jon; Chinen, Nate (September 6, 2013). "Fall Pop Music Preview: An Abundance of Rhythms and Styles". The New York Times (Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.). Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  189. Jump up ^ Roberts, Randall (October 22, 2013). "Review: Hits pack Katy Perry's 'Prism'". Los Angeles Times (Eddy Hartenstein). Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  190. Jump up ^ Vena, Jocelyn. "Selena Gomez 'Had To Fight' To Get Katy Perry Song 'Rock God'". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  191. Jump up ^ When the Sun Goes Down (Media notes). Selena Gomez & the Scene. Hollywood Records. 2011. 
  192. Jump up ^ Jessie James (Media notes). Jessie James. Mercury Records/The Island Def Jam Music Group. 2009. 
  193. Jump up ^ All I Ever Wanted (Media notes). Kelly Clarkson. RCA Records/19 Recordings. 2009. 
  194. Jump up ^ Castellanos, Melissa (September 26, 2008). "Second Cup Cafe: Lesley Roy". CBS News. CBS Corporation. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  195. Jump up ^ Garibaldi, Christina (December 4, 2013). "Britney Spears Explains How 'Amazing' Katy Perry Ended Up On Britney Jean". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  196. Jump up ^ The New Classic (Media notes). Iggy Azalea. The Island Def Jam Music Group. 2014. 
  197. Jump up ^ The Pinkprint (Media notes). Nicki Minaj. Universal Music Group. 2014. 
  198. Jump up ^ Grewal, Samar (October 9, 2008). "Review: Katy Perry – One of the Boys". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  199. Jump up ^ Mirkin, Steven (February 1, 2009). "Review: 'Katy Perry'". Variety (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  200. Jump up ^ Clarke, Betty (October 1, 2013). "Katy Perry – review". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  201. Jump up ^ Harvey, Darren (September 15, 2008). "Katy Perry – One of the Boys". musicOMH. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  202. Jump up ^ Miller, Alex. "NME Album Reviews – Katy Perry". NME (Time Inc.). Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  203. Jump up ^ McNulty, Bernadette (October 1, 2013). "Katy Perry, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, review". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  204. Jump up ^ George, Kat (May 24, 2014). "Does Madonna Need Katy Perry More Than Katy Perry Needs Madonna?". Vice (Vice Media). Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  205. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry tops Maxim's Hot 100 list". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. May 10, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  206. Jump up ^ "The Hottest Women of 2013". Men's Health (Rodale, Inc.). January 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  207. ^ Jump up to: a b Apodaca, Rose. "Katy Perry's Interview – Quotes from Katy Perry". Harper's Bazaar (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  208. Jump up ^ Larson, John (September 14, 2010). "Katy Perry // "Teenage Dream"". Tacoma Weekly (Pierce County Community Newspaper Group). Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  209. Jump up ^ Menyes, Carolyn (July 12, 2012). "Katy Perry Asked to Ditch Hazardous Peppermint Bra". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  210. Jump up ^ "Fashion Fireworks: Katy Perry's Best Performance Looks". Vogue (Advance Publications). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  211. Jump up ^ Lyons Powell, Hannah. "Katy Perry's Changing Style and Fashion". Glamour (Advance Publications). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  212. Jump up ^ "Find Out What Influences Katy Perry's Cute Style!". Seventeen (Hearst Corporation). February 5, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  213. Jump up ^ Young, Katy (October 1, 2013). "Katy Perry reveals her perfume preferences". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  214. Jump up ^ Hollister, Sean (November 3, 2013). "Katy Perry passes Justin Bieber as most popular person on Twitter". The Verge (Vox Media). Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  215. Jump up ^ Buli, Liv (January 31, 2014). "Katy Perry Hits 50 Million Twitter Followers". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  216. ^ Jump up to: a b Grow, Kory (September 4, 2014). "Wherever They May Roam: Metallica Set Guinness World Record for Touring". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  217. Jump up ^ Pomerantz, Dorothy. "Katy Perry – In Photos: Social Networking Superstars". Forbes (Forbes Inc.). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  218. Jump up ^ Gundersen, Edna (October 21, 2013). "Katy Perry tells how to 'tame the social media dragon'". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  219. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF and visits children in Madagascar". UNICEF. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  220. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry is UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador". UNICEF. December 3, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  221. Jump up ^ Ryan, Reed (January 15, 2014). "Katy Perry Cues Up 'Prismatic' World Tour". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  222. Jump up ^ "Boys Hope/Girls Hope". American Broadcasting Company. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  223. Jump up ^ Trakin, Roy (June 12, 2014). "Katy Perry and Staples 'Make Roar Happen' to Help Support Teachers". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  224. Jump up ^ "The Keep A Breast Foundation". Keep A Breast Foundation. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  225. Jump up ^ Aguila, Justino (October 24, 2013). "Katy Perry Hosts Famous Friends, Previews Next Tour at Hollywood Bowl: Live Review". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  226. Jump up ^ Vena, Jocelyn. "Katy Perry, Tokio Hotel Join H&M for Fashion Against AIDS". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  227. Jump up ^ Myers, Alexandra (February 16, 2012). "Katy Perry donates proceeds from new single to charity". Yahoo! News. Yahoo!. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  228. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Celebrates Over $175K Raised for Charity on Her California Dreams Tour through Tickets-for-Charity". Children's Health Fund. December 8, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  229. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Asks For Charity Donations To Mark Birthday". Contactmusic.com. Channel 4. October 26, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  230. Jump up ^ Davidson, Danica. "Sweet Treat: Katy Perry asks for Charitable Donations for her 28th Birthday". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  231. Jump up ^ Daunt, Tina (March 31, 2014). "Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  232. Jump up ^ "High profile support: Other messages". Stonewall. November 17, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  233. Jump up ^ Mapes, Jillian (October 28, 2010). "Katy Perry Dedicates Leaked 'Firework' Video to LGBT Campaign". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  234. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry talks about gay rights in interview with CGG". Do Something. November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  235. Jump up ^ Hauser, Brooke (June 28, 2012). "Katy Perry Celebrates Her Independence". Parade (Advance Publications). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  236. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Accepts Hero Award From Trevor Project". Contactmusic.com. Channel 4. December 3, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  237. Jump up ^ Stampler, Laura (March 18, 2014). "Katy Perry: Maybe I am a Feminist After All". Time (Time Inc.). Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  238. Jump up ^ Levinson, Lauren (April 16, 2013). "Watch: Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Katy Perry, and More Unite in Chime for Change Video". Elle (Hachette Filipacchi Médias). Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  239. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry Talks Body Image, Fame, and Politics in Rolling Stone Cover Story". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). June 22, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  240. Jump up ^ Porter, Amber (Oct 8, 2012). "Katy Perry Nails it for Obama". ABC News. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  241. Jump up ^ Strecker, Erin (November 1, 2012). "Katy Perry performing another free concert at Obama rally". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  242. Jump up ^ Strecker, Erin. "Katy Perry performs at third President Obama rally in Wisconsin". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  243. Jump up ^ Nessif, Bruna (November 5, 2012). "K2012 Election: Katy Perry, George Lopez, Rashida Jones, and More Take to Twitter to Get Out the Vote". E!. NBCUniversal. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  244. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry confronts Tony Abbott on gay marriage". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). August 15, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  245. Jump up ^ Schwiegershausen, Erica (April 9, 2014). "Katy Perry Exposed a Springy Strip of Upper Belly". New York (New York Media, LLC). Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  246. Jump up ^ American Music Awards for Katy Perry:
  247. Jump up ^ MTV Video Music Awards for Katy Perry:
  248. Jump up ^ People's Choice Awards for Katy Perry:
  249. Jump up ^ Trust, Gary (May 12, 2011). "Katy Perry Celebrates Year in Hot 100's Top 10". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  250. Jump up ^ "RIAA – Top Artists (Digital Singles)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  251. Jump up ^ Grein, Paul (May 21, 2014). "MJ Makes Hot 100 History". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  252. Jump up ^ "Katy Perry To Headline Day One of 2013 Jingle Bell Ball". MTV News. Viacom. November 6, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 


External links