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Katy Perry Biography

Katy PerryPop megastar Katy Perry has been a fixture at the top of the charts since the release of her first album, “One of the Boys,” in 2008. "Teenage Dream" (Buy Teenage Dream), her third studio album, released on August 24, 2010, established her as one of the top Pop stars of all time. With it, she became the only woman in the Hot 100's 54-year history to score five Hot 100 No. 1s from a single album. The album remained on the Billboard 200 for more than 100 weeks and has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California (October 25, 1984), Katy Perry is an American pop musician. Raised by religious parents, Katy grew up listening only to gospel music and as a child she sang in her local church. She earned a GED during her freshman year of high school and soon afterward began to pursue a career in music. She released a self-titled gospel album as Katy Hudson in 2001. Due to the closing of her record label, the album was deemed unsuccessful. Through 2005 she worked on two other albums neither of which was released.

In 2007 Katy signed with Capitol Music Group, her fourth record label in seven years. She adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first Internet single "Ur So Gay" that November. It gained public attention but failed to chart. She rose to fame with the release of her second single "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008, which went on to top international charts. Perry's first mainstream studio album "One of the Boys" followed later that year and subsequently, became the thirty-third best selling album worldwide of 2008. It was accredited platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America while "I Kissed a Girl" and her second single "Hot n Cold" both received multi-platinum certifications. Katy Perry was ranked the ninety-seventh Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard.

"I'm really critical of my posture, it makes a big difference. And I try to suck my belly in. Everyone should do that whether you're on a red carpet or not. Even if you're just going out to dinner with your boyfriend you should try and suck it in." ~ Katy Perry
She has since become well recognized for having an unconventional style of dress and often combines bold colors and vintage fashion. Her sophomore studio album Teenage Dream was released in August 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album included hit singles "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream", both of which topped the charts on the Billboard Hot 100 and worldwide. She has most recently released the single "Firework" another international top five hit.
"I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I'll pull that '80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings." ~ Katy Perry
Perry has since expanded her repertoire into various other business ventures. She was credited as a guest judge on the seventh series of the British television show The X Factor; has released a fragrance called "Purr" and will appear in the upcoming 2011 film "The Smurfs."

Katy married Russell Brand on October 23, 2010. Within a three months, the couple was seeking marriage councelling.¹

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