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Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California), is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Perry has Portuguese, German, Irish, and English ancestry. She is the second child of two pastors. She has an older sister named Angela Hudson and a younger brother named David Hudson. Perry's uncle was director Frank Perry (who was her mother's half-brother).

Perry was incorporated into her parents' ministry and sang in their church between the ages of 9 and 17. She grew up listening to gospel music, was not allowed to listen to what her mother called "secular music", and attended Christian schools and camps. As a child, Perry learned how to dance in a recreation building in Santa Barbara. She was taught by seasoned dancers and began with swing, Lindy Hop, and jitterbug. She took her GED after her first year at Dos Pueblos High School and decided to leave school in the pursuit of a career in music. Perry initially started singing "because [she] was at that point in [her] childhood where [she] was copycatting [her] sister and everything she [would do]. "Her sister practiced with cassette tapes, while Perry took the tapes herself when her sister was not around. She rehearsed the songs and performed them in front of her parents, who suggested she take vocal coaching. She grabbed the opportunity and began taking lessons at the age of nine and continued until she was sixteen.

During her first year of high school, she pursued a music career as Katy Hudson, releasing her first studio album, called Katy Hudson, which failed to chart. She recorded a solo album later, which was never released.

After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name "Katy Perry".

She first gained recognition with the release of her first mainstream album, One Of The Boys in 2008, which spawned three Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs — I Kissed A Girl, Hot N Cold and Waking Up In Vegas. Perry supported the album with her 'Hello Katy Tour'.

In 2010, Perry released her third studio album, Teenage Dream, which topped the Billboard 200 chart, and spawned five #1 singles — California Girls, Teenage Dream, Firework, E.T. and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.). "Teenage Dream" became the first and so far only album (after Michael Jackson's Bad)—to do so, and Perry became the first female in history to achieve this milestone. She embarked on the 'California Dreams Tour', which grossed nearly $60 million worldwide.

Perry re-released the album under the name of Teenage Dream - The Complete Confection on March 26, 2012, and the re-release has already spawned the #1 single, Part Of Me, and Top Two single, Wide Awake.

Perry is the only artist to spend over 52 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, and has since extended this to 69 weeks.

As of 2012, Perry has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year (Teenage Dream) and Record of the Year ("Firework"). She was named 2011's "Artist of the Year" by MTV. She has sold 37.6 million digital tracks in the United States and 11 million albums worldwide, and sold over 74.6 million digital tracks worldwide. Perry was a guest judge on the seventh series of The X Factor UK and the ninth season of American Idol. She has released fragrances "Purr" and "Meow". She ventured into film, voicing Smurfette in the 2011 film, The Smurfs (movie) and being spotlighted in the 3D biopic-concert film, Katy Perry: Part of Me [2012] (movie).

Perry was married to British comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, Perry was ranked at #14 on Billboard's list of top moneymakers of 2011, grossing more than $11 million. Billboard named Perry 2012's Woman of the Year.

In 2013, Katy Perry had reached the height of commercial success with the release of her fourth album, PRISM which contained themes addressing her life and resurgence after divorce, to come back on top as the album's lead single, Roar suggests. The song debuted at #1 on US Mainstream Top 40 Billboard chart as well as internationally in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Slovenia, Peru and Austria; and resulted at #1 on Australia's ARIA Year-End chart. She then embarked on her highest grossing and successful tour to date —- 'The Prismatic World Tour' (that was later released on DVD titled: 'The Prismatic World Tour Live').

2017 marked a change in Perry's image and music career after a four year hiatus. She 'decided to shed her on-stage persona and embrace her self-proclaimed authentic self... As a result, she retired her long, dark hair for a short pixie cut (similarly to Miley Cyrus' look during her Bangerz era), and adopted her natural blonde hair color.' She then released her fifth album, Witness, which received mixed to negative reviews from critics citing that the album's tracks had " a lack of cohesiveness with Perry's output made Witness inferior to her previous material, that it was comparable to the music of Halsey and Camila Cabello, and blended "into the rest of the radio." Perry also went on the 'Witness Tour' that finished in August 2018 and became "the third best-selling female tour in the United Kingdom in 2018, according to StubHub, only behind Taylor Swift and Britney Spears."

In 2020, Katy reclaimed her self-empowering pop sound and a sense of maturity with Smile. As Perry herself referred to the album as a sign about "'finding the light at the end of the tunnel', and taking back your smile." She discussed struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts (after the "Witness" era underperformed), and stated that gratitude is what saved her life.

She has since accomplished a Las Vegas residency called "Play" from late 2021 and enjoying balancing life as a mom to Daisy Dove Bloom with her partner, actor Orlando Bloom.

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