How has Katy Perry risen to popularity?

Katy Perry (Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. She was born on October 25, 1984. Certainly, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager after singing in church as a child. Subsequently, Perry signed with Red Hill Records. Finally, she released her first studio album under her birth name, Katy Hudson, in 2001. However, the album was a commercial flop.

After that, Katy moved to Los Angeles the following year after Red Hill stopped operations to pursue a secular music career. She started working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin. After being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she changed her name to ‘Katy Perry,’  and signed with Capitol Records in April 2007. 

Quick facts about Katy Perry

  1. Perry earned her General Educational Development (GED) when she was 15 years old.
  2. She took music lessons in rented facilities from the Music Academy of the West for a short time.
  3. Perry got her first guitar for her 13th birthday and performed songs she had composed in front of an audience.

How did she build her career?

Perry rose to popularity in 2008 with the release of her second album, “One of the Boys”. Other than that, her three more albums have topped the Billboard 200 in the United States. Above all, she became the first artist to have multiple Vevo videos cross one billion views with the music videos for his chart-topping songs “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” 

Moreover, Perry has nine number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. She also has four Guinness World Records, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. From 2011 to 2019, she was named to Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid women in music.

In 2012, “Katy Perry: Part of Me”, an autobiographical documentary, was released. Other than that, she has voiced Smurfette in the 2011 film “The Smurfs” and its sequel. Moreover, her halftime show at the Super Bowl is the most watched in history. In 2018, Perry started acting as a judge on American Idol.

How was her personal life?

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”. This happened after her relationship with Travis McCoy ended in December 2008. The scene in which the two kiss is cut from the movie. 

She started dating Brand after reuniting with him at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in September. In 2010, while on vacation in Rajasthan, India, the couple got married in a traditional Hindu ceremony. However, the couple parted ways and got a divorce 14 months later. Since then, Katy has dated Diplo, John Mayer. But today, Katy is engaged to Orlando Bloom and they also have a daughter together.

What is her Net Worth?

Her net worth is projected to be $125 million as of 2016. Perry is one of the best-selling musicians in the world, having sold more than 18 million albums and 125 million singles. 

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