Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. She is known for her influence on the pop sound and style of the 2010s. Pursuing a career in gospel music at 16, Perry released her commercially unsuccessful debut album, Katy Hudson (2001), under Red Hill Records. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to venture into secular music, adopting the stage name "Katy Perry" from her mother's maiden name. With producers Glen Ballard and Greg Wells, she recorded an unreleased album titled Fingerprints while signed to Java Records and then Columbia Records before being dropped. After this, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.Perry rose to fame with her second album and major label debut, One of the Boys (2008), a pop rock record containing her debut single "I Kissed a Girl" and follow-up single "Hot n Cold", which respectively reached number one and three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The disco-influenced pop album Teenage Dream (2010) spawned five U.S. number one singles—"California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"—becoming the first album by a solo female artist to do so. A reissue titled Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012) subsequently had the U.S. number one single "Part of Me". Her fourth album Prism (2013) has themes of self-empowerment and relationships. With the music videos for its U.S. number one singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse", Perry became the first artist to have multiple videos reach one billion views on YouTube. Witness (2017) featured an electropop sound with themes of liberation and a political subtext, while Smile (2020) featured themes of motherhood and self-help. She later embarked on her first concert residency titled Play in Resorts World Las Vegas, selling out multiple shows and receiving critical acclaim.

Perry is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 143 million records worldwide. All of her studio albums released under Capitol have individually surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. She has nine U.S. number one singles, three U.S. number one albums and has received various accolades, including four Guinness World Records, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. Perry has been included in the annual Forbes lists of highest-earning women in music from 2011 to 2019. Her critically acclaimed Super Bowl halftime show performance is the most watched in history. Outside of music, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in The Smurfs film series. Perry began serving as a judge on American Idol, starting from its sixteenth season in 2018. She is also the most followed woman on Twitter, with over 100 million followers.

Where We Started

March 31, 2022

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When I'm Gone (with Katy Perry) [VIP Mix]

February 18, 2022

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When I’m Gone (with Katy Perry)

December 29, 2021

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All You Need Is Love

October 25, 2021

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May 14, 2021

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Cry About It Later (feat. Luísa Sonza & Bruno Martini)

April 23, 2021

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Cosmic Energy

December 18, 2020

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Resilient (ft. Aitana) [Tiësto Remix]

November 13, 2020

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May 11, 2022

Katy Perry Lands Lead Role as Magical Pop Star in Animated Musical ‘Melody’: See Her Character

Perry will star as a singer who must overcome the evil plans of a pop star who is set on destroying her.

May 2, 2022

Katy Perry Reacts Like a True Princess After Falling on ‘American Idol’: Watch

"Flippin’ your fins you don’t get too far," she joked on Instagram afterward.

April 27, 2022

Twitter Experiences Mass Deactivations After Elon Musk Takeover

Follower numbers for high profile accounts, including Katy Perry and former President Barack Obama, dropped significantly in the last few days, while follower numbers for prominent right-wing figures like GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene saw huge increases.

April 25, 2022

Katy Perry Praises Emyrson Flora’s ‘American Idol’ Cover of ‘Drivers License,’ Compares Her to Billie Eilish

"Your unique special sauce is that cry, and especially holding the room when it's quiet," Perry raved of the teen's talent.

April 20, 2022

Katy Perry Calls Tough-But-Loving ‘American Idol’ the ‘Montessori Mom’ of Singing Contests as Show Celebrates 20 Years

Billboard catches up with Perry & showrunner Megan Michaels to talk two decades of 'Idol' at 20th-anniversary Hollywood party.

April 19, 2022

Which ‘American Idol’ Top 14 Singer Is Your Favorite on Season 20? Vote!

Six hopefuls were eliminated from the competition Monday night (April 19) as Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie handed out four Judges' Saves.

April 15, 2022

Watch Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray cover Katy Perry in concert

The pair performed an acoustic rendition of the 'Teenage Dream' track The post Watch Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray cover Katy Perry in concert appeared first on NME.

April 14, 2022

Watch Olivia Rodrigo & Conan Gray Turn This Katy Perry Hit Into a Folky Duet

The best friends sang Perry's "The One That Got Away," which was a top five Hot 100 hit in 2012.

April 13, 2022

Katy Perry and Jimmy Kimmel Try to Take Down ‘Baby Shark’ With New Catchy Song | Billboard News

Katy Perry linked up with Jimmy Kimmel and looks like we have a new viral song ready to attack our ears.

April 12, 2022

Thomas Rhett & Katy Perry Get ‘Started’ on Billboard Country Charts

Rhett adds his sixth top 10 set, while Perry makes her first entry on a Billboard country chart.

April 8, 2022

Celine Dion, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry & More Artists ‘Stand Up for Ukraine,’ Calling for Refugee Relief

On Friday (April 8), countless entertainers took to their social media pages to #StandUpForUkraine and, on a wider scale, for all the world’s refugees and displaced people.

April 7, 2022

Twitter Is Testing an ‘Edit’ Button

Many Twitter users — among them, Kim Kardashian, Ice T, Katy Perry and McDonald’s corporate account — have long begged for an edit button.

April 5, 2022

The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ & ‘Starboy’ Certified Diamond

The artist joins a rarefied group to achieve three diamond singles including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and more.

April 5, 2022

Katy Perry Says Huntergirl Can Win ‘American Idol’: Watch

The Winchester, Tennessee native is all about country; she has country in her heart, soul and voice.

April 4, 2022

Katy Perry Cries During an Emotional Moment With Pregnant ‘American Idol’ Contestants

“My lifelong thing is I’m never enough,” the pop star shared.

April 4, 2022

Katy Perry and Dua Lipa reportedly still set to collaborate

The pop stars are said to be "fans of each other" The post Katy Perry and Dua Lipa reportedly still set to collaborate appeared first on NME.

March 31, 2022

Katy Perry to Narrate ‘Elizabeth the First’ Podcast Series

"I’ve always felt a kinship towards her," Perry said of icon Elizabeth Taylor.

March 15, 2022

The Legal Beat: Astroworld Case Gets Ugly Quick

Also this week: Katy Perry wins a major copyright victory, Kesha faces a setback in Dr. Luke's defamation case, and much more.

March 13, 2022

Katy Perry reacts to lawsuit win: “Just be sure before you take me to court”

A recent ruling found that Perry hadn't copied music for 'Dark Horse' The post Katy Perry reacts to lawsuit win: “Just be sure before you take me to court” appeared first on NME.

March 12, 2022

Katy Perry Reacts to Winning in ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Appeal at Vegas Show

"So just be sure... before you take me to court, 'cause I'm a Scorpio, b----!" she shouted out to a Vegas crowd.

March 11, 2022

BTS Collectibles on the Way, Katy Perry Wins Copyright Appeal & More Top Stories | Billboard News

Adele is coming to your home again, there’s a new way to take a piece of BTS, Grimes welcomes her second baby and Katy Perry has a big court win. This is Billboard News for Friday, March 11.

March 11, 2022

Katy Perry wins ‘Dark Horse’ copyright appeal case

The ruling brings an end to the eight-year trial against the pop-star The post Katy Perry wins ‘Dark Horse’ copyright appeal case appeared first on NME.

March 11, 2022

Katy Perry Wins ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Appeal | Billboard News

A federal appeals court on Thursday (March 10) refused to reinstate at $2.8 million copyright infringement verdict against Katy Perry over her 2013 chart-topper “Dark Horse,” ruling that the two songs share only basic musical “building blocks.”

March 11, 2022

Katy Perry Wins As Ninth Circuit Agrees $2.8 Million ‘Dark Horse’ Verdict ‘Unsupported’

A federal appeals court declined to reinstate the jury award Thursday, instead finding that Christian rapper Flame failed to prove Perry copied anything “original" from the song "Joyful Noise"

March 10, 2022

Katy Perry Wins in ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Appeal

A rapper said Perry ripped off his song, but an appeals court said he was seeking an "improper monopoly" over basic music.