Katy Perry is an American pop singer and songwriter.Real name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, Katy Perry was born as the second child to Christian pastor parents Keith Hudson and Mary Hudson (neé Perry) on October 24, 1984 in Santa Barbara. Along with her older sister and younger brother, she was raised in a deeply religious family.Growing up listening to only gospel music, her first experience of performing was singing in church, thus a passion for music grew. At the age of fifteen Perry began visiting Nashville, gaining experience of recording demos and songwriting. At some point, Katy signed on to Christian record label Red Hill, and at the age of 17, she released a Christian pop album under her birth name but wasn't successful.Perry then moved to Los Angeles, collaborating with producer Glen Ballard though was unable to secure a lasting record deal. She signed to Columbia Records in 2004, but was dropped when this proved futile. However, an executive at Columbia recommended Katy Perry to Jason Flom, Virgin Records’ chairmen, resulting in her singing for Capitol Music Group.She recorded her first album One of the Boys and in spring of 2008, released lead single I Kissed a Girl, which proved to be a smash hit at number one slot in several countries where other hit singles followed, the album becoming a commercial success. Her second album, Teenage Dream spawned more huge hits where many awards and music industry records followed. In 2012, she released the documentary feature film Katy Perry: Part of Me, and Teenage Dream was re-released to promote the film.In 2013, she struck back with the fierce "Roar" and announced that her third album, Prism, was going to be released in October 2013.She married English comedian Russell Brand in 2010, but they divorced in early 2012 and owns a cat named Kitty Purry who has its own blog. Yes, really. As noted by certain people, she looks likeBettie Page and Zooey Deschanel. Katy herself declared she'd like to make a movie where she and Zooey played Creepy Twins.Releases:
Her secular albums also include Christian-influenced songs. "One of the Boys" has "Lost", and "Teenage Dream" has "Who Am I Living For". In particular, some songs from Prism could fall into this, such as "By the Grace of God", "Spiritual", and "Unconditionally"
Averted at first, since she started off as a Christian "Rock" singer. Also, she still considers herself to be a Christian, and even has a "Jesus" tattoo on her left wrist.
Averted a second time, since in recent years, her music, attire, videos, and performances have become significantly more modest.
Continuity Nod: Her music video for "Wide Awake" starts off at the end to "California Gurls". After the music video ends, she goes onstage at a concert to perform "Teenage Dream". Other less obvious ones includes : the strawberry about One Of The Boys (the album)/the Hello Katy Tour and various nods at the videos for Last Friday Night, Part Of Me, E.T and most obviously Firework.
The video for "This Is How We Do" features a scene where Katy has a Watermelon (Hot N Cold CD single), Heart shaped glasses (Teenage Dream era) and a Pizza dress (referencing the pizza, It Makes Sense in Context, from the Prismatic World Tour).
Costume Porn: Her California Dreams tour was a showcase for an array of crazy/cartoonish/candy-themed costumes.
The video for "Unconditionally" is a more traditional example of this, being inspired by Anna Karenina.
Darker and Edgier: "Circle the Drain" sounds much darker than her typical upbeat pop music. Also, "E.T" could fall under this.
Perry herself said that Prism would be this. The album later had a more happier direction, but still, most of the second half of the album (such as "Ghost", "Spiritual" and "By the Grace of God") sound very darker (and at times even sadder) than your average Katy Perry song.
Contrary to popular belief, "One of the Boys" is not all upbeat pop songs, and includes a lot of serious, dark, or sad songs, such as "Lost" and "I'm Still Breathing". Even "Teenage Dream" has serious songs, such as "Who Am I Living For".
Dedication: International Smile for Mia Moretti, her muse.
Does Not Like Men: Some people accused her of being a misandrist after her first album, which contains such pleasantries as "Yeah you... PMS... like a bitch... I would know!" being said to a guy ("Hot 'n' Cold"), a song about how gay a guy is ("Ur So Gay", obviously; emasculating him for being a vegetarian, even), and an Archie Comics-esque song about how a guy must always foot the bill ("If You Can Afford Me"). Katy appears to have averted this trope, though.
Friend to All Living Things: She becomes one after she ends up in a jungle in the music video for "Roar"; an elephant gives her a shower with its trunk, she brushes the teeth of a crocodile and tames a tiger and makes it her pet.
Funny Background Event: Many of her videos feature some. "California Gurls" has a sign edited to say Sundae Boulevard instead of Sunset.
Gag Boobs: Where to start? In her various videos, her breasts have shot out fireworks, whipped cream and glitter. She's worn bras made out of candy, dice, pokeballs and practically everything imaginable. They're practically comedy props by now.
And, don't forget her guest shot on SNL, when the Elmo T-shirt she wore had some Really Big Eyes.
Genki Girl: When appearing on talk shows, she's extremely cheerful and excitable.
Also in "Wide Awake": "I wish I knew then, what I know now."
The Illuminati: Discussed. Dear sweet goodness, there were so many accusations of her affiliation with the illuminati after her video for "Dark Horse" and it got even worse with her live performance at the grammys. The biggest argument toward the connection was the ignorance about the Eye of Horus symbol and pyramid imagery, which are both perfectly legitimate icons of Ancient Egypt.
Intercourse with You: "Dressin' Up", "Teenage Dream", "Birthday", "Legendary Lovers", "Hummingbird Heartbeat", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (though not all about it).
Irony: Both parents were highly conservative pastors that didn't allow their children to watch The Smurfscartoon show, considering it to not be good for Katy and her siblings. Guess which blonde Smurf she voices in the 2011 The Smurfs and its twosequels?
Kaleidoscope Hair: Katy is constantly changing her hair color. It's gone from blond to black to red to blond to pink to blue to purple, back to black and now green after a brief orange and black phase. That's not counting purple, pink, blue and now orange wigs.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: She loves cats as she named her own cat Kitty Purry her mascot, and joked that she wants to make the Crazy Cat Lady persona cool. At the end of the lyric video for "Roar", she holds up Kitty, coos at her, then kisses her on the head.
Lyric Swap: When performing Part Of Me, she sings "You let me drown" instead of "you let me down".
Also the line "We drove to Cali" in Teenage Dream changes according to where she performs.
Lyric Video Mismatch: For "California Gurls" and "Dark Horse". The latter has received much criticism for the bizarre video choice. Notably, the song refers to Aphrodite, but the theme is Egyptian, an era before Aprhodite was a goddess.
Madness Mantra: In the music video, "I'm wide awake" is one of denial.
Male Gaze: Her Victoria's Secret performance featured a LOT of cleavage shots.
The bra she wears in the climax of the "Roar" video can be considered this.
Meaningful Echo: "Wide Awake" refers to a lot of "Teenage Dream"'s lines in a depressing way but not verbatim. "You make me feel like I'm living a teenage dream" vs "Everything you see/Ain't always what it seems/I'm wide awake/yeah I was dreaming for so long" and "My missing puzzle piece/I'm complete" vs "I picked up every piece", "need nothing to complete myself".
The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In "Wide Awake", the mirror scene. Katy leads the girl to the mirror, but the girl isn't shown there. In the mirrors, paparazzi are shown, but they aren't actually there. This is obviously symbolic of the constant pressure of the media, and the girl not appearing likely means that (since it's actually her younger self) that some people can't see pieces of yourself.
Blatantly embraced. She's done videos completely naked except for strategically placed cotton candy, running around a jungle in a skimpy leapord skin bra with a grass skirt, had her boobs shoot whip cream and fireworks... she is Ms. Fanservice full stop.
Obligatory Bondage Song: "E.T.", though a mild case. It has the lyrics "Wanna be your victim; Ready for abduction", and the Kanye remix has him boast about being dirty and filthy, but the song as a whole does not focus on the bondage aspect.
Punny Name: She named her cat - and, in the "Roar" music video, a tiger - Kitty Purry.
Prince Charming: Katy meets such a character at the end of the "Wide Awake" music video... and punches him in the face.
Real Life Chose The Single: "Part of Me" was originally written back in 2010 during the Teenage Dream sessions, but left off the album for unknown reasons. Upon Katy's divorce from Russell Brand in 2012, the song was repurposed as the lead single of Teenage Dream's re-release, with slightly altered lyrics to reflect their separation.
Rearrange the Song: "The One That Got Away" was released both as synth-pop and as an acoustic song featuring guitar, piano, and upright bass.
"Birthday", which uses a LOT of party-related metaphors to obscure it's an Intercourse with You song. It goes from subtle, to being very unsubtle ("Pop your confetti, Pop your Pérignon / So hot and heavy till dawn"), to being downright Anvilicious ("So let me get you in your birthday suit / It's time to bring out the big balloons").
Rock Star Song: "Wide Awake" is this in the sense it's about after all the positive press goes away "Falling from cloud nine/In front of the world".
Semper Fi: In the music video for "Part of Me", after Katy breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, she joins the Marines and regains her confidence.
Sesame Street Cred: She was quite proud of this appearance with Elmo. Sesame Street producers, however, decided not to air the segment after some parents complained about her cleavage. This was, of course, brought up on Saturday Night Live, where Perry appeared in a talk show sketch as a teenage volunteer librarian wearing a low-cut Elmo T-shirt and complaining that the parents and the other librarians don't want her to read to kids because of her cleavage-bearing clothes (with the two talk show hosts [played by Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph] telling her that she shouldn't be ashamed about her body and that there are worse things kids witness in their formative years than a woman's cleavage). Her appearance on the Simpsons episode, "The Fight Before Christmas" also mirrors this unaired Sesame Street sketch (only Katy's dress was more skintight than cleavage-bearing, though it did get away with a oral sex joke at the end with Moe kissing Perry's "belly button").
Serial Escalation: She broke her own record for the song with the most spins on Pop radio three times and keeps on extending her make for the most consecutive Dance #1 hits (currently: 13).
She Cleans Up Nicely: In "Last Friday Night," complete with her descending the stairs in slo-mo and garnering a gobsmacked expression from the Jerk Jock.
Shout-Out: In her earlier photoshoots, she looked like Bettie Page.
That particular Beach Boys shout-out was taken as so specific that the fans thought the Beach Boys would sue. However, the surviving members had no intention, and took it as a compliment.
The title of the song was originally spelled "California Girls", but Katy's manager asked her to change it to "Gurls" as a reference to Big Star's "September Gurls" after Alex Chilton died — apparently, he's a huge Big Star fan.
If one listens closely to the music in the background of "E.T."'s chorus, the sound of an AC-130's 105mm cannon can be discerned.
A Wild Rapper Appears: A few of her songs on 'Teenage Dream'. "California Gurls" featured Snoop Dogg, "E.T." featured Kanye West, whilst the radio versions of "Last Friday Night" and "The One That Got Away" featured Missy Elliott and B.o.B respectively.
A remix of "Teenage Dream" exists featuring Drake.
From Prism we can add "Dark Horse," featuring former Three Six Mafia member Juicy J. Actually rather fitting though given the whole song uses a trap-rap beat. There is also a version featuring Pitbull.