Katy Perry (nee Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, born 1984) is an American pop singer and songwriter. She was born in California to Christian pastor parents and grew up listening to only gospel music. At the age of 17, she released a Christian pop album, which was unsuccessful. Later, she retooled her image to a much more sexual one, and achieved mainstream success in 2008, when her song "I Kissed a Girl" (from the album One of the Boys) topped international charts. She achieved further success with her third album, Teenage Dream, which spawned five number-one hit singles in a row ("California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"). She married English comedian Russell Brand in 2010, but they divorced in early 2012.She looks like Bettie Page and loves to use fruit in her photoshoots. Owns a cat named Kitty Purry.Not to be confused with Zooey Deschanel.Releases:
Darker and Edgier: "Circle the Drain" sounds much darker than her typical upbeat pop music. Also, "E.T" could fall under this.
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.
Early-Bird Cameo: Kathy Beth Terry, her nerdy alter-ego from "Last Friday Night", first appeared at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.
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.
Intercourse with You: In her song "Dressin' Up" from the Teenage Dream re-release. "Hummingbird Heartbeat", "E T".
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, and more recently back to black. That's not counting purple, pink, blue and now orange wigs.
Life Imitates Art: Katy may or may not have written "The One That Got Away" before her relationship with (and subsequent marriage to) Russell Brand, but it became eerily appropriate that he filed for their divorce during the song's run as a single. He became the one that got away.
Male Gaze: Her Victoria's Secret performance featured a LOT of cleavage shots.
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".
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.
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").
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 shoutout was taken as so specific that the Beach boys asked for a writing credit on the song.
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.