Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Introducing: Katy Perry

This girl is so talented! I just got her album and i like all the songs from the record. Here is some more info about her.

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, born October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, United States. known by her stage name as Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter. Perry rose to prominence with her 2008 single "I Kissed a Girl" which has become a worldwide hit. She is known for her unconventional style of dress, often humorous, bright in color, and reminiscent of different decades, as well as her frequent use of fruit-shaped accessories, mainly watermelon as part of her outfits.

She graduated from Dos Pueblos High School, in Goleta, California, in 2003, and immediately moved to Los Angeles at age eighteen. She changed her surname to Perry because "Katy Hudson" was too close to Kate Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name, changed from Perreira by her grandparents who immigrated from Portugal.

In her teenage years, Perry found a Queen album with her friend, and later said, "From then on, they have been my biggest influence." Also among her musical influences are Alanis Morissette, Heart and Joni Mitchell, as well as the Incubus album Morning View. Perry's biggest influences are pop rockers Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and Shirley Manson, who, Perry says "came out with a vengeance."
Perry dated Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy for almost a year; the two broke up in late 2008.

She released her first CD Katy Hudson in 2001, a Christian gospel album. In 2004, Perry worked for the record production team The Matrix. Perry also began working on a debut mainstream album, writing with Glen Ballard, which was due for release in 2005; some of the collaborations included "Box," "Diamonds" and "Long Shot," which were released on Perry's official MySpace page. Her burgeoning music career led to her being named "The Next Big Thing" in October 2004, in Blender magazine, where Perry stated she was not "a typical Christian," mentioning that she had done "lots of bad things" during her adolescence. One of the tracks she recorded with Ballard, "Simple," was released on the soundtrack to the 2005 film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In 2006, Perry appeared on P.O.D.'s single, "Goodbye for Now." She made a cameo appearance on Carbon Leaf's video, "Learn to Fly," and on Gym Class Heroes' video, "Cupid's Chokehold," playing the eventual love interest for her real-life boyfriend, lead singer Travis McCoy.

Perry began recording for her official mainstream debut album, working with Cathy Dennis, Greg Wells, Dr. Luke, Butch Walker, Max Martin, Dave Stewart and Ted Bruner. An EP was released in late 2007, entitled "Ur So Gay," produced by and co-written with Greg Wells (OneRepublic, Mika). A video for the song premiered in early 2008. On March 10, 2008, she appeared as herself on the ABC Family television series, Wildfire, on the episode "Life's Too Short" She has appeared in print advertisements for Too Faced Cosmetics' Spring 2007 line. On June 12, 2008, Perry appeared as herself on the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, who poses for the cover of the fictional magazine, Restless Style.

The full-length album, titled One of the Boys, was released on June 17, 2008. Her first official single from One of the Boys, "I Kissed a Girl", was released on May 6, 2008. The song was a commercial success, it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #76, and reached #1 on July 5, 2008. The song has since become a major worldwide hit, and along with the United States, it has topped the charts in more than 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The music video for "I Kissed a Girl" was released on May 21, 2008, on MySpace. An essay in Slant Magazine argues that the song "isn't problematic because it promotes homosexuality, but because its' appropriation of the gay identity exists for the sole purpose of garnering attention—both from Perry's boyfriend and her audience."She sang backup vocals for the songs "Breakout" and "The Driveway" for Miley Cyrus' album, "Breakout".
Perry released her second single, "Hot N Cold," on September 9, 2008. The single become Perry's second top five single in dozens of countries around the world, including the US were it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the U.K, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, as well as topping the charts in Germany, Canada and Denmark. The album was certified Gold in the U.S on September 22, 2008. "I Kissed a Girl" is currently a nominee for 2009 Grammy Awards in the category Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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