Katy Perry is an American singer-songwriter, television judge, and actress. She is known for her eclectic music style and her flamboyant stage persona. Perry has released five studio albums, two extended plays, and 39 singles. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. She grew up in a devout Christian family and began singing in church at a young age. In 2001, she released her debut album, Katy Hudson, a gospel record that was not a commercial success. After signing with a new record label, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her second album, One of the Boys, in 2008. The album was a commercial success, spawning the hit singles “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold.”
Perry’s third album, Teenage Dream, was released in 2010. The album was an even bigger success than One of the Boys, spawning the hit singles “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” Teenage Dream became the first album by a female artist to have five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Perry’s fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013. The album was a critical and commercial success, spawning the hit singles “Roar,” “Unconditionally,” and “Dark Horse.” Perry’s fifth album, Witness, was released in 2017. The album was a commercial success, but it was not as well-received by critics as her previous albums.
Perry has also enjoyed success as a television judge. She was a judge on the singing competition show American Idol from 2018 to 2020. She has also appeared in films such as The Smurfs (2011), The Smurfs 2 (2013), and Zoolander 2 (2016).
Perry is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights and feminism. She has also spoken out against body shaming and cyberbullying. She is a popular figure on social media, with over 100 million followers on Twitter and Instagram.