about katy perry


A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008. Before she topped the charts with songs like "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," though, she spent the better part of a decade recording music under a different name. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (or Katy Hudson, as she billed herself on her 2001 gospel album) was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California. Raised in a religious household as the daughter of two pastors, she was forbidden to listen to secular bands as a child, although a childhood slumber party introduced her to the music of Alanis Morissette and Freddie Mercury. Religious music remained at the forefront, however, and Katy released a self-titled Christian album in 2001 under her original name. She would later abandon the genre (and her given surname) in favor of a pop career.

Such success meant that Katy Perry had officially become one of the industry's biggest pop stars, celebrated as much for her outsized behavior and outrageous fashion choices as the music itself. She continued touring through the summer of 2009 (albeit without McCoy, whose boyfriend status had been revoked earlier that year) and found time to tape an installment of MTV Unplugged, which was released in November. Meanwhile, she worked on a new album and started up a whirlwind romance with comedian Russell Brand, eventually becoming his wife, a short-lived marriage that would last for only a year. She would later begin an on-again, off-again relationship with adult-alternative singer/songwriter John Mayer. Recording sessions for her album wrapped up in early 2010, and Perry scored her second number one single with "California Gurls," which was released that May. The accompanying album, Teenage Dream, followed in August. The album would be reissued in 2012 as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, with the bonus track "Wide Awake," earning Perry a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. In 2013, Perry announced the release of her fourth album with the single "Roar," which mixed hip-hop beats with an '80s power ballad style. The album itself, Prism, was created in collaboration with a host of artists and producers including Sia, Diplo, Max Martin, Bloodshy, and Emeli Sandé. Musically it was inspired by Robyn, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, andPrince, and lyrically by her past relationships.







tour dates


June 2014

22 Raleigh, N.C. PNC Arena
24 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
27 Nashville, Bridgestone Arena 
28  Atlanta, Philips Arena 
30 Tampa, Tampa Bay Times Forum


July 2014

2 Sunrise, Fla. BB&T Center
3  Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena 
9 New York, Madison Square Garden
11 Newark, Prudential Center 
15 Montreal, Bell Centre 

16 Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre
18 Toronto, Air Canada Centre
22 Pittsburgh, CONSOL Energy Center
24 Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center



August 2014

1 Boston, TD Garden
4 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
7 Chicago ,United Center 
10 Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
11 Auburn Hills, Mich., The Palace of Auburn Hills
13 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena 
14 Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena 
16 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
17 St. Louis Scottrade Center 
19 Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center 
20 Lincoln, Neb., Pinnacle Bank Arena 
22 Minneapolis, Target Center 
23 Fargo, N.D. FARGODOME
26 Winnipeg, MTS Centre 
28 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
29 Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome 
31 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place

September 2014

9 Vancouver, British Columbia Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
12 Portland, Ore. ,Moda Center
13 Tacoma, Wash., Tacoma Dome
16 Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
19 Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
22 San Jose SAP Center
25 Glendale, Ariz., Jobing.com Arena
26 Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena
29 Salt Lake City, EnergySolutions Arena
30 Denver, Pepsi Center

October 2014

2 Dallas, American Airlines Center
5 Memphis, FedExForum
6 Tulsa, BOK Center
8 New Orleans, New Orleans Arena
10 Houston, Toyota Center 

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur]












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