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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson faced numerous setbacks during her seven-year breakthrough, a long journey filled with albums that got cancelled and videos that never aired on MTV. The industry is probably more familiar with her playful, flirtatious and laid-back side, the multi-platinum queen of the charts, Katy Perry.
When Katheryn became Katy Perry more than three years ago, she would no longer portray the daughter of a religiously-devoted family. Instead, she kissed a girl and she liked it, and so did the rest of the world; after that one hit ‘I Kissed A Girl’, a whole lot of juicy contracts, live gigs and sultry songs proved Katy Perry was no one-hit-wonder.
After she hit it big with her first bunch of songs that also included ‘Hot N Cold’ and ‘Waking Up In Vegas’, music critics were skeptical about the Californian brunette diva-to-be. A follow-up album would either finish her career or make her a superstar and from the looks of it, Katy Perry might not want to save the world but she sure has become a key element in saving the music industry.
‘Teenage Dream’ outsold its predecessor and became serious competition for fellow pop divas Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Released more than a year ago and still relevant on the charts, ‘Teenage Dream’ brought along a celebrity status filled with media attention, fragrances and even a role in the ‘The Smurfs’ movie adaptation.
What is it about Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson that keeps catching everyone’s attention?
Firstly, she’s fun to watch and the party/love/empowerment themes of her tunes are dance floor sensations. Her pseudo-Gaga look, not as extreme but abnormal enough to keep your eyes on her, and her eccentric videos let us know the performer and her team know music nowadays is 50% visual.
Katy Perry cites Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Manson and Freddie Mercury as her all-time idols, and though her look may feed off of their style a little bit, some see no reference of those iconic performers in her music. According to sassy blogger and self-proclaimed ‘Queen Of All Media’, Perez Hilton, Katy Perry is replacing Gwen Stefani as Lady Gaga would be replacing Madonna.
By the end of 2011 the chart-topper will have played an astonishing 121 concerts as part of her California Dreams world tour 2011, a massive arena-scale show that has thrust Katy Perry to music heaven. After becoming the first artist to spend more than a year within the US top 10 with five number ones from ‘Teenage Dream’, she has just put out a sixth single ready to beat her own record.
Katy Perry has garnered nominations and achievements left and right and if her latest single ‘The One That Got Away’ tops the US charts in the next few days the songstress will become the only performer to have 6 number ones off the same record. While her latest tune escalates on iTunes, the melancholic video starring Mexican actor Diego Luna gains millions of views.
In 2011 the world has been purring for Perry and not only is she giving back to her fans by renting out the Staples Center for a free concert, but rumor has it she might release some more singles off ‘Teenage Dream’. As long as people keep buying her cotton-candy-scented record she’ll keep delivering her own version of the American Dream.