Music and themes
Among Perry's musical influences are Alanis Morissette, pop rockers Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Shirley Manson; and British singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury. Growing up listening to Gospel music, Perry had little references when she began recording songs. Asked by the producer whom she would like to collaborate with, Perry had no idea. That night, she went with her mother to a hotel. Inside, she turned on VH1 and saw producer Glen Ballard talking about Alanis Morissette; Ballard produced Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, the album that had a "huge influence" on Perry. She told her initial collaborator she had decided to work with Ballard. The producer arranged a meeting for her and Ballard in Los Angeles. Perry presented him a song, and a day later she was called. Ballard developed Perry for a few years.
Katy Perry performing in August 2008.
Perry described her music by saying, "Someone kind of penned it for me the other day, and I've been using it ever since." According to her, "she had changed a lot between the ages of 15 to 23". Her first album dwells on Gospel music. She related that her perspective in music was "a bit enclosed and very strict", and everything she did was church related. Her second album, One of the Boys, is described as "secular" and "rock", although reflects a departure of her musical roots. Perry expects to record more pop songs for her next album.
Perry is artistically involved in her projects, especially in the writing process. Since she could play guitar, she would start writing songs at home and present it to her producers. Perry took inspiration off different things, mostly are references to specific moments of her life. She said it is easy for her to write songs about heartaches.Most of the themes in One of the Boys deal with heartbreak, teen adventure, and "puking into toilets".
Perry's mother reportedly told British tabloid Daily Mail that she dislikes her daughter's music, calling it "shameful and disgusting". Perry said her mother was misquoted and told MTV that it was false information.
Katy Perry in pink
Perry is known for her unconventional style of dress. Her style is 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. Having learned dancing at an early age, she fancied about having her own style. Perry's transformation into an artist began with fashion, inspired by American film actress Dominique Swain's portrayal in 1997 film adaptation of the novel Lolita. She defines her fashion "a bit of a concoction of different things". Johnny Wujek, Perry's stylist, described her style, upon meeting her for the first time, as "very colorful and vintage". Her fashion has caught the attention of designers, who were calling her even before the release of "I Kissed a Girl", almost as much as the attention drawn by her music.
Perry's songs, particularly "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl", have generated controversies upon their release. The songs have received reactions from religious and gay sectors. The songs have been respectively labeled as homophobic and promoting homosexuality, as well as for being "lezploitational". MTV mentioned critcism suggesting that Perry is using "bi-curiosity" as a way to sell records. Perry responded to the controversy surrounding "Ur So Gay": "It's not a negative connotation. It's not, 'you're so gay,' like, 'you're so lame,' but the fact of the matter is that this boy should've been gay. I totally understand how it could be misconstrued or whatever ... I wasn't stereotyping anyone in particular, I was talking about ex-boyfriends."
In June 2008, a publicity photo emerged that showed Perry posing with a switchblade. Tabloid The Sun reported criticised the photo as an attempt to glamorize knives. The picture was defended as only an effort to give Perry a "sexy, harder edge".
In December, Perry apologized to British singer Lily Allen for remarks in which she called herself a "skinnier version" of her, saying she meant it as a joke. Allen retaliated and told a British radio station that she "happen to know for a fact that she was an American version" of her because their record company needed "to find something controversial and 'kooky'" like her.
2001: Katy Hudson
2008: One of the Boys
The discography of Katy Perry, an American pop rock singer, consists of two studio albums, five singles and two extended plays. Perry began her career using her birth name, Katy Hudson, in 2001. Prior to the release of her breakout album in 2008, she changed her surname to Perry, which is the maiden name of her mother, because "Katy Hudson" was too close to actress Kate Hudson.
Perry released her debut studio album in 2001, it was self-titled Katy Hudson, and gospel. Billboard reported that the album "disappeared after the label (Red Hill Records) folded." In 2004, she began working on an album with Glen Ballard for Island Def Jam, which also went nowhere. Perry then signed to Columbia Records. Columbia had her collaborate with renowned production team The Matrix, as the female vocalist for their album, The Matrix. The album was never released by Columbia, with The Matrix's Let's Hear It Records eventually releasing it in 2009. Perry also started recording a solo album, (A) Katy Perry, eighty percent of the record was completed and Columbia cancelled the project.
Capitol Records signed Perry at the beginning of 2007. She wrote and recorded her second album before releasing the music video for her first single, "Ur So Gay", in November 2007. The single generated underground talk, but failed to chart. Her second single, "I Kissed a Girl", topped the charts in multiple countries. In the United States, the single went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts; as well as number one in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The album, One of the Boys, followed in mid-2008. It debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 and within the top ten in Canada, Denmark, France and Germany. "Hot N Cold" was the third single released, it also topped multiple charts. The song went to number one on the Pop 100, and in several countries including Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Both "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold" were accredited triple platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America, with the album receiving a platinum certification. Perry has since released "One of the Boys" and "Thinking of You" as singles, with neither achieving as much in the charts as her previous singles.
Perry's Debut Tour The Hello Katy Tour kicked off in the United States in January 2009, to support the album. Live Nation has been listed as the tour promoter.
Perry at the 2009 Life Ball in Vienna
On May 16, 2009, Perry performed at the opening ceremony of the annual Life Ball in Vienna, Austria.
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