It seems like there are very few people in the Western world who don’t know who Katy Perry (originally known as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) is. The singer/songwriter has, over the last 10 years, risen from a bright star with unfulfilled potential into one of the biggest and most adored global pop superstars. Her road to music and success started when she was a youngster singing Christian gospel music. Then she left home to seek out something different.
It was anything but easy in the beginning and Katy had to deal with many roads to many of the roads to success leading to dead ends. That was until, surprisingly enough, she got dropped from a record deal with Columbia Records in ’06. This was the catalyst for the turning point in her professional life. Columbia’s publicity executive at the time was Angelica Cob-Baehler. She realised the mistake that Columbia Records had made dropping Ms Perry and underhandedly made a passionate plea to Virgin Records boss at the time Jason Flom. Ms Cob-Baehler recommended that Katy would be a big star and that Virgin Records should not pass up the opportunity.
It was soon after that Katy signed to Capitol Music Group, the company that resulted in the Virgin and Columbia merger, and this led to the writing, recording and release of One Of The Boys, her debut album under her new stage name. There was 3 globally successful singles released from that album that you undoubtedly remember flooding all media outlets – Ur So Gay, I Kissed A Girl and Hot N Cold.
Following an extensive tour in support of her album, she also found time to record an MTV unplugged album, an album collaborating with production team The Matrix and make a number of appearances on other peoples albums, such as Timbaland and Gavin Rossdale. She released the first single from her second major label album, Teenage Dream in ’10 – called California Gurls. The song featured the West Coast rap legend Snoop Doggy Dogg and was a smash hit. This was followed by the singles Teenage Dream, Firework, Last Friday Night and One That Got Away. As with the last album, she toured for a long time round the world and also made her first appearance in a movie, voicing a female smurf in The Smurfs film.
Cut to 2013 when Ms Perry released one of the big hits of the summer, Roar. This was followed by Prism, her third studio album. Prism was supposed to be a lot darker than it turned out, as the sound and structure was inspired by the Swedish dance scene. The songs Unconditionally and Dark Horse were also released as singles before the end of 2013.
Katy Perry begins the firstleg of her 3rd world tour, The Prismatic World Tour. The tour starts in Belfast as the Odyssey Arena and features support from quirky pop act Icona Pop. Ms Perry will also be stopping at Glasgow’s amazing Hydro. If you are a big fan based in London you will want to get Katy Perry tickets at the O2, as that will undoubtedly be a highlight of the whole tour.