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There are a lot of people I look up to. But the person whose story has touched me the most is Katy Perry['s]. She’s worked really hard to get to where she is, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight for her.

– Selena in an interview with The Skanner[1]

Katy Perry
Full Name

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson


October 25, 1984
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.


Singer-songwriter, actress, entrepreneur

Years active


Status with Selena

Good friend

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill ceased operations. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.

Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles "I Kissed a Girl" – which sparked controversy for its homosexual themes – and "Hot n Cold" from her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys. Her third album, Teenage Dream (2010), ventured into disco, and contained the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" as well as the number-three single "The One That Got Away". The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs, and the second overall after Michael Jackson's album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the songs "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake".

Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and dance. She became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for its songs "Roar" and "Dark Horse". Her songwriting is mostly done in collaboration with others, especially Dr. Luke and Max Martin, and in songs such as "Firework" and "Roar" she stresses themes of self-empowerment and self-esteem. Perry is known for an idiosyncratic and fun-based sense of personal fashion that incorporates bright colors and food-based themes. Her concert performances feature elaborate stagings and costumes.

Perry has received many awards, including four Guinness World Records, and been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" (2011–15). She is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold 100 million records globally throughout her career. Perry has also made celebrity endorsements and released the perfumes Purr, Meow!, Killer Queen, and Mad Potion. In July 2012, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me, which concentrated on her life as a touring artist and the dissolution of her brief marriage to English actor and comedian Russell Brand in the early 2010s.

She is friends with Selena Gomez.


  • Katy gave Selena a previously unused demo titled, "Rock God", for Selena Gomez & the Scene's 2010 album, A Year Without Rain.
  • Katy co-wrote another track titled, "That's More Like It", for the band's 2011 album, When the Sun Goes Down.
  • In the Dream Out Loud Live Chat in 2011, Selena named Katy as the popstar she’d like to emulate the style of: “I love her style. I think she’s obviously older than me, so she represents more of like the ’sensual woman’. And I like that. That she’s just confident and she’s got curves and she loves it and she flaunts it. And I think it’s really cute and it’s different.”[2]
  • Katy and Selena sat near each other on the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2012 and 2013.
  • Selena went to the premiere of Part of Me, Katy's autobiographical movie.
  • Selena covered Katy's song, Hot n Cold for her debut tour.
  • Selena covered Katy's song "Roar" for her Stars Dance Tour.
  • They were both at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in November 2012.
  • Selena said that Katy is one of her influences in an interview with Access Hollywood.[3]
  • In an interview with Kiss 95.1, Selena talked about Katy. She said, "Katy Perry has been really great to me. She's always given me really good sisterly advice. We've gone on hikes together where she'll just lay it out on the line and I really appreciate that."
  • In the March 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine, Selena said that she talked to Katy about "guys who are intimidated with strong girls."



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