Katy Perry

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Katy Perry (nee Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, born 1984) is an American pop singer and songwriter. She was born in California to Christian pastor parents and grew up listening to only gospel music. At the age of 17, she released a Christian pop album, which was unsuccessful. Later, she retooled her image to a much more sexual one, and achieved mainstream success in 2008, when her song "I Kissed a Girl" (from the album One of the Boys) topped international charts. She achieved further success with her third album, Teenage Dream, which spawned five singles ("California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)") that become number-one hits. She married English comedian Russell Brand in 2010, but they divorced in early 2012.

She looks like Bettie Page and loves to use fruit in her photoshoots. Owns a cat named Kitty Purry.

Not to be confused with Zooey Deschanel.

Discography:

  • Adorkable: "Last Friday Night."
    • Also, her in the behind the scenes of "Last Friday Night". (Along with almost every other star in it.)
  • Aesop Amnesia: In-universe, in "Last Friday Night".-->Yeah I think we broke the law/Always say we're gonna stop-op/Whoa-oh-oah/This Friday night/Do it all again.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The Littlest Cancer Patient in the music video for "Firework."
  • Analogy Backfire: Todd in the Shadows pointed out that the message of "Firework" is a bit undercut by the fact that fireworks are so ephemeral.
  • Ascended Extra: The Kathy Beth Terry character first appeared at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, which Katy hosted.
  • Auto Erotica: Mentioned in "The One that Got Away":

Summer after high school when we first met/We make out in your Mustang to Radiohead...

It felt so wrong. It felt so right."

"That woman is like a flatulence factory. The pop hits that she fires out of her mouth are nothing compared to what comes out the other end of her!"

You PMS like a bitch, I would know.

  • Odd Friendship: With just about every single popstar between 14 and 25. Yep, even the last one.
  • One of the Boys: The name of her debut (pop) album and its title track. The song is about a Tomboy becoming a girly girl as she enters puberty and no longer wants to be "one of the boys".
  • The One That Got Away: Has a song by this name about this in which she laments about a former lover.
  • Parallel Porn Titles: Yes, really.
  • Peacock Girl:
    • A showgirl outfit she wears in "Waking Up In Vegas".
    • And a peacock tail for... "Peacock".
  • Preacher's Kid: Katy's parents are pastors at a church in Santa Barbara, and they refused to let her listen to "secular" music as she was growing up. This may explain her more recent output.
  • Precocious Crush: "One of the Boys"
  • Product Placement: Subverted. She mentions Chap-Stick in "I Kissed a Girl" and Popsicles in "California Girls", but those trademarks are incredibly diluted.
    • Played straight in "Last Friday Night". She and some other people are seen playing Just Dance on a Wii.
  • Pun-Based Title: Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which a play on words of "Complete Collection". It makes sense in context, taking the candy motif of the album into consideration.
  • Real Life Chose The Single: "Part of Me" was originally written back in 2010 during the Teenage Dream sessions, but left off the album for unknown reasons. Upon Katy's divorce from Russell Brand in 2012, the song was repurposed as the lead single of Teenage Dream's re-release, with slightly altered lyrics to reflect their separation.
  • Rearrange the Song: "The One That Got Away" was released both as synth-pop and as an acoustic song featuring guitar, piano, and upright bass.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Circle the Drain" is this towards Travie McCoy.
  • Refuge in Audacity: "Peacock". FULL. STOP.
  • The Rival: Unarguably, Lady Gaga.
  • Scotireland: Once told an interviewer she was hoping to see the Loch Ness Monster while in Ireland.
  • Semper Fi: In the music video for "Part of Me", after Katy breaks up with her cheating boyfriends, she joins the Marines and regains her confidence.
  • Sesame Street Cred: She was quite proud of this appearance with Elmo. Sesame Street producers, however, decided not to air the segment after some parents complained about her cleavage. This was, of course, brought up on Saturday Night Live, where Perry appeared in a talk show sketch as a teenage volunteer librarian wearing a low-cut Elmo T-shirt and complaining that the parents and the other librarians don't want her to read to kids because of her cleavage-bearing clothes (with the two talk show hosts [played by Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph] telling her that she shouldn't be ashamed about her body and that there are worse things kids witness in their formative years than a woman's cleavage). Her appearance on The Simpsons episode, "The Fight Before Christmas" also mirrors this unaired Sesame Street sketch (only Katy's dress was more skintight than cleavage-bearing, though it did get away with a oral sex joke at the end with Moe kissing Perry's "belly button").
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In "Last Friday Night," complete with her descending the stairs in slo-mo and garnering a gobsmacked expression from the Jerk Jock.
  • Shiny Midnight Black: Her hair used to be dyed this shade, even though she is naturally blonde. This may be on purpose to resemble Bettie Page, as suggested in the trope below.
  • Shout-Out: In her earlier photoshoots, she looked like Bettie Page.
    • In "California Gurls", Snoop Dogg mentions that he "wishes they could all be California girls", Also, from the same song: "Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top!", "sippin' gin 'n' juice", and "zucchinis, martinis, bikinis". And from the music video of the same song, a couple of Pretty Cure fans noticed that when she wore the light purple wig, she looked like a short-haired Cure Berry.
      • That particular Beach Boys shoutout was taken as so specific that the Beach boys asked for a writing credit on the song.
    • The title of the song was originally spelled "California Girls", but Katy's manager asked her to change it to "Gurls" as a reference to Big Star's "September Gurls" after Alex Chilton died — apparently, he's a huge Big Star fan.
    • If one listens closely to the music in the background of "E.T."'s chorus, the sound of an AC-130's 105mm cannon can be discerned.
  • Stage Name: She was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. Perry is her mother's maiden name.
  • Stealth Insult: A Take That to Lady Gaga posted on Twitter.

"Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke."