The journey of American singer and songwriter Katy Perry, like every other celebrity, started with failure. A series of failures, to be precise.
She shot to limelight six years ago with her controversial single, "I Kissed a Girl," where she expressed her desire to explore sexuality. Before this, she faced series of failures.
Today, she is known for her pop hits including "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "Roar" and "Chained to the Rhythm."
In the initial days of her singing career, after her three crucial deals fell apart, she signed with Capitol, a recording company, in 2007. Later that year, she released her first single, "Ur So Gay."
Her career did not take off fully until the release of her next single, "I Kissed a Girl". After that, Perry went on to become one of the best-selling artistes of all time with hit albums including Teenage Dream (2010) and Prism (2013).
She was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, and brought up in a conservative family where her parents were pastors. They did not allow her to listen to any rock or popular music.
"The only thing I was allowed to listen to were the Sister Act 1 and 2 soundtracks," Perry told Entertainment Weekly.
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