Katy Perry Net Worth: Background, Career and Recent Achievements

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Katy Perry is a worldwide famous professional singer from Santa Barbara, California, United States of America.  Katy Perry net worth in 2019 is $330 million. Throughout her career, she has been constantly gaining popularity for her daring pop videos and songs that move listeners differently. She has several albums that have marked their presence in the music industry and continues to write and sing in her daring style.

Background

Katherine Elizabeth Hudson was born on 25th October 1984. Her parents were pastors and came from religious backgrounds. During her childhood years around the age of three to fourteen, Katy had to often move across the country. This is because of her parent’s church visits. Eventually, they finally settled in Santa Barbara.

She had to attend a lot of religious schools and camps because of her parents. She went to Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona and Barbara Christian School. Her elementary schooling and growing up became very religion-oriented. Katy Perry has two siblings. David is her brother who is also a singer. Angela is her elder sister. Her family often struggled financially.

Perry grew up listening to gospel music. Her family did not allow their children to listen to any secular music. She used to sneak up CDs of popular songs from her friends and that is how she slowly developed the urge to sing and practice. She used to practice by listening to her elder sister’s cassette tapes. Soon, her parents noticed her efforts and decided to give her training. Her training began at the age of nine.

At the age of thirteen, Katy got her first guitar. Soon she started writing songs and performing them publicly. She also started to sing in churches and continued to do so until the age of seventeen. Perry was adventurous during her teenage years. She learned to roller-skate and surfing. Her brother described her as a tomboy when Katy was in her teenage years.

Musical Influences

Perry was always dedicated to gospel music and she wanted to be successful like Amy Grant. Soon as she discovered the band Queen, she prepared and dedicated herself to pursuing a career in music. Freddy Mercury, Queen’s frontman was popular for his thought-provoking and challenging lyrics. Freddy’s sarcastic lyrics moved her and she felt connected with the change Freddy was going through.

Beach Boys’ album called Pet sounds was another musical discovery that inspired Perry. She confesses that the band’s style can be observed in her songwriting and melody phrasings. She respected and followed the music of Beatles and the ideas they projected through their songs.

Katy sincerely follows Madonna and is very much attracted to her journey as a singer. She describes Madonna’s unique ability to reinvent herself fascinating. She has made multiple press statements saying she would like to evolve herself like Madonna. Perry credited Madonna for making her work ‘Prism’ darker than her previous releases.

Musical Themes

Katy Perry specializes in rock, pop, disco, and electronic genres. She believes in honest songwriting and states that it is important to grow as an artist. Her most successful albums are pop records and electro-pop records. The musical themes in her album include themes of love, sex, relationships, self-reflection, sexual liberation, lesbianism, political liberation and the importance of positivity.

Her musical themes strongly portrayed self-empowerment and the need for self-love. She opposes patriarchy, fascism and portrays liberation from traditionally-chained societies.

Career

Katy Perry dropped out of Dos Pueblos High School, shortly after she completed her General Educational Development (GED) program. She was fifteen years of age when she started to see music as a career and studied Italian Opera at an institution called Music Academy of the West. She moved to Los Angeles when she was seventeen and started working with Glen Ballard. It was this time when her music transformed from gospel to secular.

Struggle period

Katy Perry continued to struggle during 1996-2006, signing with many independent music companies. She signed with Columbia Records and worked under their label for two consecutive years. Columbia Records dropped her in 2006 when her album was nearing completion. After that, she signed with a company named Taxi Music.

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After Columbia Records dropped her, she was discovered by a publicity executive named Angelica Cob-Baehler. Angelica introduced Perry to Jason Flom, the chairman of Virgin Records. Jason made arrangements and Katy was signed to Capitol Records in 2007 as a solo artist.

She was helped by Dr. Luke to reinvent her songs in a new way. Her album ‘One of the Boys’ was a huge hit. The tracks ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘Hot n Cold’ in the album ranked top in U.S. charts and this was her breakthrough in the music industry.

She released ‘I Kissed a Girl’ as the first single from Capitol Records on April 28, 2008. The track ranked number one on U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her album “One of the Boys’ was released on June 17, 2008, and sold seven million copies all over the world. She started getting mixed responses and reviews from the audience, musicians, producers, and communities.

Career growth

While some became her immediate fans, some questioned her audacity to use her sexual curiosities to sell albums and records. She got a whole lot of negative responses from the LGBT community. Nonetheless, with her success, her value started rising. Katy Perry net worth in 2008 was $280 million.

She released her next singles from her new album ‘Teenage Dream’. Her record company carefully planned the release dates for all the singles from the album. The album comprised several hit tracks called, ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’ and “E.T.’. These tracks left quite a mark in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Her singles sold over six million copies worldwide and won the Juno Award for the International Album of the Year in 2011. She married Russell Brand on 23rd October 2010. Their marriage was held in Rajasthan, India and following Hindu ceremonies and practices. Katy Perry net worth in 2010 was $125 million.

She divorced Russell Brand after fourteen months of their marriage. She described her distraught as Brand wanted to have children and Perry was not ready. However, Russell Brand accuses her of her negligence in activism and her dedication towards her commercial success. After her marriage ended in 2012, Katy Perry started seeing John Mayer, another singer from the United States. Katy Perry net worth in 2012 remained $125 million.

Further accomplishments

Her next album ‘Prism’ released on 18th October 2013. It has since then sold over more than four million copies throughout the world. The album received constructive reviews from critics. This album consisted of originals like, ‘Roar’, ‘Unconditionally’, ‘Dark Horse”.  Katy Perry net worth in 2013 was $125 million.

Perry’s next album ‘Witness’ released on 9th June 2017. It reached number one in the United States chartbusters. She has also worked as a judge for the famous American music reality show, ‘American Idol’.  Katy Perry net worth in 2017 rose to $330 million and has remained the same since then.

Achievements

Katy Perry received multiple prestigious awards until now. She is also the most popular artist nominated in every music-award ceremony. She is a pop icon worldwide and has won over one hundred and four awards with over three hundred and seven nominations.

The awards she received throughout her life are as follows:

  • Kay Perry won three American Music Awards and nine nominations.
  • She received a total of sixteen ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
  • Perry won five Billboard Awards and thirty-two nominations in different categories
  • She won the Billboard Touring Awards for Top package and two notimations
  • She won Billboard Women in Music in 2012.
  • Katy won ten BMI Awards.
  • She won one Brit Award with four nominations
  • She won the Elle Style Awards as Woman of the Year 2014.
  • In 2009, Eska Music Awards awarded Perry for her album ‘One of the Boys as the best selling album in Poland.
  • She won the Glamour Award in 2009.
  • Katy Perry currently holds four Guinness World Records. The categories are- For Most Twitter Followers, Most Viewed Halftime Performance, First Female with Five Number One US Singles from One Album and Best Start on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist.
  • Katy Perry won the National Equality Award in 2017.
  • She won the Juno Award for International Album of the Year, 2011.
  • Katy won the MTV Awards for the best ringtone in 2009. She also won the MTV Australian Awards.
  • She won fourteen People’s Choice Awards from twenty-four nominations.
  • Perry also won Teen Choice Awards, Trevor Project Awards, UNICEF Awards, Webby Awards, and YouTube Music Awards.
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Brands

Katy Perry brands several products including shoes, perfumes, and handbags. Her website offers her best craftsmanship at affordable prices. She designs everything by herself. Taking time from her busy schedule she indulges in her sense of fashion and style. Identified as a famous pop icon all over the world, Katy thinks it’s important to keep challenging the self and find ways to be more creative.

Her website Katy Perry Collections is quite popular for its shoes, handbags, perfumes, and colognes. She designs shoes like sandals, flats, pumps, sneakers and also shows variety in handbag designs. She received negative comments on racism.

Perry also collaborates with perfumers like Stephen Nilsen, Natasha Cote, and others. She has over ten perfumes. The most popular perfume is Killer Queen dedicated to the band Queen’s track ‘Killer Queen’. There are other perfumes called Katy Perry’s Mad Love, Meow, and Purr, etc.

Controversies

Katy Perry has many accusations and controversies which can make her followers think and question her personality. Katy Perry suffers from a range of mental disorders and can sometimes make unnecessary or rude comments.

She received heavy criticism from the LGBT community as her song ‘I Kissed a Girl’. It portrays a straight girl who is trying to act gay. According to protestors, the song is homophobic.

Her recent collaboration with Migos once again sparked tensions within the LGBT community as Migos was accused of homophobia in the past.

Another controversy affected her career when a co-star of a music video accused Katy of sexual harassment. The victim reports that Katy pulled down his pants n front of her male friends to expose the penis. Perry has not commented on anything on this matter to date.

During her performance in Taiwan, she used the Taiwan Flag as a cape which offended many Chinese fans.

Katy is also accused to use the word “nigga” repeatedly. Producer Mano tweeted that Katy Perry referred to him as a “nigga”. The producer has deleted his account after this post which raises serious suspicions.

She has stolen many ideas and concepts. Many fans started noticing the similarities between her huge hit, “Roar” and Sara Bareilles’ song ‘Brave’. Fans discovered the similarities in lyrics as well as the melody. ‘Roar’ music video also received accusations from DJ Dillion Francis. He mentioned Perry stole the idea from his clip ‘Messages’.

Her wedding with Russell Brand created many disputes amongst wildlife conservationists and activists. They accused their wedding to disturb the natural habitat of wild animals. Their wedding took place near the Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

Quick Facts

  • Katy Perry net worth: $330 million
  • Katy Perry Age: 35
  • Her husband is Russell Brand
  • Katy Perry net worth v/s Taylor Swift: $330 million/$360 million
  • Madonna net worth: $590 million

Ideology and Politics

Katy Perry believes in self-empowerment and is an LGBT rights activist. She has advocated for LGBT rights publicly. Perry promotes liberation from societal chains, liberation from sexual orientation and fights for equity and peace.

She addresses herself as a feminist who is trying to invoke female empowerment. She has composed many songs supporting the LGBT community and same-sex marriage. Perry has also themed many music videos portraying homosexuality. She is concerned about LGBT equality and has won the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016 from UNICEF.

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