Katy Perry

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry is the stage name of Katheryn Hudson, an American singer-songwriter and actress best known for her chart-topping dance pop singles and colorful music videos. Since her debut in 2008, the pop star has gained a large fan following and her music videos have been frequently parodied, remixed and covered by on YouTube.

Online History

On July 16th, 2003, the official Katy Perry[5] website was launched, which was originally limited to a blog containing news related to the pop star (shown below, left). In 2006, the site was redesigned in Flash to contain biographical information, pictures and other additional information (shown below, right).

TY PERRY Visit the official Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie website NEWS Join KATY PERRY's mailing list to stay up-to-date on all the latest news, tour info, contest announcements, and more! Check out Katy on MySpace! www.myspace.com/katyperry Katy Perry is an unstoppable star in the making. At the ripe young age of 21, Katy has not only caught the eye of some of the most talented music producers in the business but also the biggest photographers, having just completed shoots with Terry Richardson and Ellen Von Unwerth Currently, Katy is putting the finishing touches on her debut album with producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Dave Mathews Band). Set for a late summer '06 release on Columbia Records, Katy's album will be filled with the elements that make her an exciting artist to watch: fun rebellion, charisma and confidence. Plus, her imaging wil prove she's a style icon unto her own. You simply can't take your eyes off of her E RP PERRY. KATY on/off Now Playing: "Self - Inflicted" BIO 3.27.07 Look out for two LA shows in April: Katy will : I- 2Gplay with a new band at the Hotel Cafe on April 5th and she will join the songwriter round at Room5 on April 9th. Check out the Tour page for more info! HOME SWEET HOME KATY STATS ON THE ROAD EVIDENCE SNAP SHOTS BLOGS SCHMOGS CONTACT 3.25.07 Katy is playing tonight for a sold-out Troubadour crowd, opening for international rockstar Mika! Check him out at PHOTOS TOUR 3.22.07 Be on the lookout for Katy's new video for "Thinking Of You." A teaser and behind-the scenes footage is on her now! myspace.com. a place for friends 10.27.06

On November 3rd, 2007, the official Katy Perry Facebook[1] page was created, accumulating more than 58.9 million likes in the following six years. On June 2nd, 2008, the Katy Perry fan site Katy-Perry.net[4] was created. On October 10th, 2009, the Katy Perry Wiki[3] site was launched, which gathered upwards of 360 pages in the next four years. On December 12th, the KatyPerryVEVO YouTube channel[6] was launched, featuring music videos by the pop star. As of October 2013, the @katyperry[2] Twitter feed has received over 45.8 million followers.

I Kissed a Girl (2008)

On May 16th, 2008, the music video for the song "I Kissed a Girl" released and was uploaded to YouTube the following month (shown below). In the following six years, the video accumulated upwards of 44.2 million views and 128,000 comments.

California Gurls (2010)

On May 11th, 2010, the song "California Gurls" was released as a single for Perry's third studio album Teenage Dream. On June 8th, YouTuber keepmakingmusic uploaded a mashup of "California Girls" and "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha (shown below), which pointed out the similarities between the two songs. In the first four years, the mashup gained more than 2.91 million views and 9,100 comments.

On June 14th, 2010, the EMI music YouTube channel released the music video for “California Gurls” (shown below, left). On the following day, Barely Political uploaded a parody of the video, which criticizes the attitudes of the women in California (shown below, right). In the first four years, the videos accumulated upwards of 84 million and 45 million views respectively. As of October 2013, there are over 130,000 search results for the keywords "california gurls parody" on YouTube.[8]

Firework (2010)

On October 28th, 2010, the KatyPerryVEVO YouTube channel published the music video for the song "Firework," gathering more than 394 million views and 763,000 comments in the next three years.

On June 25th, 2011, YouTuber Stephanie Taylor uploaded a remix of the song "Firework" edited with the incoherent ramblings of the character Nigel Thornberry from the animated series The Wild Thornberrys (shown below, left). On February 22nd, 2013, YouTuber MaShitUp2012 uploaded an edited version of the music video for "Firework," in which videos of goats yelling are spliced into the chorus (shown below). In eight months, the video garnered over 1.19 million views and 280 comments.

Last Friday Night (2011)

On June 12th, 2011, Perry's VEVO channel premiered the music video “Last Friday Night” by Perry, starring pop singer Rebecca Black (shown below). Within three years, the video garnered upwards of 235 million views and 477,000 comments.

Call Me Maybe Lip Dub

On April 16th, 2012, YouTuber oskrmew12 uploaded a video of Katy Perry performing a lip dub of the song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen (shown below), accumulating upwards of 4.06 million views and 3,900 comments in the next two years.

Roar (2013)

On September 5th, 2013, the KatyPerryVEVO YouTube channel posted the music video for the song "Roar" (shown below), garnering more than 147 million views in the first two months.

On the following day, YouTuber Joey Graceffa uploaded a lip dub parody of the music video (shown below, left). On September 18th, YouTuber hoiitsroi uploaded a "Roar" parody, in which a man dressed in drag is dumped by his boyfriend (shown below, right). In next five weeks, the video gained over 2.6 million views and 7,200 comments.

On October 21st, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock uploaded a video featuring patients, parents and hospital staff performing a lip dub of "Roar" (shown below). The same day, Redditor BlinkDaggerOP submitted the video to the /r/videos[9] subreddit. In the first 72 hours, the video received upwards of 1.32 million views and 2,000 comments.

Swish Swish (2017)

On August 24th, 2017, the music video for the song "Swish Swish" (shown below) was uploaded to the KatyPerryVEVO YouTube channel. The video garnered over 38 million views and 1.3 million likes in the first 72 hours after it was uploaded and featured a parody of the Shooting Stars meme (seen at 2:05 below).


On September 21st, 2010, YouTuber The Showbiz 411 uploaded a video featuring a leaked duet between Perry and the puppet Elmo for the children's television show Sesame Street (shown below, left). On the following day, TMZ[7]reported that producers on the show decided to not to run the duet after parents began complaining that the pop star’s cleavage was too visible. On September 25th, Perry appeared in a skit on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, in which she parodied the incident by prominently showing her cleavage while wearing a low-cut Elmo t-shirt (shown below, right).

Cultural Appropriation

On February 20th, 2014, Perry's YouTube channel released a video for "Dark Horse" which has an ancient Egyptian setting and themes. Perry's critics claimed this was an example of cultural appropriation and disrespecting Egyptian culture.

The video also launched[11] a Change.org[12] petition to have it removed from YouTube because of an image it includes which shows a man wearing a necklace reading Allah being burned, which can be offensive to Muslims. As of August 2014, the petition gained over 60,000 signatures.

On July 31st 2014, Perry's YouTube channel released a video for "This is How We Do" which features Perry wearing cornrows and affecting a voice which could be seen as an imitation of an african american stereotype.

Several sites ran pieces accusing the singer of cultural appropriation in the video including The Daily Dot[13][10] and Autostraddle.[14]

JonBenét Ramsey Conspiracy Theory

On August 24th, 2010, Rigorous Intuition Forums[23] member pepsified thinker submitted a thread titled "Katy Perry = Jon Benet," noting a strong resemblance between Perry and JonBenét Ramsey, a child beauty pageant queen who was murdered at the age of six in 1996. On December 18th, 2014, YouTuber Dave Johnson uploaded a video titled "JonBenét Ramsey" is singer Katy Perry," in which he asserts that Ramsey's murder was a hoax and that she is currently living as Katy Perry (shown below, left). On January 31st, 2015, Redditor tikal707 submitted the video to /r/wtf.[15] On April 3rd, YouTuber JUNGLE SURFER posted a video speculating that Ramsey is masquerading as Perry (shown below, right).

On October 4th, the conspiracy site BeforeItsNews[16] posted an image macro featuring a picture of Perry juxtaposed next to a photo of Ramsey with the caption "JonBenét Ramsey is Alive She's Katy Perry" (shown below).

JonBenét Ramsey Is Alive She's Katy Perty

On February 26th. 2016, the New York Daily News[17] published an article about the conspiracy. which subsequently reached the front page of the /r/nottheonion[18] subreddit with upwards of 4,600 votes (87% upvoted) and 940 comments in the first eight hours. In the comments section of the Reddit post, the top-voted reply noted that Perry was born six years prior to Ramsey. Meanwhile, Snopes[19] created a page titled "Shady Perry," which listed the theory as "false." In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the revived interest in the conspiracy theory, including ET Online,[20] Mediate[21] and The Frisky.[22]

Personal Life

Katy Perry was born Katheryn Hudson on October 25th, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Perry mother and father were both Pentecostal pastors, who sent their daughter to religious schools as a child. After earning her GED during her freshman year of high school, Perry dropped out of school to pursue a career in music. Perry has had romantic relationships with several actors and musicians, including Justin York of the Christian rock band Tait, Matt Thiessen of the Christian rock band Relient K, actor Johnny Lewis, rapper Travie McCoy and singer-songwriter John Mayer. Perry married actor Russell Brand in October of 2010 and Brand filed for divorced in December of 2011.

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