The Katy Perry Album


Illustrated with over 50 stunning full-color photographs

Everyone knows that Katy Perry kissed a girl – and liked it – but few know the real story of Katy’s rise to pop superstardom, and how success very nearly passed her by. Born to strict religious parents, as a teenager Katy Hudson pursued a career in the Christian music industry, and was subsequently signed – then dropped – by three record labels before her breakthrough single, ‘I Kissed A ...

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Illustrated with over 50 stunning full-color photographs

Everyone knows that Katy Perry kissed a girl – and liked it – but few know the real story of Katy’s rise to pop superstardom, and how success very nearly passed her by. Born to strict religious parents, as a teenager Katy Hudson pursued a career in the Christian music industry, and was subsequently signed – then dropped – by three record labels before her breakthrough single, ‘I Kissed A Girl’, topped charts around the world and made her a star.

Katy’s years of struggle and self-belief had paid off. Her multi-platinum album One Of The Boys was followed by the even more successful Teenage Dream, which produced five US Number One singles, including ‘California Gurls’ and ‘Firework’. Two sell-out world tours, millions of record sales and one troubled marriage (to British comedian Russell Brand) later, Katy is among the most successful female artists on the planet.

Want to know how Katy feels about fame, fortune and her fans? The Katy Perry Album is a glossy visual biography that charts her journey from devout Christian crooner to risqué pop provocateur, showcasing the outrageous stage costumes that have wowed audiences everywhere, and the glamorous red-carpet style that’s made her a fixture on the fashion world’s best-dressed lists. Illustrated with over 50 full-color photos, it reveals the true stories behind her biggest hits, plenty of backstage gossip, and hints at what’s next for Katy. ‘I’ve lived such a great, fantastic life already,’ she says, ‘but there’s still so much more.’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859654814
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,458,623
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Based in London, Mick O'Shea is a journalist and a huge Katy Perry fan. He is also the author of Amy Winehouse: A Losing Game.

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The Katy Perry Album

By Mick O'Shea

Plexus Publishing

Copyright © 2012 Mick O'Shea
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780859654814

Katy fell into LA’s party scene with wild abandon, intent on drinking and dancing her woes away. 'My music wasn’t happening,’ she subsequently confessed to Christian Music Central. 'I just felt kind of slow in everything, and my relationship with God slowed down.’ To the casual observer it would have looked as though 'carefree Katy’ was having a rare old time as she drank and danced till dawn, but inside she was hurting. And it wasn’t only her pride that had taken a beating, as her reckless lifestyle was also impacting on her bank balance. Having suffered the indignity of having to repay Columbia’s advance, she also faced the mortification of having her car – the symbol of her supposed success – repossessed. Glen Ballard did what he could to help by getting her occasional bits of work, but while cameo appearances in promo videos put food on the table for a time, they were never going to pay the rent. And the final humiliation came when her cheques began to bounce. 'I’d write cheques, and in the memo section, I’d write "Please God!”’ she joked to E! Entertainment. 'My Rolodex was filled with numbers to the brim, so why isn’t this happening? I said to myself, "If I don’t make it by twenty-five, I’m gonna refocus.”’
'I came close to quitting when I couldn’t pay my bills,’ she told Star Pulse. 'When I had already been through being on a big label and them telling me, "You’re going to have a record out,” and then finally there would be complete silence. That ultimately meant that it wasn’t happening after all the hard work that I’d put into it. It’s like completing your debut movie and it never being able to come out, it’s all you’ve worked on in life.’
But as the weeks continued to roll by without any sign of a reverse in her misfortunes, Katy was forced to face the reality of her situation: if she wanted to remain in LA to pursue her dreams, she would have to take a nine-to-five job. Thankfully, getting a job in LA is much easier than getting a break, and she found a position with Taxi Music, an independent A&R (Artist and Repertoire) company which not only aimed to set aspiring musicians up with publishers and record labels, but also gave impartial advice on how to maximise their chances. Ironically, given that Katy considered herself a failure, her job was to critique and mentor those who’d suffered similar disappointments.
'That was the most depressing moment of my hustle,’ she told The Guardian. 'I was sitting there in a cubicle with twenty-five other trying-to-make-it failed artists in a box listening to the worst music you’ve ever heard in your entire life. Having no money, writing bad cheques, renting a car after two cars had been repossessed, trying to give people constructive criticism and hope, when all I really wanted was to jump out of the building or cut my ears off and say, "I can’t help you! I can’t catch a break. What am I gonna say to you? And you sing out of tune.”’
While it’s a well-worn cliché, once you reach rock-bottom the only way you can go is up, but try as she might it seemed as though the angels had abandoned Katy to her fate. For whilst doling out platitudes and career advice to her fellow failures, she continued writing songs and sending demo tapes off in the hope that someone would rescue her from her nightmare. For a heartbeat it seemed as though her prayers had been answered when Capitol Records – who would subsequently sign Katy – expressed interest before then refusing to take further calls. 'I had someone say to me, "Psst, you should probably go home because you’re never gonna get signed again. You’re pretty much damaged goods, and you should be in the defect aisle [the bargain bins in supermarkets],”’ she told Entertainment Weekly. 'And I’m twenty at this point. I’m like, "I’m defective goods already?”’


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