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'MDNA' tops U.S. album chart

'MDNA' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- Madonna's "MDNA" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
First lady hands out Kid's Choice award

First lady hands out Kid's Choice award

LOS ANGELES, April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama presented singer Taylor Swift with the Big Help Award at the 25th Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards show.
'Young' tops U.S. record chart again

'Young' tops U.S. record chart again

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a fourth week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
'Young' tops U.S. record chart

'Young' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
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Russell Brand arrested in New Orleans

Russell Brand arrested in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, March 15 (UPI) -- British comedian Russell Brand turned himself in to New Orleans police after hearing a warrant was issued for his arrest, officials said Thursday.
'Young' tops U.S. record chart

'Young' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- "We Are Young" by fun. and featuring Janelle Monae is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a second week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
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People in the news

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Katy Perry joins Kids' Choice lineup

Katy Perry joins Kids' Choice lineup

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Katy Perry is to perform live at the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards show, Nickelodeon said Monday.
'Young' tops U.S. record chart

'Young' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- Fun.'s "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

No 'X Factor' for Janet Jackson

HOLLYWOOD, March 3 (UPI) -- Janet Jackson said it won't be possible for her to judge reality show "The X-Factor," though her rep said there was no official request for her to do so.
'Stronger' tops U.S. record chart

'Stronger' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
'Part of Me' tops U.S. record chart

'Part of Me' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Katy Perry's "Part of Me" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
Adele cleans up at Grammy Awards

Adele cleans up at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- British soul singer Adele won six Grammy Awards, including the top prize of Album of the Year, in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Paul McCartney saluted by peers in LA

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney personally thanked a star roster of artists who performed Beatles classics at a Los Angeles gala in his honor.
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Katy Perry
Singer Katy Perry (L) hams it up with Snooky at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 6, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Katy Perry (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; October 25, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised by Christian pastor parents, Perry grew up listening to only gospel music and sang in her local church as a child. After earning a GED during her first year of high school, she began to pursue a career in music. As Katy Hudson, she released a self-titled gospel album in 2001, which was unsuccessful. She later recorded an album with production team The Matrix and completed the majority of a solo album from 2004–05, neither of which were released.

After signing with Capitol Music Group in 2007, her fourth record label in seven years, she adopted the stage name Katy Perry and released her first Internet single "Ur So Gay" that November, which garnered public attention but failed to chart. She rose to fame with the release of her second single "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008, which went on to top international charts. Perry's first mainstream studio album One of the Boys followed later that year and subsequently became the thirty-third-best selling album worldwide of 2008. It was accredited platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, while "I Kissed a Girl" and her second single "Hot n Cold" both received multi-platinum certifications.

Her second studio album Teenage Dream was released in August 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album included the Billboard chart-toppers "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", and "E.T." and most recently "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)". The album produced five Hot 100 toppers, making Teenage Dream only the second album—after Michael Jackson's Bad—to do so. With "E.T." at number one on the chart of May 12, 2011, Perry became the first artist in history to spend a whole year, 52 consecutive weeks, in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

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