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Z107.3  wants to take the time to give you a little more information about the artists that you hear all day, everyday on Bangor's #1 Hit Music Station.

This one is a special one dedicated to one artist that has made a big impact on pop music within the past 30 years and continues to make an impact today.  That's why this is a 'Z Legend Spotlight'.

Today we celebrate the birthday of Katy Perry.  She started as a Christian singer in the early 2000's but busted out into the pop world and has since broken Guinness World Records, Billboard records and has helped shape the pop world with her creative style, political voice and strong feminine presence.

Let's take a look at the contributions of pop music icon Katy Perry.

REAL NAME:  Katheyrn Elizabeth Hudson

BIRTH DATE: October 25, 1984

WHERE FROM: Santa Barbara, California

MUSICAL LINKS: Glen Ballard, Phil Joel, Tim Devine, Desmond Child, Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Mick Jagger, Madonna, The Matrix, Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West,  Juicy J, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Calvin Harris, Big Sean, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift.

TO THE POINT POINTS:

  • Perry has released 6 albums: Katy Hudson (2001), One of the Boys (2008), Teenage Dream (2010), Prism (2013), Witness (2017), Smile (2020)
  • Perry has won 5 American Music Awards, fourteen People's Choice Awards, has garnered 4 Guinness World Records, 1 Brit Award and 1 Juno Award
  • Perry was named 'Woman of the Year" by Billboard in 2012
  • In 2013 she was named the Top Global Female Recording Artist by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
  • She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time due to selling over 18 million albums and 125 million singles internationally.
  • Katy has so far headlined 4 tours: 2009's 'Hello Katy Tour', 2011 - 2012's 'California Dreams Tour', 2014 - 2015's 'Prismatic World Tour' and 2017 - 2018's 'Witness: The Tour'
  • She has had quite a presence in films including being a voice actor for the Smurfs movies and in Zoolander 2
  • Perry has been a voice for LGBTQ+ rights and has also spoken out politically, including performing at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in support of Hillary Clinton
  • Her philanthropic activities have included working with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, supporting musical education programs, teachers, aiding people with cancer and HIV/AIDS, breast cancer patients, the Humane Society of the United States, Society for the PRevention of Cruelty to Animals, museums, environmental disasters and benefits for terrorist victims.

All information obtained by Wikipedia

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