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Katy Perry Gives Up Gospel For Pop

2008

Katy Perry's major-label debut album, One of the Boys, is released, featuring the hit single "I Kissed a Girl." It's not her first album: In 2001 she released a gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.


Katy Hudson, the daughter of two Pentecostal ministers, grew up in a strict religious household that banned secular music and picketed pop concerts. She managed to sneak a few forbidden CDs from friends, but her primary musical outlet came in the form of gospel music. At 16 she released her self-titled debut through the Christian label Red Hill Records. She received accolades for her vocal talent and her lyrical maturity, but the album was a commercial failure and the label went bankrupt. The following year, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a pop career, adopting her mother's maiden name, Perry, so she wouldn't be confused with actress Kate Hudson. After fruitless record deals with Java and Columbia Records, she landed at Capitol Records, where she was paired with hit pop producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin for her debut, One Of The Boys. The star track is "I Kissed A Girl," which finds the pastors' daughter experimenting with bisexuality after a night of partying. The homosexual theme obviously causes a stir among the gospel community, who were already displeased with Perry for turning her back on Christian music. One church's marquis even reads, "I Kissed a Girl and I liked it, then I went to Hell." Christian media outlets start using Perry's sinful transformation as a cautionary tale for parents. But the song also draws ire from some critics who claim the straight singer is appropriating a gay lifestyle for personal gain, relying on bisexual curiosity for shock factor. As for Perry, she explains she wrote the song in response to the culture's fascination with bisexuality. "It was a subject matter that was on the tip of everyone's tongue at that moment, so it was kind of like a snapshot of things that were happening in 2008." "I Kissed A Girl" is a #1 hit in both the US and UK and earns Perry a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The album, which also features the singles "Hot n Cold," "Thinking Of You," and "Waking Up In Vegas," peaks at #9 on the albums chart.

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