Top 10 Things you Didn’t Know about Katy Perry

Script written by Savannah Sher She’s one of the biggest pop stars on the planet but there may be some things you don’t know about her! Did you know Katy Perry didn’t go to high school? That her rise to fame wasn’t instantaneous? That she grew up with very religious parents? That she’s broken a few records such as becoming the first female artist to have five hits from the same album to go to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Perry

Calling all KatyCats: think you know everything about this much-loved star? Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Perry.
For this list, we’re looking at fun and interesting facts about one of our favorite pop stars.

#10: American Idol Really Wanted Her

Back in 2013, reports said that the producers of the hit singing competition show “American Idol” offered Katy Perry a whopping $20 million to be a judge on the show’s twelfth season. She said no despite the potentially huge payout but they did manage to convince her to join the judging panel of the show’s revival in 2017. Sources say that they upped the offer and she’s set to be paid $25 million for the gig. That’s about $10 million more than what Jennifer Lopez was allegedly being paid for her first season with the show.

#9: She Has Some Pretty Weird Possessions

When you’re as rich and famous as Katy Perry is, you might at some point run out of logical things to spend your millions on. If you’ve already got gorgeous houses, a stocked wardrobe and pretty much anything else a girl could ask for, you may start getting a little strange. Katy has bought a ticket on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic flight to space and says that she has “this weird meditation chair that changes lights”. And in 2015, she announced she was in the market for a cryogenic chamber to sleep in.

#8: She Has Written Songs for Many Other Artists

While we knew of course that Katy Perry has penned many of her own famous songs, did you know that she has also worked on creating tracks for other artists? Some of the songs were originally intended for Perry herself and ended up being passed on to other musicians, but some were written intentionally for others. This has been happening since early in her career. Some of the other stars she’s co-written for are Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Kelly Clarkson and Selena Gomez.

#7: She Has Broken Some Records

In 2011, Katy Perry broke a serious record with her success on her album “Teenage Dream.” She became the first female artist to have five hits from the same album to go to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She shares the honor with Michael Jackson who was the first person ever to achieve that record with Bad. The five singles were Last Friday Night, California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework and E.T. Meanwhile, with 11 in total, the song Dark Horse, from her next album, Prism, gave her the most chart-toppers on Billboard’s Pop Songs ever - tied with Rihanna, that is.

#6: Her 5th Album “Witness” Will Have Political Themes

Many celebs became involved in the 2016 election, choosing camps and supporting different candidates. Katy Perry was one of the many stars to attach herself to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, speaking and performing at one of her rallies during the campaign. She has come out to say that her upcoming album, Witness, which is being released on June 9th, 2017, will be at least in part about her political awakening and the Trump era. She says her first single “Chained to the Rhythm” is the most political song she has ever written.

#5: She Believes in Aliens

Katy Perry has been open about her beliefs since early on in her career, but in her 2014 GQ cover story, she revealed some new info about some of her more “out there” opinions. It may not come as a surprise that the “E.T.” singer is open about her belief in aliens, saying that it would be completely self-centered of humanity to assume they’re the only ones who exist in our universe. She says she’s been meaning to ask Obama what he thinks about the issue- when they’re a little closer that is.

#4: She's the Queen of Twitter

As of 2017, Katy Perry has an undisputed reign over this social media platform, with over 90 million followers. She beats out others like Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama and Rihanna, all of whom are millions of followers behind. The singer songwriter keeps her legions of fans entertained with hilarious stream of consciousness and the only the occasional self-promotional tweet. She has also used Twitter to try to mobilize her followers to take action for the political causes she supports.

#3: She Has a Very Religious Background

If you’ve been following Katy since the beginning of her career, you probably remember that her religious upbringing was a big topic of conversation when her breakout hit “I Kissed a Girl” was hitting the charts. Her parents are Pentecostal Christians and she had a very strict upbringing where she wasn’t allowed to read Harry Potter or even watch The Smurfs. Ironically, she went on to star in the Smurfs movie many years later. Before she became a pop princess, she actually released a Christian rock album that didn’t exactly break any records.

#2: Her Rise to Fame Wasn’t Instantaneous

When Katy was still a teenager, she left home to study Italian Opera at the Music Academy of the West in California. This was short lived because she was discovered by Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp, who brought her to Nashville practice songwriting and musicianship. She later signed to a label called Java, which was eventually dropped and then she signed to Columbia , which after two years of work on her album, dropped Perry. Despite all these roadblocks, by 2008 she would make it big with her breakthrough album “One of the Boys”.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
She Appeared as Herself in “The Young and the Restless”
Queen’s “Killer Queen” Made Her Want to Pursue a Musical Career
She Can Play Acoustic & Electric Guitar

#1: She Didn’t Finish High School

In the first semester of her freshman year in high school, Katy Perry decided to skip out on the traditional educational experience in order to pursue her dreams of being a singer. At that age, she already knew what she wanted out of life, and made it happen by getting her GED at the age of 15 and moving away soon after to start work in the music industry. She admits that she sometimes has trouble with the written word, however and struggles with spelling and grammar. With her level of success though, we don’t think anyone will mind if she mixes up her “yours” and “you’res”.

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