Katy Perry made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. Her debut single, I Kissed a Girl, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 7-weeks, as follow-up single Hot n Cold peaked at No. 3 for an 18-week top 10 reign.
Worth over $330 million, Perry sold more than 50 million adjusted albums and over 170 million tracks worldwide, totaling over 220 million records according to Universal Music Group.
She cemented her status as a global superstar with her sophomore album Teenage Dream (2010), which sold more than 20 million adjusted albums worldwide and produced 5 of her 9 No. 1 hits – tying a historic record previously only held by Michael Jackson and winning her the prestigious Billboard Spotlight Award and American Music Award for Special Achievement.
Following Teenage Dream’s immensely successful run, Perry re-emerged with her #1 debut single Part of Me to support her blockbuster film Katy Perry: Part of Me, which became the fifth highest-grossing music documentary of all-time.
PRISM, Perry’s 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and iTunes in 100 countries and has sold 13 million adjusted albums worldwide, spawning Diamond certified hits like Roar and Dark Horse. In 2015, Perry set the record for the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history and became the global top-paid entertainer of the year.
Perry’s latest LP, Witness, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking her third consecutive album to debut atop the chart. The lead single, Chained To The Rhythm, set the record for the highest first-day Spotify streams for a female artist at the time of its release and is now certified 2x-Platinum with over 1 billion streams worldwide. Follow-up singles Bon Appétit (RIAA Gold) and Swish Swish (RIAA Platinum) set personal viewing records during their debut weeks.
Witness sold over 3 million adjusted copies worldwide and accumulated more than 5 billion global streams since its release. Perry topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women in Music list in 2018 for the second time, raking in $83 million.
Collaborative efforts featuring Perry such as Calvin Harris’ 2x platinum hit Feels (2017) and Daddy Yankee’s Con Calma Remix (2019) have both seen chart success, peaking at #20 and #22 on the Hot 100, respectively. Con Calma Remix swiftly became the longest-running #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2019, is certified 15x Latin platinum, and sold over 1 million units in the U.S.
In 2019, Perry’s post-Witness solo comeback, Never Really Over, was received with critical acclaim and debuted top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since its release, the droplet track garnered over 700 million global streams and 3.5 million global unit sales.
Perry has also seen success with her tours since The Hello Katy Tour (2009). She entertained fans with her California Dreams Tour (2011-2012); the 2014-2015 Prismatic World Tour was the highest-grossing female tour of 2014 and grossed more than $204.3 million from 149 shows with a total attendance of 2 million; as well as her latest Witness: The Tour, which grossed over $1 million per night.
Perry is one of the strongest living forces on social media with nearly 70 million likes on Facebook and over 90 million followers on Instagram. Additionally, Perry reached a new milestone on Twitter in 2017, becoming the first person to reach 100 million followers and is the most-followed female on the platform.
Anthems including Firework and Last Friday Night have over one billion views on YouTube, while Roar and Dark Horse have surpassed the two billion mark – making Perry the most-streamed female artist on the platform. Perry also became the first artist in RIAA history to earn three Diamond Song Awards and is certified for over 100 million digital song sales in the U.S. alone, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is the only artist with two tracks to be certified higher than Diamond and only artist with U.S. and Latin Diamond certificates. Perry’s global streams top 26 billion.
Katy Perry became Billboard’s #8 artist (#4 female) of the decade, while also emerging as the female artist with the most song entries on Billboard’s Decade-end Hot 100 Songs (5) and Billboard’s Decade-end Digital Song Sales chart (3).
Needless to say, Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with and we predict 2020 to be a bright year for the pop queen.