Katy Perry made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys. She cemented her status as a global superstar with 2010’s Teenage Dream, which made her the only female artist (tied with Michael Jackson) to have five No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million albums worldwide. With her singles “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing 10 million sales and streams, Katy is the only artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. In her 10 years with Capitol, she has racked up 18+ billion streams alongside sales of more than 40+ million albums and 125+ million tracks. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter, and the first to surpass 100 million followers.
Katy’s fourth album, Witness (2017), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on iTunes in 46 countries. The lead single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” set the record for the most first-day Spotify streams (over 1 billion) by a female artist and is certified Platinum. The accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. The single “Bon Appetit” (whose video received 14.2 million views in the first 24 hours) is certified Gold, and “Swish Swish” is certified Platinum.
Besides being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Madagascar and Vietnam to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to recording PSAs on the importance of empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS and raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection.
Katy has also been a champion for LGBTQ+ equality. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Trevor Project’s Hero Award in 2012 and the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award in 2017. She has also performed at events to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, including 2009’s Life Ball and 2016’s amfAR Gala Cannes.