The past year has been rocky for Katy Perry‘s personal life, but it’s been fantastic for her career.
Billboard magazine will honor the “California Gurl’s” achievements this November at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event by handing Perry the Billboard Woman of the Year award.
As Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde, points out, it hasn’t yet been five years since Perry came barreling into the music industry, but in that short time she’s established herself as a pop force to be reckoned with.
Seven of her singles have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and she set a record with nine of her singles going No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart. She was the first female artist to have five No. 1 songs from a single album – 2010’s “Teenage Dream” – and went on to sell 2.5 million copies of that disc.
“With what seems like a never-ending supply of record-breaking, chart-topping hits, coupled with her unique and fresh style, Katy Perry is hands-down one of the most exciting and inspiring artists in the industry today,” Werde said.
Billboard’s Women in Music event will be held November 30 in New York City.
Take that, Russell Brand!
A fiery Katy Perry took the stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in L.A. and, instead of performing one of her many well-known hits, she used the opportunity to debut a new song, “Part of Me” — a ditty not-so-subtly aimed at her soon-to-be ex Brand, 36, who blindsided her last December by filing for divorce after 14 months of marriage.
Dressed in a skintight bodysuit, wearing a cropped, punk-blue wig, a ticked-off Perry, 27, prowled across the stage as she sang lyrics like “You chewed me up and spit me out/Like I was poison in your mouth/You took my light, you drained me down…You ripped me off, your love was cheap.”
Last week, Perry and British comic Brand signed papers to finalize their divorce in June; despite no prenup, Brand did not request spousal support or a share of Perry’s massive earnings. Perry signed her documents with a smiley face.
Still, an edgy Perry even tweaked the song’s lyrics to make the song even more pointed at Brand. One line originally read “You can keep the dog from me, I never liked him anyway.” For Sunday’s show, Perry sang “Keep your diamond ring/In fact, you can keep everything…Except for me.”
According to court documents dated February 7, Perry and Brand have “entered into a comprehensive written settlement of all issues,” including how they’ll separate their property and assets.
Brand, 36, initiated their split on December 30 by filing for divorce in California, citing irreconcilable differences. Court papers granting the couple their divorce, which will be official on July 14, notes that at some point the two separated, but doesn’t specify a date.
The papers also show that Perry, 27, sought to take away the court’s ability to give Brand spousal support, as their “comprehensive written settlement” covers that ground, as well.
People magazine cites an anonymous source who claims that when the two married in India in October of 2010, they didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement. Although the comedian would reportedly be entitled to half of what pop star Perry earned during their marriage, it’s been said that Brand isn’t interested in taking any money from his ex.
Perry, who signed her court documents with her name, a happy face and a heart, also requested that her maiden name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, be legally restored.
Is the California Gurl on her way to becoming a single one as well?
The rumor mill has been working in overdrive with speculation that things aren’t going as smoothly between Katy Perry and Russell Brand as we’ve been led to believe.
A source confirms to E! News that Katy and Russell have been having “problems” and that they’ve been spending “a lot of time apart,” including Christmas.
Sure enough, the “Teenage Dream” singer was spotted swimming sans her hubby in Hawaii over the holiday weekend while Russell was reportedly in England.
Our source adds that things began getting tense between the two in early December and that Katy has been “a mess” about it at times.
Here’s hoping the new year will be a better one for the entertaining couple.
Another day, another major hair color change for two A-list stars.
After dyeing her hair red back in May, Scarlett Johansson showed off a fresh golden blonde shade while promoting her new movie, We Bought a Zoo, on the Today Show in New York City on Monday. Clad in a cobalt blue dress, the actress, 27, rocked a ladylike curled bob.
And over the weekend, color chameleon Katy Perry, 27, debuted her latest look (as well as some impressive comedy skills) on Saturday Night Live. The pop star, who’s gone from black to red to blonde to lavender and most recently to a mix of blonde and pink, is now sporting a pale blonde hue with a blue streak in the front. Perry also chopped off several inches of hair last week, working an edgy razored bob.
Although Katy Perry‘s said she’s considered having kids with husband Russell Brand, that doesn’t mean she’s currently with child.
The 27-year-old “California Gurl” is clearing up rumors that she’s carrying a baby, especially after an ensemble she wore to Sunday’s American Music Awards.
Perry told Hollyscoop “Hell no!” to the inquiry as to whether she’s expecting, and she added to The Insider that one is more likely to find a cheeseburger in her belly than a baby.
The singer broke down the pregnancy rumors thusly: “I like In-N-Out Burger and Taco Bell, and if you want to make that pregnant, that’s your problem.”
Besides, she says, “I still love drinking alcohol, so no, not yet.”
Which means Perry will be free to imbibe as she takes on “Saturday Night Live” on December 10 – the NBC sketch comedy show has lined up the pop star to host, with Robyn as the musical guest.
Katy Perry’s current single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week, making the pop superstar the second artist in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to produce five No. 1 singles off the same album.
The first to accomplish this feat? The late King of Pop.
Although Perry ties with Michael Jackson by having the most singles off the same album to hit No. 1, the 26-year-old is the first woman and the only living artist to achieve the record.
Perry’s hit singles come from her Capitol Records album “Teenage Dream.” Since it was released last September, “Dream” has sold 1.7 million copies.
The star took one year, two months and one week to hit the record, beginning from the first week “California Gurls” topped the Hot 100 with the June 19, 2010 chart.
Her five hits are: “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Michael Jackson’s quintet of No. 1’s came from “Bad,” over a span of nine months and two weeks: the title track, “Dirty Diana,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (with Siedah Garrett), “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror.”
Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” just bumped LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” from the top spot, enabling her to make Hot 100 history.
Katy Perry continues her hit-filled year, as the singer has notched her fifth No. 1 single from the platinum-selling “Teenage Dream.”
With current single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” set to hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s pop chart, according to the Nielsen BDS-based pop radio-airplay ranking, the singer’s sophomore effort is the first album in the more than 15-year history of the Adult Top 40 mainstream chart to log that many No. 1 singles.
“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” with its kooky ’80s-inspired video, joins the Kanye West-assisted “E.T.,’ “Firework,” “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, and the title track, which was ranked the fourth-best single of 2010 by Rolling Stone -– “Glee’s” version of the single also went on to become a huge hit. If “Last Friday Night” hits the top spot on the coveted Hot 100 chart — it’s currently No. 2 — it would be only the second album to achieve that ranking. The other? Michael Jackson‘s 1987 disc, “Bad.”