Who Writes Katy Perry Songs For Her?

Katy Perry wowed on the red carpet during the 57th Grammy Awards
Katy Perry wowed on the red carpet during the 57th Grammy Awards( Source : facebook )

Who Writes Katy Perry Songs For Her? Katy Perry writes most of the lyrics to her songs by herself.

Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, Katy Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and television personality who gained notoriety for a collection of anthemic and senually suggestive songs.

She became widely known for her modern pop music influence and her goofy aesthetics and has been dubbed the "Queen of Pop".

Whilst failing to make a commercial breakthrough with her first album, Perry's second album was a huge sensation spawning two big hits "Thinking of You" and "Mannequin" which were written by herself.

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Does Katy Perry Write Her Own Songs?

Does Katy Perry Write Her Own Songs? Yes, Katy Perry writes the majority of the lyrics to the songs by herself.

The song writing duo and friends - Katy and Bonnie - hugging a tiny poodle
The song writing duo and friends - Katy and Bonnie - hugging a tiny poodle( Source : twitter )

While Katy has first written credits across all her albums, many renowned artists and producers have been featured on the writing credits in most of her recordings.

For instance, Bonnie McKee, who is also her childhood friend has co-written 9 songs with Katy among which five have topped the Hot 100 chart.

Similarly, the singer has collaborated with the likes of many established artists such as Sia, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Charlie Puth, Zedd, and John Mayers amongst countless other stars.

Katy Perry Number One Hits

Katy Perry Number One Hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 includes 9 songs out of 35 that appeared on the chart.

I Kissed A Girl was her first ever single to reach number one in the US Single chart along with top finish in several other countries charts. The song was a huge critical and commercial success and catapulted her to the mainstream.

Here are the 9 songs that topped the US Billboard Hot 100 along with the weeks spent atop the chart:

  • Dark Horse (ft. Juicy J)
  • Firework
  • Roar
  • Teenage Dream
  • E.T (ft. Kanye West)
  • California Gurls (ft. Snoop Dogg)
  • Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
  • I Kissed A Girl
  • Part Of Me

Dark Horse (ft. Juicy J)

Dark Horse was taken as a promotional single from Perry's 2013 fourth studio album, Prism. It was released on December 17, 2013, via Capitol Records.

Featuring Juicy J, the track has been described as a "Southern rap-techno mashup" which incorporates elements of trap, hip-hop, and electropop.

The official music video, directed by Mathew Cullen, features Katy's character as Katy Patra, the witch of Memphis, and takes us centuries back to Egypt. The video has been viewed over 3.5 billion times to date.


A dance-pop anthem of the decade, Firework is the third single from Katy's third studio album, Teenage Dreams. The production was by Stargate and Sandy Vee.

Directed by Dave Meyers, the accompanying music video portrays Katy singing and dancing around Budapest. The video has raked up more than 1.4 billion views.


Written by Katy Perry alongside Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Max Martin, and Bonnie McKee, Roar is a power-pop song with its lyrics emphasizing self-empowerment.

It was taken as a lead single from her fourth studio album, Prism.

The music video depicts Perry trying her best to adapt to the jungle and going hand in hand with a tiger after surviving a plane crash. It is her most-viewed video on YouTube with over 3.8 billion streams.

All the above-mentioned three songs have been certified Diamond by the RIAA.

Katy Perry Albums In Order

Katy Perry Albums In Order include 1. Katy Hudson 2. One of the Boys 3. Teenage Dream and more. The singer has released 6 studio albums to date.

Studio AlbumRelease Date
Katy HudsonMarch 6, 2001
One of the BoysJune 17, 2008
Teenage DreamsAugust 24, 2010
PrismOctober 18, 2013
WitnessJune 9, 2017
SmileAugust 28, 2020

At the age of 16, Katy released an eponymous gospel album, Katy Hudson, on March 6, 2001, via Red Hill Records which failed to chart in any of the music markets.

Album cover for One of the Boys
Album cover for One of the Boys( Source : twitter )

However, after signing a record deal with Capitol Records she released her subsequent album, One of the Boys, in 2008, which propelled her to stardom. It spawned her first chart-topping lead single "I Kissed a Girl" and the album eventually certified 3x Platinum.

The singer was successfully able to replicate the success in her subsequent albums Teenage DreamĀ and Prism with both of them topping the Billboard 200 charts and getting multi-Platinum certified.

Her fifth album Witness, on the other hand, failed to achieve similar levels of commercial success, only selling close to 900,000 copies worldwide. But, it did manage to stay for 1 week atop the Billboard 200 chart.

When Did Katy Perry Start Singing?

When Did Katy Perry Start Singing? Katy Perry started singing church hymns and gospel tunes at the early age of nine.

Growing up in a religious household, Katy attended several religious schools and camps and grew up listening to gospel music since secular music was discouraged in her home.

At the age of nine, she began performing in choirs at the church and was soon gifted her first guitar on her 13th birthday.

During her adolescent years, she became a typical Californian girl and was even more engaged in music. Perry's brother described her as a "tomboy" which she mentions in her song "One of the Boys".

Katy debut studio album Katy Hudson album cover
Katy debut studio album Katy Hudson album cover( Source : twitter )

Eventually, she quit high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career at the age of 15. Katy then started adopting her mother's maiden name, Perry, to avoid confusion with the actress Kate Hudson.

But ended up releasing a gospel-influenced debut album Katy Hudson in 2001, at the age of 17 through Red Hill Records, which later went bankrupt, thus, preventing the sales.

Katy Perry Judge on American Idol

Katy Perry is a judge on American Idol since Season 16 in 2018. Her role as a judge was announced on ABC on May 16, 2017.

She first appeared as a guest judge on American Idol during the 9th season for the first day of the Los Angeles audition, where she also performed in the show wearing a cape.

The judges for the American Idol cheerfully smiling
The judges for the American Idol cheerfully smiling ( Source : facebook )

Katy recently featured on the judging panel alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for the Season 21 of American Idol, in which Iam Tongi was crowned the winner.

Did Katy Perry Leave American Idol

No, Katy Perry hasn't left American Idol yet. But, she is allegedly considering leaving the singing competition after facing furious backlash all season.

Having been on the judging panel since 2018, the singer has faced lots of criticism from fans for her harsh comments and opinions on American Idol. But the amount of backlash she received this season has been unparalleled.

According to an insider who spoke with DailyMail, Katy believes she was "thrown under the bus by the producer" who wanted the Dark-Horse singer to look like a "nasty judge".

One of the earliest headlines to cloud the singer this season saw her criticized for mom-shaming a 25-year-old contestant, Sarah Liebe, and a mother of three, who eventually quit the reality show.

Katy also faced outrage for critiquing a contestant Nutsa Buzaladze's outfit instead of her performance, which resulted in her getting booed by the disappointed audience.

Following the recent controversies, Luke Bryan stood up and defended Katy Perry surrounding the criticism. He stated:

I think we get set up...Katy gets picked on for going out and trying to have fun making a TV show. It makes me appreciate her even more, just how big of a scale she's had to deal with that her whole career

Net Worth Of Katy Perry

The net worth of Katy Perry is estimated to be around $330 million, as per Celebrity Networth.

At the end of June 2015, Perry ranked third on the Forbes list of "World's Highest Paid Celebrities" falling behind Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. She reportedly made a staggering $135 million in a single year.

She is one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world and ranked 86th in Forbes's "2020 Celebrity 100 Earnings" with an annual revenue of $38.5 million.

Though she bagged a bulk of her income through music production, Katy now makes most of her money as a judge on American Idol.

Her paycheck in the reality singing television show has been reported at $25 million per season.

In addition to her ties with the music industry, she has endorsed many brands over the course of time and has served as a brand ambassador. Here is the list of companies that the singer has been tied to:

  • Adidas (2011)
  • Pepsi (2013)
  • Proactiv (2011)
  • Covergirl (2014)
  • H&M (2015)

Furthermore, she has also heavily invested in the real estate business in the United States. Recently in 2023, Perry purchased a three-bedroom penthouse including a home theater for $11 million.

How Many Records Has Katy Perry Sold?

Katy Perry has sold over 143 million records worldwide. This includes her 48 million albums and 135 million singles sales.

As for her albums, three of the six studio albums have been multip- Platinum certified in the US with her sophomore album, One of the Boys, totaling 7 million certified sales worldwide.

The American Idol judge holds the record for the most 5-million-seeling singles in the United States, with six of her singles making the list. Additionally, three of her songs also hold the record for the most 6-million-selling songs.

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