Before she found success, Katy Perry had a string of missteps. Her 2004 collaboration with the band The Matrix was canceled before its release, and she went through three record label changes before landing a deal with Capitol Records. But her success has fueled criticisms about her lyrics, and she has since worked with a wide variety of artists, including the likes of Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie James Decker, and Selena Gomez.
While promoting her new album, Katy Perry took a stance on LGBTQ equality and supported President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. She has advocated for equal rights for the LGBTQ community, and she even designed a shoe honoring the former First Lady. While she was once a proponent of conversion therapy and prayer to “cure” the gay, she has now come out as a defender of LGBT rights. Katy Perry and other celebrities also signed an open letter to the United States Congress following the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
After the album’s release, Katy Perry has released two singles. “California Gurls” became a top hit in Australia, and “The Greatest Thing” peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Perry has also appeared in Christmas episodes of ‘The Simpsons’, and she launched a fragrance line called Purr.