Wed, 04 Jul 2012 19:22:56 GMT | By Emma Jones
Pop 101: The Evolution of Katy Perry

A good girl gone bad



Katy Perry, Part of Me 3D, Christian music (© Paramount/Everett/Rex Features)
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  • Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl single (© Capitol Music Group)
  • Katy Perry poses with spoon after posing with a switchblade (© Twitpic)
  • Katy Perry versus Lily Allen (© Chris Polk/KCA2010; Eric Ryan/Getty Images)
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  • Katy Perry, Hello Katy Tour, 2009 (© PHIL NOBLE /Reuters)
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In early 2000, Perry headed to Nashville and signed to the Christian music label Red Hill, with whom she recorded a self-titled gospel rock album (under the name Kate Hudson) at the age of 15. But after failing to make an impact in the Music City, she changed her last name from Hudson to Perry (her mother's maiden name), and moved back to California. For the next seven years, she would grind it out in Los Angeles, bouncing between labels and one-off gigs, before finally teaming up with superstar writer-producer Dr. Luke and producing the track "I Kissed A Girl."

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