Ten years ago, Katy Perry was a superstar. In the years since, however, the singer has suffered a bit of a fall. Although she still has a huge following on social media, her music isn’t charting like it used to.
Katy herself has talked about this struggle, and how it actually ended up changing her for the better. Read on to find out more about Katy’s rise and fall, and what she’s doing to get back on the horse.
Katy Perry’s Rise To Pop Stardom
Katy Perry’s 2010 album Teenage Dream debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, selling 192,000 copies in its first week. It also featured five No. 1 singles — “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Katy became the first female artist in history to have five No. 1 singles off one album. It’s only the second album in history to achieve this milestone, after Michael Jackson’s 1987 album Bad. Teenage Dream is certified triple platinum, and had sold 3 million copies by February 2017.
Katy followed the album with her California Dreams tour, in which she performed 127 shows from 2011 to 2012. Tickets sold out, and Katy won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Tour Headliner in 2012.
Her 2013 album Prism had an even bigger debut, selling 286,000 copies in the first week. It also featured two No. 1 singles, “Roar” (which was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys) and “Dark Horse.”
‘Witness’ And Katy’s Fall From Grace
Katy’s follow-up to Prism was the 2017 album Witness, which featured singles “Chained to the Rhythm” and “Bon Appétit.” Although the album itself debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, none of the singles made it to the top. “Chained to the Rhythm” peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.
Katy promoted the album with a four-day YouTube livestream called Katy Perry Live: Witness World Wide. It featured Katy doing everyday activities, as well as getting emotional in a therapy session. Yet the stunt didn’t do much to make the album a success.
On the surface, Katy seems to be doing pretty well. She’s the third most-followed person on Twitter, with over 108 million followers. She was also the top-earning female musician of 2018, making $83 million. However, one article points out that $25 million of that came from judging American Idol.
What Has Katy Said About Her Career Path?
Katy Perry is nothing if not candid, and she’s been open about how disappointed she was in the response to her last album. She said in 2018 that she suffered “situational depression” over it.
“I put so much validity in the reaction of the public,” she told Vogue Australia, “and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart.”
“That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity,” Katy explained, “gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.”
She recently told Howard Stern that she attended a treatment center after experiencing suicidal thoughts. She also shared that the response to Witness got her “out of this loop of being a really desperate, thirsty pop star that felt like they had to be number one all the time.”
She added, “Now I feel like I can create and be more dimensional as an artist and also as a human being.” Her new album Smile is set to be released on August 28, 2020.