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Katy Perry is a singer and TV judge with a net worth of $330 million in 2023, as per celebritynetworth. She’s been one of the world’s highest-paid entertainers for over a decade, earning up to $135 million between 2014 and 2015, $60 million between 2018 and 2019, and $40 million between 2019 and 2020 (including $25 million from hosting American Idol).
Katy Perry left school at 15 after completing her GED and moved to Nashville to pursue music. Her debut gospel album, “Katy Hudson,” was commercially unsuccessful, selling only 200 copies.
She later moved to Los Angeles to focus on secular pop music and signed with multiple labels, including Columbia Records, where she was eventually dropped in 2006.
After signing with Capitol Records in 2007, Perry worked with producer Dr. Luke on her second album, “One of the Boys.”
While her EP “Ur So Gay” was released in 2007, her breakthrough came with the release of “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. Perry’s first headlining world tour, the Hello Katy Tour, occurred from January to November 2009.
After a stint as a guest judge on “American Idol,” Katy Perry released “California Gurls,” the first single from her third studio album, “Teenage Dream,” in May 2010.
The album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 despite mixed reviews, spawned five singles that all topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Perry became the foremost female artist to accomplish this feat and the second artist after Michael Jackson.
Her commercial success continued with her being named the sixth best-selling digital artist in the US in 2012 and her second headlining tour, the California Dream Tour, grossing $59.5 million globally.
Perry’s autobiographical documentary “Katy Perry: Piece of Me” was dismissed in July 2012, grossing $32.7 million worldwide. Her fourth studio album, “Prism,” was released in 2013 and had traded 4 million copies by 2015.
Perry’s third headlining trek, the Prismatic World Tour, ran from May 2014 to October 2015, grossing $204.3 million worldwide after dealing almost 2 million tokens.
She also performed at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in February 2015, with higher viewership numbers than the actual game.
In June 2014, Perry announced the formation of her record label, Metamorphosis Music, under Capitol Records, later renamed Unsub Records.
Her fifth album, “Witness,” was released in June 2017, and she went on Witness: The Tour from September 2017 to August 2018.
However, Perry faced a legal setback in July 2019 when a jury ordered her to pay artist Flame $550,000 after determining that her song “Dark Horse” had copied his 2008 song “Joyful Noise.”
Outside Of Music
Apart from her successful music career, Katy Perry has also ventured into acting and has made guest appearances on several TV shows, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Simpsons,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Raising Hope.”
Perry made her feature film debut as Smurfette in the 2011 animated family film “The Smurfs” and later reprised the role in the 2013 sequel, “The Smurfs 2”.
How Much Money Does Katy Perry Earn As American Idol’s Host?
Katy Perry joined ABC’s “American Idol” revival as a judge in March 2018, earning $15 million for her first season. In the 2019 season, her salary increased to $25 million.
Perry has also ventured into business, creating several fragrances such as Purr, Meow!, Killer Queen, and Mad Potion.
She invested in Popchips and became their spokesperson in 2012, and released her own mobile app game, “Katy Perry Pop,” through Glu Mobile in December 2015.
In 2014, Katy Perry purchased an 8.5-acre property, including a 1920s mansion from the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese, for $14.5 million.
The deal involved paying $10 million in cash and $4.5 million in the form of another property for the three nuns living there.
However, the nuns decided to sell the house to businesswoman Dana Hollister for a slightly higher amount, which caused a lengthy court battle over the property.
One of the nuns even died in court. Eventually, Hollister was ordered to pay $6.5 million in damages for interfering with the sale.
Although Katy’s option to buy the house expired in August 2019, the Archdiocese is reportedly still open to closing with Katy as soon as she can acquire an adequate replacement property for the nuns.
In 2017, Katy purchased a mansion in Beverly Hills for $19 million. However, she listed the home for sale in March 2022 for $19.5 million.
In 2018, she purchased another Beverly Hills home for $7.5 million. Her family occupied the property until Katy listed it for sale in 2020 for $8 million.
In 2019, while the nun court battle was closing, Katy sold two side-by-side homes in LA’s Runyon Canyon area for $12.3 million.
American Idol’s Katy Perry Accused Of Bullying
Katy Perry faces backlash for her treatment of “American Idol” contestant Sara Beth Liebe, a 25-year-old mother of three.
Perry urged Liebe to perform despite her nervousness, criticized her initial song choice, and pushed her to sing Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.”
Liebe ultimately advanced to the next round with Perry and Luke Bryan’s votes, while Lionel Richie voted against her.