She and Ballard were unable to find a record company willing to take them on, and her 2004 collaboration with music producers-turned-performers The Matrix was scrapped shortly before the project was to be released.
After having three record deals fall apart, Perry finally signed with Capitol in 2007.
Later that year, she released her first single, "Ur So Gay." Still, her career did not fully take off until the release of her next single, "I Kissed a Girl".
Perry went on to become one of the best-selling artists of all time with hit albums including Singer, songwriter, and musician.
"Ultimately I want Katy Perry to be as much of a household name as Madonna," she told was released in August 2010.
"I'm very inspired by Freddie Mercury and how flamboyant and theatrical he was," she told fashion magazine .More hits from the album soon followed, including the title track and "Firework." Later that year, Perry tied the knot with comedian and actor Russell Brand. "Dark Horse," her collaboration with Juicy J, also made an impressive showing.The song spent several weeks at the top of charts, helping Perry beat Mariah Carey's career total record of 45 weeks with all of her hits.Perry started taking singing lessons around the age of 9 and learned to play guitar when she was 13.Around this time, she began rebelling against her strict upbringing by piercing her own nose.