K: Katy Perry: Part of Me
Joining Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and the Jonas Brothers, Perry welcomed cameras on her California Dreams world tour in 2011 for a 3D concert film. Everything from Perry’s origin story to her pre-show routine, colorful live act, and fan and family interaction was featured, including the aforementioned fall-out with then-husband Brand.
L: Luke, Dr.
If there’s been one svengali of sorts that was integral in launching Perry from a reformed church girl to a Top 40 powerhouse, it’s Dr. Luke. The 40-year-old writer-producer is responsible for some of her most successful tracks on all three of her mainstream albums, including “I Kissed A Girl,” “Teenage Dream, “California Gurls,” “Part of Me,” and “Roar.”
M: McKee, Bonnie
In addition to Dr. Luke, 29-year-old Bonnie McKee’s co-writing credits include “Part of Me,” “Wide Awake,” “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night,” “California Gurls,” and PRISM tracks “Roar,” “Legendary Lovers,” “Birthday,” and “Ghost.” If Katy Perry had a fantasy draft before crafting her first pop smash, it’s obvious McKee and Dr. Luke went one and two. “It’s like the dream team. They push me the most, and also argue the most. It’s an emotional abuse session,” Perry said of her inner circle earlier this year, which also includes Max Martin and Greg Kurstin.
N: “Not Like The Movies”
Perry performed the Teenage Dream ballad at the 2011 Grammy Awards, floating high above her peers on an elevated swing, while footage from her wedding to Brand was displayed in the background.
O: One of the Boys
After being discarded by two major labels, Perry found a home at Capitol Records. Her 2008 release One of the Boys–technically her second album–was a commercial breakthrough that finally validated those years of hard work. The success of tracks like “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot N Cold” confirmed her starpower and propelled her from L.A. scenester with grand aspirations to desirable pop performer capable of sountracking everyone’s summer.