12 Katy Hudson/Katy Perry Many of the giants of contemporary pop adopted noms de plume before their earliest bursts of fame, including Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) and Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Grant). Katy Perry was well into her career before she decided to drop her birth surname, Hudson, and take her mother’s maiden name. She released one album as Katy Hudson — an unsuccessful Christian pop album — so the change of name helped signal the start of a new career, and truckloads of sales, too.
Someone burnt a copy of The Bends by Radiohead onto a CD for Julie Hough when she was 14. She listened to it every night for a year in her bedroom in Galway. “I had a really strong reaction to a lot of albums growing up, but that one really moved me.”
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