Katy Perry made an incredible journey during the first decade of the 21st century from a contemporary Christian music artist raised on a strict diet of gospel to a hard-rockin' temptress accused of exploiting lesbians in the lyrics of her highly sexual songs. Her big breakthrough hit, I Kissed A Girl, in which a previously heterosexual girl kisses another girl and enjoys it rather more than she expected, pulled off the impressive feat of angering both religious and secular listeners, the former objecting to what they perceived as a promotion of homosexuality, the latter turned off by what they judged as Perry cynically posing as a lesbian to gain attention. Whatever the ridiculous motivation, the song topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and the album, One Of The Boys, another ambiguous statement, sold very well. With controversy making the headlines the music beneath needs to be good and Perry's is tough enough to survive, possessing the attack and verve of an early hero, Freddie Mercury, one of the figures who initially alerted her to the fact that there was more to music than her pastor parents had led her to believe.
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