Top Concert Performers of the Week: How They Got Started

Adam Young | June 8, 2017
Top performers of the week.
Today’s concert super stars are household names, known by most throughout the nation (and world). Yet not too many know the stories of how they got to where they are today. In this post we’ll take a look at the top 5 performers of the week — and where they came from. No. 1: Katy Perry

Today, every teenage girl, boy, parent and millennial knows Katy Perry. Yet few recognize the name Kathryn Hudson. Born Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson, the now famous California girl spent her teenage dream years aspiring to be a Christian musician. In fact, her first album, released in 2001, took on a Christian spin. Following the arguable flop of that album (under the name Katy Hudson), the artist now known as Katy Perry moved to LA to pursue a secular pop music career. A year after signing a contract with Capitol Records, she released “Teenage Dream.” The rest, as they say, is history.

Katy Perry’s upcoming Witness Tour has whipped up a flurry among fans, who have solidified the upcoming tour in the number one slot this week.

No. 2: Lady Gaga

After performing in high school musicals, Lady Gaga (originally known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), moved into the world of lyrics, writing songs for Sony. It wasn’t until 2008 when Lady Gaga became a household name, following the release of “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” Like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga signed a record deal in 2007, a year before her rise to fame. Unlike Katy Perry, Lady Gaga signed with Interscope Records.

Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour, announced after her Super Bowl halftime performance, follows the release of her 2016 Joanne album. Fans are clearly responding, hoisting her tour ticket sales to the number two slot for the week.

No. 3: Ed Sheeran

Born in England, Ed Sheeran studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music before releasing an album. That album came in 2011, under a contract with Asylum Records. It included what are now known as his early hits, including “The A Team.” From there, America and the world fell in love with the unlikely superstar — and his fame has continued to grow.

Ed Sheeran’s upcoming U.S. tour is now proving that his original fans have remained loyal — and perhaps he’s gained a few more along the way. Tickets for his tour, which kicks off in the U.S. June 29, come in at number three this week.

No. 4: Bruno Mars

The Hawaii born super star, Bruno Mars, has become a nationwide favorite in recent years. Yet before he rose to fame, he was known as Peter Gene Hernandez. The nickname “Bruno” was given to him by his parents, which was then transformed into the name the pop star is known by today. Growing up with musical parents, Bruno Mars first went into the world of music via songwriting. Like others, he later broke out on his own, rising to popularity following his 2010 hits “Nothin’ on You” and “Just the Way You Are.”

His upcoming 24K Magic Tour is proving his 2017 popularity, landing him in the number 4 slot for the week.

No. 5: Roger Waters

While Roger Waters now attracts fans from around the world for his solo performances, his first introduction to fame came with his involvement with Pink Floyd. As the co-founder of Pink Floyd, fans knew Roger Waters as the band’s bassist and songwriter. However, before that, the English born rock star was attending the University of Westminster, where he had initially considered life as an engineer. It was there he met fellow Pink Floyd band members, which led to his lifelong career as a rock musician.

His upcoming tour comes after a 25-year solo album release hiatus.

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