Category: Features


Past Due Recap & Update

Music is ever evolving, and so does its channels driving it to mass media. CD’s are not as common for purchase, everything is now on immediate digital download mostly.

Music-wise, Katy Perry returned with vengeance to the charts, Lady GaGa found balance between the radical changes from her early hits to that of ‘Born This Way’ (and has even started to tone down her image), Lana Del Rey has made it big, boy bands all of a sudden came bacXCIA_Fumero_Collabo_k (One Direction and The Wanted, anyone?); Taylor Swift is now even credible.

American Idol is over ten seasons (and has a gazillion mirroring show versions of it), Justin Bieber fever is FINALLY fading away, Mariah Carey is still trying to convince us she is thin and ‘thirty’, and who can forget Miley Cyrus crossing over and making her tongue famous.

SAMSUNG surpassed the iPhone, Mark Zuckerberg bought WhatsApp, just about everyone ranted how they knew who Steve Jobs was when he died, and Britney Spears keeps on lip-syncing no matter what she says (or merely pre-records?); I guess that is the one thing that hasn’t changed.

A lot has gone down over the last two years: new trends in music, heavier incorporation of dub-step and electronica on top 40 radio (Hell, even Taylor Swift pulled out a pop record of those with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’!).

Newcomers have settled their grounds as artists, and many have made comebacks to the spotlight. Take Pharrell for example, with the help of Daft Punk and the impeccable ‘Get Lucky’, managed to place his name on the map again, and look at Rihanna, now a force to be reckoned with and an icon (who would’ve thought).

At last, the Grammy’s have turned into a joke, and so have the Oscars. 50 Shades of Grey happened, selfies and #hashtags have a new meaning in the dictionary, Glee‘s Cory Monteith passed away…and the list continues.

With all that been said with a grain of salt, we will be catching up on those matters that are making twists and turns by the minute, over the next coming hours, days and weeks. There will be movie and book reviews, album critiques, and download recommendations as there were before.

We’re starting over!

Stay tuned.

C.Perez

 

 

 

 

Quick News Update

  • Tabloid, The National Enquirer previously staged Whitney Houston’s final moments in a photoshoot, but have gone even lower, by having snapped and published an open-casket image of  Houston, from her home going service held in New Jersey earlier in the week; how disrespectful.
  • Adele has sold around 7 million copies of 21 in the U.S. alone, reaching worldwide sales of 17 million. With eight Grammy’s under her belt, Adele has conquered and is close to reaching Diamond sales status, a feat previously marked by Usher’s Confessions in 2003. Appropriately, the album hits its 21st week atop on its release anniversary.
  • Katy Perry scores her seventh #1 with ‘Part Of Me’, which also happens to mark the 20th #1 debut in Billboard chart history, since Lady GaGa last February, with ‘Born This Way’. The respective accompanying music video will sport a military theme. If you ever wondered how she would look like a male, the video will provide a proper answer. This number one won’t count as a single from Teenage Dream but from Confection instead; consequently Katy remains tied with Michael Jackson for most #1’s off one album.
  • Country songstress Miranda Lambert doesn’t approve of the new Rihanna/Chris Brown collaborations, and has addressed the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hit ‘Gunpowder And Lead’ to Brown, flashing a sign reading ‘Take Note Chris Brown’ during one of her recent performances. Lambert has directly stated, ‘He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place‘. The aforementioned recounts the story of an angered ex, who shoots her boyfriend; woman got a point.
  • Chris Brown still tweets profanities and homophobic statements, and recently engaged in a twit-altercation with wrestler MC Punk, who tweeted, ‘I would like @chrisbrown fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curb stomping that turd would be a #wrestlemania moment‘. To what Brown replied, ‘Positivity regardless of how u feel! @CMpunk contact my assistant and I’ll have em send u an autographed pic for my biggest FAN!!!‘. Brown is such a douche.
  • ‘Dark Side’ is being considered to be Kelly Clarkson’s follow-up single to chart topper ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’, which generated wide interest and a sale surge, post her flawless rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. Stronger, the album, has been a steady but consistent seller, with a rare batch of sleeper hits. ‘Mr. Know It All’ got off to a slow start, and its title track was no different, but both proved to be slow burners and eventually, major radio hits; hopefully ‘Dark Side’ has the same fate.
  • R&B singer Robin Thicke, paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, in a cover of the 1995 hit, ‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’, featuring stripped vocals and a piano. Thicke may have had issues with the police just recently, but that didn’t stop him from honoring ‘Nippy’, and tweeting, ‘This is my tribute to the great Whitney Houston. Sending my prayers to her family‘.
  • Party Rock duo LMFAO have released ‘Sorry For Party Rocking’ as a single, and premiere music video, which you can watch HERE. LMFAO made chart splash last summer with ‘Party Rock Anthem’, overshadowed their own ensuing single, and broke the top of the charts again with the glitzy speedo-themed ‘Sexy And I Know It’. Hopefully the duo is up for another winner.
  • Adam Lambert’s Tresspassing, originally due March 20th, has been pushed back. Lambert has stated he is making the album ‘even better’, and making room for four new songs. With the minimal success ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ witnessed, releasing an album based on those grounds alone wouldn’t have been a smart move. New release date to be announced. In other Lambert news, he will be joining legendary band Queen, for the Sonisphere Festival.
  • The Glee cast will not be touring this summer. Possibly in response to the underwhelming reception they got with the Glee Live show screened in 3-D (considering the magnitude the Ryan Murphy-created show has acquired). With the current season plummeting down in sloppy story-lines, and constantly unnecessary catering to past musical references, plus Smash getting wide attention, the future of the show is yet to be determined.

C.Perez

For those who cared and got their copy of Talk That Talk, Rihanna’s sixth studio album, or at least bothered to download, know the amazing unfinished addition of ‘Birthday Cake’, credited as a mere interlude.

The all-too-short track was a highlight from the very beginning, fans ranted in their network sites and even tweeted producer The-Dream, requesting the song to be made full length.

After serious consideration, the complete version of ‘Cake’ was slated to be made available on Rihanna’s site and digital retailers between Feb. 16th and Feb. 20th (the singer’s actual birthday), and a male feature was confirmed. Around this time, rumors emerged appointing Chris Brown as the alleged feature, who physically assaulted Rihanna three years ago on the eve of the Grammy Awards; he was issued a restriction order, and she became a spokesperson against domestic abuse.

All the rumors turned out to be TRUE, Brown features on ‘Cake’, and as if it weren’t enough, Rihanna also features in the official Remix of Brown’s current single ‘Turn Up The Music’.

‘Birthday Cake’ is indeed amazing, but Brown’s verses taint it to the point one can’t avoid but associate his lyrics to knocking her down again. While she drops a couple I miss you’s and a ‘I love you baby’ in her respective verse for ‘Turn Up The Music’. If they are getting back together or not, publicity stunt or mere act of forgiveness, this is not looking good for her.

As good as the song alone may be (minus Brown), it is going too far. Roughly two years ago before Rated R kicked off, Rihanna fought tears to Diane Sawyer, in a tell-all interview claiming,

When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that. I couldn’t be held responsible for telling them to go back. Even if Chris never hit me again, who’s to say their boyfriend won’t kill these girls. These are young girls and … I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls live until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me – big time.

And now this happens; one of the biggest hypocritical acts in the industry yet. If Rihanna wanted to prove how bad she is, she has done it, but she has also proven the idiot she is as well. What she is delivering is not only an ode to cunnilingus ‘hidden’ in not so subtle cake references, but is also putting on a billboard that going back to an abuser and putting your life at risk is okay, acceptable and totally normal. Whether she likes it or not, she became a poster-girl for the matter, and a model for young girls out there who went through the same.

Brown hasn’t shown signs of change, instead he has been bashing ‘haters’ in his Twitter account, making offensive remarks, and bidding his Grammy as the ‘ultimate fuck off’.

Either Rihanna wasn’t beaten enough, or needs to go over her post-assault shots, and re-watch her  20/20 interview; or hell, maybe the lyrics to ‘S&M’ couldn’t make any more sense than they do now,

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me’.

Welcome the new Tina & Ike Turner.

C.Perez

Take a look at how ‘well-received’ Rihanna’s latest (which isn’t even in her actual album to begin with) has been; click to enlarge.

Off the back of a powerful Grammy performance, it was no surprise ‘Part Of Me’ would sell like hot cakes.

Over the past week, Billboard had predicted digital sales between 400,000-420,000, and they weren’t too far off, with the song selling a massive 411,000 in seven days, enough to ensure a #1 chart debut.

‘Part Of Me’ becomes the chart’s 20th #1 debut in Billboard history, and the first to garner the accolade since Lady GaGa, who also introduced ‘Born This Way’ in a same manner on the Grammy’s stage, selling over 448,000 in three days last year’s February.

As this week’s chart was revealed, Perry took to her Twitter to thank her fans,

Thank U to all the AMAZING radio stations playing “Part Of Me” & the Katycats that keep requesting the ish out of it! #ioweuandiwilldeliver

As previously stated, Katy’s 7th #1 overall, won’t count as a single from Teenage Dream, thus she remains tied with Michael Jackson for producing most number one singles off one album alone.

It has been a wonderful year for Perry, a critically-acclaimed double platinum sophomore release, 5 consecutive number ones, all 6 Teenage Dream singles reaching the top of the Pop and Dance Charts alike (7 counting the unofficial entry of ‘Peacock’ in the latter), a sold out world tour, and what is looking to be a solid re-release celebrating the album that catapulted her beyond success.

C.Perez

Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection scheduled to hit shelves March 27th, 2012

Katy moves fast! and is ready to wake up from the Dream.

Just after debuting her new single on the Grammy stage, and taking the iTunes charts by storm, she was recently spotted shooting the visuals to the reported single.

Perry was seen at the USMC base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, yesterday February 16th, filming a military-based music video, that will serve to promote and bring to life her latest anthem, ‘Part Of Me’. She sported a black-edged manly cut, camouflaged gear, and dived in a training pool alongside a marine (a rougher nod to ‘Teenage Dream’ possibly?).

Could it feature a mini-storyline recounting how two soldiers fall in love? and how their romance dies down in the midst of disciplinary conditions? We’ll just have to wait and see when it premieres.

When one thought Katy had already done it all, here she is, surprising once more.

C.Perez

In other news, Idolator has announced via Twitter, that ‘Part Of Me’ could become the 20th single to debut at #1 in Billboard history.

Take a look below (Click to enlarge).

After several online rumors of a re-release, it is finally confirmed and happening. Katy Perry will re-package her sophomore album under Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection this coming March 26th.

The Complete Confection will include the 12-tracks from Teenage Dream, a 7-minute Tommie Sunshine megamix of all six singles released, the official remix versions of ‘E.T.’ featuring Kanye West, and ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ with Missy Elliot, the acoustic version of ‘The One That Got Away’, plus a John Brion mix of the latter (not the B.0.B. remix), and three brand new tracks.

The cut and paste remixes seem out of place addition, an EP in the like of The  Fame Monster or Cannibal would’ve suit best for an album that was released nearly two years ago, but not complaining. It may seem like a disappointment, but new Katy Perry music is always welcomed either way.

The first run of Teenage Dream featured cotton candy scent, now the first run of The Complete Confection will feature a limited edition lenticular cover.

Perry just debuted the Dr. Luke produced ‘Part Of Me’ (preceding Confection) last night at the Grammy’s with a powerful performance, that generated wonderful reception, so she may be on track for her next smash, next number one even, because ‘Part Of Me’ is a jam, and the ultimate break-up anthem; easily her most empowering yet.

If this is any indication where Perry is headed with her career, she’s all in check, and destined for even more success.

This is the complete story of Teenage Dream. It was an incredible honor to tie the King of Pop’s Billboard Hot 100 record, but I’m moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest. So this is the complete special edition of my album for my fans,” states Perry.

Teenage Dream has been a journey, and has cemented Katy as the superstar she has become. Billboard has stated any number ones from Confection won’t count as number one singles off the original album; sounds fair.

C.Perez

Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection ready to be served March 27th.

‘Part Of Me’ originally leaked in late 2010 in demo form, post the release of Perry’s sophomore effort.  The polished/remastered version sounds just as stunning, if not better, take a listen below!

It is hard to sit through an entire award show, except for relevant performances, but this year the Grammy’s have given the ceremony a very consistent line-up that had you stuck on your seat.

Opening with a prayer in honor of the late Whitney Houston, as everyone in the building bowed their heads, the show went on with show-stopping performances, mild tributes and shout-outs to Whitney throughout. It was overall a very gripping event.  Adele, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Coldplay, The Band Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton, The Beach Boys themselves, and many more all under one roof, was definitely a moment to remember.

As it was predicted, and pretty much a given, Adele swept the entire night nabbing the six Grammy’s she was nominated for (including Album of The Year), and deservedly so. The Foo Fighters were not too far off, taking a total of five for Best Long Form Video, Best Rock performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock album respectively. Kanye West followed with four, and Skrillex with three. The flawless Bon Iver scored their first two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album; even Chris Brown won one for Best R&B album (Odd, since F.A.M.E. is predominantly filled with dance cuts).

Bruno Mars brought the house down with ‘Runaway Baby’. With an old fashioned lit marquis and all, Mars shut it down with his vocals and stage presence. Alicia Keys and  Bonnie Reitt performed in honor of the late Etta James, along piano keys and acoustic guitar; their voices matched perfectly.

‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ was impeccably sung on behalf of Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, who took in Aldean’s line when his microphone went off; beautiful duet. Chris Brown busted a move for a medley of ‘Turn Up The Music’ and ‘Beautiful People’, it was a gymnastics spectacle but nothing too impressive; usual Brown. The Foo Fighters proved rock is not dead with ‘Walk’; felt like 1990 all of a sudden.

Rihanna reworked the introduction to her smash ‘We Found Love’ and struggled to keep her pitch, she ultimately could (with help of a backing track), and for once, showed energy on the stage dancing alongside a dance troupe. She later joined Chris Martin for an acoustic performance of ‘Princess of China’; Rihanna outdid Martin, as he sounded like a howling/dying animal. ‘Paradise’ was no different, Martin’s vocals sounded exhausted; the stage set-up was brilliant though.

The night went on in a cute note with Taylor Swift, who performed ‘Mean’ and seemed genuinely humbled by the standing ovation she received at the end of her number. This girl has come a long way, it was amazing to see her remaining so down to earth, at an event of this magnitude.

Ironic how Katy Perry alluded to her wedding, and dedicated her performance to all the lovers in last year’s ceremony, just to now slam Russell Brand on the face.  She misleadingly initiated ‘E.T.’, before a sound intermission allowed a rapid costume change, so she could deliver the bruised opening lines of ‘Part Of Me’, ensued by the pulsating riffs of the song, while she descended on stage (‘Part Of Me’ precedes her album re-release). Katy looked triumphant up there in a warrior-esque latex ensemble, breaking glass, spinning on her feet, and melting ice sculptures. She tore that stage, build it up again, just to bring it down on fire. It was a powerful performance, very heart-felt and filled with passion; it must’ve been cathartic and therapeutic all at once for Perry. It was major; standing O.

Maroon 5 and Foster The People honored the legendary Beach Boys; it is worth mentioned the lead vocalist of the latter band, seemed awkward the entire time. The Beach Boys, after years of silence, still got it.

Adele returned to the stage to grace everyone with ‘Rolling In The Deep’. Post having surgery and sounding like this, only Adele could; she was on perfect key. Jennifer Hudson was given the honor of farewelling Whitney with her trademark ‘I Will Always Love You’; she was breathtaking, but kept her full range on low key.

Despite the outstanding performances on behalf of the aforementioned, there was Nicki Minaj, making her best Lady GaGa impersonation, as she ‘exorcised’ herself in a horrendous rap beat, that was more yelling and ridiculous eye popping than anything else. The religious allusions were unnecessary and offensive. The show could’ve done without. In what was another mess, was the mash up of David Guetta, Dead Mouse, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown performing ‘Rope’. All the strobe light, neon and mind numbing beats were out of place.

In its whole, the Grammy’s outdid themselves for once. And kudos for putting something up for Whitney Houston on short notice.

Looking forward to next year!

C.Perez

Below, a list of this year’s Grammy’s winners.

Album of the Year: Adele – 21
Record of the Year: Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Song of the Year: Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Best New Artist: Bon Iver
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele – Someone Like You
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse – Body And Soul
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Booker T. Jones – The Road From Memphis
Best Pop Vocal Album: Adele – 21
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Various Artists – Duets II
Best Rock Performance: Foo Fighters – Walk
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: Foo Fighters – White Limo
Best Rock Song: Foo Fighters – Walk
Best Rock Album: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Best Alternative Music Album: Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Best R&B Performance: Corinne Bailey Rae – In This Love
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona – Fool For You
Best R&B Song: Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona – Fool For You
Best R&B Album: Chris Brown – F.A.M.E.
Best Rap Performance: Kanye West & Jay-Z – Otis
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie – All Of The Lights
Best Rap Song: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie – All Of The Lights
Best Rap Album: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Best Country Solo Performance: Taylor Swift – Mean
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
Best Country Song: Taylor Swift – Mean
Best Country Album: Lady Antebellum – Own The Night
Best Short Form Music Video: Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Best Long Form Music Video: Foo Fighters – Back And Forth

Words cannot really express the sorrow generated upon the passing of Whitney Houston, the icon, the truest diva and the epitome of a vocalist.

It is such a shame to have lost this star who was still on her journey of getting well. Her 2009 effort I Look To You showed that even with a hoarser pitch, Houston could still smash other vocalists’ careers with one single blow.

It is a shame we could not witness the next step in her career. Many said she was done, but many inside still believed, as a person she could still captivate us despite her voice not being the same.

She shall forever be remembered for ‘The Bodyguard’, her flawless rendition of the Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in 1991, and of course ‘I Will Always Love You’, not for the drama that filled her life.

We will always love you Whitney; your legacy lives on.

Below, listen to ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, let’s remember Whitney on a high note, as those she could hit like no other.

Don’t forget to tune in the Grammy’s tonight; pretty sure they will have something in dedication of this angel.

Hoping everyone had an amazing Christmas, and a superb New Year’s celebration, I also would like to thank EVERY SINGLE visitor on Harbingers over the past year.

The year ends report recorded 47,000 views overall, and 212 comments (pretty rad consider the new year concerns those numbers!). Some were actually typed words, others merely spam, but the only fact a software or an actual person took the time and had the input to comment in whichever manner it was intended, it is something I either way, appreciate.

I had in mind to close the site, but my love for writing is stronger than my procrastinating ways as far as posting goes. So Harbingers, is still up and going, one too many things are going on currently, so posting will be relatively disperse.

May you all had a wonderful 2011 (I know I did) & wish you a successful 2012!

Yours truly,

C.Perez

Highlights of 2011

  • Getting my second tattoo based on a verse by Rainer Maria Rilke, and wire work by Tammy Smith; June 6th!
  • Summer in Salem, MA; long bike rides to the beach, in Marblehead.
  • Release of Katy Perry’s incredible video for ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’, and have her match Michael Jackson’s record of 5 consecutive #1 singles off one sole album!
  • California Dreams Tour – June 18th & November 22nd; Boston, MA and Los Angeles, CA respectively; best nights of my life!
  • Half fulfilling my new year’s resolution by receiving an acoustic guitar as a late Christmas gift. Lessons coming sooner than expected.

Either In Touch secretly crave for Katy Perry and Russell Brand to call it quits, or they really have nothing better to do (or can’t come up with new fresh strategies to pull magazines off the stands).

Just recently, claims of Brand ‘betraying’ Perry filled the lower right corner of their mag prints, allegedly pointing at Brand for getting cozy with British Comedian Sadie Turner.

Furthering by claiming both are very together hanging at each others’ residences while Katy takes the Candyfornia inspired stage during the California Dreams Tour venues, and that her busy schedule has potentiated Russell’s ‘womanizing ways’.

The article even features personal opinion and what seems to be a direct quote from Turner, where she supposedly admits her love for Russell, reassuring his marriage to Katy is ‘doomed’.

Insiders claim In Touch are just bulling their way through to garner attention and sell mags. The Perry-Brand camp found the story laughable, and claim Sadie Turner is one of Brand’s friends from his Alcoholics Anonymous program.

Other rumors are that Katy is considering, or has already informed she’ll be taking a year long break to raise a family with hubby Russell Brand, this not only crushes any of In Touch‘s citations, but also crushes any plans of the half-confirmed Teenage Dream extended release, made up with the album unused tracks.

The former might be quite true, since she commented she’ll be ‘taking a long nap’ after the California Dreams wraps (this past Wednesday, Nov. 23rd at the Staples Center, Los Angeles), but the latter remains up the air as of now.

Check out Katy’s words below,

We’re a little bit jaded right here in this crowd, because we all know what’s going on behind the scenes, we’re all in the entertainment industry sometimes‘, claimed Perry in a mildly somber tone, before she cheered up and claimed, ‘But some of us are going to school, like normal people right?! That’s normal-ness!’.

Hopefully further confirmation ensues soon.

C.Perez

Watch a video featuring Perry introducing ‘The One That Got Away’, this past Tuesday, November 22nd, at the California Dreams, where she confirms her ‘long nap’.

While ‘We Found Love’ proves to be a smash success atop the charts, Rihanna has completed her sixth studio album Talk That Talk and is ready to move on with single number two, choosing ‘You Da One’, to be sent to airwaves tomorrow Friday, with an iTunes release this Sunday, Nov. 13th.

‘You Da One’ is a stop-and-go slapping drum number with Rihanna’s staple accent throughout. It’s very street, and a swell soft blend of R&B and hip-hop, with a whipping beat; production accredited to hit-maker Dr. Luke.

Over the years Rihanna has established herself as a bonafide act and settled her reign in pop music, and apparently Talk That Talk reflects it, as it is sounding like an explosion of her last two records taken to higher ground in the volume and tempo department.

Basing oneself on the album snippets, the new record seems to be a step-up in Rihanna’s game, if Loud was indeed supposed to be ‘loud’ and hard-edge but came across as bland in the end, Talk That Talk won’t divide anyone’s opinion and won’t fall short (unless you emphasize disappointment to discover the amazing ‘Birthday Cake’ is just a one minute-eighteen seconds track), since it is sounding sex-drenched, sledgehammering, a little hip-hop with underlaid guitar strums, and island dub-step all at once. She is definitely growing and growing each time, stating versatility with ease.

VH1 has got an exclusive listen to the soon to hit the shelves album, and they are claiming it to be the most sexual record to be put out since Madonna’s Erotica. As far as the track previews go, they don’t sound much of a blush yet, but one will just have to wait and properly judge once the real thing is out, and until then fans will be the ones to decide if Rihanna has made the porn soundtrack to pop music.

The new album features production on behalf of Stargate, Bangladesh, Hit-Boy, Big Juice, The-Dream, Calvin Harris and Dr. Luke, with major writing credits to Ester Dean and Rihanna herself. Are you Rih-dy?

C.Perez

Preview ‘You Da One’ below.

Talk That Talk out November 21st.

 

Katy Perry has not only been hard at work on her California Dreams Tour and upcoming mystery release of a compilation of songs that didn’t make Teenage Dream, but is also busy promoting her latest single ‘The One That Got Away’, which currently sits at the 34rth position on the Billboard Hot 100, within its third week of official radio airplay and digital release.

The visuals for the sixth Teenage Dream single will be premiered by Perry herself in The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday at 4 p.m., with subsequent screenings of the 7-minute extended version available in the select cities of Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

By the early looks of it, Katy is bringing some major Zooey Deschanel realness, going third age, and serving a bit of ‘(500) Days Of Summer’, to the update of ‘Thinking Of You’, and the grown-up version of ‘Teenage Dream’. It looks vintage, classy and utmost melancholic. Don’t know how this woman does it, but she is definitely magic. The video is set to guest feature Mexican actor Diego Luna as the ‘One’, and goes under the flawless direction of Floria Sigismondi, who also scored the intergalactic visuals for ‘E.T.’.

There have been statements made criticizing the mere 30 second preview of the upcoming video, citing comparisons to Rihanna’s latest, ‘We Found Love’, which follows the deterioration of a relationship. But a rip-off is literally impossible as ‘The One That Got Away’ was shot early in October and right about the time ‘We Found Love’ was being filmed in Northern Ireland. Both songs follow different subject matter, and style, so comparisons if at all, are extremely unnecessary; besides Perry delivers the storyline in a reminisce of the past. Anything to bring the successful down.

Many are still on the fence regarding if  ‘The One That Got Away’ will become Katy’s sixth consecutive number one, and on whether she’ll rewrite music history, but by how things have been handled by Perry and her team, one will just have to see what they pull to make it the hit it deserves to be.

Anyone notice the video premiere date consists of SIX ones? Could she have something in hands?  With Katy Perry you never know, but you best believe you’re not going to be disappointed.

C.Perez

Watch the trailer for the video below! (It features Stevie Nicks as the narrator)

In other Katy Perry news, she just won an Europe Music Award for Best Live in the Belfast ceremony this past November 5th, has been nominated for seven People Choice’s Awards and received three nods for the American Music Awards respectively.

Through several unlocked material in a Facebook app, in the form of missions and games, to hand over details regarding single title, lyrics, single cover and official single release, Rihanna has decided to unlock the title to her upcoming album, Talk That Talk, to be released November 21st.

The cover art depicts a fierce lip-licking Rihanna who tinges at the bad-ass persona present in Rated R, with a more ballsy, tongue-in-cheek (almost mockingly seductive) attitude. It honestly looks like a Beyoncé knock off, since it reminisces the looks Beyoncé sported throughout the ‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’ video; and oddly could be taken as a B’Day outtake. That doesn’t mean its bad, but it doesn’t mean its that good either.

No producer line-up has been announced yet, but rumor has it Calvin Harris  will be in charge of the album’s entire production. So expect it all electric, unless Harris has something else in mind for the Bajan performer. Though, The Jugganauts, who were in charge of ‘Man Down’ have stated they’ve worked on two tracks with her for inclusion in the sixth album.

Judging by the first single, the Euro-dance ‘We Found Love’, which already hit #1 in the UK and peaked in the Top 10 of the Billboard charts (with virtually zero promo), it seems Rihanna is going to find the thine line between Loud and Rated R, exploring moods in trance beats, or who knows maybe she has a ‘What’s My Name?’ on the way.

C.Perez

Talk That Talk in stores Nov. 21st.

Also take a look at the Deluxe album cover below. By this, one can finally say she has shown the other side of the coin to A Girl Like Me, proving the Good Girl Gone Bad.

Katy Perry ‘lives on’ the dream

Matching Michael Jackson’s consecutive record of number ones was a landmark in Katy Perry’s career, cementing her as one of today’s most outstanding pop acts. With a sixth single already making its way to the airwaves, ‘The One That Got Away’, Perry has been revealed to be working on an upcoming ‘mysterious’ release involving the recordings that didn’t make the final track listing in Teenage Dream.

A year ago exactly, Rihanna hinted at a collaboration with Perry for a possible album re-release, then in February this year, rumors swirled about a feud between producer Dr. Luke and Perry, these were subsequently denied and Dr. Luke reported he had just put final touches on Katy’s newest single. Then, in one of Katy’s twitter rants she tweeted she had been in the studio with producer Christopher ‘Tricky’ Stewart; now the cat is out of the bag, as Stewart states he has been revisiting leftover tracks originally meant for Teenage Dream, for a project Katy has in plans.

Stewart told Mtv News the following,

“Katy and I went into [the studio] just to address some issues with records that we had done in the past that didn’t end up going on Teenage Dream” he said. “So we are in the process of just listening and freshening up things and getting ready for something special she has going on.”

“I don’t know what it is, but I know she has something going on because she wants to be in the studio…So that’s good… I can tell you that Katy likes the studio again; that’s always a good thing.”

Its only obvious a re-release has been postponed several times due to the success of the album and its singles, so what seems more likely is an extended play or mini-album what is in the works, or who knows, a brand new album even. Stewart did not elaborate into what the ‘special something’ she has going on specifically is, however, he did address a song in particular.

“This song is really special. It’s called ‘Dressing Up so it’s going to be a big record, I think,” he said. “It definitely fits. It’s right there in what her sensibilities are as a musician and a songwriter. She doesn’t change much. She has a very keen musical taste. It’ll be really good.”

If anybody remembers or is up to date with random Katy music leaks (or unreleased material for that matter), a 1:30 minute snippet of a track titled ‘Dressing Up’ made its way to the web, along a flawless Bonnie McKee co-penned track ‘Part Of Me’, months after the release of Teenage Dream, and both songs sound absolutely incredible, with ‘Dressing Up’ throwing in a bunch of sexual fantasy cosplay and cat references, while ‘Part Of Me’ being an anthemic getaway from a constraining relationship.

The future for Perry looks brighter than her present already is, and a continuation of the magic scattered in Teenage Dream wouldn’t be out of place at this moment, neither out of the question. Katy is definitely a likeable artist and performer, so extending the longevity of  her successful album is only natural.

The tracks Tricky Stewart produced (‘Circle The Drain’, ‘Who Am I Living For?’ and ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’) for Teenage Dream were ace, and didn’t sound like anything he had produced before, and gave a rockier edge to the album overall, which was predominantly pop, so expect nothing less than amazing in whatever Perry has scheduled to release after wrapping promotions for her most recent single.

Get ready for new Katy Perry music, and don’t forget to purchase ‘The One That Got Away’ and request it on radio.

C.Perez

When one thought Katy Perry had played just about every crazy role she could think of, she can now add third-age to her shimmering characterization of music video roles, as she goes all wrinkles and white hair for her latest, ‘The One That Got Away’. If this is any other indication of brilliance, it also tinges at the journey Teenage Dream has been.

No details have been revealed concerning video direction neither plot  or premiere date. But judging by the single cover, which shows a bubble-gum pink haired Perry with hints of vintage fashion, as well as a longing stare into the distance, expect a classy, circa 1950’s melancholic clip.

The way this marvelous album has been managed from its cover, album tracks, single choices, videos, performances, promotional strategies and touring…Beautifully done. Katy Perry has come full-circle.

C.Perez

Take a look at images of the shooting of the video below.