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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

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

Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows, but you’re not gonna break my soul‘ sings Perry in a haunting bass line.

By making its way to the web in late 2010, ‘Part Of Me’ garnered wide interest, and the fate of the song was questioned. Now everyone can see for what it was being saved, and for all the right reasons, who would let this pop slice go to waste in the shelves of Capitol Records?

It sounded brilliant upon first listen, and now after being properly remastered and mildly reworked lyrically, sounds even better, more felt and more suiting for where Katy is at this very moment in her life.

It tackles at getting oneself together post breaking free from a constraining relationship. Perry sounds poignant and uplifting throughout, interrupting herself at a point with an unswerving ‘No!’, and decidedly stating ‘Get away from me’. While it nods to ‘Firework’ in the break, it purposely busts the obvious Russell Brand slam, ‘You can take the diamond ring, it don’t mean nothing anyway’ (…ouch Russell, don’t date a woman who has the ability to write a one sided ‘hate you’ song and perform it at the Grammy’s for everyone to hear).

She may be capitalizing on her divorce, but if one recalls, co-writer Bonnie McKee had stated in one interview that ‘Part Of Me’ was going to be used at some point; divorce or no divorce, ‘Part Of Me’ was deemed to happen, and if her divorce publicity works for appeal, then why not (Rumors are even swirling that this track was to lead up to the debut of Teenage Dream, but then ‘California Gurls’ happened).

It carries the timelessness of ‘Teenage Dream’, and it is anything but subtle. Even though the lyrics sound bruised, they hold this sense of angst, vulnerability and a bright side all at once; it is beautifully arranged. The Dr. Luke produced cut is another winner for Katy; it’ll no doubt smash the charts.

What a way to close such a historical album; hats off, confection fulfilled.

★★★★★

C.Perez

Download ‘Part Of Me’

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

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

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’.

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.

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.

Remember last year’s Teen Choice Awards? If anyone does, Katy Perry hosted the ceremony and performed ‘Teenage Dream’ for the first time, while plugging promotion for the single and its ensuing album. Also, she dressed-up as prom queen, a hippie, a hot-ass cheerleader (who cracked a perfect split on stage and a lesson on unpronounceable words), AND a school nerd, throughout to announce nominees and presenters. The metal braced character then went down as another poke at fun by Perry…until now.

Perry has turned the turtle-necked persona into ‘Kathy Beth Terry’, a 13-year old eighth grader who is neighbors with online viral sensation Rebecca Black, and serves as the protagonist of Katy’s latest visual for ‘Last Friday Night (T.GI.F.)’.

The video centers on Kathy solving Sudoku puzzles, who is disturbed by Black’s hosted party on a Friday night. Kathy knocks on Black’s door so the volume is turned down, but is instead pulled in for a make-over, which results in a perm-haired, neon clothed version of Perry who parties hard until she drops. The story is developed in a flashback, and starts by alluding to blockbuster film ‘The Hangover’.

Hanson, Kenny G, Corey Feldman and Debbie Gibson, make appearances in the video; it seems Perry and Director Mark Klasfeld got their 90’s nods just about right and on point. But she also keeps it current by featuring Glee‘s Kevin McHale and Darren Criss, as a matching nerd madly in love with Kathy Beth, and as a popular party goer respectively. The bloopers at the end are worth watching aside the video in itself, which has Feldman making references to his role in The Lost Boys, for instance, a wardrobe malfunction, and also presents a deep voiced Perry trying to explain herself.

Katy stays true to the song, which consolidates the concept of the video, but also gives it an element of surprise, by pulling off a side-plot line to what the song describes, meshing it with humor at best. The way she has worked Teenage Dream has been ideal. It is worth noting Perry still manages to look hot and amazing in a perm and braces, and of course, classy while puking in a roller skate.

The eight-minute mini film is an incredible watch, and might give a hint Katy Perry should definitely grace the big screen some time in the future; it somewhat feels like a teen flick straight out of the 80’s or at least early 90’s. She sticks to her character and keeps it consistently with sloppy smirks that reveal her braces, and awkward arm movement no more than appropriate for a socially uncomfortable geek. Every bit of the video is a perfect laugh, from her facial expressions to what she undergoes throughout the make-over.

Her confounded faces the morning-after are the major highlight, it is hard not to crack a laugh at the woman; she definitely knows what she is doing.

★★★★★

C.Perez

Enjoy Perry’s celebratory mischief of the best day of the week, in ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ below!

It’s been a little over a year since the release of Teenage Dream and it still booms out of radios and speakers, as if it were August 2010, and well, well, well… Katy Perry does aim high and is looking to strike some more gold, with a sixth release off her sophomore record.

Perry has recently announced another single to be lifted, and it isn’t any of the tracks everyone had their eyes on. Considering how fun and quirky Katy got in ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’, one would expect the fun-momentum to continue, say with the bird allusions in the likes of ‘Peacock’ or ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’, but instead Perry has moved onto a love-lost ballad, ‘The One That Got Away’, reported to be reworked by its producer, Dr. Luke, and due for release this coming October 11th.

Probably what keeps fans on the edge of their seats is not whether she would release another song, but if it will be as successful as its predecessors. Regarding this, her label has stated the following:

“If it goes to No. 1, that would be great. If not, we still have a Katy song on the radio in fourth quarter“.

The single choice is a bit of a frown, the song in particular is amazing, conveys a lot of melancholy in the midst of a throbbing percussion, and to a certain extent could be the other end of the album’s title cut; its cutesy, and the production is marvelous, but this is a bit of a fencer, it could go either way, and makes one wonder ‘Why this one?’. Russell Brand’s reaction to her at the VMA’s after she won Video of The Year was odd, it looked more like a farewell than a gesture of gratitude, so let’s hope this doesn’t commemorate the end of her marriage.

Even though ‘T.G.I.F.’ is definitely an incredible song, it did have its struggle to reach the top spot, but garnered longevity and platinum status in the process; the feat was honestly the perfect closer to a perfect album, but if your album has so many potential hits, then why not release them? It’s a long shot, but why not. The song has since been added to the California Dreams set-list, as it was the only song off the Teenage Dream album to be absent from the show.

One will just have to see what Katy does with this one, and if it tops the charts and gives Perry the title of the only artist to have EVER achieved 6 consecutive #1 singles off one album. Maybe she’ll pull another surprise card and who knows, shows the flipped side of the coin to her ‘Teenage Dream’ video. The album is spectacular, so it is deserving if such fate is destined.

If anyone thought Katy Perry’s weekly runs in the Top 10 of the Billboard charts were soon to be over, it was only the beginning. This one is here to stay.

C.Perez

Listen to ‘The One That Got Away’ below!

2011 Video Music Awards Recap

Another year, another Video Music Award show down. Last year was all about Lady GaGa and 13 nominations, this time it was all about Katy Perry and her 10 nominations.

This year’s line up for a host, was unconventional, since there was actually no host. The show remains the same as other years, the expectedly solid performances, and the awkward acceptance speeches. It oddly served as a tribute to living music legend Britney Spears, but it somehow ended up being it all about Beyoncé.

Judging the performances, Jessie J could’ve used some more spotlight. Lady GaGa pulled another surprise card as she appeared dressed up as a male, in full character (crazy character one must add). It was insane, because she actually pulled it off looking like a man; no joke. If people thought her meat dress was too much, wait until you see how convincing GaGa looks as the embodiment of testosterone (minus her voice of course). Her delivery of ‘You And I’ was strong, and with her all as always; Brian Mays was the icing on top. The Britney tribute seemed more of a tactic to garner ratings than an actual merit for Spears as a troupe of frenetic little girls emulating the star on stage to her hits dressed in her most iconic moments; it was fantastic nonetheless. GaGa seemed to have pecked Britney on the lips, as she took the Video Vanguard Moon Man in hand (throwback to 2003 possibly? until Spears simulated going for a second not so subtle peck before addressing the microphone instead).

Kanye West and Jay-Z took the stage, and it was your regular rapper showdown kind of performance, just gone a little patriotic; not amusing. Pitbull and Ne-Yo overplayed their single for the billionth time in America, wasn’t radio and clubs alike enough? With a monotonous and repetitive song as ‘Give Me Everything (Tonight)’ is, at least they managed to bring it to life on stage.

Adele slayed the stage with her soaring vocals; pretty sure the building walls were shaking. Chris Brown got his footwork on like he always has, but Beyoncé, was probably one of the most engaging performances all night with ‘Love On Top’, which happens to be one of the not so many highlights in her fourth studio album 4. The performance was sassy and saw the performer cover her crotch with pants for once, who wrapped it with a mic thud and a belly rub, tinging at her pregnancy. The song was called for and the reason behind it, quite charming; the energy was unbelievable.

Young The Giant’s performance of ‘My Body’, was a shocker, because it was beyond superb. From staging, to vocals and crowd interaction. This is more than sufficient proof these guys should make it BIG; it was amazing they got 250 of their hometown fans witness their debut on the VMA stage.

Talking about tributes, other than Spears’, the late Amy Winehouse also got her recognition, on behalf of Bruno Mars, who gave an electric rendition of ‘Valerie’; it was definitely a moment, which got everyone clapping hard, while it allowed the audience to reflect on the major loss of talent the music world has suffered with Winehouse’s passing. It was sad, but in a way celebrated all of what Jazz meant to Winehouse and her fans.The show closed with an awfully auto-tuned perfomance by Lil’ Wayne; it could’ve done without, and came across as a desperate last minute promo for his upcoming album, The Carter IV.

As far as Moon Men go, Spears took home two for Video Vanguard and Best Pop Video with ‘Till The World Ends’. Adele’s trip to America ended up being worth it since she won three Moon Men, for Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. The ridiculously attention-seekingly dressed Nicki Minaj won for Best Hip-Hop Video. Rock Video was won by The Foo Fighters; Mumford & Sons deserved this one really, it seemed like it was the obvious choice; as if MTV plays rock videos.

Katy Perry was a vision all throughout the night, with creamy lavender-pink hair, she nabbed Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects with ‘E.T.’ plus the coveted Video of the Year merit for ‘Firework’; endlessly deserving, considering how breathtaking the video is. Justin Bieber won for Best Male; its not hard to acknowledge how many no-life thirteen year olds clicked his category before the voting polls closed. Best New Artist went to Tyler The Creator, whomever that is, hadn’t heard from that one, not even once.

All in all, with each year, they get it half right and half wrong, and this year it wasn’t an exception. Viewers got the attention-seeking stunts, cricket noise inducing liners, random speeches, and the drab nomination presentations (Jersey Shore, really?), which were far from creative or appealing for that matter.

We’ll see what they cook up for next year, based on the highs and lows the previous award shows have undergone, they have a lot to work on the chalkboard.

Until the next ceremony!

C.Perez

It’s been a year of release and Teenage Dream is still going strong, with 5 consecutive #1 singles spawned, making Katy Perry the first artist to spend a whole year (52 consecutive weeks to be exact) in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. This week it takes the 15th position in the Billboard 200 chart, after hanging on the Top 20 for the past year (and a #1 debut).

Perry’s sophomore effort has become historical already, not to say, memorable and timeless. The anticipation nearly killed fans and Katy Cats last year when the four-months plus wait for the album release, as it could not come any sooner while ‘California Gurls’ owned the summer and as it blew up speakers globally, leaving everyone wanting more.

It has been a year exactly, today August 24rth, and the title track still sounds strikingly hitting and melancholic as if it were the first time it was ever played with its YOU-MAKE-ME! introduced chorus. ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ still sounds like the wah-wah guitar driven smash hit that put everyone to emulate the lyrics word-for-word. ‘California Gurls’ remains the core of summer enclosed in three minutes and fifty-three seconds, ‘Firework’ keeps on bringing smiles and full clenched fists in the air, ‘Peacock’ screams and begs to be a single, and comes across still as raunchy, silly, naughty, catchy and all words related, with its birdy wails and blush-inducing innuendos; it never gets old.

‘Circle The Drain’ upholds its roar and fierce factor with its contort deep water-drowned synths and heavily rockified beat, ‘The One That Got Away’ loudly drums the beats of a heart who has lost but has eventually coped, its still a superb ear candy piece, shame it was not officially released. ‘E.T.’ soars light years ahead of any production ever executed by Dr. Luke; the track is rightfully ethereal, with its echoed delivery and spacey metaphors; every play is a sonic experience.

‘Who Am I Living For?’ is most fitting for Perry as this moment, as she is owning her own crown while staying level, it still sounds humble and strong. ‘Pearl’ shall forever be a piano-melodic synth marriage empowering women, and to this day sounds as convincing as ever, as Perry utters ‘She’s unstoppable’. ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ still kicks ass and takes the cake for its lyrical structure proposing sex- analogies on pollination, as well for its rock-edge. Lastly, but not least, the album closer ‘Not Like The Movies’, with its soft glass harps and gentle piano keys, still endearing and beautiful, and above it all, honest.

Perfection is unreachable, but Katy Perry got close, REAL close. If there is anything on Earth that can be considered ‘perfect’ in human standards, then this is it. She could simply do no wrong, and for one, its valid to say she was right, California girls ARE unforgettable.

Wishing Katy for more success to come, she’s on a league of her own. The smell of cotton candy still lingers!

C.Perez

To commemorate Teenage Dream‘s one-year of release, watch the defining videos of the album below!

‘California Gurls (Feat. Snoop Dogg)’

‘Teenage Dream’

‘Firework’

‘E.T.’

‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’

And what was deemed to happen…happened. The ultimate California girl just scored her fifth consecutive #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, tying Michael Jackson’s record of the same feat with Bad. Katy Perry undeniably goes down in music history as the only female performer to achieve this thus far. But she isn’t history quite yet, as she is taking North America and Europe by storm with her latest California Dreams Tour, which has left many jaw-dropped across the globe, for the production and quality as well as delivery and energy of the show. Standing on her sophomore album, Perry is not even close to being done.

Katy Perry had a triumphant start last year when ‘California Gurls’ featuring Snoop Dogg hit the airwaves, eventually becoming the anthem of the summer, spending a total of 6 consecutive weeks atop. The title cut ‘Teenage Dream’ ensued, matching the success of the previous single, becoming the soundtrack to summer love. Perry got her high spirits on in ‘Firework’ and shoot across the charts in no time, going multi-platinum. ‘E.T.’ followed with a guest appearance on behalf of Kanye West, who did not take nor add anything to the song, but its impeccable production and cleverly diverse lyrical content focused on galactic metaphors ensured the song to reach to top where it belonged. Just when everyone thought the Teenage Dream project was done and Perry was to move on to a re-release or possible third studio album (as rumors flooded the internet), ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ is released, one of the major highlights in the album, and a fan favorite, for it being an effervescent celebration of the best day of the week, describing several antics while being heavily loaded with enthralling guitar riffs and a tweaked sax breakdown. The latter’s rise to the top was no easy task, as it stalled in the #2 position for about three weeks, the chance of it falling off after all the effort Perry put on the 8-minute long video and overall album promotion was unacceptable, so Capitol Records released a remix to ‘TGIF’ with an added verse by Missy Elliot to boost the sales of the single in itself and put an end to the three week agony behind LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’; the numbers are now speaking.

Amidst the aforementioned, Perry transcended from a blue-haired California girl, to a hopeless romantic, a motivational jubilee, an alien Goddess, and as of recently to an appealing geeky nerd, to ensure the delivery of her singles were on point and exactly what she meant them to be. All her videos have been incredibly entertaining, the singles have done the talking; her hard work is really palpable. Plus, after a year of release, Teenage Dream has kept itself on the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 charts, and is easily categorized as one of the best albums released in 2010. Her delivery, visuals and marketing strats have done their job. This achievement is nothing short than well-deserved.

Perry has aroused several negative reaction for what she just achieved, in becoming the first female in music history to land an album with all five singles released going atop consecutively at the charts. Many claim this is undeserving and was acquired desperately, since the last two singles ‘aren’t exactly on the album’ and ‘because they have an added feature in released single versions’. This is certainly misleading information, a featured guest does not assure a #1 hit, the whole composition of the song has more weight; the feature does not make the song; besides, alternate versions and remixes of a song in question, are just taken into account in overall sales when a single is released. Only because the feature-less version of ‘E.T.’ (meaning its original version) is present on the body of work, and not the single version, does not mean its an entirely different song. And the version of ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ was and is the initially released and very same included as track 2 in the album, like it was previously stated, the recently released remix was intended to maximize the sales to ensure the single reached the top position in the charts like was destined to.

The argument has even been taken out of context resulting in pointless comparisons between Perry’s and Jackson’s music, but one has to understand time changes, and the circumstances are now different from what it was back then when Jackson’s Bad was released, specifically with how music is released and promoted on these days, plus the internet being a huge factor behind it. With music leaking and being distributed illegally, holding an album past the second single is not as easy as it would’ve been 10 years ago, and Katy has kept herself consistent despite the circumstances of today, and that has to be recognized. Audiences are just being ridiculous and delusional, trying to cover up reality, minimizing Perry’s success and avoiding to give credit where it’s due.

Katy Perry has a lot to celebrate on these days: a mega-sucessful album, Grammy nominations, five multi-platinum consecutive #1 singles, a mesmerizing sold out tour and 10 nabbed nominations for the Music Video Awards airing Aug. 28th, 2011.

Impressive! Katy Perry is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

C.Perez

Teenage Dream available everywhere.

Don’t miss the venues of the California Dreams Tour if it hits a nearby city to you, either in Europe or the second American leg in late November. The show is ‘100%, worth every penny spent’.

Harbingers has attended the Boston venue (June 18th, 2011), and will be attending the closing venue in LA, California, this coming November 22nd.