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Katy Perry Rises For 2016 Rio Olympics Music Video

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If you’re not a Katy Perry fan, you better learn to love her latest offering. Especially, if you’re planning on watching the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The anthemic balladRise” will be used by NBC during their coverage.

“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” Katy said in a statement. “I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”

It’s no “One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston or even “Home” by Phillip Phillips, but the Max Martin-produced track isn’t half bad. Personally, I would’ve much preferred something a bit more upbeat than moody, but whatever… it’s not heinous. Give the track a listen below.

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There’s no denying Adele is the go-to when one is going through a breakup. The 28-year-old British songbird writes heart-wrenching ballads like no other. But who does the “Hello” singer turn to when she’s a little heartbroken?

Naturally, listing to her owns songs about past heartaches probably aren’t her first choice. She reveals to PEOPLE magazine, six artists she plays during her sad moments. Find out who below.

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While many of her pop compatriots were at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Katy Perry was hanging out with some country folk. You can’t get any more country than Dolly Parton herself.

The 31-year-old “Roar” singer, dressed in Perry-fied Western attire, and the 70-year-old legend hit the stage at the 2016 ACM Awards. Together, the lovely ladies performed a medley of Parton’s hits- “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” and “9 to 5.” Dolly was liviiiiiiing during “Jolene” with her sassy ad libs about that hussy. I loved it.

Parton was also in attendance because her TV movie based on her life, Coat of Many Colors, was being honored. The NBC film received the Tex Ritter Award which honors a movie “released and / or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.” Check out their incredible duet below.

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Sia has worked with practically everyone under the sun, crafting hits for the likes of Britney Spears, Beyonce and Rihanna to name a few. From the sounds of it, there’s one artist she might not be super keen about working with again.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine to promote her new album, This Is Acting, the 39-year-old Aussie reveals she had creative differences with Katy Perry. After only an hour of their songwriting session, Sia quit because their styles were polar opposites. Find out why below

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It’s good too see Katy Perry using her powers not just to pimp out H&M merchandise this holiday season. The 31-year-old singer is also using her massive influence to make the world a better place. She’s teamed up with UNICEF to promote their initiative, #FightUnfair campaign.

The new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador channels her inner weather girl to deliver a special report on the devastating effects of climate change for the world’s children. She shines a light on the extreme weather patterns that are emerging across the world and forcing millions of children and families to flee their homes. Check out the PSA below.

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Just like Beyonce when she worked with the Swedish retailer, Katy Perry too has recorded an original track for H&M. “Every Day Is A Holiday” is, you guessed it, a Christmas song all about the festive season.

If you’re not a Perry fan, I highly recommend avoiding H&M for the next few weeks. This will no doubt be played on a constant loop. I almost feel sorry for the store employees. As if dealing with the cranky shoppers wasn’t bad enough.

The accompanying visual is everything you’d expect from the 31-year-old singer. It’s over-the-top, campy, colorful and has about a million things going on. Perry dresses up as a tin soldier, fairy and in other merry outfits.

For me though, the most interesting thing is Sean O’Pry is featured in the ad. The 26-year-old model played the love interest in Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” visual. Considering there’s “Bad Blood” between these two ladies, I wonder if casting Sean was some sort of shade from Katy. If so, well done. I love a good celebrity cat fight.

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Todrick Hall Transforms Peter Pan Into A Teenage Dream

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The rate that Todrick Hall churns out his clips is mind-boggling. The 30-year-old MTV star must eat, sleep and breathe all things pop culture.

Hall gives the classic tale of Peter Pan his signature touch. He tells Pan’s adventure in Neverland using only songs from Katy Perry’s catalog. It’s astonishing how the “Teenage Dream” singer’s tracks, when masterfully mashed, can result in this fantastic parody.

J. M. Barrie’s beloved character has taken a hit as of late with the big budget film starring Hugh Jackman, Pan, and NBC’s live musical adaptation both receiving tepid responses. Perhaps the powers-that be should’ve enlisted Toddy. His clever take, as always, is another home run. Check it out below.

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Intel recently unveiled 2015’s Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities. The annual list takes a look at the celebrity keywords that most often lead to malware and viruses.

Jimmy Kimmel earned the dishonorable title last year but falls all the way to No. 24. Instead, DJ Armin van Buuren who took the runner-up slot in 2014 rises to the top for this year. According to Intel, nearly one in five results generated by van Buuren searches combined with terms like “free MP4,” “HD downloads,” or “torrent” linked to malicious websites.

“With today’s busy culture and a desire for real time information, consumers often click on sites that will quickly provide them with news and entertainment, without considering safety and security implications,” said Stacey Conner, online safety expert at Intel Security. “Cybercriminals leverage this need for immediacy by encouraging people to visit unsafe sites that can steal private data.”

Not surprisingly, musicians dominated the Top 10. However, there were a couple of exceptions. Amy Schumer, Nina Dobrev and shockingly Betty White made the cut. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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