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Katy Perry’s Roar Leaks Early

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Katy Perry has sprung a leak. “Roar” which was supposed to make its official debut on Monday, debuted ahead of schedule. Perry has gone to great lengths to prove her upcoming album, Prism, is a departure from her Teenage Dream era. Does she deliver? I would say so.

As promised, it’s a “more mature” sound yet still very radio-friendly. It’s anthemic but more subtle with its mid-tempo foot-stomping beat. The Max Martin/Dr. Luke co-production definitely soars. Give it a listen below. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the accompanying visual.

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Katy Perry Shares A ‘Roar’ Snippet

In: Donovan, Music

I’m not Katy Perry’s biggest fan by any means, but I’m just loving all her teasers for her new single debuting on August 12. As each one debuts, they only get better. Her latest finds an adorable white cat devouring a feathery toy before letting out a big roar.

At first, I actually thought it was a peacock feather given that each clip shown thus far has had her bidding adieu to memorabilia from her Teenage Dream phase. After all, “Peacock” was a track from the album, but I don’t think it was. Unlike her previous teasers, this third clip features a short snippet of “Roar.” The track definitely sounds promising. Check out Katy’s latest teaser below.

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To further drive the point home that she’s going with a much more mature sound for her upcoming effort, Katy Perry is saying good-bye to more Teenage Dream memorabilia. The first video teaser for her forthcoming single “Roar” showed the burning of the blue wig she wore on her previous album cover. This time around, she’s holding a funeral for her twirling peppermint bra.

To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised she didn’t do this sooner given that her insurers were worried she’d injure her neck after her hair got caught in the wheels while on tour. Not only was that bra heinous but apparently a death trap as well. Check out her newest promo clip for “Roar” below. The wig-wearing girls bawling their eyes out are hilarious.

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Katy Perry Teases New Single In Fiery Clip

In: Donovan, Music

Both Katy Perry and frequent writing collaborator Bonnie McKee have teased that Perry’s upcoming studio album, Prism, will feature a more mature sound. To drive the point even further, the 28-year-old singer is seen burning her Teenage Dream blue wig in a video teaser for her new single “Roar.” It’s about time. I couldn’t stand that wig.

In the teaser titled “Burning Baby Blue,” Katy stands expressionless in a black room before setting fire to the hairpiece. It’s all very Fairuza Balk circa The Craft. At the end of a clip, “Roar” and its release date are shown in an animal print. I suppose this is Katy’s way of saying she’s transitioning from playful kitty cat to ferocious tiger. Check out the clip below.

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Let’s not get it twisted. Beyonce isn’t the first female musician to go all Marie Antoinette on us with gigantic huge wigs. Plenty of others have previously gone the royal route including Madonna who famously did so during her iconic MTV VMA “Vogue” performance. What has many people’s tongues wagging with Katy Perry’s teaser for her new fragrance is the fact it’s so soon after Beyonce dropped her Mrs. Carter Show world tour promo.

Even more head-scratching is the fact both visuals were directed by Jonas Akerlund. You would think he would’ve come up with a brand new concept for Perry’s “Killer Queen” promos. Check out both clips below, along with side-by-side still comparisons. It seems Akerlund just phoned it in during this assignment. They’re practically identical, except Bey’s is a tad fiercer.

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She’s been behind some of the biggest hits in recent memory. In only makes sense that Bonnie McKee forge a recording career of her own. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter debuted the music video for “American Girl” and enlisted a few of her famous friends to lip sync for their lives.

Naturally, Katy Perry appears in the clip prominently considering McKee co-penned four of her No. 1 hits- “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “California Gurls,” and “Part of Me.” Also making a cameo are other artists she’s written for including Adam Lambert (“Chokehold”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Ke$ha (“C’Mon”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Turn Me Up”).

Too bad Britney Spears (“Hold It Against Me”), Kelly Clarkson (“Hello”), Christina Aguilera (“Let There Be Love”) and Rita Ora (“How We Do (Party)” didn’t show up in the video. Oh well, there isn’t a shortage of familiar names “singing” her lyrics. Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police crew, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, George Takei, Nicole Scherzinger, Jewel and her hubby Ty Murray, Macklemore and plenty other randoms make an appearance. Check out the clip below.

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With famed photographer Annie Leibovitz helming the shoot, you know the finished product would be nothing but spectacular. In my opinion, this is hands down one of Katy Perry’s best photo series ever. Definitely a great way to celebrate her first Vogue cover. She previously graced an issue of Teen Vogue, but this is the first for the fashion bible.

The 28-year-old evokes old school Hollywood 50s icon Jane Russell in the country-themed spread. The “Fireworks” singer is without a doubt the most glamorous farmhand I’ve ever seen. With Valentino, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors designs, it’s hard not to look fabulous. My personal favorite though is the Zac Posen dress she’s wearing where she’s laying in a bed of hay. Stunning.

On Her Ex-Husband Russell Brand

“He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011. At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness. He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting. I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can’t necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day. I let go and I was like: This isn’t because of me; this is beyond me. So I have moved on from that.”

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Katy Perry’s One of The Boys Turns 5 Years Old

In: Matt, Music

Today, Katy Perry’s One of the Boys turns five. The album was released June 17th, 2008 and if you ignore her 2001 debut as a Christian rock singer, it was her first big break onto the music scene. While I can’t say I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, loving some stuff and hating others, in the last 5 years she has had some remarkable achievements. It’s probably safe to say I’ve underestimated her.

According to Billboard, she is one of only 21 artists to ever have a single debut at number one. She is also in a three-way tie for having 5 consecutive number one hits with Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey (who actually had 5 in a row twice). The only artists with more consecutive number one hits are Whitney Houston, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and The Supremes.

The singer also holds the record for most consecutive weeks in the top ten, clocking in at 69 weeks. Over a full year of Katy Perry in the top ten – that’s insane! Her album Teenage Dream also holds the record for most number one singles with 5 (tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller.) Honestly I found some of these numbers to be a bit shocking. Maybe it’s just me. Whether she is just a quick fad that caught on strong or a lasting pop mainstay like some of the above-mentioned artists is still to be seen, but there’s no denying Katy Perry has had some pretty impressive accomplishments over the last five years.

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