It’s official: Katy Perry will be putting on the big halftime show during this February’s Super Bowl.
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Iggy Azalea just got fancier: The Australian rapper is nominated for six American Music Awards, more than any other artist this year.
Dick Clark started the American Music Awards in 1973 and they’ve become the fan-based alternative to the Grammys: Nominations and winners are based on public polls and data from music sales. Other nominees this year include Katy Perry, John Legend, and Pharrell Williams, who trail Azalea with five nominations each. READ FULL STORY
The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, audiences an artist will ever get. That’s probably why performers agree to do the show for free year after year. But what happens if artists are asked to pay for the privilege of performing at the big game?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is considering three candidates to provide entertainment at the 2015 Super Bowl: Katy Perry, Coldplay, and Rihanna. And when reaching out to these artists, the NFL reportedly asked if any of the acts “would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.” Apparently, the stars’ representative did not take kindly to the idea.
As of now, no lineup has been set for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which will air on Feb. 1, 2015.
In a new Rolling Stone interview, Katy Perry complains about being accused of cultural appropriation—thanks to the big-bootied mummy dancers on her recent tour and the geisha outfit she wore at the American Music Awards. From now on, she says (presumably no small amount of sarcasm), “I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it.”
Neither baseball nor hot dogs appear in the video she just dropped for her YOLO anthem “This Is How We Do.” There are, however, plenty of vivid colors and retro styling that references the early days of pop art, not to mention pizza and watermelon. She also rocks a “ratchet” getup with cornrows and a friend listed in her phone as a “thot…” so those cultural appropriation charges will probably keep rolling in. READ FULL STORY
YouTube recently compiled a list of the platform’s most-played music videos worldwide for the first half of 2014. It’s sort of an unofficial chart for the most popular songs of the year so far for the entire globe. Unsurprisingly, songs with a World Cup hook have done particularly well.
Katy Perry’s ridiculously popular “Dark Horse” tops the list, predictably, with a staggering 485 million plays. Shakira takes both second and third place with her Rihanna-featuring “Can’t Remember to Forget You” and the World Cup-themed version of her single “La La La,” with the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola)” right behind it. Iggy Azalea’s summer-dominating “Fancy” and Frozen‘s “Let It Go” official sing-along video both made the list, but the come behind the Chainsmokers’ calculatedly viral “#Selfie,” which has racked up over 183 million views.
Internet rap sensation Yung Lean didn’t make the cut, but if his “Yoshi City” video can rack up a half-billion or so views in the next couple months he still could make the year-end list.
Here’s our exclusive playlist:
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized Katy Perry—the 29-year-old singer who has kissed a girl, set off some multi-platinum fireworks, and shared part of herself on movie screens in 3D—as the most awarded digital act in the history of Gold and Platinum awards. Not only is Perry the first artist to surpass 70 million Digital Single certifications (that is, downloads and on-demand streams), but her cumulative count of 72 million certifications from 18 Katy Perry songs—like recent hits “Dark Horse” and “Birthday”—put her 20 million ahead of the next most-awarded artist, Rihanna.
“Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. “She embodies all that makes a true global superstar: the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans.”
Perry’s lifetime haul includes 18 gold, 16 platinum, and 56 multi-platinum Digital Single Awards, in addition to her double-multi-platinum album Teenage Dream and platinum album One of the Boys.
RIAA expanded its system in 2004 to recognize the emerging trend toward digital-music markets ushered in by services like iTunes. Last year, on-demand and video streaming sites like Beats Music Rhapsody, Spotify, Xbox Music, MTV.com, VEVO, Yahoo! Music, and YouTube were also included in the count.
Perry, it’s worth noting, is still just the top certified digital artist ever. The Beatles still have more albums that went gold or platinum.
Earlier this week, Katy Perry released a preview video for the music video in which she dressed up as a variety of party entertainers, ranging from an Instagramming, gum-snapping princess to a drinky clown to a possibly kind of offensive Jewish comedian.
According to the video’s intro, Perry actually attended five different birthday parties as these characters without revealing her identity. Watch the Many Party Faces of Perry, below:
Lily Allen’s at it again. In her new video for Sheezus, the never-not-opinionated Brit takes aim at reigning pop queens: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and even sweet little Lorde. (Surprisingly she leaves T-Swift out of it.) READ FULL STORY
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