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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry added to Grammy nominations show performers list

This Friday’s The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!  is shaping up to be nearly as big a spectacle as the actual Grammy Awards, which won’t actually be handed out until the end of January.

LL Cool J is hosting, Ed Sheeran is presenting, and producers just announced the addition of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to the list of previously announced performers, including Lorde, Robin Thicke, and Miguel & Keith Urban.

“But wait,” you may be saying to yourself, “neither Swift nor Perry will even be in this country on Friday night, let alone at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, where this is taking place!” Such is the magic of satellite technology: LL will be throwing to live performances in Canada (for Perry) and Australia (for Swift). Expect accented fireworks!

The one-hour special, which will air on CBS at 10 PM this Friday, December 6, will also, incidentally, roll out the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out just across the street at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26.

Music released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible, and based on sales, cultural exposure, and general Grammy warmth, expect Justin Timberlake to rack up a ton of nominations. Lorde is pretty much a lock for Best New Artist, and you have to assume both Kanye West and Jay Z will make some noise as well.

Who else’s name deserves to be called this Friday night? And which performances make you the most curious? Let us know in the comments.

Katy Perry, John Mayer reveal romantic 'Who You Love' cover art

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The couple who sings together, smolders together.

At least that’s how it looks for Katy Perry and John Mayer. The two unveiled the cover art for their duet “Who You Love” from Mayer’s recent album Paradise Valley, showing them posing seductively in a black-and-white photo. Perry is draped across the couch, gazing at the camera from behind Mayer, who sits on the floor in the foreground strumming his guitar.

“‘Who You Love’ is here,” Mayer tweeted with the photo Tuesday. “Proud of this song, proud of this artwork, proud of this girl.”

Of course, Mayer’s not one to shy away from crooning sweet melodies with his Celebrity Ladyfriends. Remember 2010’s “Half of My Heart” with Taylor Swift? Swift did, and (allegedly!) chronicled their doomed relationship with the takedown “Dear John.”

Perry, on the other hand, told EW that her beau inspired the soaring love ballad “Unconditionally,” her second single off Prism. “It’s just a simple message about loving someone and accepting them,” she said. “You don’t have to be so self-conscious, you don’t have to fear, because essentially, everybody has their stuff.”

It certainly seems that way — a black-and-white photo means a black-and-white relationship in pop star world, right? In the meantime, if you need a refresher, listen to their duet below: READ FULL STORY

What you didn't see on TV at the American Music Awards: Gaga, Katy, Miley, Rihanna, and more

The night started with a gallop, as we saw Lady Gaga make the type of grand entrance onto the red carpet we’ve come to expect — this time by riding a white “horse.” But then we headed inside the packed Nokia Theatre, where things only got crazier.

Before the ABC telecast began, executive producer Larry Klein welcomed the audience to what he called “the biggest music party of the year.”

Katy Perry opened the show with a Geisha-themed performance of her new song “Unconditionally,” with a cascade of flower petals falling on the stage towards the end. The only problem was that the petals continued to fall throughout the show, even briefly interrupting One Direction and Ariana Grande’s performances.
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Katy Perry releases abstract new video for latest single 'Unconditionally'

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Katy Perry has a new clip for her Prism power ballad “Unconditionally.”

The music video finds a vulnerable looking Perry swept up amidst a slew of dancers waltzing both in the snow and in a grandiose ballroom.

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Katy Perry announces first batch of 2014 'Prismatic World Tour' dates

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Clear your calendar, bust out your leopard-print boxing robe, and give Juicy J a call; Katy Perry is coming to a town near you in 2014.

Following the release of her latest album, Prism, Perry is hitting the road early next year for what she is calling the Prismatic World Tour. So far, only a handful of dates in the U.K. have been unveiled, though Perry promises this is merely the tip of the candy iceberg. “DON’T WORRY – more GLOBAL tour dates coming soon! I can’t wait to get closer to ALL of you than ever before!” she tweeted.

Icona Pop will serve as the opening act across the first 11 concerts, which means they’ll be having a busy new year –they’re also booked to open up Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, which launches in February.

When EW spoke to Perry about the tour, she played it relatively close to the vest, but did hint at what fans might be in store for. “I always try to take it to the next level,” she told EW. “I think people will realize what the tour is going to be like when they listen to the music.” And like her tweet, she promised some sort of intimacy. “Let’s just say I’m going to be very close to people,” she said.

What could she mean? Will she be performing on multiple stages throughout venues, thus creating a handful of front rows? Is she going to spend the entire show hopping into 18,000 laps a night? Check out the full list of U.K. dates below: READ FULL STORY

Charts: Arcade Fire open on top, Eminem set for huge debut

Back in 2010, Arcade Fire scored their first number one with The Suburbs, an album that would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Canadian collective is back on top with their follow-up Reflektor, which opens its sales life at the top of the Billboard 200 with 140,000 copies sold. That’s a solid number, though its slightly below the kickoff week for The Suburbs, which picked up 156,000. 

Of course, Arcade Fire only spent a single week at number one last time around — The Suburbs was dethroned by Eminem’s Recovery, which had returned to the top of the chart in its eighth week of release. It looks like history will be repeating itself: Eminem’s just-released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is on track to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 units this week, which would easily give Slim Shady his 11th chart-topper and the second-biggest opening of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

That would also be right on pace with the opening week of Recovery, which opened with 741,000 copies sold. Of course, he’ll fall well short of the premiere week for 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, which hit a staggering 1.76 million copies. Em will even fall short of the first Marshall Mathers LP‘s second week, which saw it do another 800,000. Still, Slim Shady has shown remarkable durability despite shifting cultural allegiances and mixed reviews.

Eminem also finds himself on top of the Digital Songs chart this week, with “The Monster,” his Rihanna-assisted single, selling 373,000 downloads. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry says her 2014 tour for 'Roar' will be 'less cartoony' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Katy Perry’s tour for Teenage Dream was an epic escapist odyssey that turned stadiums and arenas around the globe into her own personal Candyland. When she hits the road in 2014 in support of her chart-topping latest, Roar, what will she do to keep her game elevated?

“The tour is going to be fantastic,” Perry told EW while Tim Stack followed her halfway across the Earth for the cover story in the current issue. “I always try to take it to the next level. I think people will realize what the tour is going to be like when they listen to the music.”

Perry promises that the new show will definitely incorporate material from Roar, but she’ll always make room for her catalog of older hits. “There’s nothing worse than going to a concert of an artist and not hearing your favorite songs,” she said.

As for the concept and the stage design, Perry is tight-lipped, but she does offer one intimate tease. “Let’s just say I’m going to be very close to people,” she said.

Check out the rest of Perry’s thoughts about her upcoming tour in the exclusive video below. For more on EW’s whirlwind tag-along with Katy Perry, check out the current issue.

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Sales report: Katy Perry's 'Prism' easily tops albums chart, gives her best female first-week sales of the year

It’s time to bring out the big, big, big, big, big, big balloons: Katy Perry’s Prism is No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.

The singer’s fourth effort sold 286,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That gives Perry — who, incidentally, covers the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday — the largest album sales week by a woman this the year, besting Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz by a cool 16,000.

In fact, it’s biggest first week for a female pop album since Madonna’s MDNA moved 359,000 copies back in April of last year. She also easily beat the debut figures of her last album, Teenage Dream, which bowed at No. 1 with 192,000.

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Katy Perry performs tracks off 'Prism,' answers fan questions at iHeartRadio album release party

Katy Perry celebrated the release of her newest album, Prism, last night by throwing a party at the new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles — and unleashing live performances of “Dark Horse,” “By The Grace Of God,” “This Moment,” “Unconditionally,” and of course, “Roar” for a room of very happy Katycats.

Things we learned during the Q&A, hosted by Mario Lopez: The most famous person in Perry’s phone is Miley Cyrus. (“I think she’s the most famous person in the world right now!”) Her favorite song to belt out in the car is Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” The strangest thing she’s ever been asked to autograph? a scan of someone’s brain.

And the weirdest thing in her purse: She once carried around locks of hair belonging to Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift in an otherwise empty bag.Turns out Perry, who shared a dressing room with both singers the first time she attended the Grammy Awards, asked Cyrus and Swift for snips to commemorate the occasion.

“I put bows in it and popped them both into my purse and carried those around for a while.” said Perry before adding almost as an afterthought that now everyone knows she’s “a freak.” READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry explains new album 'Prism' and writing about her divorce from Russell Brand -- EXCLUSIVE

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Katy Perry’s new album Prism (out 10/22; read EW critic Nick Catucci’s take here) is full of the bouncy, joyous pop tunes that she’s known for. But perhaps the most surprising aspect is her bluntness when writing about her 2012 divorce from Russell Brand in the poignant-but-hopeful closing track “By the Grace of God.” In it, Perry sings that post-break-up she could be found on her bathroom floor crying.

“Well, imagine what you go through,” she tells EW. “Imagine what happens when you go through a break up. We all go through break ups and we all get very depressed and desperate. The lyrics are very exact and autobiographical. That’s how I write. But the one thing about those lyrics is you can hear me finding my strength throughout the song. It starts off really low and then I kind of stand up for myself and say, ‘No!'”

Perry adds: “Sometimes you look in the mirror when you’re crying and if you look in the mirror it will make you cry more because you’re feeling sorry for yourself. And then sometimes you look in the mirror and you cry and I’ve been like: ‘Snap out of it! It’s time to — come on — grow up! No!’ There’s almost like this inner warfare that comes out, this inner battle between the good angel and the bad devil.”

Perry, who says her recent single “Unconditionally” was partially influenced by current boyfriend John Mayer, specifies that “By the Grace of God” is the lone track from Prism specifically about her relationship with Brand. “All the other songs are stories from different times in my life,” she says. “It’s people making assumptions. It’s kind of hard because I am so vulnerable and I am [such an] open book, but I don’t feel like I want to hand over a specific story about each and every song. I don’t feel like I want every song to come with a little package, a little tabloid-al package because it’s like, ‘Why don’t you let the song be a little unspecific to the listener? Then the listener can use it and relate to it in their own way. So, not every song comes up with an excerpt. They’re biographical but all you’re going to get in the songs is just that.”

For much more from Katy Perry, look for EW’s intimate all-access profile of the star on newsstands Nov. 1.

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