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Katy Perry and Lady Gaga headed for singles sales showdown: Who will win?

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Looks like we’ve got a good old fashioned diva-off on our hands.

Thanks to some Internet shenanigans and the fickle finger of fate, two brand new singles from superstar divas are now for sale. Katy Perry’s “Roar” went on sale yesterday, and as of 12:01 this morning, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” is available on digital store shelves.

As expected, the two singles immediately shot to the top of the iTunes sales chart (as of this writing, “Roar” is in the top position, followed closely by “Applause”), and they will inevitably be neck and neck as the week goes on.

With those two juggernauts chugging forward, we’re looking at an unprecedented digital sales week. According to Billboard, it’s not out of the question for both songs to sell half a million copies this week, which would be the first time in digital sales history that two debut songs sold over 400,000 copies in the same week.

What impact will this have on the Hot 100? READ FULL STORY

John Mayer releases new album to iTunes, with Katy Perry duet -- hear it here

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When regular people date, they email each other YouTube links to smitten-kitten love songs.

When John Mayer dates, he records smitten-kitten love songs with his Famous Ladyfriend du Jour, and puts it on an album for full posterity-slash-later recriminations. (See: 2010’s “Half of My Heart,” his pre-brutal-breakup duet with Taylor Swift).

On his new record Paradise Valley, just released and streaming today on iTunes, Mayer sings a song with on-and-off paramour and full-time tiger-eyed fire dancer Katy Perry called “Who You Love”; listen to it here: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga is ready for your 'Applause' -- hear her new single now

Lady Gaga fans, you may now stand up and cheer: “Applause” is upon us—one week early, and just hours after Katy Perry released the first single, “Roar,” off her fall album.

In Katy’s new song, which sounds like “Brave” by Sara Bareilles (more generally, I also hear Pink), she is a woman promising to “roar.” In Gaga’s new song, which sounds like something you might hear in a very accessible Berlin sex dungeon, she is a star demanding that you clap for her.

Of course, this being Lady Gaga, there are layers—she’s critiquing fame (we’re guessing). Although there’s surely nothing ironic about the music, which pounds and pounds until it finally achieves an almost pleasant climax. And yes, you can literally hear the sounds of applause:

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Katy Perry's 'Roar' sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareilles' 'Brave,' says the Internet

Over the weekend, Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” leaked early and gave the world its first taste of Perry’s upcoming album Prism. In a lot of ways,  it sounds like a pretty basic girl-power anthem that could be sung by just about anybody.

Or actually recorded by just about anybody. Twitter quickly blew up with tweets saying the song had more than a little bit in common with Sara Bareilles’ recent single “Brave.”  A helpful amateur even put together a mashup of the two: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry is back with a 'Roar' -- hear her new single now

In a promo for her new single “Roar,” Katy Perry tongue-in-cheekily lays to rest her old bubblegum image, as starlight-mint pinwheels spin on a casket and purple-wigged fans wail. But fans shouldn’t worry about Perry straying too far from the formula that made her famous: “Roar” has arrived, and it’s just as upliftingly poppy as her previous megahit “Firework.”

The song’s clear jock-jam aspirations — sample lyrics: “I got the eye of the tiger, the fire/Dancing through the fire, ’cause I am a champion/And you’re gonna hear me roar” — will likely make the song a fall-football staple (the Bengals should just send her a check now).

Listen to the full track below:
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Katy Perry announces new album 'Prism' via giant gold truck

In a world full of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatever else the kids are jacking into these days, Katy Perry decided to go really low-tech with her latest publicity stunt.

Yesterday, a giant gold truck was spotted driving around Los Angeles, announcing an October 22 release date for something called Prism, which we assume is the title of her new album.

Perry has acknowledged the semi on Twitter (where she promises will make its way to other cities), but offered no other details about the project. Perry is encouraging fans to snap photos of the truck and tweet about them, and Adam Lambert was up to the task. READ FULL STORY

iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 lineup announced: Katy Perry, Elton John, and more

Elton John and Ke$ha, united at last.

Sort of: Clear Channel’s iHeartMusicFestival has released the full lineup for its annual shindig, with artists ranging from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and, yes, Sir Elton and Ke$ha slated for the show.

The festival, where Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong infamously had an onstage meltdown last year, will once again take place in Las Vegas, going down over Sept. 20-21. It’ll all be broadcast live across Clear Channel stations and then air on CW on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

This year also brings a new addition to the event: the iHeartRadio “village,” featuring the likes of Miley Cyrus, the Wanted, Avril Lavigne, and more. Take a look at the full lineup(s) below: READ FULL STORY

'American Girl' Bonnie McKee has a lot of famous friends -- watch Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Macklemore, KISS, and more make lipdub cameos

When you write hit songs for some of the biggest artists on the Hot 100, they kind of owe you one, don’t they? And it looks like Bonnie McKee may have found a way to get a whole lot of pop superstars to repay the favor. Plus: Joan Rivers.

McKee, who has written songs like Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” Ke$ha’s “C’mon,” and most of Britney’s Femme Fatale album, is the latest pop songwriter to cross over to center stage, following the footsteps of writers-turned-artists (and frequently also still writers) Jessie J, Sia, and Skylar Grey.

In the “American Girl” video released today, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kathy Griffin, Macklemore, Joan Rivers, Karmin, George Takei, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jenny McCarthy, KISS, Jason Derulo, Jewel, Tommy Lee, Sirah, Taio Cruz, Jane Lynch, and more all pop in to lipsync lines like “I was raised by a television/Every day is a competition.” McKee also sings about falling in love at a 7-11. America! Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

President Obama's inauguration playlist released -- LISTEN

President Obama’s public swearing-in will take place on Jan. 21, and the Obama team has just released an Official Inauguration Playlist by Barack Obama. The list features songs by Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, all of whom who will be performing at various inauguration events this weekend. Other guests set to perform include fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Brad Paisley and Smokey Robinson.

Surprisingly, the playlist also features “Edge of Glory,” a Lady Gaga tune that thematically is a perfect fit for the event. But instead of the Lady Gaga version, the President went with the Glee cast version. A secret Gleek? Perhaps it’s a nod to his daughters — the Glee cast will be performing at the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.

Listen to the full playlist below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher added to Obama inauguration

President Barack Obama’s final inauguration is coming up, and apparently he figured he might as well go all in.

In addition to already-announced names Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor, all of whom will perform during the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21, Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, and Brad Paisley will also be performing during the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.

In a statement, Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said, “We are honored and excited to have such a diverse, talented group of musical guests joining Americans from across the country to celebrate the 57th Inauguration.”

Plenty of other performer names have been tossed around for the series of big events, which include the inauguration, the kids’ concert, and two official inaugural balls. Those names include Nick Cannon, the cast of Glee, Marc Anthony, Smokey Robinson, and Far East Movement, though it’s unclear who of those names will be showing up where.

Perry’s spot on the bill isn’t surprising, as she played a rally for President Obama a few days before last November’s election. In one of the more head-turning fashion moments of 2012’s political discussion, she performed dressed as a ballot.

Who else do you hope shows up for the inauguration? Who would you book? And are you going to miss Aretha Franklin and her fantastic hats?

Read More on EW.com:
Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor to perform at Obama inauguration
Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen to rally with Obama day before election
Alicia Keys sued over ‘Girl On Fire’

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