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Katy Perry starting her own record label

The California Gurl is growing up.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, 27-year-old Katy Perry revealed her plans to start her own record label. Her new enterprise doesn’t have a name yet, but “I’m preparing for it now,” she assured THR.

“And when this record label does come to fruition, I’m going to try and avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success,” Perry said. “As people are coming to me with opportunities, I’m thinking, ‘How would I want to be treated?'”

It’s unclear where her imprint will live, but it’ll likely be at EMI, where Perry is currently signed (with Capitol Records). As one EMI executive told THR, “Katy is one of our crown jewels.”

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Katy Perry smacks Prince Charming (a.k.a. Russell Brand) in 'Wide Awake' video -- WATCH

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Katy Perry’s latest single, “Wide Awake,” is certainly a pop delight, even if its lyrics are fairly generic (“I’m wide awake/And now it’s clear to me/That everything you see/Ain’t always what it seems”).

But Perry claims the video for the song — which she’s using to promote her 3-D movie, Part of Me — is nothing short of autobiographical and explains the journey she’s been on for the last two years.

“It’s kind of like the labyrinth of my life in the last two years,” Perry said during an MTV First presentation, where she sat down with MTV’s Sway to discuss the clip. “I just wanted to tell a story about myself kind of going through this journey, maybe sometimes trying to get out of the maze. There’s good parts, there’s bad parts, and the whole time there’s the younger version of me leading me through.”

Naturally, Perry referenced the struggle that’s outlined in “Wide Awake” and alluded to the fact — but didn’t explicitly say — that much of the song describes her feelings about her recent divorce from comedian Russell Brand. “Of course there’s been a lot of things that went on last year that I had to get through and overcome and obstacles that I had to, you know, go through,” Perry explained. “I think what kept me going is just, like, the purity of my belief in music and my love for music.”

Whether or not you buy into the platitudes that Perry is selling — sure, she’s had a rough year, and a divorce is a disaster for anyone — the video for “Wide Awake” seems to be just what her fans might want from her at this point in time. There’s a fantastical, whimsical vibe to it that finds Perry teaming up with her own self as a child.

The clip launches with a snippet from the shoot for her “California Gurls” and ends with the concert tour, book-ending the two crazy years she’s spent promoting her blockbuster album Teenage Dream. There’s a genius moment where the princess-like Perry emerges from darkness to find Prince Charming — and promptly smacks him.

The only thing that would have made the moment better was if the guy had looked a little bit more like Russell Brand. Check it out yourself below:

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry win big at Much Music Awards

Oh, Canada. It’s sometimes easy to forget all the great things you’ve given us here south of your border. There’s Justin Bieber, of course, and also Ryan Gosling. And who could forget about poutine? Poutine!

Now, another great reminder: The MuchMusic Video Awards, generally considered Canada’s equivalent of the MTV Video Music Awards. It’s perhaps no big surprise that Carly Rae Jepsen came out the big winner at last night’s ceremony, nabbing three major awards.

(Fun fact: Josh Ramsay, the frontman of pop-punkers Marianas Trench, who took home several prizes as well, produced “Call Me Maybe.” Synergy!)

Katy Perry also won the “UR Fave” trophy for International Artist or Group and the International Video of the Year prize, beating out the likes of Adele, One Direction, Rihanna, and LMFAO.

Check out the full list of last night’s winners (in bold) below the jump, as well as nominees:

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2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:

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Adele, LMFAO, and Rihanna lead Billboard Music Award finalists

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Fresh off their name-checks in the Time 100, Adele and Rihanna have more kudos to brag about. They’re leading the pack of Billboard Music Awards nominees, along with Lady Gaga, LMFAO, and Lil Wayne. Adele scored 18 nods — including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist — off the mega-sales of her album 21 and its lead single “Rolling in the Deep.” “Party Rockers” LMFAO will be in the house behind thanks to 17 nods. Rihanna could win up to 13 trophies, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne could be walking home with a lot of hardware, after netting 10 nods apiece. Usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars are also among the pool of finalists. You can view the full list here.

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New vinyl album releases from Katy Perry, Flaming Lips give record stores a kick

Think Katy Perry and vinyl, and a hip-hugging dress might come to mind.

The 27-year-old pop artist is among musicians going old school — releasing music on pressed vinyl records to help celebrate Record Store Day.

Perry, who’s too young to have thumbed through 45-rpm singles when she was a girl, joins an eclectic mix that includes David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Misfits, White Stripes, the late James Brown and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends with special vinyl releases to celebrate the hometown record store on Saturday.

All of that vinyl — more than 300 offerings — represents a bright spot for the roughly 2,000 indie music retailers facing stiff competition from online music sales and streaming music services.

“There would be fewer stores, if it wasn’t for the resurgence of vinyl,” said Chris Brown from Bull Moose, a chain of 10 stores in Maine and New Hampshire, who hatched the idea for Record Store Day. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Madonna's 'MDNA' debuts at No. 1, Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' lands in second

You gave her all your luvin’, gave her your luv – and now Madonna is sitting pretty atop the Billboard 200, for the eighth time!

Madge’s latest album, MDNA, sold 359,000 copies in its first week, which was well ahead of her last effort (2008’s Hard Candy started with 280,000), and the pop star’s best sales week since her successful 2000 set Music bowed with 420,000.

MDNA marks Madonna’s fifth straight No. 1 debut; if she can keep up the momentum and manage one more, she will tie Barbra Streisand as the female artist with the most chart-topping albums. (Streisand, who turns 70 this month, has had nine.)

Interestingly, Madonna achieved these MDNA numbers without a hit single currently making waves. The first track released from MDNA, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” a cheer-pop dance tune featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., debuted at No. 10 on the Hot 100 but quickly faded. Her followup, “Girl Gone Wild,” is just now beginning its run. So what’s behind her big sales uptick? First off, her performance during the Super Bowl halftime show put Madonna in front of 113 million(!) viewers. On top of that, U.S. ticket buyers for Madonna’s upcoming world tour had the option of receiving a copy of MDNA with their purchase; a similar strategy helped propel both Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway and Tom Petty’s Mojo to No. 1. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry becomes singing Marine in 'Part of Me' video: Watch it here, bro

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It’s less G.I. Jane and more In the Army Now, but Katy Perry’s new pop-military video for “Part of Me” is still an intense ride.

It begins as a sort of indie flick, with Perry sitting in her car and watching a crappy boyfriend flirt with someone at his work. Livid and emotionally fragile, Perry runs off and does what anyone with a broken heart would do: join the Marines in wartime.

And Perry goes all out for the video. As she told MTV, where the video premiered last night, the singer went through rigorous boot camp training, consumed MRE rations (“They tasted like a McRib!”), and started using the word “bro.”

The song is the lead single off of Perry’s rereleased album Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, out March 26. Give it a spin with the video below and let us know what you think in the comments, bro:

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Did Katy Perry just take a dig at Beyonce? You be the judge

Don’t expect Katy Perry to pay tribute to Beyonce anytime soon. Though the singer just performed a cover of Kanye and Jay Z’s “N—s in Paris,” when it comes to Jay’s better half, she’s apparently got some reservations.

The same day Perry performed her rendition of the track during a visit to BBC Radio 1, she purportedly made a dig at Beyonce and Shakira’s 2007 hit “Beautiful Liar.” Perry let her feelings about the song slip while discussing a possible collaboration with Rihanna. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry covers 'N---s In Paris': Watch it here!

Katy Perry’s collaborations with rappers so far have been pretty fruitful — the Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls” and the Kanye West-abled “E.T.” both ended up in the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier today, she proved that she might have learned a thing or two from her collaborators.

While visiting BBC Radio 1, Perry put a New York Yankees hat on top of her electric-blue hair and ripped into a cover of “N—-s in Paris,” from West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne. It was slowed down slightly and re-arranged so that it could be played by her band, and nixed most of the bad words.

The energy level is way lower than the original, though Perry seemed really focused on getting all the lyrics out (and it’s a lot of lyrics).”This is about to get embarrassing,” she said before ripping into the first verse. You can be the judge of that below. READ FULL STORY

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