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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

Get ready for Katy Perry in 3-D, 'Part of Me' in theaters this summer

Get your 3-D glasses ready, Katy Perry fans. The pop star is bringing blue wigs and whipped-cream bras to a theater near you. The singer is teaming up with Paramount to make the leap to the big screen with 3-D documentary-style film on her life on and off screen. We can only assume it will be a hybrid of her recent California Dream world tour, life on the road, and snippets of her personal life.

The “Teenage Dream” singer tweeted: “Finally, my movie coming out with Paramount this summer! It’s called Katy Perry: Part of Me Presented In 3D! #KP3D.’ READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' debuts atop the Billboard Hot 100, Adele sends three songs to top 10

Adele isn’t the only one racking up big numbers this week.

In the wake of Katy Perry’s performance at the Grammy Awards, “Part of Me” made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one.

That makes seven chart-toppers for Perry, joining “I Kissed a Girl,” “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”

“Part of Me” is also now only the 20th tune in the chart’s 53-year history to make its debut on top. For the latter feat, Perry now joins some rare company. Michael Jackson was the first to pull it off when he sent “You Are Not Alone” (from the HIStory album) to the top of the Hot 100 in 1995.

Huge names followed, including Mariah Carey (who has actually done it three times), Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Eminem, Celine Dion, and a bunch of American Idol winners. The last artist to pull it off was Lady Gaga, who released “Born This Way” at the top of the Billboard heap.

With the benefit of a record Grammys audience at her back, Perry moved an estimated 411,000 downloads of “Part of Me,” her best sales week yet. With radio play expected to increase and single sales figuring to stay robust through the release of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection on March 27, “Part of Me” could end up having a long reign at number one.

But of course, the rest of the chart belongs to Adele. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj explains Grammy performance was part of a 'movie'

Four days have elapsed since Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, but the conversation about Nicki Minaj is still going.

Her colorful, Catholic-baiting performance of “Roman Holiday” remains the solitary lightbulb around which many media moths are fluttering, asking variations on the question, “Uh, what was that?”

“I don’t know what is the big issue,” Minaj told reporters on the red carpet of an event for Viva Glam MAC cosmetics. “You know how people write plays and movies? That’s what I did. I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?”

Minaj seems to think that the big problem people had with her performance was that it was on a set, though nobody voiced those same complaints about Katy Perry’s generally well-received run through “Part of Me” or Taylor Swift’s theatrical take on “Mean.” The issue was not the fact that it was over-the-top (because, quite frankly, there’s no shortage of that), but the fact that it was confusing and somewhat poorly executed.

But let’s give Minaj the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is a small portion of a much larger project. Does that mean that her upcoming album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a concept album about exorcism?

Is this an actual movie in the sense that we’ll actually be able to watch it on DVD (in between Lifetime Originals, of course)? Or is it more of a movie in the conceptual sense, the way that stoners will tell you, “My life is a movie, man. But who’s the director? Is it this God? Or is it this hamster over here? What’d you do with the Corn Nuts?”

Minaj has certainly succeeded at keeping her name in the news, which has further fueled speculation (and, no lie, excitement) over her upcoming album, which was originally slated to hit stores this week. Will she be able to keep this up until the actual release date of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on April 3? Based on her wig collection, it’s safe to say “yes.”

What did you think of Minaj’s performance? Has it gotten better or worse since Sunday? Get Roman in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Nicki Minaj releases new song ‘Starships': Hear it here
Grammys 2012: An on-the-scene report from inside the Staples Center
Nicki Minaj levitates, lights fires, speaks in tongues for Grammys performance of new single ‘Roman Holiday’

Katy Perry's first single from 'The Complete Confection' to be 'Part of Me': Listen to a snippet here!

Yesterday came the news that Katy Perry would be rereleasing her latest album as a special edition titled Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, complete with three new singles.

Now Perry has announced that the first new song will be “Part of Me,” which will hit radio and retailers on Feb. 21.

The lovelorn ditty — a snippet from which you can find below — fits right into the cohesive, radio-ready pop sounds that were Dream‘s 12 original tracks, five of which — it’s been said but it’s worth restating, honestly —  hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. (She was the first female artist to ever have five No. 1s from the same album, and the second artist ever, after Michael Jackson.)

“Part of Me” — with a chorus that tells a lover that “this is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me” — seems like it could have fit easily on the album’s original release — it sonically falls somewhere between her most recent single “The One That Got Away” (which stalled at No. 3 on the Hot 100) and the album’s second single, “Teenage Dream.” Teenage Dream is proving to have really, really long legs –lead single “California Gurls” was released in May of 2010(!) — and “Part of Me” could make it run that much further.

In addition to the three new songs, the rerelease of Dream will include all 12 original tracks, as well as versions of “E.T.” featuring Kanye West and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” featuring Missy Elliott, an acoustic version of “The One That Got Away,” and a seven-minute megamix of the album’s six originally released singles. The Complete Confection hits March 27.

For now, though, enjoy a 30-second taste of “Part of Me” here: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry releasing special edition 'Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection' with three new songs

Although most pop stars now release an album every 12 months, pop’s reigning queen, Katy Perry, has been riding high on the success of Teenage Dream for almost two straight years, and she’s not putting it away anytime soon.

EMI announced today that Perry will release a special edition of her sophomore disc, which spawned five No. 1 singles,  called Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection on March 27.

The rerelease will include three new songs, as well as radio mixes of “E.T” featuring Kanye West and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” featuring Missy Elliott, the acoustic version of “The One That Got Away,” and a seven-minute Tommy Sunshine mega-mix of six already-released Dream singles.

In a press release, Perry states, “This is the complete story of Teenage Dream… I’m moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest.” Of course, I’m assuming she’s not talking about her cupcake bra, so perhaps Perry has some confessional laments about the end of her romance to Russel Brand in store. Or maybe just some more Dr. Luke party anthems. We’ll have to wait and see.

Now, before you start accusing the pop diva of simply trying to take over Michael Jackson’s record of the most No. 1 singles released from one album (which many people did when she released multiple versions of “The One That Got Away”), read this caveat from Billboard: READ FULL STORY

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