Demos That Did It Better

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Thanks to hackers and YouTube, pop fans are now able to listen to a slew of unfinished demo material that was probably never meant for public consumption.  It’s great (for us…not the artists).  Sometimes, a demo ends up being way more awesome than the finished product.  Sometimes, a demo never sees the light of day and it’s a massive injustice!  Check out a list of some of my favorite demos and unreleased jams after the jump. Continue reading

Music News: Katy Perry previews lavish “Unconditionally” music video

 

Katy Perry unveiled a dramatic preview of the music video for “PRISM’s” second single, “Unconditionally” this afternoon, and hold on to your butts ’cause it looks MASSIVE.  This video has everything: fancy dresses, ballroom dancing, too much rouge, a drunk old lady taking a time-out on a chaise longue, and a GIANT ass owl.  Katy revealed at her “We Can Survive” Breast Cancer Fundraiser show in LA last month that the “Unconditionally” music video was inspired by the films Dangerous Liaisons and Anna Karenina (the new one with Keira Knightley).  Intriguing!

When the stunning single artwork for “Unconditionally” was released a few weeks ago, rumors started swirling that the music video may have also been inspired by the suicide of Evelyn McHale – a 23-year-old woman who jumped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in 1947.  Eerily referred to as, “The Most Beautiful Suicide,” a photography student who just happened to be passing by at the time snapped this haunting photo of Evelyn’s body moments after it landed on top of a limousine.  Spooky!

So while it’s tough to say from the preview what exactly the “Unconditionally” music video will be about, I think it’s pretty clear that it will contain a whooole lotta melodrama and intrigue, and probably a couple of star crossed lovers.  Sign me up!  The “Unconditionally” music video is set to premiere on November 19th on MTV at the oddly precise time of 7:53 PM EST.  Check out the preview above and a few stills from the video after the jump! Continue reading

Music News: Katy Perry co-wrote Britney Spears’s “Passenger”

Producer Diplo just tweeted that he co-wrote Britney’s Spears’s recently leaked song, “Passenger” with Katy Perry and Sia!  That’s quite a pop songwriting trio.  I thought I detected some Sia backing vocals on the track, but I was too shy to speak up!  We already suspected that Katy spent some time in the studio with Sia and Diplo back in June, but when Diplo didn’t appear as a producer on Katy’s new album, “PRISM,” I just assumed that their collaborations had been left on the cutting room floor.  Not so!  One of their efforts, “Passenger,” was given to Britney Spears.  “Passenger” may not have fit on “PRISM,” but it suits Britney quite well.  In fact, I think it’s one of the most impressive songs we’ve heard from her in years!

That whole, “Britney Jean” is “my most personal record yet” business is kind of hurt by the fact that Britney apparently didn’t do any writing on “Passenger,” but no matter.  It’s still an awesome song and I’m thrilled to see that it made the final track listing for the album, which was unveiled yesterday.

Thanks to the good people over at Popjustice for breaking this story AND for taking a screen shot of Diplo’s tweet, as he has since deleted it!  Excellent work all around!

Review: Katy Perry – “PRISM”

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It’s been over 3 years since Katy Perry released her double-platinum, best-selling album, “Teenage Dream” – a record-breaking body of work that launched 5 #1 singles and put Katy on the map as one of the world’s biggest pop stars.  After taking some well-deserved time off earlier this year, Katy returned to the music scene this month with the release of her third studio album, “PRISM.”  A decidedly more mature album than the adolescent “Teenage Dream,” “PRISM” is a multifaceted look at Katy’s healing process following her very public divorce from comedian Russell Brand.  But even though she’s tackling some heavier subject matter this time around, Katy hasn’t left the big choruses and quotable hooks of “Teenage Dream” behind. Continue reading

New Music: Katy Perry – “Birthday”

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Okay, so I promise that I’m not going to post EVERY song from Katy Perry’s new “PRISM” album (my full album review is coming soon), but this one’s just too good to pass up.  In an album made up of predominately thoughtful and reflective mid-tempo pop songs, “Birthday” stands out like…well, like Katy Perry in her birthday suit! Continue reading

New Music: Katy Perry – “Unconditionally”

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With lead single “Roar” and 2 promotional singles (“Walking On Air” and “Dark Horse”), it may seem like we’ve already heard a lot from Katy Perry’s upcoming “PRISM” album before its scheduled release (and actually, the whole thing leaked online this morning…oops!), but today marks the premiere of the project’s official second single, “Unconditionally.”  And it’s absolutely glorious. Continue reading

Music News: Katy vs. Gaga – let the battle begin!

Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” is out and already rockin’ iTunes!  Due to several leaked snippets, Gaga pushed up the release of her new single “Applause” to tonight!  Let the pop girl battle begin!

Strangely enough, both “Roar” and “Applause” suffer from the same problem – strong chorus, weak verses.  Katy’s verses are familiar and cliche (“You held me down, but I got up!”), Gaga’s just don’t make a ton of sense.  But while “Roar” features the most massive and infectious chorus I’ve heard in a pop song this year, Gaga’s “Applause” just has a solid hook…buried beneath a lot of electronic noise.  Advantage: Katy.

I LIKE “Roar” a lot, but I don’t LOVE it.  Vocally, Katy’s never sounded better, but the song is missing the spark (pardon the pun) of past anthems like “Firework” (though the final chorus is really something special).  As for “Applause,” it’s OK.  Like a lot of songs on “Born This Way,” the production just sounds too cluttered and messy to me.

Katy’s been sitting at #1 on iTunes for a few hours today, but I imagine she will be dethroned by Gaga later tonight.  Then, after the hype settles, we’ll see which song is really resonating with the general public!

What are your thoughts on “Roar” and “Applause”?  Which song will ultimately come out on top?

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Music News: Katy Perry reveals hilarious “Roar” cover art

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Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” went up for pre-order on UK iTunes this afternoon, giving the world its first look at the song’s official artwork.  And it’s hilarious.  Framed in purple tiger print, Katy looks over her shoulder, really allowing us to appreciate the giant roaring tiger decal on the back of her track jacket.  What words does the picture bring to mind?  Regal.  SUBTLE.  Tasteful.  EXPENSIVE.

Just kidding, the single cover looks cheaper than free and it’s impossible to take Katy seriously in that tacky getup…but I can’t help but love it.  True, Katy’s sending a bit of a mixed message – is this her more mature era, or are we still playing dress-up?  But I don’t really care.  Honestly, I just like that Katy’s still having fun.

What do you think of Katy’s “Roar” cover art?

Music News: Katy Perry releases more “Roar” teasers & new snippet

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Katy Perry continues to shed her candy-coated image with two new teaser videos for her upcoming single “Roar.”  The first teaser finds Katy attending a funeral service for the famous peppermint dress that she wore on her California Dreams tour.  As the camera pans over the crowd of mourners, Katy tilts her sunglasses and gives us a knowing smirk (scandalizing the woman to her right).

The second teaser, released this morning, follows an innocent looking fluffy cat as it pounces on and devours a feathery bird toy, letting out a ferocious roar when it’s through (Katy’s fans are called “Katycats,” if you weren’t already aware).  But then the best part of the teaser happens – a five second song snippet!!  We don’t get to hear much, but apparently “Roar” will feature a massive, ultra catchy chorus of, “Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” ‘s.  Seriously, it’s stuck in my head already.  I was a little surprised by the song’s tempo – with a title like “Roar” I was expecting something a little peppier – but I will put my trust in Katy, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin.  I’m so hyped for this single I could spit.  Too bad we still have five days to wait!

Check out both of Katy’s new “Roar” teasers after the jump.

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