By Zachary Swickey
While Katy Perry continues to deny pregnancy rumors (a terse “Hell, no!” was her actual response), the pop starlet has managed to secure another feat on the Billboard music charts with her sixth top ten single from Teenage Dream.
Perry’s sixth official offering from Dream, “The One That Got Away” jumps from the No. 15 spot of the Billboard Hot 100 to number 10, which makes it only the seventh album in the chart’s 53-year history to garner six top 10 singles, according to Billboard. No one has accomplished this since Janet Jackson’s Janet managed to do so way back from '93-94.
Teenage Dream has managed to stay on the Billboard charts since its first week of release and is chugging along in its 65th week of release with 1.9 million copies sold. The top ten appearance of “The One That Got Away” follows Perry’s five previous singles, which all reached number one status: “California Gurls (ft. Snoop Dogg),” the album’s title track, “Firework,” “E.T. (ft. Kanye West)” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Perry will truly break new ground if her sixth single manages to hit number one – it would surpass Michael Jackson’s Bad to become the first album of all time to have six Billboard Hot 100 number one singles. Hate to brag, but we saw this coming months ago. Perry can still aspire to Whitney Houston’s record of seven numero uno singles in a row (which the vintage diva did over the course of two albums), even if it takes her third album to do so. Read More...
We have one thing in common with Katy Perry. That’s a hard statement to make given the fact that she is a chart-topping international pop superstar and we are not. That one thing? Well, we both really like food. Now, this is where we stop having anything in common. You see when Katy packs on a few extra pounds the world assumes she’s pregnant. When we do it, the world (or like 2 people) just assume we’ve gained some weight.
Over the course of the last few months, Perry has been pretty adamant that any bumps anyone is seeing on her have more to do with her diet than her plans to expand her family. Back in October, during a tour stop in London, the singer told the packed room, "I didn't know if I was going to be able to show up tonight. I'm not rubbing my belly because I'm pregnant, I'm rubbing because I ate beans on toast. You were going to need a crane to lift my arse in here."
She once again had everyone talking at this weekend's American Music Awards, where some people thought she looked a little like she was in the family way. However, she once again cleared up that she’s only carrying food in her belly.
"Hell, no!" was her response to Hollyscoop, PEOPLE reports. The site further reports that she added to “The Insider” that "I like In-N-Out Burger and Taco Bell and if you want to make that pregnant that's your problem. I still love drinking alcohol so not yet."
Still not convinced that she and Russell Brand aren’t expecting? Reportedly at a NYC tour stop last week, she said that her "bloated belly" was a symptom of NYC’s “delicious food.” Read More...
By Akshay Bhansali
Well not literally, of course.
For those not in the know, R3hab is an explosive new Dutch electro house DJ-producer on the EDM scene who is known in the dance world for a "chainsaw" sound. His remix for Katy Perry's hit “The One That Got Away,” puts her in great company: Rihanna, David Guetta, Tiësto and Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso have all recently had big tunes R3hab’ed. He was kind enough to share a preview of the song with his buddies at MTV News. Take a listen…
When MTV News caught up with R3hab, born Fadil El Ghoul, he was pretty psyched about the way the banger came out.
“I tried to give it a full ‘R3hab.’ It was a very cool job to do because the original had a faster bpm. Like 134 bpm. So I had to slow it down a little. The original record has a little bit of a country feel to it. Drummy. Rocky. Not sounding big, but very beautiful," he says. "And I tried to make it sound more big. I think it worked out great. Took me a long time to get there, but it was worth it.”
No word yet on when the song will be available for purchase, but you can stream the entire track over at R3hab’s soundcloud.
Katy Perry's had quite a year and not only does she seem to know it, she knows who to thank for it.
The record-setting pop star has added a final date to her massive "California Dreams World Tour" at Los Angeles' Staples Center that will take place on Nov. 23. A FREE final date!
During an appearance today on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Perry announced that she will hold a "Katy Perry Gives Thanks" show that will wrap up her sold-out 122-date tour to show her gratitude to the fans who've supported her and the road show. Fans looking to join the "Firework" singer in LA for the free concert can get more information on her Facebook page.
That's a pretty cool gesture, yes? Just when we thought we couldn't like Katy Perry any more, she goes and finds a way to up the ante. Read More...
Katy Perry is having such a huge year that she hardly needs more reasons to celebrate, but she woke up to another one this morning – she turns 27 today.
Happy birthday, Katy!
In 2011 alone, the pop star tied Michael Jackson's record for the most No. 1 hits from a single album, won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year for "Firework," scored four Grammy nominations and has been touring the globe on her sold-out "California Dreams Tour." (We saw her at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island this summer and thought the show was great!)
In her honor, we've rounded up some of our favorite Katy videos after the jump. Enjoy! (And don't forget to send her some birthday love on Twitter @katyperry!) Read More...
Katy Perry, Twitpic
By James Dinh
It's been exactly one year since Katy Perry released her sophomore album, Teenage Dream, and the pop titan still isn't ready to wake up. After selling over 1.7 million copies across in the U.S., spawning five No. 1 singles and breaking just a few records, the California Gurl just keeps on marching forward and doesn't appear to be stopping -- especially with her leading nine nominations for this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
Naturally, the always-colorful pop star took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to rejoice in the project's one-year anniversary, and of course, show off some goodies. No, we're not talking about her whipped-cream bra, but a sugary-sweet album birthday cake. "Happy 1 year birthday to Teenage Dream! We made history, it's been a beautiful year! SO thankful!" she wrote alongside the above Twitpic.
No word on whether Mrs. Russell Brand will release another track from the mega-successful album, which could drive the singer past the record she now shares with Michael Jackson after sending five songs from one album to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. (We’re hoping for “Peacock.”)
In honor of Perry's massive yearlong Teenage Dream takeover, the MTV Newsroom wants to know what’s your favorite single from the LP? Do you prefer the bouncy West Coast-repping anthem "California Gurls," the celebratory weekend tune "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," the diversity-celebrating “Firework” or any of the tunes in between? Vote in our poll, after the jump. Read More...
Music videos can thrill, shock, confound and elate, but when they weave in a serious message they can also make a difference and teach us a little something. That's why MTV is proud to introduce a new category at this year's 2011 Video Music Awards, Best Video With a Message, which will spotlight clips from Lady Gaga, Pink, Katy Perry, Eminem, Taylor Swift and Rise Against that have a pro-social message.
The new category spotlights the intersection of music and social activism, highlighting artists who've made videos with positive messages that raise awareness of some of the most pressing issues facing today's youth, from bullying and LGBT discrimination to domestic violence and self-image struggles.
“During the past year, we’ve seen a remarkable number of artists create music videos that went above and beyond simply offering entertainment value,” said MTV President Stephen Friedman. “Instead, these artists used their influence and voices to explore deeply personal experiences and issues they were passionate about to create meaningful music that resonated with millions inspiring life anthems for their fans.”
Each clip nominated for Best Video with a Message will be accompanied by some action steps from MTV Act – MTV’s online platform designed to amplify youth efforts to make things better – where the MTV audience can learn more about and take action on the issue addressed.
Read on for the nominees. Read More...
Katy Perry makes her way into the record books (again) this week, as “Last Friday Night” moves into the top spot on the Billboard Pop Songs chart. It’s the fifth single from her 2010 album Teenage Dream to land in the top spot, the most for any album in the 19-year history of the chart.
Perry is already riding high with nine MTV Video Music Award nominations, the most of any artist, and is just a few weeks away from celebrating Dream's one-year anniversary on the Billboard album chart, where it is holding tight at No. 20 in its 49th week of release.
While she can now claim the Pop Songs chart record, if “Last Friday Night” moves into the pole position on the Hot 100, Perry will tie a record set in 1988 by Michael Jackson’s Bad for the most number ones from a single album. The songbird is already the artist with the longest uninterrupted run in the Billboard top ten, having achieved 63 weeks (and counting) with Dream’s singles “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” Firework,” “ET” and “Last Friday Night.”
With “Friday Night” still gaining momentum and other potential singles (“Peacock” anyone?) yet to come from Teenage Dream, we decided to see where Perry stands in relation to some other major chart record holders. She’s closer to world domination than you think! Read More...
Katy Perry was thrilled to receive nine nominations for the 2011 MTV video Music Awards, but couldn’t help lamenting the absence of some of her good friends from the ballot.
So, who would she have included? "I do miss my RiRi, (s&m) Swifty, (back to dec) Kesha (blow) & Robyn (every vid!) Jessie J, (pricetag) in the/any categories. #ohmanitstough," she tweeted.
She's right, narrowing a year's worth of great videos down to the best of the best is a tricky business. So we asked you, dear readers, which of Katy’s picks you thought deserved a bit more recognition than they received. We got 39,116 votes in our poll. Check out who topped the list, after the jump. Read More...
Katy Perry can’t believe she's up for nine Moonmen at next month’s 2011 Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Like, how stoked is she?
"I can't sleep...I'm so excited... It feels like every birthday/christmas/first kiss I ever had. Thanks so much for believing in me," she tweeted. "I owe u."
While she's stunned she garnered so much attention from the VMA gods, she's also a bit surprised some of her pals didn't get as many or any nods at the annual party. After a flurry of tweets about her own nominations, she lamented the fact that a few other artists didn't manage a nomination.
So, who would she have included? "I do miss my RiRi, (s&m) Swifty, (back to dec) Kesha (blow) & Robyn (every vid!) Jessie J, (pricetag) in the/any categories," she tweeted. "#ohmanitstough."