Little Monsters the world over are up in arms over a photo Katy Perry posted to her Twitter that features the “Firework” singer as a mermaid. Why so serious? Well, we’ll let gagamonster96 explain it for us: “Lady Gaga announces that she's going to be Yüyi the Mermaid in her next video. Katy Perry goes on, and copies her.”
Gaga performed “The Edge of Glory” in mermaid attire on Le Grand Journal in late June and has alluded to being a mermaid in the video for her next single. “I will also say that Yuyi is in incubation, for anyone who knows what that means. Yuyi may just be born in the next video,” Gaga said recently on a Taiwanese talk show. “I don't want to ruin the surprise! It's very unexpected. Working on the video now.”
Interestingly, there were rumors she would appear as a mermaid in her “Edge of Glory” video but that the concept was scrapped – along with whatever footage director Joseph Kahn shot – in favor of the pared-down, Gaga-directed video that was released in June. Gaga still hasn’t announced what her next single will be nor when the video will be released.
Laurieann Gibson, Gaga’s creative director, took to her favorite platform, Twitter, to deliver a sly dig at Perry, saying, “even though they try to steal a tail theres only 1 Mermaid, Swim On!”
The tension is what it is and we’re not going to say too much about it. Except this: Getting upset when one pop star “rips off” another is silly for a number of reasons but mostly because Madonna always did it first. Madonna filed her mermaid trademark in ’89 when she shot her “Cherish” music video. Read More...
Some of the biggest artists in music are on the road this summer, and with the season stacked, we in the MTV Newsroom were curious who you were planning to check out. We asked, you responded and the results are … well, they’re pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect when we ask anything and include the words “Britney” and “Spears” among the possibilities.
In our poll of who you want to see on tour this summer, Spears took the crown – just like she did when we asked what your favorite album of the year (so far) and like she nearly did when we wondered about your favorite song (she fell to Lady Gaga by this much).
Over 56 percent of those polled said they intended to check Spears and Nicki Minaj out on the Femme Fatale tour. Spears’ closest competitor was another pop diva, Katy Perry, whose California Dreams tour we saw a few weeks ago and really enjoyed. So yes, you should probably see her too – especially if you like the color pink. Her show includes a lot of pink things, from cotton candy clouds to a Candy Land-like set.
And despite the poll results, we have another recommendation. We were horrified to learn that no one – as in zero percent of those polled – is planning to see My Morning Jacket. This is a travesty, we say! We were at Bonnaroo in 2008 for MMJ’s epic three-hour set and want to warn that if they come to your town and you don’t check them out, you may be committing a crime against music. Just sayin’!
Check out the poll results below. Read More...
Space, it really is the final frontier. And with the Space Shuttle Atlantis due to blast off for the last-ever shuttle mission into the heavens on Friday morning (unless Mother Nature gets in the way), we were feeling all nostalgic about songs that glorify the deepness of the cosmos.
When they're not focused on penning songs about their sexual conquests, cars or whatever "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about, rock stars have often looked to the heavens for inspiration. Some have returned to that topic over and over again to great effect, including the original cosmic cowboy, David Bowie, who has written some of the best galaxy tunes of all time with "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes," "Five Years," "Life on Mars" and "Starman."
Ten years ago this week, “Lady Marmalade” was celebrating its fifth and final week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The Missy Elliot-produced single appeared on the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film “Moulin Rouge!” and won Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The smash video featured the sexy songbirds as lingerie-clad ladies of the night at a Paris brothel and took home the MTV VMA for Video of the Year. It was kind of a big deal.
The song lives on in the clubs, where we heard it this weekend while out celebrating NYC Pride and the passage of the groundbreaking same-sex marriage equality bill in New York. When the tune started booming over the sound system, everyone on the dance floor went bonkers. The crowd remembered every word; some even knew the choreography.
This got us thinking about who would fill Pink and the Queen Bee’s hooker boots today. Sure, hip-hop stars call on their friends in rhyming for first-rate mega-collaborations all the time, but it’s been a while since we’ve see an all-star pop star explosion of this magnitude. Can anyone hold a candle to Xtina and the gang? Read on for our ideas. Read More...
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is easily one of the most mainstream anti-gay politicians in America. She believes legalized gay marriage will result in the indoctrination of homosexuality in children (because that’s how it works, duh!), and lead the charge to pass a constitutional amendment in Minnesota, which she represents in the U.S. Congress, banning gay marriage. Bachmann has said teaching children that being gay is OK is akin to child abuse and that being gay is “part of Satan.” She also said, “If you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”
So it’s pretty odd that she is using Katy Perry’s smash “Firework” as a campaign anthem. Over the weekend, she entered the conservative RightOnline conference (where she was “glitter bombed”) in Minneapolis to the song.
Which begs the question: Does Michele Bachmann know what “Firework” is about? Is she aware it is a pro-tolerance anthem, with a video that includes a storyline about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and kissing another man? Perry dedicated the video to the It Gets Better campaign, which was started last fall to encourage LGBT teens to stay strong following the bullying-related suicides of several gay teens.
At the Nassau Coliseum on Friday night, we were there when Perry told the audience what inspired the song. "I wrote this song for anyone who ever needed a song,” Perry said. “To help them, to lift them up.”
We suspect Perry wouldn’t be pleased that her song about lifting people up is being used by a politician best known for her attempts to keep people down. Read More...
by Melanie Wolfson
When my supervisor asked if I wanted to go to a shoot with Katy Perry, I'll admit that I was pretty pumped. Not that I'm Perry's #1 fan, by any means, but I have definitely rocked out to "I Kissed a Girl" more times than I can count (you know you're guilty too!) and was excited to meet the pretty face with the cool outfits behind the song.
As I piled into a cab with the rest of the small crew we were allowed to bring over to the EMI headquarters, I imagined Perry would be this totally awesome, down-to-earth sort of chick that I could grab a beer with. But my first impression? Not quite what I had imagined.
Perry walked into the lobby from the room where she had just finished an interview, and proceeded to shout (jokingly), "I can't do this anymore!" She then picked up a copy of Paper magazine — she's this month's cover girl — and threw it on the floor, saying, "Ugh! Who is this? What a diva!"
By Rya Backer
Hey, ladieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! (And the rest of you.) We've got a bunch of stories today, and just a few happen to be about some of our favorite females.
Did you see Lady Gaga and her piano made of bubbles last night on "American Idol"? Well, the 23-year-old pop princess made news yesterday when her first two singles, "Just Dance" and newer hit "Poker Face," both reached #1. The last artist to do the same was Christina Aguilera (who's copying whom now?). Our very own Jocelyn Vena gave us the rundown on Gaga's best looks.
Speaking of looks, Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry share a certain retro aesthetic, and the actress has had about enough of the comparisons.
Watch the video, have a great day and keep checking back in!
When Katy Perry and Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden were spotted in the same place, at the same time, over Valentine's Day in Las Vegas, rumors began circulating that the pair was canoodling. However, Katy has taken to her blog to insist that's not the case.
In a blog post titled "I Wanna Be Like Grace Kelly," Perry, who broke up with Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy earlier this year, insisted that she and Madden are nothing more than friends. "Oh kittens! It's two pseudo-famous people sitting next to each other … doesn't mean we were bumping uglies!" she wrote. "You know I don't just do that with anyone! That's just how the media works, as you can tell.
"I was there celebrating a really fun show and a boozy Valentine's with all my good friends. We were like a group of 25." she continued. "Benji is a nice young fellow, but my heart really belongs to [my cat] Kitty Purry," she wrote, adding that it also belongs to her friend, actor Markus Molinari.
And in case you're wondering why Perry wants to be Grace Kelly, well perhaps her trip to Monte Carlo, where Kelly happened to be a crowned princess, has something to do with it. "Oh shayth do I have frequent flyer milez for days," she wrote. "I wonder if you can cash in frequent flyer miles for a boyfriend rather than just dinners and gift certificates for Starbucks? 'How many miles for Brad Pitt, pls?' "
Editor's note: After this blog entry was published on Monday, People.com ran a correction stating that its report of Katy Perry's Los Angeles show, upon which this blog entry was based, contained erroneous reporting, particularly with regard to Perry's comments about Travis McCoy. MTV News regrets spreading the erroneous news.
What happened, Katy Perry? We thought this whole mess with Travis McCoy and how you make big sweeping public statements about him was over. And, we thought we vowed we never were going to talk about it ever again. Remember?
And now, 10 days after you said you were joking about being celibate, here we are once again wondering why it is you're bringing up your former flame in concert when you know you should be singing about kissing girls and getting all excited about the Grammy awards on Sunday.
"Girls, if you have ever dated a boy — specifically the lead singer from Gym Class Heroes — don't do it!" you reportedly said in concert on Saturday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine. "Boys should have a heart. You know what I mean girls? Boys just want the milk, but they don't want to buy the cow."
Maybe the girl-pop world is taking inspiration from President Barack Obama's renewed interest in green technology, but for whatever reason, there's a lot of song recycling going on lately.
First there was Britney Spears covering "American Idol" wannabe Joanna Pacitti's "Out From Under" on her Circus album. Now comes word that the original "Idol," Kelly Clarkson, is rehashing a Katy Perry castoff for her upcoming album.