Maybe at this point, we should assume everything Katy Perry says about her personal life is one big joke. And maybe we should assume that if she says one thing, the next day she just might backtrack and say that she meant something else.
Basically, we need to take every word uttered by Perry with one giant grain of salt. Why? Well, in today's edition of "I didn't mean what I said," Perry insists that yesterday's celibacy vow was taken out of context and was meant to be a joke.
Here's the quote: "I've actually taken a vow of celibacy this year," the Grammy nominee told TV Guide. "No kissing anyone. Just my cat: Kitty Purry."
It's Pop Week here at MTV News, and that means we're catching up with and getting to know everyone who's going to make a splash in pop music and culture over the next 12 months. Whether they're just arriving on the scene or are already the name on everyone's lips, these are the artists we expect big things from in 2009.
It's a new year and you, Female Pop MVP Katy Perry, have so much going on for you (tour, Grammys, etc.) — especially now that you're a single pop star. Read More...
The new year is already a bummer, and not just because I missed out on a four-team parlay by taking the Vikings yesterday. (Thanks, Tarvaris Jackson!) No, the reason 2009 is starting on such a bad note is that my favorite couple of 2008 has called it quits. That's right, Katy Perry and Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy apparently are no more.
It's difficult to say that I didn't see this one coming. After all, Perry — who first appeared as a blip on the radar with a cameo in Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold" video — shot to worldwide fame in '08, thanks mostly to her penchant for kissing girls (and liking it). She became a sex symbol, a lightning rod for criticism and, uh, a doll. McCoy, on the other hand, released an album that got a fairly underwhelming response. Oh, and he got tattoos of Hall and Oates on his hands. Through it all, they appeared happy, but Perry had eclipsed McCoy and become the more famous of the two. She was the one people asked about in interviews — whether it was about "I Kissed a Girl" or her face-plant into a Quinceañera cake (or sometimes, both) — and McCoy was probably getting tired of it (he sure sounded that way in this blog post). Read More...
We here at MTV News are a pretty diverse bunch, so the views expressed by some in our more official-type year-end lists (like James Montgomery's Top 25 Albums and Best Songs, and the Mixtape Monday Awards) are not necessarily shared by the rest of the newsroom. So, this week we gave everyone else a chance to chime in with their own lists and explain (or defend) their choices. You'll find the staff faves of 2008 all together here.
By Jocelyn Vena, Writer
Let's face it, 2008 was the year of the pop artist. And, since I am the resident pop expert around these parts, I decided to make my top 10 list all about the greatest pop albums to hit the charts in the last 12 months.
10. Pink, Funhouse: Her tough-girl attitude paid off with this album. She performed her single, "So What," at the VMAs and soon after, it was everywhere. Read More...
Thursday night at Los Premios (which are basically MTV's Latin American VMAs, if you will), Katy Perry kissed the floor. And I liked it!
If Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera ever found themselves in the unlikely situation of a sing-off, Perry says that maybe — just maybe — she can use her background in gospel to take on the blond pop star on known for her strong vocal abilities.
"If Christina Aguilera wanted to have a run-off, I could maybe muster up that soul, that gospel that I grew up in," she told MTV UK. Perry, whose parents are evangelical Christian preachers, grew up in the church. But, ultimately, the "I Kissed a Girl" singer admits that even with gospel in her soul, she can't compete with Aguilera's killer pipes. "No, I can't," she admitted.
By Dan "Monty" Montalto
When it comes to the Video Music Awards, there's one thing that can always be expected: the unexpected.
Like when Joe Torre — yes, that Joe Torre — was spotted at the official VMA afterparty.
Of course, not everything ends up on television, because the craziest things tend to happen when the cameras aren't even rolling. Every once in a while, though, we still manage to capture these kinds of moments on tape and can bring it to you later on.
Which brings us to this clip of our special guest fashion correspondent, the lovely and talented Taylor Swift, preparing to interview fellow Best New Artist nominees Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. We were getting the three of them in position, and were just minutes from going live on the preshow, when one of our audience members quietly pointed out that Cyrus had a bee on her back.
And that's pretty much when all hell broke loose. …
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With the biggest names in baseball flying into town this week for what will be the last-ever
All-Star Game to be played at New York's legendary Yankee Stadium, we here at MTV News' New York offices have been stricken with baseball fever. It's hard to escape baseball this week. No matter where you turn, there's some sort of reminder that the fastest fielders, the strongest arms and the biggest bats in the game are all here, to ensure home-field advantage for their respective league in the fall classic.
All this baseball in the air got us thinking about music's all-stars — the artists who've shattered sales records this year, produced hit after hit and have been packing out arenas coast to coast. If music had an all-star game, who would we want to see in the dugout? After careful consideration, here are some of our picks — and feel free to let us know who'd go in your team in the comments section below. So, here goes.
By Dan "Monty" Montalto
By now, you've likely heard the story of girl-kisser Katy Perry.
Born Katy Hudson in 1984 to conservative Christian parents, Katy was raised in a very religious household. She even released a Christian album in 2001 that featured songs such as "Faith Won't Fail." But sometime between then and 2007, the pastor's daughter traded in songs about her faith in God for songs about her faith in the awesomeness of drunken same-sex hookups.
What's really interesting about this story is what Katy revealed to MTV News in an interview just last week:
"I was raised in a very pseudo-strict religious household where the only thing on the menu was 'Oh Happy Day,' 'His Eye Is on the Sparrow' and 'Amazing Grace' — all eight verses of it," she said. "So the New Kids on the Block are new to me now; they're not a comeback. I'm like, 'Oh, this is a cool song!' I missed out on a couple other things, but I'm catching up."