The National Football League has chosen pop icon, Katy Perry, to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Perry was picked over other stars, Rihanna and Coldplay, for the job! We think she is going to KILL it, how about you?!
From the costumes to the wigs Katy Perry is known for being versatile with her image, but I don’t think anyone has ever seen her quite like this. She introduces us to her “insane friends” in “World’s Worst Birthday Party Entertainers,” a teaser video for her next single “Birthday.”
She transforms into several laughable characters: Goldie The Dancer, Yosef Shulem The MC, Kriss The Clown, Ace The Animal Trainer, and Princess Mandee. Together they form the last individuals you would want to see at any birthday party. Creepy or hilarious? You be the judge.
“Birthday” is the fourth single from her album Prism. The video is set to premiere tomorrow (4/24) and she’s been hyping up the release in every way possible. Monday she described her video for the single as “the most insane one I’ve ever done” to her 52 million+ followers on Twitter. Earlier this month she posted a lyric video, which of course sticks with the birthday theme as it is centered around celebratory sweets.
Major props to the makeup and wardrobe teams responsible for making Katy Perry completely unrecognizable. She’s known for pushing the envelope and some are calling her stereotypical portrayal of Yosef offensive. (Could this be a repeat of the “Dark Horse” controversy?) One thing is clear- Katy’s no one-trick pony.
Almost everyone, in one way or another, performs covers of their favorite artists or songs, be it in a karaoke club, in the car on your way to work, or even in the shower when you think no one is listening. Anthony Vincent, however, takes cover tunes to all new heights!
The bearded/tatted/pierced Vincent (who reminds me, in no small way, of the character Peter Vincent from the remake of Fright Night) absolutely kills it by singing Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse.” But this is no mere cover, my friends. Vincent breaks it down into 20 10-second segments, each one a totally different style. From Rock to rap, to heavy metal and even opera, this brilliant montage has it all!
Okay, I have to admit that I geeked out in parts of this video. No, I’m not a Katy Perry fan. Sorry, it’s just not my kind of music. I am, however, a huge metal fan. Hearing Katy Perry in the style of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, and Slipknot put a smile on my face for which I am grateful no one was around to see. I also thought the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frank Sinatra pieces were particularly inspired.
After watching this video I immediately headed to Vincent’s YouTube channel (Ten Second Songs) in hopes of finding many more smile-inducing performances. Alas, the channel is new, but here’s hoping that this newcomer pumps out more videos faster than Justin Bieber can piss off a Miami cop.
Last night (Sunday, Feb. 9th), the two remaining Beatles teamed up with other industry icons and current superstars and treated fans to a 2 1/2 hour spectacular commemorating their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Keith Urban, and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the “Fab Four” as Hollywood stars and Joe Schmoes alike looked on from the audience.
A-listers such as Kate Beckinsale, Tom Hanks, and Johnny Depp were in attendance as Maroon 5 performed their version of “Ticket To Ride.” Other performances included Ed Sheeran playing guitar and singing “In My Life,” Stevie Wonder on both the piano and harmonica as he performed “a little more funky” version of “We Can Work It Out,” and Katy Perry belting out her rendition of “Yesterday.” In one of my favorite moments, Alicia Keys and John Legend gave a masterful performance of “Let It Be,” earning a standing ovation from all in attendance.
While there were many other outstanding performances and tributes from stars such as John Mayer, Pharrell Williams, and Imagine Dragons, the conclusion of the festivities was, by far, the most anticipated and exciting part of the night as the former Beatles themselves took center stage! Ringo went first, the 73-year-old enthralling the audience as he performed the song “Boys” with the legendary Peter Frampton on guitar and finished up in his rightful place, on the throne behind the drums. The crowd then happily joined in, clapping and singing along as he performed “Yellow Submarine.”
Not to be outdone, the 71-year-old McCartney took the stage and performed 2 songs of his own, “Birthday” and “Get Back.” Next, with the backing of an orchestra, Sir Paul began singing the beloved “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” then came the reunion as Ringo joined Paul on stage (introduced, of course, as Billy Shears!) to finish out the song. The duo then teamed up to perform “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey, Jude.”
What a night it was for Beatles fans and music lovers of all kinds. You can pay your own tribute to the band that changed American pop-culture forever with our free Sing-N-Share app! Check it out on both the Apple App Store and Google Play today!
January 8th marked the 40th anniversary of the People’s Choice Awards and what a night it was! Many forms of media and entertainment are honored on this night, but we, of course, want to draw special attention to the music industry aspect. Lots of categories and lots of winners so let’s get started!
One of the biggest winners of the night was Mr. Justin Timberlake. The triple-threat earned three wins in three separate categories — Favorite Album (The 20/20 Experience), Favorite R&B Artist, and Favorite Male Artist.
Katy Perry also earned a lion’s share of awards, doubling up with wins for Favorite Music Video (Roar) and Favorite Song (Roar).
Successful comebacks are few and far between, but don’t tell that to the members of Fall Out Boy. Reuniting in 2013 after an extended “hiatus,” the 2000’s punk-pop icons released a new album (Save Rock and Roll) and earned the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Alternative Band.
Since their formation in 2010, One Direction has been headed in only… well, one direction; up! Continuing their gangbusters-like journey, the British boy band kicked off 2014 with a win in the Favorite Band category, beating out the likes of Maroon 5 and Paramore.
Social media is heralding the resurgence of the independent artist and, in my opinion, it’s a beautiful thing. One duo of said independents is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They’ve been blowing up the charts and now they start the new year with a huge win, garnering the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist in a category that included industry giants Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne.
There’s almost nothing more to say about Taylor Swift that hasn’t already been said in a blog, news story, or the diary of every 13 year-old girl who dreams of being a singer/song-wirter. I mean, did anyone doubt that she would win this year’s award for Favorite Country Artist? If you did I would strongly advise against taking any trips to Vegas anytime soon.
Ever feel like you’ve accidentally stepped into a time machine? I don’t remember driving off in a DeLorean this morning, but it sure feels like the early 2000’s with artists like Justin Timberlake and Fall Out Boy taking home the honors at this year’s PCA’s. Now, adding to the deja vu, we present the winner of this year’s Favorite Pop Artist award, Britney Spears! After break-downs and some much needed time off she has definitely worked her way back to the top of the pop world.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!