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Katy Perry’s New Single ‘Unconditionally’ Out December 16th 2013: Katy Says Its Her Favorite on Album

This week global superstar, Katy Perry scored her second No.1 album in the UK with new album Prism. The album follows the huge success of Katy’s chart topping single Roar which was certified platinum in the UK this week (600,000 sales).

Prism has already been certified Gold (100,000 sales) in the UK and globally the album is a smash shooting to No. 1 on iTunes charts in 90 markets around the world. In the U.S Prism has scored Katy the best sales week of her career and the largest US sales week for a female artist this year.

Lead single “Roar” has already sold more than five million singles worldwide. It’s certified 6X Platinum in Australia (where it’s topped the chart for nine consecutive weeks), 4X Platinum in Canada (where it has become the biggest-selling single in chart history and has been the No. 1 airplay record on three formats for five weeks running) and 2X Platinum in New Zealand (where it’s been No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks). “Roar” has gone Platinum not only in the UK but in Italy, Mexico, Norway, Ireland and Sweden and is certified Gold in 10 countries.

“She sounds like a woman, and an artist, who’s finally found herself” said the Telegraph “Katy Perry deserves credit for injecting originality into PRISM “noted the Independent” whilst The Times said “It’s packed with hooks and it’s got a message of empowerment to boot “. “PRISM should keep Katy Perry where she’s been for a while – at the top of the charts “exclaimed Timeout and the Financial Times said “The singing is powerful and versatile. Perry’s place at the top of pop’s A-list is secured.”

The story of Prism started three years ago, on the heels of 2010’s Grammy-nominated Teenage Dream, and after what proved to be one of the most challenging years of her personal life, Katy’s cotton-candy world took a turn down a road of self-reflection as she was creating her new album. “I did a lot of figuring out who I am and reconnecting with myself and growing,” she says. “I’ve let a lot of light in, and through that it’s inspired me to write certain songs that are full of that wonderful positivity.”

The name, in a sense, says it all. “I feel like a walking prism. I get to shine a light and beam it to all of my listeners through my songs. I am really proud of all of the songs on this record, and everyone says something different. There are a lot of different colours, a lot of different moods, and a lot of different emotions. I’ve learned a lot of things in the past year as I was making it. When I started writing in November 2012, I was in a much darker place. You can see the transition I was going through in the first song I wrote for the record with Greg Wells, ‘By the Grace of God.’ Then, there came a point this past year where I needed to reflect and sit down and be like, ‘Okay, what’s going on inside of me, and what are some things I need to get clear and deal with? How can I help myself get to the next level and grow?’ I guess you just have to be open and ready for it.”

The record features collaborations with Katy’s “dream team” of Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Cirkut, which yielded seven of PRISM’s 13 tracks (16 on the deluxe): “Legendary Lovers,” “Birthday,” “Unconditionally,” “Dark Horse,” “International Smile,” “Ghost,” and #1 track and lead single, “Roar.” Other collaborations include Bloodshy (“Love Me”), Greg Kurstin and Sia (“Double Rainbow”), as well as a return to the studio with “Firework” producers Stargate (“This Moment”).

Katy co-wrote every autobiographical track. “Being a writer for me is also about being an observer-observing culture, observing people and relationships, observing myself and my feelings. I put all that stuff in there. I write with my girlfriend Bonnie McKee a lot, but sometimes I write by myself. The lyrics to my favourite song on the album, ‘Unconditionally,’ just came to me all at once. It’s just about me being able to tell my story completely and with great imagery. It’s kind of mathematical-this adds, this subtracts-but in general the theme this time around is just me. I look at the record as telling my whole story, not just making sure every song is a hit. And as much as I enjoyed the candy confection era, I think it’s nice to get back to my roots for a bit.”

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TV Watch: Ke$ha Takes Over MTV Tonight

Global superstar Ke$ha (Kesha.MTV.com) will be taking over MTV tonight with the premiere of the music video for her new single “Crazy Kids” featuring will.i.am (William.mtv.com) as well as the season finale of her hit docu-series, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life”. To view a clip of the music video, click here.

The video which was directed by Darren Craig and produced by Jonathan Craven will premiere on MTV at 7:53PM EST, and will be followed immediately with “MTV First: Ke$ha,” where she will be answering live audience and Twitter questions on MTV.com. To submit a question, tweet to #AskKesha. Fans around the world will be able to simultaneously watch the video online along with the exclusive interview “MTV First: Ke$ha” at http://kesha.mtv.tv.

“Crazy Kids” was written by Ke$ha, will.i.am, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut and produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/kesha/ke-ha-crazy-kids-feat-will-i/s-GEAZ2

Tonight also marks the season finale of Ke$ha’s MTV docu-series, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.” The series, which was filmed by her brother Lagan over the past 2 years, gave viewers the opportunity to see Ke$ha under a completely different spotlight. The cameras followed her as she navigated the drama, madness and euphoria of her professional and personal life while recording a new album and traveling the globe. “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” is the #1 series in its time slot with P12-34 and W12-34.

Ke$ha Releases New Single "Crazy Kids" Feat. Will.am

Global superstar Ke$ha has released her new single “Crazy Kids” feat. will.i.am. Written by Ke$ha, will.i.am, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut and produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut, the track just went to radio and will be available at all digital music providers on April 30. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/kesha/ke-ha-crazy-kids-feat-will-i/s-GEAZ2

Ke$ha will premiere the MTV docu-series, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” on April 23rd. The series, which was filmed by her brother Lagan over the past 2 years, will give viewers the opportunity to see Ke$ha under a completely different spotlight. The cameras followed her as she navigated the drama, madness and euphoria of her professional and personal life while recording a new album and traveling the globe. The global superstar will then kick off a co-headlining North American Summer Tour with Pitbull on May 23rd in Boston with dates confirmed through June 28th in Tampa, Florida. Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com or at http://www.keshasparty.com/us/events

Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single “TiK ToK” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Her debut album Animal has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide and Ke$ha has had 7 consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles in “TiK ToK”, “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R” and the latest, “Die Young.” Ke$ha recently won the “That’s My Jam”award at Logo’s NewNowNext Award show for “C’Mon,” the second single from her critically acclaimed second album, Warrior.

Britney Spears To Release New Song"Ooh, La La" for The Smurfs 2 Movie

Pop icon Britney Spears will release a song for Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated family comedy The Smurfs™ 2, entitled “Ooh La La,” via Kemosabe / RCA Records. “Ooh La La,” which will play at the end credits of the film, was written by Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Joshua Coleman (Ammo), Henry Walter (Cirkut), Bonnie McKee, Jacob Kasher Hindlin (J Kash), Lola Blanc and Fransisca Hall and produced by Dr. Luke, Ammo and Cirkut for Prescription Songs. The Smurfs 2, the sequel to the hit hybrid live action/animated film that took in over $560 million at the worldwide box office in 2011, is set to hit theaters on July 31, 2013. More information on the song coming soon.

Britney Spears added, “I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans EVER. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they’ll think it’s Smurftastic!”

Lia Vollack, president of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures, added, “We are completely thrilled to have Britney involved with The Smurfs. She is an amazing artist and her boys are Smurfs fans, so it’s a great fit for all of us.”


Raja Gosnell, director of The Smurfs 2, added, “I am very excited that Britney is joining our smurfy adventure. ‘Ooh La La’ is the perfect Smurf-party song, and the perfect button on the film for audiences around the world.”

KE$HA PREMIERE’S VIDEO FOR "C’MON" ACROSS VEVO TODAY

Global superstar Ke$ha premiere’s the video for her new single “C’Mon” across VEVO today. Check out the video here http://vevo.ly/V00Nie. The video was directed by Darren Craig from The Uprising and shot in Nashville at the end of last year. “C’Mon”, which was co-written by Ke$ha as well as Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Cirkut and produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut is currently available at all digital music providers.

WARRIOR, which is executive produced by Kemosabe Records head Dr. Luke, has been critically praised by outlets such as the LA Times who raved, “Enter Ke$ha, who on her second album, “Warrior,” has perfected the art of aspirational rebellion and released a joyous celebration of defiance.” The Associated Press stated that; “Warrior,” the 25-year-old’s sophomore release, is entertaining from top to bottom,” while Rolling Stone declares that; “Ke$ha was born to be a rockstar.”

Ke$ha Addresses Controversial Comments

Pop star Ke$ha has clarified remarks she made about her song Die Young after suggesting she had been “forced” to record the tune.

The track was pulled from radio airwaves due to its sensitive title following the Connecticut school shooting last week, and while the singer claimed she completely understood why the “inappropriate” tune was dropped, she also alleged that she was not wholly responsible for the material, insisting in a Twitter.com post that she had been “forced” to sing the titular lyrics.

The tweet was subsequently deleted, but now she has taken to her official website to clear up any confusion about the single, which was co-written by Ke$ha, producer Dr. Luke and fun. frontman Nate Ruess.

A statement posted online reads: “After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young. Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘die young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that’s one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.”

Twenty children and six staff members were gunned down by 20-year-old Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. He also allegedly killed his own mother before turning the weapon on himself.

Die Young isn’t the only track to suffer a drop in popularity following the murders – Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks has also been taken off air.

Pop Producer, Dr. Luke Still Working With Katy Perry

A spokesperson for producer Dr. Luke has slammed reports he’s fallen out with pop star Katy Perry amid allegations they stopped speaking after a heated argument in January (11).

The pair has enjoyed multiple chart successes since Perry shot to fame in 2008, co-writing hits like Hot ‘N Cold, California Gurls and Teenage Dream, but recent reports suggested Perry had dropped Luke from her creative team after a disagreement shortly before the Grammy Awards last month (Feb11).
A source tells the New York Post’s Page Six column, “She got tired of his records, the same familiar sound, but mostly his attitude. Katy’s a star now, and she’s not going to be told what to do.” However, Luke’s representative has blasted the claims as “ridiculous”, insisting the producer’s working relationship with Perry is fine.
The rep says, “They just put the finishing touches on Katy’s newest single, which they created together, in February. They had a great time, and the single is amazing. He wishes Katy nothing but continued success and looks forward to working with her again soon.”

Dr. Luke Nominated "Producer Of The Year" at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

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Dr. Luke – the über-producer Behind Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and More – Nominated For “Producer of The Year” at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Dr. Luke, one of the top producers of the decade according to Billboard Magazine, winner of 17 ASCAP Awards, and writer of 19 #1 songs in the last five years is nominated for Producer of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony for his work in 2010 with Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, and B.O.B.
Katy Perry’s album “Teenage Dream” is also nominated for Album of the Year, which Dr. Luke served as executive album producer. 
Billboard’s 2010 year-end charts named Dr. Luke both #1 Producer of the Year and  #1 Songwriter of the Year.  Dr. Luke has already been featured in NPR Morning Edition, Los Angeles Times, Ad Age, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Village Voice.
This year, Dr. Luke has been working as executive producer on Britney Spears’ forthcoming album.


Dr Luke’s 19 #1 Hits:
Ke$ha – ‘We R Who We R’
Katy Perry – ‘California Gurls’
Taio Cruz – ‘Dynamite’
Katy Perry – ‘Teenage Dream’
Ke$ha – ‘Your Love Is My Drug’ 
Ke$ha – ‘Tik Tok’
Miley Cyrus – ‘Party in the U.S.A.’
Flo Rida Feat. Ke$ha – ‘Right Round’
Kelly Clarkson – ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’
Britney Spears – ‘Circus’
Katy Perry – ‘Hot N Cold’
Katy Perry – ‘I Kissed A Girl’
Sugababes – ‘About You Now’
Avril Lavigne – ‘Girlfriend’
Daughtry – ‘Feels Like Tonight’
Pink – ‘U + Ur Hand’
Pink – ‘Who Knew’
Kelly Clarkson – ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’
Kelly Clarkson – ‘Since U Been Gone’
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Britney Spears Set To Release New Single "Hold It Against Me" On Tuesday, January 11th

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 Britney Spears new highly anticipated song Hold It Against Me will premiere simultaneously on radio stations and be available immediately in the U.S. exclusively on the iTunes storeTuesday, January 11th at 12AM EST.
Hold It Against Me” is produced by Britney’s long-time collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke and is the official lead single from her forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled seventh studio album is slated for release in March, 2011 on Jive Records.
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the song exclusively on the iTunes store until 1/18. 
During her 12-year career, Britney has had five albums debut  in the No. 1 position on  Billboard ‘s Top 200 Albums chart and she’s had 24 Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart.  Globally, Britney Spears is one of the top-selling artists of the past decade, dominating charts with her albums, selling an astonishing 67 million albums worldwide. Her previous albums include:  …Baby One More Time (1999);  Oops!… I Did It Again (2000); Britney (2001); In The Zone (2003); Blackout (2007); Circus (2008);  and The Singles Collection (2009).  
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Katy Perry’s ‘Part Of Me’ Leaks Online

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Just a few weeks ago, Katy Perry confessed that she was ready to take her relationship with Russell Brand to the next level by taking his last name. Despite the amorous stage in her life, the pop star appears strong, bold and just a tad resentful after a breakup on the previously unheard pop-rock song “Part of Me,” which surfaced on the Internet on Wednesday.

With reported production by pop mastermind Dr. Luke, the song has Perry declaring herself unbreakable after an ugly breakup, singing, “Days like this I want to drive away/ Pack my bags and watch your shadow fade/ ‘Cause you chewed me up and spit me out/ Like I was poison in your mouth/ You took my light, you drink me down/ That was then and this is now, now look at me.” Read more>>
Source: MTV News