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Katy Perry, John Mayer’s Home Often Silent

U.S. singer Katy Perry said she and boyfriend John Mayer will often go an entire day without talking at the home they share to rest their voices.

The singers both need frequent vocal rest, especially Mayer, who recently suffered serious vocal-cord problems, People magazine reported Friday.

“I understood that he couldn’t talk, and the only way he could communicate was through an iPad,” Perry said during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “Some days I have to go on complete vocal rest, like no anything, no whispering. Whispering is actually really bad. There’s just a lot of silence in our house most of the time.”

DeGeneres suggested the two begin playing Pictionary.

“We should just learn sign language,” Perry said.

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Russell Brand Compares Rupert Murdoch to Hitler

Russell Brand has launched a bitter attack on Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch by comparing him to Adolf Hitler in an controversial online rant.

The British comedian, who is dating socialite Jemima Khan, was left fuming after editors at one of Murdoch’s British tabloids printed an interview with model Sophie Coady, who alleged she enjoyed a fling with Brand earlier this year.

Brand is adamant that suggestions he slept with Coady behind his girlfriend’s back are untrue, and he has now published a lengthy rant on in which he compares News International boss Rupert Murdoch to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star writes, “In the general scheme of things… it might not seem like a big deal. That’s because it isn’t to anyone, except me or my girlfriend. The pain, disruption and distress… (this caused me) is a pale liver-spot on the back of Murdoch’s glabrous claw… Rupert Murdoch, an animatronic al-Qaida recruitment poster… referred consistently to his pride in (his newspaper) the Sun as ‘a trusted news source’. Trusted is the word he used, not trustworthy… He uses the word ‘trusted’ deliberately. Hitler was trusted, it transpired he was not trustworthy…”

He adds, “(Murdoch’s newspaper) loves me when I’m a prattling, giggling, Essex boy ‘Sh**ger of the Year’, when I’m in my proper place, beneath vacuous headlines… But if I use my glistening podium, to talk to the people I grew up with, or signed on with or used drugs with, vulnerable, overlooked, undeserved, ordinary people, people that can’t sue them as I am, then out come the fangs.”

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Katy Perry On Her Emotional "Dark" New Song ‘By The Grace Of God

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Katy Perry has opened up about her emotional new song ‘By The Grace Of God’ and reveals that it was written during a “darker” period of her life.

The ‘Roar’ singer’s new song, rumoured to have been written about her divorce from Russell Brand, was performed live at iTunes Festival 2013 last week and feature Katy at her most honest and vulnerable.

“It was a song that I wrote, first song back, in November 2012 and I was just in a darker period,” Katy exclusively told Capital’s Max this week. “That’s why, when I said I was going to make a darker record, it’s because I was in that period of my life.

“But then I did a lot of introspective work and self-reflection and let a lot of beautiful, positive, reflecting things inside and did a lot of self-improvement work,” she explained. ” ‘By The Grace Of God’ is a song that does paint a very sad story at first but then you hear me rise above in the whole arc.

“Sometimes when I’m writing these lyrics […] they’re just so completely vulnerable,” the singer added. “I was writing those lyrics in a corner and really scared to present them to anyone, but I knew that they would resonate, I knew that they were real, I knew that people would really relate to them.”

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On The Cover: The Katy Perry Billboard Interview

Katy Perry  talked to Billboard about how her split from Russell Brand influenced some of the songs on her new album,  Prism, such as the not-yet-released tune “Ghost,” in which she sings, “You sent a text, it’s like the wind changed your mind,” in reference to her ex-husband  informing her via text message that he was divorcing her.

And the song “By the Grace of God,” Perry added, “is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, ‘Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?’

“All the songs are real-life moments. I can only write autobiographically,” she says. “I put all the evidence in the music. I tell my fans if they want to know the real truth about stuff, just listen to the songs.”

For the record in case you didn’t know Katy Perry  became the first woman, and second artist overall following Michael Jackson, in the 55-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have five songs from the same album at No. 1. Meanwhile, Perry does one up  better.  With the rapid ascent of “Roar” — the instantly ubiquitous first single from the upcoming “PRISM,” due Oct. 22 — the pop superstar  has tied Rihanna for the most No. 1s on the Pop Songs tally with her ninth chart-topper. At this point, industry insiders suggest Prism will equal Teenage Dream in  multi-platinum super success.

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Katy Perry Criticized By Peta Over Roar Video

Katy Perry has incurred the wrath of animal rights activists for featuring exotic animals in the video for her new single Roar.

The singer is seen onscreen with animals including tigers and monkeys in the promo, and in one scene, she even appears to paint the toenails of an elephant with bright pink polish.

Perry has now been criticised by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), who are furious with her decision to feature the creatures onscreen.

Spokeswoman Merrilee Burke tells Britain’s Daily Star, “Animals used for entertainment… endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods. They often become stressed and anxious when hauled around and forced into unfamiliar or frightening situations.”

Burke also claims the animals featured in Perry’s Roar video were provided by a company which has been previously criticised by U.S. officials, adding, “The Serengeti Ranch, the animal exhibitor that we believe supplied the animals for the Roar video, has been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 22 times since 2001, with a total of 13 citations during that time.”

Perry has previously won praise from Peta and her ex-husband Russell Brand was even gifted with a bullock from the organisation when they married in India in 2010.

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Katy Perry Underwent Therapy After Russell Brand Split

Pop star Katy Perry underwent “a lot of therapy” following her split from Russell Brand.

The couple’s marriage fell apart just 14 months after they tied the knot in India and they were officially divorced last year.

Perry has since moved on with fellow musician John Mayer, but admits she spent a long time dealing with personal issues in the aftermath of her marriage breakdown.

The singer reveals she underwent therapy sessions to help her deal with her emotions and even poured her angst into new song Roar.

She tells Britain’s Radio 1, “This new song is called Roar. It’s a bit of a self-empowering type of song. I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment.

“Obviously I’ve been through a lot of therapy since my last record and that’s what this is about.”

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Katy Perry Turns To Russell Brand After John Mayer Split

Katy Perry may no longer be married to Russell Brand, but he is still the person she goes to for comfort. An insider tells Perry turned to Brand after her most recent split from on-and-off boyfriend John Mayer.

“Russell may appear like a comic book character, but he’s got a wise head on his skinny shoulders. Katy reached out to him after she split with John, bemoaning her luck with men and Russell provided her with some much-needed reassurance,” the source tells Radar. “He flattered her with compliments and just listened to her every word. Russell also used his wit to cheer Katy up.”

Perry’s close bond with her ex-husband is part of the reason her romance with Mayer did not work out, another insider previously revealed to Radar. “Their relationship was incredibly volatile, stemming from the jealousy they both harbored deep inside,” the source claimed.

While Perry was allegedly unhappy with Mayer’s constant flirting with other girls, Mayer was uncomfortable with her close relationship with Brand.

“She knew that she could push John’s buttons by comparing his flaws to what she saw was great in Russell, which he hated!” alleged the source. “Katy and Russell still talk to one another, and that was another thing that irked John. He’s never been in a relationship where he wasn’t the main focus all the time and it bothered him.”

Perry and Mayer’s split was confirmed last month by People magazine. In a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mayer refused to open up about the relationship. “It was a very private relationship going in,” he told DeGeneres. “It was a private relationship during and it’s a private relationship still.”

“I’m on the same journey as everyone else,” he added. “Coupling is a tricky thing.”

Russell Brand Joins Fight to Free Bieber’s Pet Monkey

British comedian Russell Brand on Wednesday joined a comedy TV campaign to free Justin Bieber’s pet monkey.

The funnyman joined comedian Jimmy Kimmel and country singer Gary Allan on late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! for verses of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ andFreedom by George Michael, which had been altered lyrically to urge German officials to release the pop star’s pet back to his care.

Bieber was caught trying to smuggle the monkey into Germany without the correct paperwork last weekend.

Brand rapped, “This is an important issue about primate freedom,” and added, “That monkey’s really rare/It belongs in Justin’s care.”

The Brit also used his appearance on the show to campaign for empty TV studios to be used to shelter the homeless.

Brand explained he had tried the idea in London with a homeless pal called Crazy Al, but it hadn’t worked out because Al was “a bit of a loose cannon”.

He explained, “He didn’t observe all the rules and it was like a butcher’s shop in there.”

But he isn’t giving up on the initiative and he is hoping studio bosses in America will support his plan: “I will continue with my campaign to allow homeless people to occupy TV studios at night.”

Katy Perry To Marry Again?!

Katy Perry’s publicists are refusing to confirm or deny reports suggesting the singer is engaged to boyfriend John Mayer.

The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker was spotted with a ruby ring on her wedding finger during a night out with Mayer on Valentine’s Day, suggesting he had proposed.

However, Perry’s handlers are refusing to discuss the speculation, offering up a firm “no comment” instead.

The 28-year-old pop star, who split from her first husband Russell Brand at the end of 2011, was photographed wearing her new ring as she left Vicenti restaurant in Brentwood, California with her boyfriend.

Russell Brand Dating Spice Girl?

Russell Brand has sparked rumors he is romancing Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell after they were spotted enjoying a day out together in London.

The actor met up with Halliwell backstage at the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony in the U.K. capital and they were subsequently snapped enjoying an outing with the singer’s daughter Bluebell at Hampton Court Palace.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun that the pair is dating, but neither Brand nor Halliwell had commented on the report as WENN went to press.

Brand divorced Katy Perry earlier this year after just 14 months of marriage, and had been linked to Hollywood agent Isabella Brewster.