Not satisfied enough with new single ‘Roar’ going to #1 in eight countries, KP has decided to release two new promotional singles for upcoming fourth studio album ‘Prism’ before the end of September. ‘Dark Horse’ will be the first released to iTunes, debuting on September 17 (yes, as in Tuesday). This will be followed on September 30 by ‘Walking On Air’.
This all comes before, apparently, an actual second single coming two weeks after than and then, officially, the new album ‘Prism’ being released October 23.
Phew! It’s hard being a Katy Perry fan sometimes. POP BITS OUT.
The ‘Roar’ vid is a super-cute ‘Tarzan’/ ‘Doctor Jones’- esque video that’s lots of fun (check out our thoughts on the video here). Katy Perry has welcomed us onto the set that was quite possibly shared with some previous Herbal Essences adverts.
KP looks cute (but doesn’t she always) and keeps her quirky sense of humour. Our fave line has to be when Katy is speaking about her animal mates (we mean in a friend sense, Katy frowns upon beastiality)and says “one is a monkey, named Ripley- believe it or not?”. Watch Katy talk animals, selfies, phone battery and just generally being amazing, below. POP BITS OUT.
With the emoji filled lyric video still taking over literally ALL the music channels, Katy Perry has finally unleashed the official video for her empowerment anthem ‘Roar’, so now we can listen to our favourite tune and watch her pretty face (instead of her having a wee!)
The music video seems to have taken inspiration from Lost and George Of The Jungle (and a little bit of Aqua’s ‘Doctor Jones’ video) and was filmed in Junglescope – no, we don’t know either.
Now that our replay button seems to have broken, it’s time to tell you our favourite but we haven’t got all day, and we’re sure you haven’t either. So we’ve decided instead to give you a crash course in this magnificent video and tell you the five things you should look out for!
After Katy’s plane crashes in the middle of the jungle, a very irresponsible man is more concerned about taking selfies than anything else (sounds like us, oops) and ends up getting eaten by a tiger right in front of poor Katy’s eyes! Well, that’s certainly taught us that our Instagram followers can wait if we’re ever caught in a dangerous environment!
We were concerned for Katy after she was seen sitting with her back turned to a load of lights that looked like scary eyes creeping closer and closer up behind her but were pleasantly surprised that they just turned out to be fireflies performing a dance routine and forming a tiger’s head, lifting both ours and Katy’s spirits.
The video expectedly features a lot of jungle animals but these are some of the cutest animals you could find! Aside from the dancing fireflies, the video also sees Katy become best friends with a little monkey, helping a crocodile brush its teeth and in return for showering her, Katy paints an elephants toenails. (SPOILER: the tiger turns out to be nice, too!)
We’re used to a good song-off here at MP! but became a tad scared when we realised we were about to watch one of our favourite pop princesses have a ‘roar-off’ with a tiger. Coming face to face with her jungle rival, Katy roared her heart out and beat the tiger at its own game! GO KATY!
After all the man eating, dancing fireflies, costume change, jungle makeovers and of course that victorious roar-off, there was only one thing left to do… crown Katy Queen of the Jungle! Unfortunately Ant and Dec weren’t available to carry out the proceedings but luckily Katy still managed to find herself a flower crown. Maybe we’ll see KP on this year’s I’m A Celebrity…?
Now you know exactly what to keep an eye out for, it’s time for you to watch this magnificent visual pop masterpiece. And why not let us know what your favourite bit is?
As we reported yesterday, Conor Maynard is looking to branch out into acting alongside his music, as it’s his “first passion”, and he has revealed that he has already been looking at scripts in the US!
With new single ‘R U Crazy?’ on repeat as inspiration, here at MP! Towers we’ve compiled a list of the five roles we’d most like to see C-Maynz portray.
1. Jack Bauer From 24
With the mentioning of the number “24″ in his new single, it’s obvious than Conor is a fan of the show and we’re sure he could pull off playing the main part of a Counter Terrorist Unit worker if the show’s producers ever decided to give the main character a Doctor Who type re-generation.
2. Love Interest In A Follow Up To Little Mix’s ‘DNA’ Video
As we know, pop stars all move in the same circles and Little Mix and Conor Maynard are bound to have bumped into each other at some point in their careers, whether it be at a festival or even just a celeb-filled party. With the middle 8 of ‘R U Crazy?’ sounding a lot like the instrumental of LM’s ‘DNA’ and a “To Be Continued…” being teased at the end of the hit video, surely this is inevitable to happen?
3. Ray Charles In A Movie Of His Life
For any of you that don’t know (which most of you probably won’t, but ask your nans), Ray Charles was an American soul singer who had a hit called ‘Hit The Road, Jack’ – you see where we’re going with this now, don’t you? The use of this lyric may signify that Conor is about the play Ray in the big screen story of his life. Even though he looks nothing like him. Maybe Conor can just make a cameo then?
4. Land Lady Of The Rovers Return
After Status Quo’s appearance in 2005 (ask your nans again), we’ve been desperate for another singer to pop up in Coronation Street. After years of hinting she’d love a part, Cheryl Cole STILL hasn’t made an appearance so why not rope Conor in? Come on Conor, get us a pint!
5. Conor Maynard In A Docu-film
No, we’re still not over This Is Us and are hoping that Conor feels like making his own documentary film following him on tour as well. Following in the likes of One Direction, Katy Perry and even the almighty Biebs would catapult Maynard’s acting career straight to the top (and we’re just hoping for some nipple to be honest!)
So now we’ve had our say, let us know which roles you’d like to see Conor Maynard Take On!
Watch the video for Conor’s next single ‘R U Crazy’ below:
This is Cover Corner, where weekly we scour the internet for the stars of tomorrow and present their versions of songs previously made famous by other artists for the pleasure of your ears (and some of them are quite good looking, so for your eyes too). It’s a bit like The X Factor but it’s not on TV…and they don’t get through to the next round. IT’S TIME… TO FACE… THE COVER!
This week, we feature The Future Kicks, a five-piece boyband from London who have already garnered over 3,500 Twitter followers and have been showcasing their talents for over a year now, posting a total of eight covers and have also treated us to two original songs!
Today we are bringing your attention to their latest cover, a version of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’. We always wondered what this song would sound like when performed by a hot, up and coming boyband and here we have it! The answer is that actually, it sounds pretty amazing and maybe, just maybe, even slightly better than the original (sorry Katy!)
The video that accompanies this cover is set on top of a building and shows the boys performing against a night-time London skyline. It comically opens with band frontman Zen parodying the MGM movie intro (you know the one with the lion roaring?) to fit in with theme of the song.
The cover brings a brand new lease of life to the song that is becoming a hit all over the world. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before we see The Future Kicks making hits themselves?
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Check out The Future Kicks’ rendition of ‘Roar’ below:
Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore, Drake, Bruno Mars or Katy Perry: Which VMAs Performance Was Best?
Last night the stars aligned in Brooklyn, New York for the 20th MTV Video Music Awards and some of the biggest names in pop performed for your viewing pleasure. Take a look at the performances below.
Lady Gaga – ‘Applause’
First up to perform at the VMAs was Lady Gaga who gave an insanely magnificent performance of her latest single ‘Applause’. Of course, Gaga’s performance wasn’t a straight, normal performance. Lady G went through five costume changes, three wigs and a little splash of face paint.
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke– ‘We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines/Give It 2 U’
Next up was a medley that sent the audience in Brooklyn into a twerking frenzy! Miley Cyrus burst out of a huge teddy to perform ‘We Can’t Stop’ and was joined on stage by Robin Thicke for a duet of ‘Blurred Lines’. 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar then replaced Miley to perform their new collaboration ‘Give It 2 U’.
Kanye West – ‘Blood On The Leaves’
Kim Kardashian’s baby-daddy then took to the stage to perform an autotune filled performance of new album track ‘Blood On The Leaves’. The performance was a very dark one, with only Kanye’s silhouette being seen for most of the song behind a forest backdrop.
Justin Timberlake – ‘Hits Medley’
After collecting his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, JT gave what some reports are calling the best performance of the night! He performed a medley containing not one, not two, not even three, but ELEVEN of his hit single and even brought some friends along with him. After years of wishing and week of rumours, *NSYNC reunited on stage for performances of ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘Bye Bye Bye’.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson – ‘Same Love’
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were joined by Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson to perform their gay rights anthem ‘Same Love’. Similarly to Kanye’s performance, the lighting was kept low, allowing the focus to be solely on the subject of the song.
Drake – ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home/Started From The Bottom’
Medleys were definitely a huge part of the MTV VMAs this year and Drake was the third and final performer to showcase more than one song as part of their VMAs set. Performing two hit singles from his latest album ‘Nothing Was The Same’, Drake had the whole audience involved with his performance.
Bruno Mars – ‘Gorilla’
After scooping the award for Best Male Video, Mr. Mars had some pretty big expectations to live up to. He performed his brand spanking new song and was one of the more tamed performances of the night. His powerful vocals shone through and his leopard print shirt is pretty darn cool.
Katy Perry – ‘Roar’
The last performance of the night came from Katy Perry who decided that the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn wasn’t good enough for her set so she took to the street and performed in a wrestling ring under the Brooklyn Bridge! KP stuck to the theme of her performance by wearing a wrestler’s costume and having her dancers join her in a themed routine.
Now it’s time for you to cast your votes for your favourite VMAs performance below! Voting is now closed.
Result: The winner was Justin Timberlake’s medley with 30.56% of the vote. It seems everyone is as happy about *NSYNC’s return as us!
It’s time for another Pop Star review where we give a super famous pop star the opportunity to become a talent scout without the commitment of being a judge on The X Factor.
We called on the help of current Sugababe (or is it ex? We’re not quite sure) and solo artist, Amelle Berrabah, to review some of the biggest tracks around. Here’s how it went down:
Love it! I love her! She really interests me… I hope that’s not weird! She’s a great singer and such a talented songwriter. The song is fresh and current and something a little different.
I like it. It’s catchy and really stays in your head *sings* “Applause. Applause. Applause”. I think the verses are very David Bowie and I like how she changes her voice around. She’s a great character.
I’m not a fan. It kind of shocked me, if I’m honest. I think it sounds like it’s from an artist who’s a lot younger and I don’t think it’s really a lead single. It has grown on me a little.
I really like it. I didn’t instantly love it but it’s definitely a grower. I love the harmonies and the blending. It’s just three really great voices. It sounds like the Sugababes earlier stuff from the start like ‘Overload’ and, yeah, I like it.
It’s the best song ever! I’m kidding. I think it’s got a fresh sound and I love the bassline. I tried to make it sound kind of jazzy-esque. When I wrote it, I tried to make the lyrics a lot sweeter than the backing track. It’s a feel-good, Summer dance track. It’s about love which, without sounding corny, is a beautiful thing. It’s all about having a good time.
So there you have it. Some awesome reviews of some awesome pop songs from the awesome Amelle! Love (Is All We Need)’ by Adam J Feat. Amelle & Nightcrashers is out now and you can get it here.
The ‘Roar’ singer will be performing an hour long set on September 30 – the final night of the 30-day stint festival. KP has tweeted her excitement about playing the Camden venue, posting: “PUMPED to announce I will be closing the month-long @iTunesFestival on 9/30…”
Miss John Mayer also announced she’ll be bringing not one but TWO “friends” along with her to help close the biggest pop festival going… Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop! Get us there now!
Tickets to see the trio of mega pop acts are free, but of course, there’s not enough for everybody! You can apply for tickets to see Katy Perry – as well as Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake – by downloading the free iTunes Festival app. If you get lucky enough to win a pair of tickets, feel free to take us along with you! POP BITS OUT.
Gold trucks, tiger print and a leak that aligned her with Gaga, Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ album campaign has begun with a bang and while she’s busy putting the final touches on the album and releasing anthemic debut single ‘Roar’, we’ve got some of our top five things we really want from Ms Perry.
This goes without saying but after the fruit apparel and candy-coloured-and-coated chic of previous album campaigns past, we want some truly fierce styling from Ms Perry. She can leave the costumes at home, this time around for her more mature sound, we’re expecting some glamour here. None of that Lisa Frank-90s stuff please.
Katy definitely isn’t shy to collaborations and ‘Teenage Dream’ had more than its fair share with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg (sorry Snoop Lion) and Missy Elliot all rocking up at one point or another in the album campaign. Unfortunately, a lot of these come across as dialled-in rap verses and we’d love to see some other people on board. Our choices? Britney, Gaga, Cher Lloyd and Carly Rae Jepsen are always at the top of the list.
We’ve already spoken about the clothing but if the ‘Roar’ artwork and teasers are anything to go by, then she’s going to be unleashing the tiger print during the single campaign. Tiger print is nice in itself but Katy Perry is an established global popstar – she can do it classier surely.
The biggest thing we want out of the whole campaign is simple – some truly fantastic, big proper pop. With Britney still working on her latest album, Gaga working on some experimental dance-electronic-pop and Beyonce’s campaign stopping and starting plenty, we need some big pop tunes that will race along the radiowaves. Give us a big stonking singalong pop anthem, KP, and we’re yours.
Check out new single ‘Roar’ below:
Has Katy done it again? And we’re not talking about creating an amazingly catchy and chart topping pop song, we’re talking about copying another artist.
At first we tried to deny it but after several listens the similarities between Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ and Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’ are quite striking. The fact that the ‘California Girls’ singer tweeted her love for ‘Brave’ way back in May 16th makes it even harder to ignore.
We love both empowerment anthems, but which one’s best? There is only one way to settle this: A Maximum Pop! Song-off.
Now you have the facts, it’s up to you to decide which song you prefer. Has Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ won you over? Or maybe you prefer Sara’s ‘Brave’? Voting is now closed.
Result: It was a close one but Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’ won this song-off with 63.16% of the vote. But Katy Perry is still doing pretty well with ‘Roar’, so everyone’s a winner!