Love provides inspiration for about 98% of all pop music songs – but divorce and heartbreak is no different. So fans of the bubblegum music usually found on a Katy Perry record might want to look away, because apparently it’s going to get *real* nasty.
Speaking to Interview magazine, Katy revealed that she’s finally ready to close the Teenage Dream chapter in her life with the Complete Confection re-release and is already thinking about her third album. And despite denying that current single ‘Part Of Me’ is about her recent breakup with Russell Brand (she claims it was written two years ago but didn’t make it on to the original tracklisting), she’s promised that her new music is about to change and become much more edgy. ”My music is about to get real f***ing dark. I’ll be shoe-gazing.”
Could Katy be taking inspiration from the likes of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ or even Rihanna’s troubled Rated R album? If we’re honest, we’d rather she tackled the subject of her divorce in the traditional bitchy, cheeky Perry way (just like P!nk did with her hit ‘So What’) – but we’ve heard the singer get edgy before and we definitely liked it.
Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Part Of Me’ below:
Adele, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown – Grammy Awards 2012 performances: the good, the bad and the Roman
The Grammy Awards – an influential event designed to celebrate and showcase some of America’s finest musical artists, or an excuse for everyone to try and outdo each other with outrageous costumes, wacky props and controversial performances (or in Gaga’s case, some serious attention seeking)? We’ll let you lot be the judge of that.
Couldn’t bring yourself to stay awake into the early hours of the morning yesterday to watch the entire show? As usual, we’ve done all the hard work for you. Keep reading to see performances from the likes of Adele, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Coldplay at this year’s Grammy Awards – the good, the bad… And the Roman!
Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream has lasted a year and a half, and we’ve been through many ups and downs with her on this journey, but sadly it’s all (finally) coming to an end. And what better way to see us out, than with brand new single ‘Part Of Me’? Originally leaked in 2010, the beefed-up new version of the Doctor Luke-produced track is a thumping break up anthem – and with lyrics like “Days like this I want to drive away, pack my bags and watch your shadow fade” and a reference to a “diamond ring”, it’s pretty obvious who she’s aiming her anger at. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, eh?
Watch the official lyric video for Katy Perry’s ‘Part Of Me’ below.
Jessie J and JLS set for Sport Relief, Simon wants Katy Perry for X Factor, Blue Ivy causes a stir and Marina announces new single – gossip!4
Little baby Blue Ivy is only weeks old but is already creating quite an impression. In fact, so much so that her parents Beyoncé & Jay-Z have apparently filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect her name for future branding opportunities. Watch out for official Blue Ivy pencil cases, coming to a House of Dereon near you soon.
Marina And The Diamonds has announced the details of her brand new, upcoming single. ‘Primadonna’ is reportedly produced by Dr Luke and will be released in April. It’s the second single (or ‘first official single’ if you’re taking her word for it) to be taken from Marina’s forthcoming album Electra Heart. Confused? Us too. But we’re excited to hear it nonetheless.
Both Jessie J and JLS have been lined up as guest performers on this year’s Let’s Dance For Sport Relief. The show, in aid of Sport Relief is set to begin next month and will feature celebrity contestants such as DJ Tony Blackburn and Ulrika Johnson. Couldn’t they just have JLS competing against each other?
Katy Perry could be joining The X Factor USA if rumours are to be believed. In an interview with US show Extra, Simon Cowell described her as ‘fun and feisty’ and the ideal candidate for a judging role. The singer is no stranger to this, after guest judging on UK X Factor – and she provided so much entertainment (read as: pretending to feel up Cheryl Cole) we’d love to see her as a permanent fixture.
Katy Perry has spent a year and half trying to make us feel like we’re living a teenage dream – but it’s not over yet. Despite the fact that her second album Teenage Dream was originally released in August 2010, plans are full steam ahead for a special edition re-release called The Complete Confection, which will hit shops on March 26th (artwork above!).
What’s new? Well you’ll finally be able to own the remixed versions of ‘E.T.’ and ‘Last Friday Night’ (featuring Kanye West and Missy Elliot respectively) and the gorgeous acoustic version of ‘The One That Got Away’ on CD for the first time ever, plus there’ll be three brand new, never before heard tracks (two of which are rumoured to be previous leaks ‘Part Of Me’ and ‘Dressing Up’).
And if you’ve not yet got tired of hearing all six of the singles (in case your memory is fuzzy that’s ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Firework’, ‘E.T.’, ‘ Last Friday Night’ and ‘The One That Got Away’), Katy’s even chucking in a seven minute long megamix. Generous pop stars are the best kind of pop stars.
We’ve added this release to our Pop Diary. Hit like below if you’re going to be buying The Complete Confection.
From signed canvases, to glow in the dark wristbands, via flashing Katy Perry head bands – the range of items that pop stars are desperate to stick their names on is greater than ever. For many MP!ers, owning pop star merchandise is almost as important as downloading the music, seeing the live show and planting a big wet one on Siva’s cheek. But are the scary men at the record labels exploiting your desire to be a band’s biggest and most dedicated fan by ripping you off?
Here at MP! we decided it was time to investigate – what are the best deals, how can you get the best bargains and is pop merchandise really overpriced? The answers to all these questions and more are below…
The Wanted’s tour programme, Atomic Kitten’s reunion, Katy Perry at the Grammy Awards and Olly Murs’s TV show – gossip!
We can’t say too much, or we’ll be dragged from our beds in the dead of night – but we’ve had the pleasure of seeing a rough draft of The Wanted’s new tour programme for “The Code” - what we can say is that it’s the most high concept artwork the boys have ever done and you’ve NEVER seen them look like this before…
Love it or loathe it, band reunions are massive right now – and the latest disbanded group to follow in the footsteps of, er, Steps could be Atomic Kitten! No word yet on which of the five different girls will appear in the new line-up, but some of the older members of the Maximum Pop! team are very excited by this news…
She’s nominated for Best Record and Best Pop Solo Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards - and Katy Perry has now confirmed that she will also take to the stage during the show. Should we be expecting a heartbreaking performance of ‘The One That Got Away’, complete with more home video footage of her marriage to Russell? *Stocks up on Kleenex*
Olly Murs kicked off his UK tour last night in Cardiff and if you can’t make it to a show, you’ll be pleased to know that ITV will air a special three part documentary in April showing all the backstage footage from the road. Expect cheeky antics and ridiculously tight trousers.
JLS on their new album, X Factor departures, Rihanna parties with Chris Brown, Katy Perry defends her flirting and all the details on Marcus Collins' debut – Gossip!
More X Factor news. After reports that Kelly is not planning to return to the 2012 series it now looks like Gary’s also jumping ship. The big boss Simon Cowell says that he thinks Gary will be tied up with Take That commitments this year as the band prepare to release a new album. Si admits that the “show takes over your life, it is not a two day a week show.” Funny how Louis always manages to find the time…
Katy Perry has defended herself after the uproar over her on-stage flirting. Katy was pictured indulging in some kissing and nipple tweaking with audience members in the final shows on her California Dreams tour, seen by some as disrespectful to her ex. But Katy pointed out on Twitter that “I have *kissed* 1 boy, picked randomly out of the audience, on the cheek as a part of my show for all 125 tour dates. Simmer down now.” Hear, Hear!
X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins,(remember him?) announced last week that his first single will be a cover of White Stripes 2003 hit ‘Seven Nation Army.’ We can now reveal that the single will be released on March 4th with his self-titled debut album following on March 12th. Gary Barlow serves as executive producer whilst Marcus has also been in the studio with Brian Rawling who’s worked with Girls Aloud. The album will be a mixture of covers like ‘Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher’ and Janelle Monae’s ‘Tightrope’ as well as self-penned material. Better get a move on Little Mix!
In romance news Rihanna has been spotted partying in the same club as ex Chris Brown. The pair were spotted leaving a club in Hollywood on Sunday night. They drove off separately but it seems a bit fishy right? Wonder how Chris explained that huge tattoo of his girlfriend’s face on his arm?
Bruno Mars has taken the honour for the best-selling digital song in the world for 2011. ‘Just The Way You Are’ sold 12.5m downloads across the globe throughout last year, with ‘Grenade’ coming in second with 10.2m downloads sold. LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’, Jennifer Lopez’s ‘On The Floor’ and Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ complete the top 5.
JLS have been chatting about their brand new album! Speaking to Digital Spy the band have revealed they’re already halfway through their fourth album which they see as going “back to our roots” and have been working with a number of different producers in LA including Babyface, Sean Garrett – who’s one of America’s biggest songwriters, and Bangladesh who’s previously worked with Rihanna. Aston also hints that they’d love to work with man of the moment Ed Sheeran, saying “we think we could do something amazing together in the studio.” Get in line, Ed’s the most popular boy in school at the moment…
Welcome to our popstar heart clinic – where celebrity love gets a full check-up. Who’s got a heart vacancy, who’s taking things to the next level and who’s beyond medical help? In today’s waiting room…
Tulisa and Fazer. Despite enjoying some hanky-panky on holiday just two weeks ago it’s been reported that the N-Dubz pair are “taking a break” from their relationship. Tulisa spent the weekend doing what every newly single girl would do – she slapped on the tan, dug out the heels and rounded up her mates for a night down Oceana.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Last week we thought this relationship couldn’t sink any lower but we were sadly wrong. Katy has made the ultimate statement and unfollowed Russell on Twitter. It’s almost as bad as seeing that tiny broken heart when you end a Facebook relationship. Hold us.
Taylor Swift and Zac Efron. Serial loser-in-love Taylor has been spotted getting flirty with Justin Bieber prototype, Zac. The pair, who co-star in upcoming animated movie The Lorax, enjoyed a “giggly” dinner together last week followed by some touchy-feely red carpet appearances. Aw, maybe Zac can help mop up those teardrops on Taylor’s guitar. Some kitchen roll ought to do it.
Una Healy and Ben Foden. Yes Rochelle “look at my £50,000 ring” is engaged to Marvin but that doesn’t mean we can forget about the other Saturday with a ring on it. Pregnant Una has made us: A. wish we we had a cute rugby player fiance and B. wish we were with child so we could feast on Twirls after tweeting this cute picture.
Harry Styles and Caroline Flack. The One Direction Love God has reportedly introduced the two most important women in his life. Caroline was invited for a family dinner at Harry’s mum’s house last week and everything went very well. Baby pictures were shared, Caz helped with the washing-up whilst Anne nodded approvingly. Prescription for heartbroken 1D fans: Look at this picture and call us in the morning.
Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick. Our third favourite member of TW has revealed that he wants to marry girlfriend Kelsey. The singer claims that he’s always known Kelsey would be the girl he would eventually wed and credits her with helping him settle down. Double wedding Max?
Rihanna breaks record, JLS talk collabs, Katy Perry’s new album, Destiny’s Child reunite and who wants to manage TW? – Gossip!
Rihanna is fast becoming the new Adele of music records after becoming the first female artist to notch up 2 billion views on Vevo. RihRih announced the news on Twitter yesterday straight after she hit the milestone, her total views currently stand at 2,066,920,790. She’s not far off Bieber who has nearly 2.3 billion whilst Gaga is slacking with 1.8 billion.
What’s a man to do when he can’t backflip? JLS’ Aston decided to busy himself during some LA downtime yesterday by teasing us on Twitter. He started off by retweeting a load of fan messages begging the boys to collab with artists like Bieber, Chris Brown, Rihanna and Pixie Lott before whipping everyone up into a frenzy by appearing to have a serious think about the star duets, with Bieber and Chris Brown his top picks. Could these be hints for the next album or was Aston just having some fun?
Yesterday we caught you up on the latest Sugababes news, both from the originals and Sugababes Rebooted. After Heidi hinted at some solo plans, Amelle has now jumped on the bandwagon and revealed more details about her own solo material. The singer has hinted that her first solo single will be called ‘Rebel’ after using the word as a Twitter hashtag numerous times over the weekend. Apparently we can expect to hear the track “very soon.” Excited?
Filed under “Not very surprising but exciting news” it’s been rumoured that Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, wants to represent The Wanted in the US. Scooter met the group last year when they supported Bieber in London and was the one who secured their now legendary (MP! have it playing on a constant loop) slot on The Ellen show. According to “a source” the manager is “always on the lookout for the next big thing” and his instincts tell him TW could be big news in the US. With Bieber and TW on his books Scooter could soon be our new BFF.
Destiny’s Child reunite! Sorry did you just let collapse in hysterical tears? We’re exaggerating slightly, get up. Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce actually just got together for a little baby bonding session. Kelly and Michelle visited B and little Blue Ivy in New York last week and apparently struck up a bit of singsong to entertain the new addition. We bet B hogged the best lines on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’
Katy Perry has come up with a new plan to squeeze the last bits of cash from her Teenage Dream album, that’s right a re-release! According to reports Katy is preparing to unveil a special edition sub-titled The Complete Confection (clever) in the US in March. Previously leaked tracks ‘Dressing Up’ and ‘Part Of Me’ (which have now been completely wiped from YouTube)are likely to appear on the new edition, alongside new versions of current tracks.