Katy Perry

UK Top 10 Singles 3-15-14

By Iman Lababedi | March 10, 2014

Why are the singles charts in the UK so much better than their album charts? Jess Glynne is back with a Chicago House DJ Route 94 (geddit) and is excellent, which gives her two great songs on these charts neither of which have hit the US yet. But they will!

Katy Perry Forced To Alter Her Muslim-Offensive Video

By Alyson Camus | March 6, 2014

I watched and even wrote about this video and it totally escaped me, but that’s normal because I couldn’t care less about these types of things! Honestly, how can people get offended for some hidden details in a Katy Perry video? I explain: In the pop star’s latest clip, ‘Dark Horses’, the one that should…

US Top 10 Singles 3-15-14

By Iman Lababedi | March 6, 2014

The top four are exactly the same as last week, and the following six are minimal changes and NOTHING NEW made it on AND… Oh, I guess that’s all I got.Proof that the US Hot 100 is the most conservative and reactionary charts in the history of the world. FYI

UK Top 10 Singles 3-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | March 3, 2014

Foxes (aka Louisa Rose Allen) is yet another DJ’s discovery, this time Zedd discovered her and this song is her second hit. The album is dropping May 12th, though whether we get it, and whether we care, is a subject of some debate.

US Top 10 Singles 3-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | February 27, 2014

John Legend performs the terrible drag of an “All Of Me” on the Grammy’s once and the next thing you know he has a top ten hits. Legend is Alicia Keys in male drag and he is just as boring a performer though not without a certain amount of charm, true. None of that charm is at work here. None of it.

Katy Perry's Egypt History Lesson In 'Dark Horse'

By Alyson Camus | February 26, 2014

I know, it’s a Perry video, you don’t have to make sense of anything, but why Egypt? Why the pharaohs? Did she watch too many Elizabeth Taylor’s oldies lately or did she always have a secret love for the Indiana Jones trilogy?

US Top 10 Singles 3-1-14

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2014

It is one of the wonderful things about the record biz. Dan Smith was a bartender writing songs on his laptop two years ago, and one, based upon the infamous city, went onto his first album. Today his life is changed forever, he is a sensation, and whether I (or you) can stand the song is irrelevant, the man hit the jukebox jackbox. PS we don’t like the song at all.

US Top 10 Singles 2-22-14

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2014

Not much going on for another week, though I note we haven’t seen a thing for Gaga in awhile and meanwhile Katy Perry is in at # 1!! Lorde has her second hit and I suggest they do the right thing and release “Swingin’ Party” and make Paul some more bucks.

US Album Top 10 2-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2014

Both A Great Big World and Young The Giant are happy to be here, one of these bands got that sort of break everybody dreams of, and the other one did nothing of the sort, but both of them are on the charts and are suddenly like really real bands.

US Top 10 Singles 2-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2014

OK, where the hell is “Trumpets”? He played it at Jingle ball and it has been on the UK charts for a couple of months now, but while Jason is back with the admittedly good “Talk Dirty”, “Trumpets” is a killer hook on horns come to life.

Must See: Katy Perry Bringing Her Roar To MSG This July

By Iman Lababedi | January 25, 2014

While her only real competition Lady Gaga explodes in angst and betrayal on the business side, Perry does it on the personal side, and while neither album has proven itself a slam dunk in the pop charts (which is precisely what they needed) certainly Katy should sell out this tour.

Winner And Winner: Cat Stevens And Katy Perry

By Iman Lababedi | January 20, 2014

“Anything in the music business that’s not actually music is something else. It’s a competition, a great big competition. And that’s fine. It’s just not the reason I got into music.”

US Top 10 Singles 1-25-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 16, 2014

You are getting sleepy, sleepy, close your eyes and snap you’re asleep. The US Charts are as slow as molasses. It takes a miracle to get in but once you are in you are there for months. Like 12 – 14 weeks they mess around the top 10. Only the surprise(ish) appearance of Katy have kept me awae.

US Top 10 Singles 1-18-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2014

So OK, I went 50-50 on Perry and Gaga, I didn’t think PRISM was dead a duck and it isn’t and I didn’t thing Artpop was dead as a duck and it is dead a duck. I don’t see why Gag doesn’t pull out “Gypsy” it has hit single written all over it

US Top 10 Albums 1-18-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2014

It is January 9th and nothing has happened in the world except “Frozen” is the fourth animated soundtrack to reach the top of the Billboard 200. It follows Jack Johnson’s “Curious George” (2006), and Disney’s “Pocahontas” (1995) and “The Lion King” (1994). One of which is actually good.

Is The Song Dead As The Currency Of Modern Pop?

By Iman Lababedi | December 11, 2013

At the heart of so many 2013 big albums, is the lack of song, from Prism to Artpop, from New to Hesitation marks, from …Like Clockwork to Britney Jean, the lack of songs kills the albums in their tracks. They don’t get heard often enough and when and if you do give them the time they need to hit your pleasure button they don’t.

Katy Perry, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

By Helen Bach | December 10, 2013

Katy isnt exactly known for being a scholar. Don’t get me wrong she could be a very intelligent woman but basically shes a blow up doll with a vocal range. BUT she does have presence so there you have it- let’s make her an ambassador!

US Top 10 US Albums 12-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2013

the Garth Brooks Walmart only 6 CD, 2 DVD box set, with four albums of Brooks covers, his greatest hits album from 2007 and a live special that aired on CBS on DVD. Whatever future CDs have, it will be something like this

Miley Cyrus And Katy Perry Go Gold

By Iman Lababedi | December 4, 2013

Prism is a sad and sorry album and going gold in six weeks won’t do it (it took Eminem two weeks to go platinum). Katy Perry has a problem and where goes Perry goes Miley. Look at it this way: Eminem sold more in a week than Miley and Katy sold in a combined 14 weeks.

Time To Think About The Worst Albums Of The Year: How About Katy Perry

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Anyone stupid enough to marry a sex addict shouldn’t whine it about and anybody who swaps Russell Brand for John Mayer is trading in models of the same car. Finally, the smug monster got caught out. Prism sounds like Katy Perry. Like they say in baseball, you are as good as your record. ‘Nuff said.

Hear Ye On Spotify: What rock nyc Is Listening To 12-1-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Face The Crowd – Beady Eye – In the worst albums of the year sweepstake, the sophomore effort by Liam’s band is way up there. This song is remarkable in how little it has going for it – D+

US Top 10 Albums 11-30-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2013

Well, I called Gaga as being better than Katy and it looks like I called it right, meanwhile why can’t Katy find a follow up to “Roar?

US Top 10 Singles 11-25-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2013

“The Monster” sales slide is owed to iTunes’ customers who opted to “complete” the “Marshall” album by upgrading their earlier purchases of “Monster” to a full album. Effectively, consumers who completed the album were returning a song

US Top 10 Albums 11-23-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2013

Eminem has sold as many copiess, nearly a million, as #2 – #32 combined. Eminem is a big star and the album is a serious continuation of Part One, but even so the explanation here is that sales fall off so precipitiously that once you’re past the Top 20 at best, they are essentually meaningless.

Katy Perry's New Album A BioHazard In Australia?

By Alyson Camus | November 7, 2013

The deluxe version of her album contains seeds, apparently incorporated in handmade paper, and Australians have expressed some concern as the seeds may be a weed foreign to Australia and so a plant that could raise some biological security concern.

US Top 10 Singles 11-16-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2013

I know I’ve been writing “Applause” is good not great, but it is great compared to the rest of this crap and it is great in context, closing down ARTPOP

Mick Jagger Made A Pass AT Katy Perry When She Was 18 Years Old

By Iman Lababedi | November 2, 2013

Mick Jagger took an 18 year old Katy who was singing back up on “Old Habits Die Hard” to dinner and then made a pass at her. That was ten years ago or so which would have made Jagger sixty years old.

US top 10 Singles 11-9-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2013

The same three top three songs for 7 weeks and counting and the rest of the songs have been most bubbling around for a month or so.

US Top 10 Albums 11-9-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2013

Prism sold more than 2 thru 9 combined and I guess that means sales are still in free fall because it’s not as though Prism sold a million or even half a million units.

UK Top 10 Albums, 11-2-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2013

the worst UK top 10 in a long, long time. I may have underestimated Andrea Begley, the UK Voice winner, she really does have a lovely voice,

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2013

Dull Tool – Fiona Apple – The highlight of her Beacon Theater concert stands up as a major find hidden as an album only track on This Is 40, which kinda makes sense as it isn’t about libidos out of control but rather very much in control – A

Katy Perry's "Prism" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2013

A mish mosh of high end pop by the numbers, Perry tries to convince us she has a soul (highly doubtful but still, give her the benefit of the doubt) while screaming at the waitress for table service

US Top 10 Singles 11-2-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 24, 2013

The question is: are there enough Eminem fanatics to keep this slim shadiest on songs in the charts? Break it down: 3 hip hop stars, 6 pop stars and a novelty hit.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-24-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 24, 2013

Dear Mary – Linda Thompson – A Linda blueprint English folk song to lead of her terrific 2002 album, Linda might take her time but she has never recorded badly and this new one finds her at the peak of her powers – A

Hear Ye On Spotify:what rock nyc is listening to 10-23-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 23, 2013

When you Wish Upon A Star – Cliff Edwards – Disney’s finest music moment from one of their signature achievements, the sound of your conscience, yes, of course, but also the sound of our deepest wishes. All in a crickets chirp. Astounding – A+

Be Here Now: New Releases Snapshot Review 10-22-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2013

Suffering From Success – DJ Khaled – When did everyone start whining in the world of hip hop? More of the same with Khaled plus Maybach Music – C

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 10-21-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2013

Sure, I don’t have the highest of hopes for it after “Roar” and the new songs from the Itunes Fest earlier this year, but still it is event programming

Temp Run Revised: A Runner Counts The Beats Of Your Heart!

By Margaret Mullen | October 17, 2013

Added Katy Perry because my heart rate elevated too quickly and Roar does not have as many BPMs as some of the other songs. Removed Van Halen Running With the Devil because it just did not work with the rest of the mix. Added I’m on Fire at the end because I needed a cool down song.

Iman and Hel Do SNL: Katy Perry

By Magpie and Hel | October 13, 2013

haved loved her music for what it’s worth. Fluffy ear candy with no real purpose but no real harm. She is the poster child for teenage girls and gender non descript fella’s. She is in line right after Gaga for the Queen of the Queen throne but right now she needs to stay alive.

US Top 10 Singles: 10-19-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2013

If ever a year seemed to be about a scene that was waiting to happen, this would appear to be that year. This time three years ago, the pop scene was exploding at its seams, as was hip hop and indie

Hear Ye on Spotify: What rock nyc Is Listening To 10-7-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 7, 2013

Walking On Air – Katy Perry – By the numbers disco cropper up to nothing much but what it does do, play off its drum patterns, should get the kiddies dancing – B-

US Top 10 Singles 10-12-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2013

If it wasn’t for the fact that Lorde apparently is only 16 years old, you’d be excused for believing Lorde is a 28 year old Disney XD actress playing a 16 year old

UK Top 10 Singles 10-5-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2013

Two killer songs here, the new Jessie J and the new to me Ben Pearce. Compare this to the US charts and what do you notice? None of those lousy fake cowboys from Australia and therfore a much much better chart.

Katy Perry, Sarah McLachlan And Devolution Denied

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2013

I wonder what the poor bastards who went to this concert had done to deserve it? Was it bad karma from a past life. It must have been a form of hell, sitting through the Indigo Girls to reach Lisa Loeb, it is like is there no exist?

US Top 10 Singles 10-05-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2013

This week, the album charts are a disgrace BUT that could change overseven days, meanwhile the singles chart are a lively mess of pop and dance vying for your attention in a fight to the death.