Katy Perry

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    October 30, 2014

    French Singer Yelle Doesn't Want to Always Sing Pop Music

    Who knows why Americans have such abhorrence to foreign languages. Someone says '¿Cómo estás?' you'll hear 'English, motherfucker. Do you speak it?' Movie spoken in some other mother tongue? Let's just have David Fincher remake it. But France's Yelle defies that, saying her native vocabulary is a ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Katy Perry - Gila River Arena - 9/25/2014 (VIDEO)

    "How many of you are under the age of 10?" Tegan from indie-pop group Tegan and Sara asked the crowd last night at Gila River Arena. Thousands of girls, including one super-shrieky one directly behind me, screamed in delight as their young age was recognized by a band they'd probably never heard of ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    This week kicks off a helluva run for Phoenix concerts. Thursday we have Drake, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry all performing, and Friday begins the Summer Ends Music Festival. What more could you want? ... Well, if you really need more options, check out the ones below, and browse our comprehensive c ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Music for Running: A Guide to the Perfect Playlist

    I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking. The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Katy Perry's "Roar": Why This Song Sucks

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times (and Katy Perry's "Roar."] History: Katy Perry was born in 1984, except back then people called her "Katy Hudson" because that's her real name. In 2001, she was like, "You know ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: All Pop Songs Will Disappoint You

    Normally I don't go out of my way to listen to music the moment it's released, but I devour on-trend, manufactured pop like a snake devouring its prey. I digest over a period of days, listening to it over and over, and then something snaps inside me and the song is gone. At a rate of approximately o ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Watch Bonnie McKee's "American Girl," A Celeb-Filled Bonanza

    You may never have heard of Bonnie McKee, but you've definitely heard her. The singer-songwriter's magical musical songwriting touch has graced everything from tracks by Katy Perry and Ke$ha, to Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Lambert -- all who appear in the incredibly star-filled music video for her new ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Up On The Sun's 12 Most Popular Phoenix Music Stories of 2012

    Is this year over yet? Well, close enough. So in honor of 2012 we've dug through the past 12 months of stories looking for the greatest hits. Below you'll find the stories (minus most of the newsy stuff) that people clicked on each month. And if thousands of other people clicked on these stories, yo ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    October 1, 2012

    OMG! It's the Katy Perry Movie Drinking Game!

    I missed Sound Wave, so my Saturday was not spent doing ecstasy in a drained swimming pool. Sad face. I also missed Justin Bieber's concert, which totally blows becausehe threw up, guys! He threw up on stage in front of hundreds of people and now millions of people will watch the video on YouTube an ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Katy Perry Gives The Worst Sex Advice Ever

    See also: A Tour Doc Reveals Katy Perry's Essential Katy Perry-ness See also: Katy Perry's 10 Best Looks and Lyrics See also: Five Totally Rad Things About Katy Perry Watching the trailer for Katy Perry's movie, Part of Me, raised a lot of questions: Why is this movie in 3D? Why does it exist? Why a ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    July 18, 2012

    Club Candids: Bliss/ReBar

    Bliss/ReBar is a great place to relax on the patio with a group of friends while people watching and sipping a fruity drink. The bar attracts a diverse, yet friendly crowd of folks who want to hang out, grab a bite, or perhaps dance if the right song is playing.

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    July 5, 2012
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    May 3, 2012
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    March 30, 2012

    Five Music Celebrities, One Tiny Hand

    Celebrities tend to have a knack for influencing everything from dressing styles, speech patterns and attitudes to spending habits. I mean, just imagine where the plastic augmentation industry would be if it weren't for them. Musicians in particular have always captivated us with their general sens ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012
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    December 12, 2011

    Ke$ha Does Bob Dylan; Plus Three Other Pop Artists You've Probably Misjudged

    ​Ke$ha is sort of awful, but not for the reasons you think. Yeah, her music is terrible. It's fun music you don't really need to think about. But it's alleged that the songstress is smarter than people give her credit for. It's rumored that she scored a 1500 on her SATs and has a 140 IQ. She even ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    September 9, 2011

    Hanson on Social Media, Shout It Out and Katy Perry

    Jiro SchneiderHanson has been a household name since 1997 when they made it big with their unforgettable song "MMMBop." You know, the one you could never get out of your head every time you heard it. But the three-brother band has moved on to bigger and better things now, like their chart topping la ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our August 18 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. What "Kingly" possessions are on display at MIM's new Elvis Presley exhibit? What's the deal with Ticketmaster ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Katy Perry Nearing Michael Jackson's Singles Chart Record

    ​Katy Perry is on her way to matching Michael Jackson's singles record, according to NME.It looks like Katy Perry will hit the number one spot on the Billboard charts for the fifth time this album with her single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." If it actually takes the top spot, she will be the fi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Katy Perry at Comerica Theatre, 8/3/11 (VIDEO)

    Maria Vassett​Katy PerryAugust 3, 2010 Comerica Theatre Katy Perry's latest concert is called the California Dreams tour, and by the diverse sights and sounds at her sold-out show last night at Comerica Theatre, the tour does seem like the wildest, sweetest, most colorful dream Perry could have co ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    July 25, 2011

    Five Totally Rad Things About Katy Perry

    ​If every discerning music nerd only gets to pick one pop princess to admit to unapologetic digging, I totally pick Katy Perry.Yes, she's good looking-- that's a given, but it's much more than that. Perry has a sort of easygoing charm, a rare thing in the realm of radio dominating queens. Yeah, I ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Katy Perry Features Rebecca Black, Hanson, Kenny G and Glee Stars in New Video For 'Last Friday Night'

    ​Katy Perry features a handful of stars in her new music video "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", according to MTV News.In the brand new video, Perry throws a kick ass '80s house party at her home with the help of party co-host and my homegirl Rebecca Black, house band Hanson, and sax master Kenny G, ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Katy Perry's Demanding, Specific Tour Rider Leaks

    ​Working for Katy Perry can be even more demanding than you might think, according to the Amplifier.Six pages of Katy Perry's long list of on-the-road requirements have leaked online, and she seems to be yet another big-headed celebrity who makes herself out to be a lot more important than she act ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Katy Perry's Album of the Year Grammy Nomination Truly Shocking

    Katy Perry--for Album of the Year?!?!?​Is it just me, or is anyone else completely shocked by Katy Perry's nomination for Album of the Year for the 2011 Grammy Awards?I mean, don't get me wrong. As a person, I adore her. She's funny, sassy, confident and beautiful, and she really does have amazing ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Katy Perry's 'Firework' an Inspiring New Single

    Katy Perry​Thank gosh Katy Perry chose to release something meaningful for her third single, not just a song about Daisy Dukes or losing your virginity. No, her current single, "Firework," is a very inspirational track that her fans really need to hear. It's a song all about believing in yourself ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Arizona Gurls: Check Out This AZ Style Katy Perry Parody

    Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was unquestionably the "song of the summer" (ugh) so, really, your state is probably pretty shitty if you can't scare up at least one parody YouTube video. This one is pretty great. Not, like, "LeBron James Is A Bitch," great but definitely dead-on with the jokes af ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Katy Perry Loses Herself on 'Teenage Dream,' But It's Still Super-Catchy

    ​You could never really call Katy Perry original. From the moment she broke onto the scene with her first mainstream single, "I Kissed a Girl," she was criticized for copying the title of the track by Jill Sobule. Her songs have always been sticky sweet pop that's radio-ready, but on her debut, On ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Top 10 Female Pop Stars Who Look Like Drag Queens

    The hair looks like a wig, her eyebrows look painted on, and the eyelashes seem like falsies​It's pretty clear Katy Perry is all woman--the pop star was even named 2010's "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Maxim magazine. But even the singer herself has admitted there have been many times where she's felt l ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 22, 2010

    Katy Perry Convinces Russell Brand to Sell Bachelor Pad, Cause She's Jealous

    Was I the only one in the world who was shocked and a little horrified when Russell Brand and Katy Perry got engaged?He kissed the girl and he liked it: No more single life, bachelor pad lifestyle for Russell Brand.​ Either way, the London Evening Standard has reported that Brand will be selling ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Katy Perry Swaps Substance for Sex in "California Gurls"

    ​Welcome to FemPop, a weekly feature that examines a current popular song and its message to women--whether that's empowering or demeaning, or both.Oh, Katy Perry.It's probably to be expected that the hottest woman alive, as named by Maxim magazine, would have a titillating new single, too, and th ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    You're Not Hallucinating: Katy Perry and Timbaland in Music Video

    ​Timbaland made an interesting choice in choosing his fourth single off Timbaland Presents Shock Value II. The hip-hop producer, whose most recent singles featured frequent collaborators Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, opted to go with his duet with pop princess Katy Perry, "If We E ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Russell Brand and Katy Perry Gettin' Hitched

    Russell Brand and Katy Perry in front of the Taj Mahal, evidently constructed by Brand.​Does anyone else find this to be a "What the fuck?!?" moment? I was surprised that they were dating, and now just four months later, they're engaged. The most sickening part: The picture you are viewing was p ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Katy Perry Strips Down for 'MTV Unplugged'

    Katy Perry proves she doesn't need Auto-Tune on her new MTV Unplugged EP and DVD. The 25-year-old singer/songwriter belts it with a small band for the intimate concert and picks up an acoustic guitar, on which she wrote music for her debut album, One of the Boys. The short, seven-song show contains ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Katy Perry and Rivers Cuomo Team Up, Simon Sues Starbucks, Creed Tickets for 75 Cents

    Electric Mustache: Photos: Vivian Girls at Modified Arts 10/13/2009Idolator: Would You Go See Creed If You Only Had To Pay 75 Cents For The Privilege?NME: Sex Pistols to sue over 'God Save The Cream' ad campaign?Pitchfork: Rivers Cuomo to Work With Katy PerryPitchfork: Hear Bon Iver's "Last Show for ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Rihanna and Chris Brown's Hotel Tryst, Jarvis Cocker and Russel Brand Collaborate, Jackson's Mother Gets Custody

    State Press: YACHT Not A Standout Idolator: "Weird Al" Yankovic Makes An Icky Thump In Honor Of Charles Nelson Reilly NME: Bruce Springsteen To Perform 'Born To Run' Album In Its Entirety NME: P Diddy Moshes His Way Through Arctic Monkeys' Intimate New York Gig NME: Rihanna and Chris Brown Reunite f ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    South London Calling

    Talented 20-year-old succeeds on substance, not style

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    February 4, 2009

    Katy Perry Is One of the Girls Just as Much as Boys

    Katy Perry is hot! Well, she's cute and she's hot. This seemed to be the general consensus from the sold-out audience at Tempe's Marquee Theatre on Tuesday. Perry, who wore a flashy gold dress and looked like she should be adorned on the top of a cake of some sort, worked the crowd with her pinup g ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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    December 30, 2008

    The Worst Lyrics of 2008: NCAA-Style Showdown

    And now it's time for the "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" memorial Worst Lyrics of 2008, March Madness-style tournament, this year a terrifying mélange of appalling oral-sex requests, bargain-bin philosophies, grammatical atrocities, and cringe-inducing pillow talk. To elevate the drama, I p ... More >>

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    December 6, 2008

    Phooson: Let's Go to the Tape

    So you missed last night's Phooson 2008? No worries. We've got you covered with a few concert highlights from Katy Perry, Tokyo Hotel, Fallout Boy and The Pussycat Dolls. It seems Rihanna was a bit camera shy when it came to video unfortunately. Don't ask us why, we think she looked great on stage. ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Paula Abdul Hosting Phooson Tonight

    So, if there's one thing I thought Phooson, tonight's popped up show at Cricket was missing, it was some B-list hosting talent. Luckily, Johnjay and Rich are bringing in the big guns: Paul Abdul. The American Idol hostess will join the disc jocks on stage at Cricket Pavillion to introduce Rihanna, F ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Phooson: Katy Perry's Better With a Backing Track

    So Katy Perry just finished her set without playing "Ur So Gay" which is pretty sad. She also played "I Kissed A Girl" with her backing band, which normally would be pretty cool, but they were surprisingly bad for a group of professional musicians. She sounded much better with a backing track on "Ho ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    From BFE to PHX

    Quirky music fest lands at Cricket

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    October 19, 2008

    Rihanna, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy and Pussycat Dolls coming for Phooson fest on Dec. 5

    By Martin Cizmar I don’t know why anybody would want to celebrate or encourage Phoenix and Tucson growing together, but apparently someone does, which is why there’s a Phooson festival leading this week’s upcoming show announcements.

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    July 24, 2008

    Katy Perry

    One of the Boys

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