What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. Continue reading ‘Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album’
We used to have a feature here on the OurStage magazine called Watch This Wednesday, where we would round up the videos that had been kicking around that week for your viewing pleasure. Today, we have to institute a “Why Watch This?” Wednesday, in direct response to the time-devouring clips that have been put out lately.
Let’s start with no one’s favorite ego maniac, Kanye West. He and his famous partner, sex tape star Kim Kardashian, pretend to ride a motorcycle in front of a green screen, making us recall with fondness the Alicia Silverstone/Jeremy London pairing in Aerosmith‘s dumb “Amazing” video. Kanye and Kim are either masters of subtle satire or are the two least self-aware people on the planet. Place your bets.
Why watch this? So you can tell your grandkids that you saw and recognized the signs of the decline of civilization. This is the uncensored version. Don’t avert your eyes, coward.
Next up is Katy Perry, who is, as you know, the worst. This pusher of progressively bad music also fancies herself a ‘personality,’ and, not content to confine her creative output to music, she shows up on SNL, in commercials, and as the comedic heroine of her “Roar” video. Now she returns to her glam side with the official video for “Unconditionally,” which is what we in the smart-ass-jerk business call “pointless.”
Why watch this? Perry appears to be, literally, on fire at several points, which is something.
The pop music world has been anxiously awaiting the release of Katy Perry‘s new album, Prism, since the lead single “Roar” debuted in the middle of August. Promotional singles slowly rolled out, and with each new track seemed to come a completely different sound for the girl who lived the Teenage Dream. The album is still a few days away from hitting stores, but this morning a full stream has been posted online for fans to enjoy.
Featuring a dozen new songs, including the singles “Dark Horse” and “Walking On Air,” Prism marks the beginning of a new era for Katy Perry. Having been married and divorced since her last release, the girl who liked kissing girls has grown into a woman who knows the true meaning of heartache. Her dreams of cotton candy wonderlands have been replaced with visions of real romance, and both she and the listener are far better off a result. Click here to stream Prism in full.
Prism arrives in stores next week. Comment below and let us know your first impressions of the album.
With just over three weeks left before her new album hits stores, Katy Perry has surprised fans everywhere by releasing a new song entitled “Walking On Air.”
We have heard a lot of variations on pop music from Perry in the past, but I’m not sure any have properly prepared fans for the deep house influence running through “Walking On Air.” It’s as far of a departure as possible from the other Prism tracks that have surfaced thus far, and whether or not fans are okay with that will hinge largely on which version of Perry they enjoy the most. “Walking On Air” harkens back to Katy’s early days of super high-gloss pop, and those itching for the diva to return to her old ways will be pleased to hear this iteration. Those who embraced “Roar” with open arms, however, may find themselves feeling a bit let down with this offering. You can stream the song below.
“Walking On Air” is being released strictly as a promotional single at this point. No attempt to push it at radio or beyond will take place right now, but it may get airplay on a handful of stations with their ear to the Internet. If Katy decides to release this track as an actual single, she may well find success at radio, but based on the imagery she’s released for the album so far I think she’s going for a more ‘grown up’ feel with her marketing efforts. This is more of a throwaway track than the others that have surfaced, though that doesn’t make it a bad song.
We knew the day we heard Katy Perry‘s “Roar” that a flood of covers would soon follow. The song’s simple lyrics and even simpler instrumentation make it low-hanging fruit for anyone hoping to capitalize on a current Top 40 hit. The latest group to take a shot at the Teenage Dream starlet’s hit is none other than pop-rock outfit Before You Exit.
The band’s video performance cover, which strips the song’s synth-laden sound down to its bare bones, hit the net late yesterday afternoon. Before You Exit appears in a boxing ring with only an acoustic guitar and keyboard for accompaniment and lean heavily on their pitch-perfect harmony to deliver an original take on the song. The results are unquestionably different than the original, but the track itself is just as anthemic. You can view the performance below.
Before You Exit have been branded pop’s next big thing by nearly every major Top 40 blog, but for one reason or another they’ve yet to break through on a national level. Could this cover be the clip that changes everything? Comment below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Before You Exit Cover Katy Perry’s “Roar”’
Now that we’ve heard her “Roar,” pop star Katy Perry is switching things up and delivering an atmospheric, bass-heavy ultimatum to men who think they’re man enough for her.
Arriving online early this morning following a midnight release on iTunes, “Dark Horse” is the second song to surface from Katy Perry’s upcoming album Prism. The track features Taylor Gang member Juicy J, with production lifted from your favorite hip-hop records, but the focus remains on Perry throughout. The pop sensibilities found on “Roar” have been stripped away and left with a more fierce and somewhat haunting vocal effort. You can stream the single below.
Twerk-free since day one, Katy Perry has released the official video for “Roar” just in time to remind people what great pop music is all about.
“Roar” opens with a plane crash on an island. Perry and her self-absorbed boyfriend survive, but in the hours that follow face peril they never expected as they attempt to explore the forest around them.
All of a sudden, Perry is alone, and is doesn’t take long to realize she may be stuck in this strange place forever. She could very easily give in and let nature defeat her, but she stands strong in the face of near certain death and thrives. She roars, if you will.
Toronto pop-rock favorites Crystalyne have become one of the first bands in the world to cover Katy Perry‘s new smash, “Roar.”
Some might think a song in stores less than a week may be tough to cover properly, but those opinions will certainly be changed once they experience the heartfelt rendition put together by Crystalyne. In a new video posted to the band’s YouTube account over the weekend, the group’s vocalist can be found sitting solo at a piano and singing at the top of her lungs. The track features no additional accompaniment (nor is it needed). You can view the performance below.
Crystalyne remain unsigned. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this cover.
Pop fans, rejoice! The queen of all things confectionary and catchy has returned with another soon-to-be smash.
Hitting the net over the weekend, days ahead of its originally scheduled release, “Roar” is the first single to be released by Katy Perry in 2013. The song is the lead single off her forthcoming album Prism, and, as all new singles should, does a fantastic job of showcasing Perry’s new sound. It’s not quite mature, but it’s certainly more evolved than anything found on Teenage Dream. You can stream “Roar” for yourself, below.
If “Firework” was her anthem for underdogs, “Roar” is Katy Perry’s song for self-empowerment. It’s far from original, but it’s certainly catchy enough to get platinum at least once. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Perry’s latest. Continue reading ‘Katy Perry Debuts “Roar”’
Pop star Katy Perry may be all-too-quiet on the music front, but that isn’t stopping her from returning to the stage. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be her show!
Perry was in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 11, and went with some friends to The Rolling Stones ’50 and Counting’ tour stop at the MGM Grand. During “Beast of Burden,” Perry appeared on stage with the band and even did a bit of grinding on sixty-nine-year-old Mick Jagger. Fans in attendance lept at the chance to capture the moment on their smartphones, and now we can all experience the combo of RS and KP by clicking play on the video below.