Katy Perry takes to the Hawaiian roads in ‘Harleys in Hawaii’

Katy Perry is taking a ride on the wild side…well kind of.

On Wednesday (Oct. 16), the California girl unveiled the music video for her latest single “Harley in Hawaii.” Staying true to the name of the track, the pop star is seen riding around the road of Hawaii on a motorcycle flanked by two companions.

The group ends up at a random bar for some drinks when a random fight breaks out. Instead of getting involves, Perry is seen chuckling and taking a sip of her drink before heading to the small stage to sing some karaoke.

The rest of the clip features the singer chilling on the beach with her love interest (“Teenage Dreams” vibes anyone?) and hanging out with her girlfriends in a hotel room with a stripper pole, hula hoops, and Perry’s favorite snack, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

So, where did the inspiration for the song come from?

A Hawaiian getaway to the magical string of islands.

“What do you get when you rent a motorcycle for a weekend with your boyfriend in Hawaii? A love song, of course,” Perry posted on Twitter.

The music video was directed by Barcelona-based studio Manson. Watch the clip above.

The track was co-written by Perry, Charlie Puth, Johan Carlsson, and Jacob Kasher. If the lineup looks familiar, it’s because all four co-wrote Perry’s previously released single, “Small Talk.”

“Harleys in Hawaii” is the third “standalone” single Perry has released in 2019. Earlier this year, the singer released the dog competition-centric music video for “Small Talk,” her flower child-inspired clip for “Never Really Over,” and “365” her creepy robot love story with Zedd.

No word on whether these songs will be featured on her still-not-confirmed sixth studio album. Perry’s last full-length album was 2017’s Witness.

Katy Perry (and Nugget) squash the competition in ‘Small Talk’

Katy Perry’s latest video is going to the dogs…literally.

On Friday (Aug. 30), the “California Girls” singer unleashed the music video for her latest standalone single “Small Talk.” The three-minute video features Perry as a dog show mother whose life revolves around dog shows and her pooch (Perry’s real-life dog Nugget).

We watch as dog mother and dog son do everything together from sleeping on the same and eating breakfast to working out and dressing up. They both arrive at the “Mutt Ball” and quickly take down the competition (it’s true what they say, pets really do look like their owners).

As she accepts her trophy, a handsome stranger (and his Weimaraner) strolls into the room and the singer’s life. Nugget’s life is suddenly turned on its head as Perry’s relationship with the stranger begins to escalate. Upset, Nugget starts to act out eventually earning a place in the dog house.

When the handsome stranger moves in, Nugget begins to realize that his time being mommy’s number one is over. While he’s busy stewing about not being the most important thing in his mom’s life, the stranger’s Weimaraner drops a toy in front of him as a form of an olive branch.

Watch the Tanu Muino-directed music video for “Small Talk” above.

“Small Talk” is Perry’s third standalone single. Earlier this year she released “Never Really Over” and her collaboration with Zedd, “365.”

No word on whether these three songs will be featured on a potential new record, but that doesn’t mean fans are not hopeful. Perry’s last full-length album was 2017’s lukewarmly received Witness.

Katy Perry heads to a love retreat to overcome heartbreak in ‘Never Really Over’

To say Katy Perry’s recently released songs have been met with lukewarm reception would be an understatement. Her last album 2017’s Witness was not well-received at all, and her collaboration with Zedd on “365” was received just the same.

Now, it looks like she’s ready to return to her sparkly self even though the subject matter seems to be the complete opposite. On Friday (May 31), the California girl released her new song, “Never Really Over,” and its music video companion.

The four-minute clip begins with Perry standing at a bus stop, luggage in hand, waiting for a bus to arrive. As it passes, she disappears and heads to what looks like a tranquil, hippie-esque retreat. While at first, Perry appears to be against all the activities, she decides rather quickly that it may be for the best to participate. She joins a group doing yoga, tries acupuncture, tries her hand at cupping therapy, and even takes part in a bonfire where she drinks some kind of potion. In the end, it seems like she’s come to terms with that relationship she was “never really over.”

It’s a summery take on a song about letting go of a temperamental on-and-off again relationship and we’re all for it, especially the new earthy, spiritual look Perry is sporting. Maybe this new earthy, free-spirit theme will play into her new era? Whatever it is, we can definitely get behind it.

Watch the Philippa Price-directed music video for “Never Really Over” above.

“Never Really Over” is currently available for purchase here.

“All of our relationships – from first love, through failed love, to great love – all become a part of you, so that none are ever really over, and once you accept both the dark and the light, you may find that the darkness brought you to the light,” Perry said about the inspiration behind the new song in a press statement.

No word on whether “Never Really Over” is a standalone single or if it will be featured on Perry’s follow-up to Witness.

Lil Dicky enlist Brendon Urie, Charlie Puth, Katy Perry, and more for ‘Earth’

When Lil Dicky claimed he had recruited a slew of big-name artists for his new song, he wasn’t kidding. On Friday (April 19), the Philadelphia-born rapper shared the music video for his environment-inspired new track, “Earth.”

The seven-minute music video begins with footage of a city with smog from cars clogging the air, giving the scenery an orangey hue. The clip shifts to a group of kids hanging out and causing mayhem in their path. As they joke around, they knock over a trash can, allowing the content to litter the floor. As they go to leave, Lil Dicky passes by and tells them to clean up the trash.

After changing some choice words, the kids take their leave, but one decides to stay behind and pick up the trash. While picking up the garbage, the kid finds a book laying there. He picks it up and takes a look inside. When he does, it transports the viewer into an animated world where all the cartoon animals (or plants) in the jungle are voiced by the musicians the rapper enlisted.

The song features Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Miley Cyrus, Lil Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Joel Embiid, Tory Lanez, John Legend, Bad Bunny, Psy, Kris Wu, Backstreet Boys, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The video concludes with Lil Dicky encouraging the viewer to “look into whatever the f*** Leonardo DiCaprio is always pushing” because if anyone knows about climate change, it would be him.

Watch the music video for “Earth” above.

“Earth” is currently available for purchase here.

In conjunction with the song’s release, the Lil Dicky launched a website to give fans more information about climate change and the different ways they can do their part to help. The profits generated from “Earth” streams and views will be donated to select groups of nonprofits that tackle issues like climate change, the energy crisis, and sustainable farming. For more information about this cause, head on over to the We Love the Earth website.

Watch: Katy Perry and Zedd embark on an AI relationship in ‘365’

Can robots feel love?

That’s the question Katy Perry and Zedd pose in the music video for their brand new joint track. On Thursday (Feb. 14), the singer and the DJ released their new song “365” mere hours after confirming its existence on social media. The four-and-a-half-minute video finds Perry taking on the role of a robot created in a sterilized laboratory.

Zedd, on the other hand, plays the role of a human who is being used for an experiment by the same scientists that created the Perry-bot. The viewer watches as Perry is first introduced to a life-size teddy bear as an experiment to see if she can truly interact with other beings. Once it seems that Perry-bot can interact successfully with other beings, the scientists pair her with Zedd for the real test.

The video continues with the duo going through the beginning stages of a relationship like awkward first conversations, dinner, dancing, and even sleeping together. Perry’s robot seems to be trying her hardest to make it work out, but it appears like Zedd isn’t ready for that giant step yet. This becomes evident as he runs away during a house tour, chooses to sleep on the couch rather in the bed, and even falls asleep during a movie.

As the Perry-bot begins to shed tears, the scientists are thrown into a frenzy because can robots really feel emotions?

Watch the music video for “365” above.

“365” is Perry’s first new song since her Christmastime single “Cozy Little Christmas.” Her last studio album was 2017’s lukewarmly received fifth studio album, Witness. As for Zedd, the DJ recently gave Shawn Mendes’  “Lost in Japan” the remix treatment and was even nominated for several Grammys for his smash collaboration with Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle.”

Listen: Katy Perry gets into the holiday spirit with ‘Cozy Little Christmas’

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Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas single album art

The holiday season is clearly upon us which means a batch of new holidays songs are about to flood our favorite music streaming services. On Thursday (Nov. 15), Katy Perry released her new Christmas song just in time for the “kick-off to Christmas” time of the year.

Titled “Cozy Little Christmas,” the three-minute song finds the American Idol judge sticking to what she does best; giving fans super-catchy, ultra-bubbly tunes.

Taking to social media, the “Teenage Dream” singer expressed her excitement for her first new original song since the release of her 2017 studio album, Witness.

“For all my friends secretly buying their tree already… SURPRISE! Christmas comes early!” Perry tweeted.

“Cozy Little Christmas” is an Amazon exclusive, so make sure you log in to give it a listen here. If not, you can get a little taste here.

“Cozy Little Christmas” is Perry’s first new song since the release of her fifth studio album, Witness. The album was released in June of 2017 and though it did peak at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, it was met with mixed reactions by critics and fans alike.

Earlier this month, Perry announced she had contributed to the deluxe re-issue of the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording). The pop star was given the opportunity to take on the Broadway musical’s signature song, “Waving Through a Window.”

Kendrick Lamar leads MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Now that the dog days of summer are starting to die down, MTV is getting ready for one of their major end of summer award shows. On Tuesday (July 25), the once music-centric channel announced the nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Leading the pack with a total of eight nominations this year is Kendrick Lamar. “Video of the Year,” “Best Hip-Hop,” and “Best Cinematography” are just some of the categories his single, “HUMBLE.” is nominated for.

Falling behind Lamar with a total of five nominations each are Katy Perry and The Weeknd. Perry is nominated for categories such as “Best Pop,” “Best Direction,” and “Best Visual Effects” for her Skip Marley-assisted, “Chained to the Rhythm.” The Weekend is nominated for categories such as “Video of the Year,” “Best Editing,” and “Best Art Direction” for his single, “Reminder.”

Following their decision to feature non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network announced that the “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories have been combined into “Artist of the Year.” Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, the Weekend, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Lorde are nominated for that honor this year.

In addition to the combined “Artist of the Year” category, MTV has also revealed the addition of a new category: “Best Fight Against the System.” The “Best Fight Against the System” category was added to celebrate music videos that inspire viewers to stand up for injustices.

Fans can begin to vote for their favorite music videos by heading over to the VMA’s website here. While all the major categories will close before the awards show in late August, the “Best New Artist” category will remain open until the night of the live broadcast. Another category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET. The complete list of nominees, with the exclusion on “Best Song of Summer,” can be seen below.

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars — “24K Magic”

Alessia Cara — “Scars To Your Beautiful”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller — “Wild Thoughts”

The Weeknd — “Reminder”

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars

Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran

Ariana Grande

The Weeknd

Lorde

Best New Artist

Khalid

Kodak Black

SZA

Young M.A

Julia Michaels

Noah Cyrus

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez — “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller — “Wild Thoughts”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty — “Broccoli”

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey — “Closer”

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean — “Feels”

Zayn & Taylor Swift — “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop

Shawn Mendes — “Treat You Better”

Ed Sheeran — “Shape of You”

Harry Styles — “Sign of the Times”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane — “Down”

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”

Miley Cyrus — “Malibu”

Best Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.”

Big Sean — “Bounce Back”

Chance the Rapper — “Same Drugs”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty — “Broccoli”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad & Boujee”

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne — “I’m The One”

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara — “Stay”

Kygo x Selena Gomez — “It Ain’t Me”

Calvin Harris — “My Way”

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ — “Cold Water”

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign — “Gone”

Best Rock

Coldplay — “A Head Full of Dreams”

Fall Out Boy — “Young and Menace”

Twenty One Pilots — “Heavydirtysoul”

Green Day — “Bang Bang”

Foo Fighters — “Run”

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson — “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape — “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration)

Big Sean — “Light” (Race)

Alessia Cara — “Scars to Your Beautiful” (Body image)

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley — “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment)

John Legend — “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate)

Katy Perry confirms new album, announces massive North American tour

After releasing two singles, which left fans asking for more, Katy Perry has officially announced that her fifth studio album will see a summertime release date. On Monday (May 15), the California girl announced that her long-awaited new album will be named Witness. Witness, Perry’s first new set of tunes in nearly four years, is set to be released on June 9 through Capitol Records. A few weeks ago, rumors began to circulate that Perry’s upcoming album would be titled Witness. Instead of confirming or denying the rumors, Perry allowed her legion of followers to believe what they wanted.

In addition to the new album, Perry has also announced a massive tour that will find the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer performing at a slew of North American venues throughout the late months of 2017 and early months of 2018. “WITNESS: The Tour” will begin on Sept. 7 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus and conclude almost five months later on Feb. 5, 2018 at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

For fans of the pop star, there will be a special pre-sale to obtain tickets before anyone else.  The verified fan pre-sale will take place on Thursday (May 18) beginning at 9 a.m. local time and concluding three hours later at noon. For Perry’s Canadian fans, their verified fan pre-sale will begin next Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. local time. Unlike the United States pre-sale, this one will last 12 hours. To qualify for the verified fan pre-sale, head on over to Perry’s website here.

Witness will mark Perry’s first new album since the release of 2013’s Prism. Previously released singles “Chained to the Rhythm” and “Bon Appétit” are just two of the new songs featured on the impending release.

For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

KATY PERRY’S ‘WITNESS: THE TOUR’ DATES:

Sept. 07 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
Sept. 09 – Montréal, QE @ Bell Centre
Sept. 12 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Sept. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Sept. 25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sept. 29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Oct. 02 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 03 – Uniondale, NY @ NYCB Live!: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 08 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Oct. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Oct. 15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 22 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Oct. 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov. 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
Nov. 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 26 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Nov. 28 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
Nov. 29 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Dec. 01 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Dec. 02 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Dec. 04 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Dec. 06 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Dec. 09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Dec. 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Dec. 15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Dec. 17 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Dec. 20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
Jan. 05 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Jan. 07 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jan. 10 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jan. 12 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
Jan. 14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jan. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Jan. 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Jan. 31 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center
Feb. 02 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center at Rose Quarter
Feb. 03 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Feb. 05 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Watch Katy Perry visit Oblivia in new music video

It’s been about two weeks since Katy Perry released her brand new song, “Chained to the Rhythm.” The song’s debut happened just in time for the pop star to hit the stage at the 2017 Grammy Awards for a politically influenced performance. Since the annual awards show, the pop star has been teasing fans with images on social media that made no sense at the time. A hamster, a wheel, a rocket, a poster for a theme park, and more were posted online with no definitive connection; just a lot of head-scratching. On Tuesday (Feb. 21), the California native unleashed the music video for the new tune, finally giving fans an answer to how all the random images connected.

The clip begins with Perry walking into Oblivia, a theme park that looks like something straight out of the 1950s with a slight twist. As Perry walks through the entrance, we see her dressed in an outfit that looks like something from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Jetsons. With cotton candy pink hair and a futuristic attire Perry begins her stroll through the park. As she makes her way down the streets of the theme park, she encounters a lot of people who seem to be living in their own little bubble unaware of everything around them.

As if the people dressed up in 50s attire wasn’t enough of a flashback, the rides at the park seem to mirror the mentality of that era. One of the rides is named “The Great American Dream Drop” and features small, pastel-colored houses as the vehicle while the entrance is right behind a white picket fence containing red roses. Another ride is called “Love Me,” a roller coaster which a female and a male get on and at the end they are rated. While at “The Great American Dream Drop,” Perry attempts to pick a rose, only to be pricked by a thorn. As the blood begins to rise to the surface, it signals the popping of her utopia bubble as she begins to realize that it is all those people, and even her, are living like hamsters in a cage. Watch the music video for “Chained to the Rhythm” above.

“Chained to the Rhythm” marks Perry’s first new song since the release of “Rise,” the theme for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. While Perry hasn’t confirmed a new album, she has teased that she will be taking her time with creating and recording her fifth studio album. There’s no word on whether “Chained to the Rhythm” will be a standalone single or be part of a new album.

Perry’s last studio album was 2013’s Prism.

Katy Perry releases surprise new single for 2016 Rio Olympics

It’s been a while since Katy Perry released any new music, though it can be argued that last November’s “Every Day is a Holiday” does count as a new song. Now, things have slightly changed with the singer unveiling a brand new, surprise track. On Friday (July 15), Perry debuted a brand new song titled “Rise.” In a press release, the singer explains how NBC Olympics chose the song to be the official anthem for the 2016 Rio Olympics and how instead of waiting for her new album to come out, she decided to release the song now, when there is a “need for our world to unite.”

“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” Perry explains in a press release about how the song came to be completed.

“I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”

The music video for “Rise” can be seen below. The clip begins with video of locations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (where the games will take place) before switching over to clips of a slew of athletes training and competing in the medley of events set to take place during the month-long games which kicks off on Aug. 5.

“Rise” is currently available on iTunes and Apple Music. While rumors of a new album/new music has been circulating since she wrapped up the final leg of her “Prismatic World Tour,” Perry has never come forth and confirmed that a new album was in the works. Considering the reference to a new album she made in her press release about “Rise,” it’s probably only a matter of time before she announces her long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Prism.