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.

Watch Katy Perry’s Rock in Rio Show Get All Awkward

We’ve all probably dreamed at one point in time what it would be like to meet your favorite band/artist. What would you wear? What would you say? Hell, do you even say anything to them?

Well, apparently not everyone is like that and a close encounter of the strange kind happened to Katy Perry this past weekend. The pop star was in Brazil for the Rock in Rio Festival where she performed on Sunday evening (Sept. 27). Perry, like she does at most of her shows, decided to invite a fan onstage and that’s when things took a turn for the awkward.

The fan made her way on stage looking all kinds of intoxicated. At first, Perry tried to get the girl’s name, but after several failed attempts just renamed her. Then, the fan proceeded to attempt to kiss Perry’s neck where Perry said that she might be “rolling.” Perry tried to segue into getting the fan to teacher some Portuguese which was a massive fail. And that’s just some of the craziness that went on.

All in a day’s work for any musician, we guess. Watch the video of the strange encounter below.

Watch the 2015 Grammy Awards Performances

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After three and a half hours of sitting in front of a television, many people probably turned off the TV or changed the channel, we know we did at a few points.

For those who missed one of the many live performances that happened at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night or just want to relive one of them, we have managed to get some of them together in one place.

Check them all out below.

Jimmy Kimmel Posts New “All Music Edition” of #MeanTweets

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One of Jimmy Kimmel’s funniest sketches comes courtesy of all the negative posts people send across Twitter about celebrities then having said celebrities go on his show and read them out loud (some of them having laughing fits along the way).

This week, we got a new all-music edition of the sketch in honor of the Grammy Awards set to take place this upcoming weekend.The cast of musicians include some of pop’s biggest artists and some fellow Grammy nominees as well.

Musicians like Josh Groban, Drake, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and more take a crack at reading the mean tweets because nothing shows you have a sense of humor about those “haters” than reading those hateful messages out loud and laughing (all the way to the bank) about them in the process.

Check out the new edition below.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live this Sunday, Feb. 8, beginning at 8 P.M. EST on CBS.

Katy Perry “Roars” the Audience to Life During Super Bowl Halftime

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Katy Perry blew the retractable roof off of the University of Phoenix Stadium field in Glendale, AZ during her highly anticipated Super Bowl Halftime Show.

We might be a little bias with our opinion of the show, but it’s probably been one of the best from the past couple of years. With a setlist that covered some of her biggest hits including a special rendition of “I Kissed a Girl” with Lenny Kravitz and inviting Missy Elliot to the stadium grounds to perform some of her own songs, it’s was all around awesome and rocking.

Oh yeah, and there were fireworks, a floating comet, LED lights in beach balls and some palm tree, some killer visual effects on the grounds and beach balls and sharks with massive smiley faces (and an outfit that might become 2015’s Halloween costume).

Check out the performance below.