Watch Katy Perry’s Chained To The Rhythm video

She’s back ladies and gents. Pop superstar Katy Perry dropped her new single, Chained To The Rhythm just under two weeks ago, and man is it good. Sporting a new, blonder look, Perry doesn’t veer too off course when it comes to her colourful, playful and pop-infused look in the music video. She’s back to the future, and seemingly crushing hard on Skip Marley too 😉 Check it out:

Full list of 2014 Grammy nominees

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GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year:
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Royals” — Lorde
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
 
Song Of The Year:
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
“Locked Out Of Heaven” — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Roar” — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
“Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
“Same Love” — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring
Mary Lambert)

Best New Artist:
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

POP FIELD
Best Pop Solo Performance:
“Brave” — Sara Bareilles
“Royals” — Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” — Bruno Mars
“Roar” — Katy Perry
“Mirrors” — Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

DANCE FIELD
Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Settle — Disclosure
18 Months — Calvin Harris
Atmosphere — Kaskade
A Color Map Of The Sun — Pretty Lights

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
“Always Alright” — Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” — David Bowie
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” (Live) — Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” — Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin'” — Jack White

Best Rock Album:
13 — Black Sabbath
The Next Day — David Bowie
Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin
…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

R&B FIELD
Best R&B Performance:
“Love And War” — Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” — Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Love And War — Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You — Fantasia
One: In The Chamber — Salaam Remi
Unapologetic — Rihanna
New York: A Love Story — Mack Wilds

Best R&B Album:
R&B Divas — Faith Evans
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Love In The Future — John Legend
Better — Chrisette Michele
Three Kings — TGT

RAP FIELD
Best Rap Performance:
“Started From The Bottom” — Drake
“Berzerk” — Eminem
“Tom Ford” —  Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” — Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Power Trip” — J.Cole Featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Rap Album:
Nothing Was The Same — Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore  & Ryan Lewis
Yeezus — Kanye West

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Solo Performance:
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

:
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best Country Album:
Night Train — Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom — Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story — Blake Shelton
Red — Taylor Swift

JAZZ FIELD
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Guided Tour — The New Gary Burton Quartet
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington
Life Forum — Gerald Clayton
Pushing The World Away — Kenny Garrett
Out Here — Christian McBride Trio

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best Gospel Album:
Grace (Live) — Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 — Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet — Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser (Live) — William Murphy
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

LATIN FIELD
Best Tropical Latin Album:
3.0 — Marc Anthony
Como Te Voy A Olvidar — Los Angeles Azules
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants — Various Artists
Corazón Profundo — Carlos Vives

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD
Best Americana Album:
Old Yellow Moon — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Buddy And Jim — Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine — Mavis Staples
Songbook — Allen Toussaint

COMEDY FIELD
Best Comedy Album:
Calm Down Gurrl — Kathy Griffin
I’m Here To Help — Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional — Ron White
Live — Tig Notaro
That’s What I’m Talkin’ About — Bob Saget

This year’s Producer Of The YearNon-Classical nominations go to Rob CavalloDr. LukeAriel RechtshaidJeff Tweedy, and Pharrell Williams.

Katy Perry’s Prism review

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Katy Perry’s new album, Prism has been available for just a couple of hours and I’m already, officially loving it. The sixteen-track album is now available for download and if you’re a KP fan, then GO, GO, GO!! The first single “Roar” was what we expected from the star… fun, light, poppy and awesome. It was received really well and it hit the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart recently too.

Then the star put out two other singles, Dark Horse which features rapper Juicy J and the song, Walking On Air. I think this one will grow in popularity as time goes on and I think it could become a massive hit on the dance floor.

While these singles are great and will definitely score Katy a lot more love on the charts, it’s the rest of the album that I really believe she shines. Her voice sounds incredible, especially on songs like “By the Grace of God” (Listen below). If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll hear the pain and raw emotion in her voice. One can assume it’s her way of dealing with her divorce to Russell Brand, which was clearly a very difficult period of her life. An obvious statement, much? Probably, but she never really opened up about the breakdown of her marriage, or least to the extent she does in this song. You’ll also pick up similar sentiments in the track “Ghost”.

Listen to By the Grace of God below:

But don’t worry; it’s not all sullen, sad ballads. They’re meaningful, mature tracks that I’m sure you will appreciate and love. If you’re looking for the positive Perry pop tracks; you’ll get those in the first half of the album. There are some really cool tracks like Birthday *whispers Happy birthday* and This Is How We Do (wicked track). I can see people putting this on before they head out… It’s a ‘Fuck yeah, I’m confident and I’m gonna rock the party’ vibe. The rest of the album will provide you with a greater insight into the real Katy Perry. I get the sense that she is more at ease, at peace, content and more spiritual than ever.

So what’s the significance of the album’s title, Prism? In a recent interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry said, “For a while I was figuring out what I am going to call this next record because “Teenage Dream”, here I was on that cotton candy cloud and then I kind of got a little bit of a punch in the face, a littlie falling down the stairs. So I wanted to call the next record “The Adult Reality (Doing Well in Therapy)”, but I thought that’d be a giving away too much. The reason I’m calling it “Prism” which comes out October 22nd is because I feel like I’ve let a lot of light into my life and now I can beam that light out through my songs to all of my fans”. Beam indeed because you stay winning Ms. Perry.

You might think this is cheesy, but the only track I don’t really dig is the one with Juicy J. The rest of the album is perfect. I love it! To Katy Perry, come play with us in SA… The Prism World Tour needs to stop by this part of the globe. To the rest of you, let the light that is Prism shine in your music collection folks!

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Listen: Katy Perry’s Dark Horse

Katy Perry‘s follow up single to Roar is here. This one is called Dark Horse. The single features Juicy J and is taken off her forthcoming album, Prism. It’s produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin. I dig the inclusion of the drum loops, synth vibes. I wish she’d rap a few lines too… Maybe next album 😉 Thoughts?

Watch Katy Perry’s Roar, see the album cover

Yesterday I tweeted that I thought it was time for Katy Perry to release the video for the smash hit, Roar. That obviously worked… I’m powerful that way 😉 Jokes, anyways. The video is finally out and I just love it. Ms. Perry is looking gorgeous as ever, as she plays a Jane (Tarzan and Jane) like character in this one. Fun video and it has already amassed over 1.7million views. BIG UP lady.

The song is currently sitting at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Katy Perry’s Roar dethroned the song of the summer, Robin Thicke‘s Blurred Lines. So Katy has a lot to Roar about. Her new album, Prism is expected to drop on the 22nd of October. Cannot wait for the new offering!

 

UPDATE: Below is the cover of Katy Perry’s Prism. Beautiful huh?

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MTV VMA promos hit the web

The MTV Video Music Awards are going to be massive this year. The fact that Justin Timberlake is rumoured to be reuniting with his ‘N Sync band maters; that Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus are all the talk of the town at the moment and that they’re all going to be there is a clear indicator that the VMAs will be #winning.

So in the build up to Sunday night’s big awards, there are several promos doing the rounds on the web. They’re awesome. Don’t believe me? Check them out:

Katy Perry has the eye of the tiger in her promo…

Justin Timberlake will perform on the VMA stage for the first time in six years and he’s getting a special award too!

Here’s Lady Gaga’s Applause promo:

Miley gets sexy:

Here are a few other promos:

The MTV Video Music Awards will go live to the world from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on MTV. For peops on my timezone, they’ll be on DStv Channel 130 at 03:00 CAT on Monday 26 August. Check your local listings for times.