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Run Away With Me Still

Spin recently made a statement so bold that a contemporary pop-detractor* such as I had no choice but to actually do the unthinkable: listen to Carly Rae Jepsen. Brennan Carley simply wrote “Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Run Away With Me’ Is the Best Pop Song of 2015 Yet.”

Seven months into a year that pushed out pop hits from pop princesses like Taylor Swift (hey there, “Bad Blood”), Selena Gomez (she’s upping her music cred via a collab with A$AP Rocky wherein she channels Lana Del Rey – for what reason, I cannot say), and Demi Lovato, Brennan Carley’s assertion is a pretty bold one. But the move of lady-lead pop toward EDM-influenced danceable numbers has given way to Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me.” If you’re the last person on the planet (apparently) who hasn’t seen the lo-fi vid, enjoy it below:

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Furious 7 Won’t Stop

The seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Furious 7 just nailed down an unprecedented $15.8 million on early Thursday previews. Projections for the full opening weekend performance at the Box Office for the film are estimated to be in excess of $160 million, which would land it among the biggest opening weekends of any movie ever. We’ll have to wait until Monday to see the final results, but we’re pretty sure the film world will be impressed, though the Best Picture Oscar prediction from star Vin Diesel is dubious at best.

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5 Artists Who Should Join Katy Perry's Halftime Show

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Now that we know Katy Perry will officially be performing at the 2015 halftime show, I'm starting to wonder how the show will go down. I imagine it'll be something whimsical, colorful, and possibly include food (see: "California Gurls," "This Is How We Do," "Birthday").

But will the performance itself include special guests, or will Katy fly solo? And if it does include special guests, will they make logical sense (like when Beyonce teamed up with Destiny's Child or Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed together), or will it be some kind of weird hodgepodge of performers (like Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or the Aerosmith/'N Sync/Britney Spears/Mary J. Blige/Nelly line-up)?

Here are some of the people I'd love to make an appearance during Katy's halftime show.

#1 Kanye West

Source: YouTube.com

Because I'm a big Kanye fan, so I'd love it if he showed up during the halftime show to perform "E.T." with Katy Perry. But I know that probability is low. The song is relatively old, it wasn't that popular, Kanye's got his own stuff going on, and I'm not really sure playing second fiddle to Katy Perry is exactly in Kanye's wheelhouse. Still, an appearance by Yeezus isn't impossible... even if it is unlikely.

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Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' in 20 Different Ways

Katy Perry's latest single "Dark Horse" is re-imagined 20 different ways in this 4-minute video. The creator tackles everything from 'N Sync to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC to Slipknot. It's pretty amazing to watch him easily bounce from one genre to the next and most are emulated with near perfection. (Or, at the very least, a zillion times better than I could do.) Plus, all of the music was produced and recorded in house.

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Concert news

After the release of her highly-anticipated third album, "Prism," pop star Katy Perry embarked on a European tour — with no U.S. dates in sight. Great for Europeans, but totally sad for the rest of us. Today she announced that she will be kicking off the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour on June 22 in Raleigh, NC.

The four-month tour will feature various opening acts at each show, including Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, and Tegan and Sara. (A key below indicates which artist will be at which date.) Tickets for the upcoming tour officially go on sale Jan. 21. See below for the 2014 U.S. dates and visit the Katy Perry page for more information on tickets.

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