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I hope y'all like pop stars, Oprah, and boy bands, because that's where this post is going. You're welcome!

Pop Star Comebacks

As we mentioned earlier this week, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have released new music to kick off their returns to the world of pop music. One of their singles, "Applause" and "Roar," will likely oust "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke from the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake took to Instagram to release the entire track list for the second half of "The 20/20 Experience." Some of his new songs include "True Blood," "Cabaret," and "Murder." Justin Timberlake also announced some new fall dates for his tour. More Justin Timberlake = happy world.

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On Monday, to prevent the songs leaking, both Katy Perry and Lady Gaga went ahead and released their latest singles ahead of schedule. Katy Perry released her song, "Roar," which will be part of her third album, Prism, to be released in October. Immediately, many argued she had ripped off Sara Bareilles' 4-month-old song, "Brave" (which, by the way, Katy tweeted about several months ago).

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga released her song, "Applause." The single is her first from her new album, "ARTPOP," which is scheduled to be released in November. After her song debuted to some less-than-ideal reviews, she urged her fans to trust her, not bloggers.

Regardless, both artists have huge followings, and both musicians have also taken a break from the music world for quite some time, making their returns pretty highly anticipated. Fans seem pleased with both songs — but which song do you like better? Listen below and comment to let us know!

Katy Perry, "Roar"

Lady Gaga, "Applause"

Happy Friday the 13th! Check out this week's list of popular discussion topics:

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Of course, the most popular discussion for a day like today is just how lucky or unlucky today is going to be. Those with friggatriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) are probably just staying at home in bed, others are watching Friday the 13th, and some people are just going about their normal, everyday lives without any idea of the peril they may be risking. What do you do on Friday the 13th?

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Best Katy Perry moments—Mohegan Sun, June 25, 2011

Katy Perry on a swing

Katy Perry has been one of my favorite artists for a while, but I’d never seen her in concert until this past weekend. I’d heard mixed reviews: either she would be amazing or terrible. Turns out, the concert was pretty great overall, but there were five moments that stuck out as the best of the night. Check them out below.

  • Multiple costume changes: I counted 16 different costumes throughout the two hour concert, but the most impressive part was during “Hot and Cold,” when she changed about six times during the song. It was kind of like a magic show, but with pop music.
  • Justin Bieber dig: At one point KP asked for a guy to volunteer to come up on stage, and one guy happily obliged…until she told him he’d have to leave his shirt in his seat. He chickened out, and she quickly got another volunteer. But the best part was as she was thanking the second guy for being a good sport and being way cooler than that “Justin Bieber wannabe.” You could tell this was an off-the-cuff comment, meaning Katy’s pretty funny on her own.
  • Katy Perry peacock
  • Beatlemania girl: You know those videos of Beatles concerts where teenage girls are screaming and fainting because they can’t control their excitement? I had never seen it in person until one song when Katy brought a bunch of fans onstage to dance. One girl had her hands over her mouth the whole time, and two or three times suddenly ran over to give Katy a hug. It was adorable, and Katy took it in stride (instead of, you know, calling security).
  • FB update pic: This is the part where I realized Ms. Perry was a really cool person. After she brought fans onstage, she picked one and let her take a picture of the two of them for her Facebook profile, even making sure it was a good picture and letting her take a few extras to make sure everything came out ok. She was very gracious and down-to-earth with her fans.
  • Fireworks
  • Girl with glittery shoes: Okay, this has nothing to do with Katy Perry besides the fact that it took place at her concert, but one girl walking by told my friend he’d clearly forgotten to bring his glittery shoes, pointing to her own bright silver, sparkly shoes. I liked the shoes, and also the look on my friend’s face as he tried to come up with an appropriate comeback.

 

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