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"
Last time, Mike presented some of the craziest artist riders, which included Katy Perry, Iggy Pop, Van Halen, and the Foo Fighters.
While Katy Perry demanded "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS," the Foo Fighters took a lighter approach with odd and funny requests like "one bag of Pirate Booty (but not Johnny Depp's), 24 large bath towels (under threat of a wedgie), 75 pounds of ice, and vegetarian soup (lest there be flatulence among the road crew)."
Since it's public knowledge that some celebrities go a bit over-the-top when it comes to creating a list of requests, it should come as no surprise when I say here are five additional crazy artist riders, plus three of the most reasonable.
You know I love Beyonce. Given that she's kind of a big deal, I'd expect nothing more than extravagant requests for her tour. A few weeks back, the rider for Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour supposedly leaked, and here are some of the items on it.
- Freshly painted white walls
- A new toilet seat
- Hand-carved ice balls — AKA ice cubes
- Red toilet paper
- No junk food
- 100% pure cotton clothes for her staff — obviously Queen Bey thinks of others
- Titanium drinking straws — a cool $935 each
I don't even know if these are true, but what Beyonce wants, Beyonce gets.
Lady Gaga has announced that she will have to cancel the remainder of her "Born This Way" tour. Earlier this week, Gaga postponed four shows, citing a performance injury.
She tweeted, "I've been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now. Over the past month it has worsened. I've been praying it would heal. To the fans in Chicago, Detroit, and Hamilton, I hope you can forgive me, as it is nearly impossible for me to forgive myself. I'm devastated and sad. It will hopefully heal as soon as possible. I hate this. I hate this so much. I love you and I'm sorry."
At the time of her tweets, which came Feb. 12, Gaga believed she’d just have to postpone four shows, which she’d make up at the end of her tour.
As it turns out, she will need surgery for a "labral tear of the right hip," according to LittleMonsters.com. While some are likely disappointed, most of Mother Monster’s fans have been supportive, and I can only imagine how Mother Monster feels, considering she seems to care about her fans a great deal. Get well soon, Gaga!
This week, the world ponders if we really need another Kardashian, what that Kardashian will be named, and the awesomeness of Beyonce.
Another Kardashian is pregnant! Yay? Kim is the kind of celebrity that everyone has an opinion about, and with her mom’s uncanny ability to make everything into a publicity moment, speculation about Baby Kimye won't go away anytime soon. I mean, not only is the baby going to have Kim Kardashian for a mom, but people seem to conveniently be forgetting that KANYE WEST is the father. Can’t you just see Kanye getting on Twitter and writing in all caps about how his baby is "ONE OF THE BEST BABIES OF ALL TIME"? I like to imagine he and Jay-Z backstage after a show trading stories about the ways they’ve babyproofed their mansions. And the playdates! Blue Ivy and Baby Kimye can be BFFs. It’s like a real-life fairytale, except with more cameras and vulgarity.
The number of onsales this week is fairly light, with the exception of P!nk.
Average prices at TN.com for concert onsales*
- P!nk has 11 more onsales Friday and Saturday, for cites including Boston, MA; Louisville, KY; and Orlando, FL.
- Lady Gaga has onsales this Friday for Atlanta, GA; St. Louis, MO; Saint Paul, MN; Nashville, TN; and Phoenix, AZ.
- Mannheim Steamroller has a couple onsales for its annual holiday tour: one on Friday for Birmingham, AL, and one on Monday for Daytona Beach, FL.