Katy Perry sparked engagement rumours at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday night (10Nov13) when she was spotted wearing a sparkling ring on her wedding finger. The music event in Amsterdam, Holland was a big night for Perry as she scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally while suspended in mid-air.
However, it was her choice of jewellery which caught the attention of fans as the Firework superstar was seen wearing a diamond band on her left hand, sparking speculation that her relationship with John Mayer could be heading in a new direction.
The couple has been dating on/off for two years. Perry was previously married to British comic Russell Brand from 2010 to 2011.
One of Katy Perry's most intimate gigs in recent years will air on TV in America on Friday night (25Oct13). The pop superstar celebrated the release of her new album Prism on Tuesday (22Oct13) by performing an hour-long set of new tracks at the new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles.
The concert was streamed on Yahoo.com and broadcast on Clear Channel radio stations, and it will air in its entirety on America's CW network on Friday.
Perry was backed by a five-piece band for the stripped-down show, during which she chatted to fans about the inspiration behind songs on her new album.
The singer, who was dealing with her 2011 divorce from comedian Russell Brand during the creative process, said, "My head was in a dark place. I thought I was gonna make an acoustic record with depressive shades (but) all the light hit me and influenced shades, I feel very prismatic."
She also revealed that one new track, Dark Horse, was inspired by cult 1990s movie The Craft, and she wrote another, Unconditionally, after an eye-opening UNICEF trip to Madagascar.
When one fan asked her which famous people she would invite to a dinner party, Perry replied, "Freddie Mercury and Cher", and she revealed the most famous person she has on speed dial is Miley Cyrus.
The singer also told the audience that she's planning a tattoo to mark the release of her new album and was recently left starstruck over tea with Stevie Nicks.
Pop star Katy Perry has come under fire from members of various consumer advocacy groups for appearing to promote Pepsi soda by working with brand officials to advertise her new album. Campaigners from six different organisations, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, teamed up on Tuesday (22Oct13) to place a full-page ad in entertainment industry publication Variety.
The page features an open letter addressed to the Roar hitmaker, and reads in part: "Virginia Slims and other tobacco companies used glamorous celebrities and models to position smoking as hip, sexy and rebellious. Today soda companies are using you and other celebrities to convince young people that drinking soda is hip, sexy and rebellious. 'Drink Pepsi and you can be cool like Katy Perry,' is the takeaway message for your young fans. 'Live for now' and worry about the health consequences later."
The activists go on to urge Perry, who does not have an endorsement contract with Pepsi, to turn her back on the brand, which recently sponsored a fan competition to help decide which single the star should release next.
The letter continues, "Kids love you, Katy Perry. You count many millions of teens and tweens among your 'KatyKats' (fans). Their devotion to you has brought incredible commercial success and wealth. But being popular among children brings with it an enormous responsibility. Don't exploit that popularity by marketing a product that causes disease in your fans."
Perry has yet to respond to the ad attack, although a spokesperson for Pepsi has denied targetting kids by working with the singer.
Pepsi representative Andrea Foote tells USA Today, "We have a long history of responsible advertising and marketing practices, including a commitment to not direct our advertising to audiences comprised predominantly of children under 12."
Katy Perry spent two weeks in bed battling depression after her ex-husband Russell Brand filed for divorce at the end of 2011. The singer has previously admitted she felt suicidal following the marriage breakdown and now she's opening up about the experience that left her at her lowest point in a new interview with the U.K.'s Sunday Times.
The Roar singer admits she was hurt and stunned when the funnyman announced his plans to end their 14-month marriage and tells the publication, "I was in bed for about two weeks. I was pretty f**ked. It hurt a lot. I got a good knock.
"Although I had the outward self-identity, I didn't have the inner kind, I hadn't built that up. My self-worth was in someone else's hands, which is never a good idea, because it can be taken from you at any time. And it was, and it was shattered."
She admits her deep, dark feelings from that time inspired many of the songs on her new album Prism: "I wanted to call this record... Adult Reality, because (last album) Teenage Dream was me so high on that cotton-candy cloud, and then it's like I got punched in the face and kicked down the stairs a couple of times. I had to face the reality that things are not always on cloud nine.
"I was down and out, I'd lost hope, all of my confidence had been shattered."
Katy Perry has confessed writing her new album, Prism, helped her get out of the depression she was under after divorcing Russell Brand. The Roar hitmaker found herself in a deep slump last year (12), after the British comic filed for divorce in December 2011.
She previously admitted to Billboard that she had suicidal thoughts after her marriage breakdown and now she's opening up about what helped her come out of the dark time in her life.
Perry tells Entertainment Tonight, "I came out of a small depression by writing this record. There's a song called By the Grace of God which is a vulnerable song.
"One line talks about me laying on the bathroom floor and looking in the mirror and deciding to stay. You don't really have to read between the lines. There's really kind of heavy material there. It's one of the darkest songs on the record."
For the album, which comes out 22 October (13), Perry used the eye-opening experience to not only create honest music, but to work on her own well-being too.
"Everybody asked me how I got through that (dark time), but I think there's a higher power that was helping to push me in a more positive direction. I did a lot of self reflection. I did a lot of work on myself healed up some spots that needed to be healed. A lot of self- therapy."
Perry and Brand's split came just a year after they married in India, but the singer has found love again and is dating John Mayer.
Katy Perry has received a formal apology from veteran U.S. broadcaster Barbara Walters after the pop star was scolded for showing up late to a special TV interview in 2011. The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker recently revealed she had risked the wrath of the revered reporter after running behind schedule for the meeting, which occurred just weeks before her then-husband Russell Brand filed for divorce to end their one-year marriage.
She told Billboard magazine, "When I got there, I apologised immediately, but then she said to me, 'You know, I've only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?'
"I was like, 'Oh, snap! Yes, b**ch!' I think it's the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded (trashed) me."
Perry, who had kept her relationship woes a secret during the media chat, went on to admit that she should have pulled out of the Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 interview altogether because she was facing such a tough time in her private life.
Her confessions have now prompted Walters to reach out to Perry to express her sympathies as she had no idea how much pressure the pop star had been under.
Addressing the singer's comments on her U.S. talk show The View on Monday (30Sep13), Walters said, "Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy, during a time when you were obviously unhappy, and I didn't know, I'm sorry, but you can't always know!"
Katy Perry has confessed she suffered dark thoughts about ending her life following the breakdown of her marriage to Russell Brand. The Firework hitmaker has opened up about the months after the British comic filed for divorce in December 2011, branding them the lowest point of her life.
She also reveals new track By The Grace of God, which features on her upcoming album Prism, explains how bad her mood got.
In an interview with Billboard, she says, "That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, 'Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'
"All the songs are real-life moments. I can only write autobiographically. I put all the evidence in the music. I tell my fans if they want to know the real truth about stuff, just listen to the songs."
Perry and Brand's divorce came just a year after they married in India. The singer is now dating John Mayer.
Pop star Katy Perry risked the wrath of Barbara Walters when she showed up late to an important interview with the U.S. TV veteran. The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker was behind schedule on her way to meet Walters, and admits the broadcasting icon was less than impressed when she finally showed up.
Perry tells Billboard magazine, "When I got there, I apologised immediately, but then she said to me, 'You know, I've only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?'
"I was like, 'Oh, snap! Yes, b**ch!' I think it's the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded (trashed) me."
The singer now regrets agreeing to the sit-down talk as she was going through a difficult patch with her then-husband Russell Brand.
She adds, "I shouldn't have done the interview: I was playing Madison Square Garden (in New York City) that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed... (But) I just couldn't tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, 'Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.'"
Perry did not name the interview she sat for, but she appeared on Walters' Top 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 - just weeks before Brand filed for divorce.
Katy Perry is planning to ditch pop music and fill her next album with acoustic guitar music. The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker is preparing to release her latest record, Prism, next month (Oct13), but she is already looking to the future and is planning to adopt a totally different sound for the follow-up.
Perry, 28, insists she now wants to model herself on legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell as she moves forward with her career.
She tells Billboard.com, "I'll probably turn into more of a Joni Mitchell. As I inch towards my 30s, I think my fourth record will be more of an acoustic guitar album. That's where I started when I was first discovered by (songwriter/producer) Glen Ballard and got my first record deal. We'll see - I can't get ahead of myself. I'm still doing the work: I'm a good balance of left and right brain, and to be an artist with a long career, you've got to have both... I've got a few records under my belt, and I still feel like a brand-new artist. People still want that truth to cut through."
Prism is Perry's third album under her current recording moniker, but she released another under her real name Katy Hudson back in 2001.
Jan Persson/Getty ImagesFollowing the 1991 tragic death of Freddie Mercury, undoubtedly one of the greatest showman of all time, it seemed unthinkable that the remaining members of Queen would even consider trying to find someone capable of filling his massive platform boots. And yet from one-off performances with Elton John and George Michael to a string of dates with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert to a world tour and album with Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor have continued to showcase the band's iconic back catalogue with various different replacements. With fun.'s Nate Ruess the latest frontman to appear alongside the rock legends at last weekend's iHeartRadio Festival, here’s a look at five other potential candidates who embody the spirit of The Great Pretender.
Robbie WilliamsSay what you like about the former Take That star but he sure knows how to work a crowd. Williams has already been in the studio with Queen having recorded a cover of "We Are The Champions" for A Knight’s Tale and reportedly came close to fronting their 2005 reunion tour. But he's yet to make that giant leap and join them on stage.
MikaMika even referenced Mercury directly in his 2007 breakthrough hit, "Grace Kelly." And although his star has diminished considerably since, his natural flamboyance and piercing falsetto still makes him a credible contender.
Justin HawkinsAnother name who was touted in the press before Queen settled on Rodgers, Justin Hawkins channelled the bluster and pomp of the band's '70s era perfectly with The Darkness' debut album, Permission To Land. A virtuoso guitarist, the catsuit-clad rocker could also offer some neat interplay with May.
Russell BrandA leftfield choice which would no doubt enrage Queen's loyal fan base, the former Mr. Katy Perry may be best-known for his witty dictionary-swallowing way with words. But his roles in Get Me To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, not to mention his London Olympics Closing Ceremony performance, proved he's got what it takes to be a rock star.
Marc MartelThe least known but possibly most obvious choice to do their classic hits justice, Marc Martel was personally chosen by Taylor to front the officially-sanctioned covers band for the recent Queen Extravaganza Tour following a YouTube-uploaded audition which displayed a highly impressive uncanny vocal resemblance to his idol.
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