KATY PERRY TO SERVE AS GUEST PICKER ON ESPN’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY
ESPN’s popular Saturday morning pre-game show College GameDay Built by the Home Depotwill get a visit from pop music superstar Katy Perry on Saturday, Oct. 4, when she drops by the GameDay set on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., to join host Chris Fowler and analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard with their winning picks for the weekend’s biggest college football games. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturday 9 a.m. – noon ET) will set up on The Grove in the heart of one of the best tailgating scenes in the country.
On Thursday night, Herbstreit tweeted a query to Perry about her interest in taking the coveted guest picker role and Perry enthusiastically responded (see picture above)
Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour’s North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15.
Four cities during that time period hosted the pop star for two performances: Chicago, New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The Windy City led the pack with the highest gross of $3.3 million from sold-out shows on Aug. 7 and 8 at the United Center. Meanwhile, Philly’s Wells Fargo Center sold the most tickets with attendance logged at 28,213 for performances on Aug. 4 and 5.
Perry played two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 24-25, as well as a two-night stint at Boston’s TD Garden at the beginning of August. Since the North American trek kicked off on June 22, ticket sales for the Prismatic tour currently total $50 million from almost half a million sold tickets at 33 concerts, based on box office data reported to Billboard. The ongoing tour is booked in North American markets through mid-October and then heads down under in November for a six-city jaunt through Australia and New Zealand.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Pop star Katy Perry made a huge impact in Portland with money from her concert at the Moda Center.
She performed in front of a packed house on Friday with part of her proceeds going toward funding local classroom projects.
The singer teamed up with Staples in the “Make Roar Happen” campaign, which provides things like graphing calculators and computers to classrooms.
"I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for DonorsChoose.org, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential," said Perry.
Perry’s concert at the Moda Center raised $54,710 for the campaign which supported 49 local teachers and their schools in the metro area.
A survey conducted by Staples as part o the campaign found that 76 percent of parents of teen students listed lack of school supplies as one of the biggest challenges for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms.
Anyone wanting to give to the 'Make Roar Happen' campaign can do so online and the proceeds can benefit teachers in each donor’s specific communities.
Harper's Bazaar Cover Story - LADY IN RED: KATY PERRY
“Thirty-eight,” Katy Perry is saying.“I still have about 90 to go.” She’s not talking about finishing a book; rather it’s how many concerts she has completed on her Prismatic world tour, which kicked off in May. Thirty-eight nights of Kissing-a-California-girl-Birthday-Fireworking it, now on a two-night stopover in Boston. And 90-something of those are left, finishing in Stockholm on March 22 next year.
At 2 p.m. (Perry’s morning, her “working hours” run from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.), she’s sitting on the sofa in her penthouse suite in black workout clothes, her hair (presently “Oscar the grouch green”) slicked back, oatmeal in hand, and a precisely applied blob of pimple cream on her chin. “I wore it for you,” she announces grandly.
Katy Perry Donates Meet-and-Greet to Veterans Matter
This is how you do, Katy Perry.
Thanks to the philanthropy of Perry, 22 homeless veterans in Michigan and Texas will soon cross the threshold into permanent housing, according to a press release from Veterans Matter, a national program that works with HUD and the VA to house homeless veteran.
Veterans Matter auctioned off a Katy Perry Prismatic Tour concert package. The winner, Scott Vaughn of Oakton, VA was the superstar’s VIP guest.
“Thank you so much for helping Veterans Matter, it is so important that we help those who fought for our freedom,” Perry told Vaughn, via the same release.
Katy Perry wasn’t sure what to do in Chicago with her free time other than museums. She asked for suggestions backstage at the United Center as a soldout crowd waited anxiously for the “Firework” singer to take the stage.
“Can you give me, like, a things-to-do list?” Perry said Thursday, the first of her back-to-back nights at the United Center. “If you get me a cheat sheet of what to do in Chicago, I will (do it).”
Either this is one of the few aspects of Perry’s life that doesn’t involve handlers and meticulous scheduling or Perry — who was decked out in the make-up and futuristic, glow-in-the-dark crop top and skirt she wore during her opening number — was simply making conversation.
Kacey Musgraves & Katy Perry Wrote A 'Wizard Of Oz'-Inspired Song Together
Kacey Musgraves & Katy Perry Wrote A ‘Wizard Of Oz’-Inspired Song Together
Kacey Musgraves is headed into her 14-show stint with Katy Perry with confidence and momentum — even if some fans might be scratching their heads about what a country artist is doing in the pop candyland of the Prismatic Tour.
"It’s going to be really interesting and really good for me, I believe, ‘cause there are a lot of people who would probably never have heard country music otherwise," Musgraves, who starts out with Perry on Sunday (Aug. 10) in Grand Rapids, Mich., tells Billboard. "So I’m proud to be an ambassador, and if I pick up some new fans along the way, I think that’s great. I think with Katy, with her music and style, anything goes, and I think if people are just coming to hear great music and have a great time, it’ll make sense."
Musgraves and Perry have been friends since Perry tweeted love for “Merry Go ‘Round,” the platinum first single from Musgraves’ gold 2013 album Same Trailer Different Park. “I’ve been a fan of hers since she came out and just really dug her, and the fact that you can tell she is who she is, which is something I really admire,” Musgraves says. After the tweet the two got in touch with each other and have even written a song together, as well as taping an episode of CMT’s “Crossroads” earlier this year. “I brought some ideas, and we actually ended up writing a pretty cool song,” Musgraves says. “It’s loosely based on Dorothy’s version of The Wizard of Oz, her being in love with the Tin Man, but he didn’t have a heart. And hopefully maybe something will happen with it down the road. Either way, it’s cool to step out of my zone and write for somebody else.”
Katy Perry doesn’t have much to hide, and she’s not exactly short on opinions. In hours of interviews for her latest Rolling Stone cover story (conducted during tour stops in New York, New Jersey and Montreal), she held herself back on precisely one subject: her now-defunct romance with John Mayer. (“I don’t want to be rude to him and or what that was, because it always comes to bite me in the ass and I don’t want to do that anymore.”) But she had plenty to say about every other aspect of her life and work, which left plenty of Katycat treats that didn’t quite fit into the cover story.
Discovering her signature, glammed-up look wasn’t a big deal. "Just someone decided to pay for hair and makeup," she says. "That’s all. I was like, ‘This is cool. My eyes look even more anime now. Great.’ It wasn’t that deep; it was just kind of experimenting."