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."
Katy Perry tops YouTube's list of 2014's most-played music videos
YouTube recently compiled a list of the platform’s most-played music videos worldwide for the first half of 2014. It’s sort of an unofficial chart for the most popular songs of the year so far for the entire globe.
Katy Perry’s ridiculously popular “Dark Horse” tops the list, predictably, with a staggering 485 million plays. Shakira takes both second and third place with her Rihanna-featuring “Can’t Remember to Forget You” and the World Cup-themed version of her single “La La La,” with the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola)” right behind it. Iggy Azalea’s summer-dominating “Fancy” and Frozen‘s “Let It Go” official sing-along video both made the list, but the come behind the Chainsmokers’ calculatedly viral “#Selfie,” which has racked up over 183 million views.
Perry’s blockbuster tour kicked off in the U.S. on June 22.
Katy Perry tops the weekly slate of Hot Tours with sales reported from five cities on the four-month North American swing of her Prismatic Tour, which kicked off in the U.S. on June 22. The first four dates of the tour, reported during a previous week, were sellouts at arenas in Raleigh, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Nashville; and Atlanta. This week’s tally includes concerts at three Florida venues along with two arenas in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey market.
The Florida run began in Tampa with a June 30 performance at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with 13,680 fans in the house. The Fort Lauderdale market produced a crowd of 12,888 on July 2 at the BB&T Center, and the second South Florida stop the following evening was a sellout with 13,543 sold seats at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. The next week Perry headed to the Northeastern U.S., playing to a full house at New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 9. A two-night engagement at Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center followed on July 11 and 12 with more than 25,000 tickets sold for both shows. The $3.3 million Garden State gross is the North American leg’s best box office result so far.
Perry is on the road this year in support of her album Prism, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October. The world tour followed in 2014, launching in the U.K. on May 7. She performed at eight venues in the country before capping the run with a four-night stand at London’s O2 arena on May 27-28 and 30-31. The trek through the U.S. and Canada began three weeks later.
The North American leg of the Prismatic tour will run through mid-October and will feature a variety of support acts. L.A.-based pop duo Capital Cities was first out of the gate and will open through the Chicago concerts at the United Center on Aug. 7 and 8. Country femme Kacey Musgraves will take over at that point and open the shows until Tegan and Sara join the tour in September. Singer-songwriter Ferras is also on the bill during the North American trek. He is the first artist to sign with Perry’s record label, Metamorphosis Music, a subsidiary of Capitol Records. Following the U.S. and Canadian run, concerts are booked in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand during the fall, and a European leg will kick off next February.