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Katy Perry’s signed up to be a judge on American Idol

Purposeful pop artist Katy Perry has signed up to be a judge on the returning American Idol, reports Billboard.

The news basically leaked over the weekend, and was sort of confirmed by Perry herself on the Ellen show, but has now been officially announced by ABC at some sort of presentation thing AND Katy herself.

Apparently it’s really good news for the show because now they can use Perry’s confirmation as leverage to flog some advertising, so that’s good isn’t it.

It should also help Perry shift some copies of her forthcoming ‘Witness’ album so it really is win-win here you guys.

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Katy Perry’s announced her new album: ‘Witness’. (And there’s a tour)

‘Non Appétit’ hitmaker Katy Perry has announced that her new album, ‘Witness’, is out on June 9.

Fans sort of knew something was happening today given that she’d plastered posters all over New York’s Times Square, but here we are.

This is how Katy teased the news yesterday, featuring a clip of the song ‘Witness’ which has sort of done the rounds a bit already and many fans feel could be the key to Katy putting things back together after ‘Bon Appétit’ didn’t really seem to do what it was supposed to do.

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The North American leg of the Witness tour has also been announced today. These are the dates, in case you are in or able to travel to North America:

2017
9/7 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
9/9 – Montréal, QE @ Bell Centre
9/12 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
9/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
9/21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
9/25 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
9/29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/2 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
10/3 – Uniondale, NY @ NYCB Live!: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/8 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/16 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
10/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
10/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
10/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
11/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
11/14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
11/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
11/26 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/28 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
11/29 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
12/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
12/2 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
12/4 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
12/6 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
12/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
12/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
12/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
12/15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
12/17 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
12/20 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena

2018
1/5 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
1/7 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
1/10 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
1/12 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
1/14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
1/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
1/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
1/31 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center
2/2 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center at Rose Quarter
2/3 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
2/5 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Don’t worry, there hasn’t been a decision to add an extra 19 months to the calendar — we’ve simply copied and pasted those dates of Katy Perry’s website, which is presenting the dates in month/day format!!

In other Perry news, she’s apparently ‘in talks’ to be a judge on the returning American Idol, but that’s not been confirmed yet.

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Rita Ora’s Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac collaboration ‘Your Song’ is out in two weeks

Rita Ora’s coming out of semi-pop-retirement and will release her new single ‘Your Song’ on May 26, ie in two weeks’ time. Like all Number One singles is was written with Steve Mac; Ed Sheeran was also present.

“Your Song has everything I wanted to express: it’s a song that’s full of positivity and about feeling on top of the world, like everything is going right and that’s where my life is right now,” Rita tells a press release. “I loved working with Ed and Steve; it was incredible to really bring this idea to life with some of the most talented songwriters of our time. Ed and I have been friends since our teens, it’s brilliant to have the opportunity to collaborate with him for my first single, we definitely click creatively.”

Here’s an embedded tweet, in case that kind of thing’s your bag.

So there we are. She’s back.

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Kelly Clarkson’s going to be a ‘coach’ on The Voice in America even though American Idol is coming back, for fuck’s sake

Dame Kelly Of Clarkson has signed up to be a ‘coach’ on ‘season’ (series) 14 (!) of The Voice in America.

This comes days after she was rumoured to be joining American Idol, which is coming back at some point this year despite only finishing a year ago.

Here’s what she had to say about it all:

“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC,” she mused (as quoted here). “We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now.”

There’s more:

“I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

Having said all this, Clarko’s got to wait a bit because ‘season’ 13, which will feature Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, has yet to actually ‘air’.

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Carly Rae Jepsen was last night honoured with an MTV Movie and TV award

Carly Rae Jepsen, humanity’s only hope, last night won an MTV Movie and TV award for her searing performance in last year’s Grease: Live.

Jeppo was honoured for her ensemble work during ‘You’re The One That I Want’, which was deemed Best Musical Moment, beating Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’ and a song from Moana.

As you well know, the ‘Run Away With Me’ hitmaker played Frenchy in the live production, with TV Guide’s review praising her as “a pop star”.

This is the latest of the approximately eight million awards Jeppo will win before her sad death, but she will continue to win posthumous awards long after that — so far into the future, in fact, that the solar system as we know it will cease to exist but gongs and plaques will continue to hurtle through space in the direction of Carly Rae Jepsen’s persistent aura.

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Bebe Rexha, Will Young and Chaka Khan are guest judges on a new BBC singing competition

Joe Jonas, Will Young and Bebe Rexha are all set to appear as guest judges on BBC One’s new TV singing competition, Pitch Battle.

Seal and Chaka Khan will be on it at some point too.

One of the main judges, meanwhile, is ‘Blindfold Me’ hitmaker Kelis, because, well, why not. (The other one is The Choir’s Gareth Malone, obviously).

Here’s what the Radio Times have to say about the show:

The new series will be fronted by Mel Giedroyc who is tasked with welcoming different singing groups to the stage to compete head-to-head in a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect-inspired Riff Offs, a soloists challenge and an a capella round.

Good grief, this sounds like absolute shit.

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Miley Cyrus’ new single is called ‘Malibu’ and it’s out on May 11

‘Pablow The Blowfish’ hitmaker Miley Cyrus will release her “gimmick-free pop-rock” new single ‘Malibu’ on May 11, which is quite literally next Thursday.

That quote about the lack of gimmicks is from Billboard‘s description of the song, and is joined by a lengthy interview with Cyrus in which we also learn that the album was mainly produced by Oren Yoel (who did ‘Adore You’) and is more country and acoustic-lead.

“But not granola,” she said. “I don’t listen to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and stuff.”

Phew.

She also added: “My main concern isn’t radio. I truly don’t even listen to it.”

The whole interview is interesting and touches on politics, The Voice, and wanting to unite the world through music etc.

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Selena Gomez has been working with Ryan Tedder on a “heartfelt goose-bumpy mid-tempo”

Ryan Tedder – who, as well as being in a band, also writes songs for other people but rarely gets asked about it – has been working with Selena Gomez on “a very, very, very heartfelt goose-bumpy mid-tempo”.

Having a chat to Access Hollywood about, well songwriting for other people, he had quite a lot to say about the ‘Trust Nobody’ hitmaker.

“She knows what she wants, she has a distinct point of view,” he mused. “No amount of hit records, no matter how big they are, if she doesn’t believe it or feel it, she’s not singing it, she’s not keeping it.”

This is all very well of course, but what does the new stuff sound like Ryan?

“We’ve done a couple of records, I couldn’t begin to predict what will make her album, but the ones that we did I’m ecstatic about,” he revealed.

Great, go on.

“They don’t sound like anything else she has. I’m trying to check boxes she doesn’t have, so I won’t go in to detail other than to say we did a very, very, very heartfelt goose-bumpy mid-tempo.”

Sounds like ‘Bleeding Love’/’Halo’/’Battlefield’/’Already Gone’, ie very much amazing.

As luck would have it, Selena then tweeted this:

So there we are.

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Harry Styles has announced details of an ‘intimate’ world tour

Rolling Stone magazine cover star and thoughtful troubadour Harry Styles has announced details of a positioning-tastic world tour of ‘intimate venues’, including two dates at London’s Eventim Apollo.

As you’re about to find out, the tour starts in San Francisco on September 19, before arriving in Europe on October 25.

Nothing happening in June so perhaps he’ll pop down to Glastonbury for a secret show or something.

Here are the dates:

19/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
20/09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
25/09 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
26/09 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
28/09 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
30/09 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
01/10 – Washington DC – DAR Constitution Hall
04/10 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
05/10 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
08/10 – Atlanta, GA – Roxy
10/10 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
11/10 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
14/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
25/10 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
27/10 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
29/10 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo
30/10 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo
01/11 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
02/11 – Glasgow, UK – SEC Armadillo
05/11 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset
07/11 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrome
08/11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
10/11 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
23/11 – Singapore – The Star Theatre
26/11 – Sydney, Australia – Enmore Theatre
30/11 – Australia, Melbourne – Forum Theatre
02/11 – Auckland, New Zealand – Spark Arena
07/11 – Tokyo, Japan – EX Theater
08/11 – Tokyo, Japan – EX Theater

Tickets go on sale next Friday, May 5.

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Katy Perry’s new single ‘Bon Appétit’ is out on Friday

After some light pie-based teasing, Katy Perry’s announced her new single is indeed called ‘Bon Appétit’ and it will be out on April 28, ie this Friday.

It features Migos, but then most songs do these days. At least it’s not just Quavo we suppose.

Here’s the ‘cover art’:

Blimey. Purposeful Pop may have taken a momentary back seat with this one.

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