Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: It’s Hip to Be Square

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As far as hypemen go, human smiling-poop emoji Katy Perry makes for a chirpy one. Compared to special guest Missy Elliott in “Rhythm Nation”-era Janet Jackson mode, Perry was downright uncool at the Super Bowl last night, whooping “c’mon” while showing off how far a few albums’ worth of arm-dancing practice gets you. Yet the nine-song set had its redeeming …Read More

Flavorwire’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

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It’s that time of year again: the season of the holiday gift guide. And in keeping with tradition, if you’re looking for a present for that special cultural icon of yours (or just someone who reminds you of a certain famous face), Flavorwire has you covered. Here are our gift recommendations for some of the year’s biggest names in culture, whether they be naughty, nice, or lurking somewhere in …Read More

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Earwax or the Badness of ‘Titanic’ : Links You Need to See

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Have you seen those nifty black cotton swabs from Muji? They look really cool — well, about as cool as cotton swabs can look — but they actually suck. The whole point of cleaning your ears is looking at the resulting honey-colored gunk, a pleasure that’s wholly denied by the black cotton swabs! But, apparently, we shouldn’t even be cleaning our ears, regardless of the color of the cotton swabs.
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Don’t Worry About Katy Perry at the Super Bowl — She’ll Do Just Fine

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Last weekend, Katy Perry appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay looking not unlike Grimes circa Visions. Not that the bulk of ESPN’s core demographic knows who Grimes is, but the broader message was there: Katy Perry will appear alongside alpha-male sports commentators and make college football picks, but she’s gonna put her own little twist on it. In this particular case, that translated to a ’90s-inspired Tumblr-kid look, complete with a tattoo necklace, bright red mini-buns, and a fuzzy pink sweater made to resemble a sports jersey (how “go team!” of her). At some point, she was gesticulating with a corn dog and an oversize pencil, all while rooting for Ole Miss and commenting on the Gators’ abysmal chances (“I mean, I like Florida boys, but we’re talking a game here,” she said, affecting a Paula Deen-esque Southern drawl). It was convincing, even if she looked and sounded like an alien to unassuming college football fans. But more than that, it was entertaining.
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Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’: How Effective Are Pop Album Reissues?

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Iggy Azalea, the Australian rapper whose inescapable “Fancy” was officially named the Song of the Summer, announced today that she would be dropping a reissue of The New Classic. The update, which was announced just five months after the original, will include six new tracks, and at least one of them will continue Azalea’s trend of pop collaboration, this time with Ellie Goulding. With “Fancy” still all over the airwaves, and recent second single “Black Widow” sitting comfortably in the No. 6 spot of the Billboard Hot 100, a reissue seems like kind of a curious move. But, maybe not.
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David Byrne Explains the Secret “Psycho Killer” Subtext of ‘Stop Making Sense’ at Lincoln Center

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David Byrne was pretty bummed to be out of town a couple weeks ago when Katy Perry brought her emoji-laden live spectacle to New York arenas. “I would never want to do all that, but it might spark an idea,” the former Talking Heads leader told the crowd at Lincoln Center Friday night. How he got from Stop Making Sense, the Talking Heads’ influential concert film that’s currently celebrating its 30th anniversary with a digital release and theatrical run, to the queen of the “California Gurls” is a testament to Byrne’s unique creative wiring. Following a screening of Stop Making Sense at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision series, Byrne gave a glimpse into his mind, including his intended second meaning behind the rock doc: the “Psycho Killer” trying to heal through human connection and art. …Read More