Katy Perry Performing at Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show ]

Katy Perry will perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, sources have confirmed with Billboard

Perry’s performance has been speculated since August after the National Football League had reportedly shortlisted her along with Coldplay and Rihanna, who saw the use of her song “Run This Town” with Jay-Z axed in a segment during the wake of the Ray Rice scandal. 

The news of those three contenders also came with word the league was asking those artists under consideration to pay to play, since last year’s broadcast drew a record-setting 111.5 million viewers and previous performers have all seen significant boosts in sales, touring and public profile. 

In response, appearing on ESPN’s College Game Day this past Saturday, Perry said, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.” 

With previous speculation, Billboard reported a number of good reasons for Perry to play the big stage, including her current hits, her (mostly) family-friendly catalog, and her international popularity (her 58.1 million Twitter followers make her the most popular presence on the social site).

The NFL has declined to comment.


RIAA Crowns Katy Perry Top Certified Digital Artist Ever 
Only Act to Surpass 70 MillionCertifications in G&P’s Digital Program 32 Million New Single Awards Announced Perry Recognized at Event in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON – Katy Perry has made Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program history.  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized the Capitol Records artist as its most awarded digital act in the history of Gold & Platinum awards, the industry’s premier program for celebrating artistic achievement in the marketplace.  
Eighteen Katy Perry songs, from early favorites like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold” to popular new releases like “Dark Horse” and “Birthday” are included in Perry’s 72 million cumulative Digital Single Certifications counting downloads and on-demand streams.  The new batch of certifications vaults Katy to the top of the RIAA’s list of artists with the most G&P Digital Single Certifications, and makes Perry the first artist to surpass the 70 million digital award threshold – 20 million ahead of any other artist.
More than 32 million new cumulative certifications were awarded today including a 9x multi-Platinum for “Firework,” two 7x multi-Platinums for “California Gurls” and “E.T.,” three 6x multi-Platinums for “Dark Horse,” “Hot N Cold” and “Teenage Dream” and more.  Katy’s career RIAA tally now encompasses 18 Gold, 16 Platinum and 56 multi-Platinum Digital Single Awards, in addition to her 2x multi-Platinum album “Teenage Dream” and Platinum album “One Of The Boys.”
RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman presented the top award to Perry Wednesday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.“Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman.  “We are honored to recognize Katy as the most successful digital artist in Gold & Platinum Program history.  She embodies all that makes a true global superstar:  the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans.  This award is a reflection of her deep commitment to those qualities and to her music, which has propelled her to this historic milestone.   We congratulate Katy and her team on all her success.”
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RIAA Crowns Katy Perry Top Certified Digital Artist Ever

Only Act to Surpass 70 MillionCertifications in G&P’s Digital Program 32 Million New Single Awards Announced Perry Recognized at Event in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – Katy Perry has made Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program history.  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized the Capitol Records artist as its most awarded digital act in the history of Gold & Platinum awards, the industry’s premier program for celebrating artistic achievement in the marketplace.  

Eighteen Katy Perry songs, from early favorites like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold” to popular new releases like “Dark Horse” and “Birthday” are included in Perry’s 72 million cumulative Digital Single Certifications counting downloads and on-demand streams.  The new batch of certifications vaults Katy to the top of the RIAA’s list of artists with the most G&P Digital Single Certifications, and makes Perry the first artist to surpass the 70 million digital award threshold – 20 million ahead of any other artist.

More than 32 million new cumulative certifications were awarded today including a 9x multi-Platinum for “Firework,” two 7x multi-Platinums for “California Gurls” and “E.T.,” three 6x multi-Platinums for “Dark Horse,” “Hot N Cold” and “Teenage Dream” and more.  Katy’s career RIAA tally now encompasses 18 Gold, 16 Platinum and 56 multi-Platinum Digital Single Awards, in addition to her 2x multi-Platinum album “Teenage Dream” and Platinum album “One Of The Boys.”

RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman presented the top award to Perry Wednesday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
“Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with in music,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman.  “We are honored to recognize Katy as the most successful digital artist in Gold & Platinum Program history.  She embodies all that makes a true global superstar:  the musical talent, the extraordinary drive and genuine charisma, and an intrinsic connection with her fans.  This award is a reflection of her deep commitment to those qualities and to her music, which has propelled her to this historic milestone.   We congratulate Katy and her team on all her success.”

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Claire’s Inc., one of the world’s leading retailers of fun, fashionable accessories for young women and girls, has announced the “Katy Perry PRISM Collection,” an assortment of jewelry and fashion accessories designed in collaboration with Katy. The collection is exclusive to Claire’s and will debut to coincide with the start of Katy’s Prismatic World Tour in May 2014 and latest album PRISM.

“Claire’s will be the perfect destination for accessories inspired by my new album, PRISM”, said Katy Perry. “I specifically curated these collections to make sure you’re show-ready for my Prismatic World Tour, coming to a city near you.”

Included in the exclusive “Katy Perry PRISM Collection” will be limited edition items, seasonal novelty pieces, collectables and product inspired by the lyrics and titles of Katy’s greatest hits. Regular updates in the Katy Perry Collection will keep the assortment fresh, giving the Claire’s girl a new way to amp up her look and express her individuality each season.

“Katy aligns perfectly with our brand mission and resonates with our friends and customers around the world,” said Jim Fielding, chief executive officer of Claire’s Inc. “We are thrilled, humbled and honored to embark on this adventure with her; she is the perfect partner for our brand.”

Katy will be involved in all aspects of the design process, working directly with Claire’s internal design team. The product will celebrate both the music and message of PRISM and is inspired by her many fans around the world. The exclusive collection will launch in Claire’s stores worldwide and at Claires.com in May 2014 with the collaboration continuing through 2016.

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Katy Perry Rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a 3rd consecutive week with ‘DARK HORSE’

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Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, spends a third week at No. 1

Perry’s ninth Hot 100 No. 1 (and Juicy J’s first) maintains its command, aided by a 3-2 lift on the Radio Songs airplay chart with an 11% gain to 132 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. The track tops Digital Songs for a fifth week, although with a 22% decline to 291,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan; with Perry having performed the song on the Grammy Awards, broadcast on CBS on Jan. 26, it benefited on last week’s charts from a full week of post-Grammy buzz. This week, it and other songs performed at the Grammys regress following last week’s spike.

"Horse" crowns the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (3 million U.S. streams, down 6%, according to BDS) for a fifth week and holds at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (which it led two weeks ago) with 6.6 million streams (down 12%).

'Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)' tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week

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Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, tallies a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, rockets to No. 2. Plus, Pharrell continues his winning ways as “Happy” hikes into the top 10.

Like every Wednesday, let’s dig in to the numbers behind the Hot 100’s top 10.

After ascending to the summit last week, Perry’s ninth Hot 100 No. 1 (and Juicy J’s first) gains in all metrics. With Perry having performed the track on the Grammy Awards, broadcast on CBS on Jan. 26, the song benefits from a full week of post-Grammy buzz, showing sizable gains in sales and streaming. “Horse” tops Digital Songs with a 27% rise to 373,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan (its best weekly sum), and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (3.2 million U.S. streams, up 28%, according to Nielsen BDS) for a third week each. It slips 1-3 after a week atop Streaming Songs, but with a 34% gain to 7.5 million. (The song’s momentum in streaming could surge once its video is released; Capitol Records has confirmed that Perry is in the process of filming it.)

On Radio Songs, “Horse” trots 4-3 with 119 million all-format audience impressions, up 18%, according to BDS.

"This No. 1 is the most unexpected one I’ve ever had," Perry told Billboard upon the song’s coronation last week. “‘Dark Horse’ has been a dark horse of a song, since August when the KatyCats voted to release it early on iTunes, before ’PRISM’ even came out. "I’m so thrilled and grateful to have these moments."

Katy Perry’s “PRISM” Hits 1 Million Sold

Katy Perry has officially scored three million-selling albums.

Her newest effort, “PRISM,” passed the 1 million sales mark this week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold 51,000 copies last week,bringing its cumulative tally to 1,020,000 in 11 weeks on sale.

The album follows 2008’s “One of the Boys” and 2010’s “Teenage Dream” in the million-selling category in the U.S. The latter took 20 weeks to hit that amount, going on to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA.

The success of “PRISM” stems from its first single, “Roar,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. While second single “Unconditionally” could only find a No. 14 peak, newest single “Dark Horse” rose 11-6 on the Hot 100 this week, becoming the singer’s 13th top 10 hit.

The sales could keep coming in droves if “PRISM” yields more top singles. “Teenage Dream” hit the peak of the Hot 100 with five different singles, with the album’s “Complete Confection” re-release adding a sixth in “Part of Me.”

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Madonna Names Katy Perry As January Guest Curator For Art For Freedom

Madonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January. Katy will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms. 

"Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard," said Madonna. "Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you." 

"I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music," said Katy Perry. "Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice." 

As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December. 

Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech - to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.

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"I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help. I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future."
- Katy Perry - UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador (x)

Katy will be performing at “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles”

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s U.S. debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, will air Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, the network announced Thursday.

Taping the day after the Grammys on Monday, Jan. 27, the special also will highlight the legacy of the seven-time Grammy-winning group.

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Brian Walsh revealed all at the recent Foxtel Upfronts:

“An all-star line-up headed up by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George’s wife Olivia Harrison, along with some of the biggest names in music such as Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, P!nk and Katy Perry will gather to celebrate and perform the songs of The Beatles,” he said.

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Katy Perry Picks Lakewood High School’s Lip-Dub ‘Roar’ Video as Contest Winner

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The Colorado high school, whose spirited lip dub video to Katy Perry's hit “Roar” went viral online, was selected by the pop star as the winner of “'Good Morning America’s ‘Roar’ With Katy Perry Contest,” and will get a special concert.

The winning video, which caught Perry’s eye right away for its school spirit, included more than 2,000 students and staff atLakewood High School in Lakewood, Colo., from every stripe of high school life, outfitted in orange and black, lip-syncing to Perry’s lyrics group by group.

Panning from student athletes to cheerleaders to members of the pep band, drama club and more, the high-energy video culminates in the ultimate pep rally – a sea of students in orange and black roaring on the football field.

Perry announced the winning school live on “GMA” from London, where she is shooting the music video for her brand new song, “Unconditionally.”

This decision has been one of the hardest decisions that I ever had to make,” she said today on “GMA.” “Lakewood really embodied a whole school spirit. I think they brought everyone together. … It was so interesting and well done and organized. It was thousands of kids coming together to ‘Roar’ and that’s what this competition means to me.”

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"Roar" becomes the fastest song in history to reach the 3 million mark in paid downloads in the US

Roar (557 + 392 + 448 + 373 + 331 + 301 + 239 + 218 + 195) = 3,054,000

Fastest song to 3 million in history, 9 weeks. Previous record was 11 weeks by Right Round and California Gurls

Katy Perry’s former two-week No. 1 “Roar” slips 2-3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It spends a fourth frame atop Radio Songs (162 million, down 3%), holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (195,000, down 10%) and rebounds 5-4 on Streaming Songs (5.8 million, down 6%).

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