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.
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.
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.”
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%).
Katy Perry’s album release party for “PRISM” will be streamed live Oct. 22 from an intimate new venue, the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles, Clear Channel announced today.
The event will feature a performance and Q&A with the Billboard cover star and will air in its entirety live on 175 Clear Channel stations around the country beginning at 6 p.m. PT. The party will be recorded and televised on The CW Network on Oct. 25.
Walmart, in partnership with Monster Headphones and AT&T, will be the official on-air radio and social media partner. TV personality Mario Lopez will handle hosting duties.
Located at the Burbank Studios in the former home of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles joins a similar venue in New York City, which opened in 2009 and has hosted artists including Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Mumford & Sons.
"We couldn’t be more excited to have Katy Perry be the one to break in our amazing iHeartRadio Theater LA," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, in a statement.
With the coronation of ‘Roar,’ Perry matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s – 10 – in the airplay chart’s 21-year history
Katy Perry’s “Roar” blasts 5-1 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart. With the coronation, which dethrones Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) after 10 weeks on top, Perry matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s – 10 – in the chart’s 21-year history. P!nk follows with nine toppers.
At just six weeks, “Roar” marks the fastest flight to the Pop Songs summit since “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), the lead single from Perry’s last album, 2010’s “Teenage Dream,” also soared to the top spot in its sixth frame the week of July 3, 2010. (“Roar” makes the largest leap to No. 1 since “Gurls” logged an identical 5-1 jump.) “Roar” previews Perry’s new album “Prism,” due Oct. 22.
Having now done so twice, Perry is the only act to send a song to No. 1 in as few as six weeks in more than eight years; prior to “Gurls,” no song had reached the apex so swiftly since Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” (six weeks, 2005).
Also notable: As Capital Cities climb 3-2 with “Safe and Sound,” Capitol Records boasts the Pop Songs chart’s top two titles. Interscope Records had monopolized the top two for a record seven straight weeks through last week; as “Blurred Lines” reigned, Thicke’s labelmates Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive”), Maroon 5 (“Love Somebody”) and Zedd (“Clarity”) peaked at No. 2.
Here is an updated list of the acts with the most No. 1s dating to the Pop Songs chart’s Oct. 3, 1992, launch:
10, Katy Perry
7, Lady Gaga
7, Britney Spears
6, Mariah Carey
6, Maroon 5
6, Bruno Mars
6, Justin Timberlake
"Roar" has spent the last two weeks atop the all-format airplay/sales/streaming Billboard Hot 100 chart (where it’s Perry’s eighth leader). The song could get dethroned this week, however, by Miley Cyrus’ "Wrecking Ball." As "Roar" takes over atop Pop Songs, "Ball" swings onto the list at No. 35.
Thanks to its expected monster streaming and sales sums, “Ball” looks likely to top the Hot 100 this week. Check Billboard.com on Wednesday (Sept. 18) to see if the song does its name justice and knocks “Roar” from the chart’s coveted top spot.
Katy has recorded a song with Wiz Khalifa for his latest album "Blacc Hollywood"
1. “Prism” Will Include 13 Songs On Its Standard Edition. There will be 16 on the deluxe version of the album, after 2010’s “Teenage Dream” contained 12 regular tracks before its “Complete Confection” reissue added seven more. Perry played 12 new songs in total on Thursday night (including “Roar”), and noted that the songs that were played were not necessarily going to remain in that order on the final track list.
2. Katy’s Favorite Song On The Album Is Called “Unconditionally.” With woodblock percussion and a dramatic bass line, “Unconditionally” doubles as the singer’s favorite new track as well as the most mature offering on “Prism.” An ode to love that looks past all flaws, the song acts as a compellingly grounded predicate to “Teenage Dream’s” starry-eyed title track. “There is no fear now… I will love you unconditionally,” Perry belts over the uncluttered arrangement.
3. “Dark Horse” Features A Juicy J Cameo. Although the song title “Dark Horse” has already been revealed to fans, nothing can prepare KatyCats for “Prism’s” snapping trap anthem, which features the only vocal guest star on the 12 new songs, Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J. Before the Oscar-winning MC spits his usual rapid-fire flow, Perry guides the grimy, incredibly simplistic production with questions like “Are you ready for a perfect storm?” Perry told Billboard following the listening session that “Dark Horse” was produced by Dr. Luke (who executive produced Juicy J’s new “Stay Trippy” album) and Max Martin.
4. “Prism” Is Greatly Informed By Swedish Pop. Perry told her audience of listeners that the new album was recorded partially in Santa Barbara, Calif. and partially in Stockholm, Sweden; a number of songs of the new LP evoke the music of Robyn, who served as an opener on Perry’s California Dreams tour. “I’m such a huge Robyn fan,” Perry gushed while introducing “Walking On Air,” a vibrant, throbbing house song she made with Swedish producer-songwriter (and frequent Robyn collaborator) Klas Ahlund. Another Stockholm-born song, “This Is How We Do,” is a wobbling dance track with a spoken-word bridge that carries “song of next summer” potential.
5. Lyrically, “Legendary Lovers” Contains The Most Interesting Chorus.The woozy love song sounds unlike anything Perry has ever recorded, and focuses on the ideas of infinity and karma. “Take me down to the river/Underneath the blood-orange sun/Say my name like a scripture/Keep my heart beating like a drum,” goes the epic hook.
6. “Double Rainbow” Was Co-Written With Greg Kurstin and Sia. Kurstin brings the pop sensibility he’s flashed with artists like Kelly Clarkson, P!nk and Tegan & Sara, while Sia’s presence connects this sleek, shimmering pop track to “Titanium,” another song with a powerful chorus that explodes upon impact. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… so if it’s up to me, I’m gonna keep you forever,” Perry sings on the breathy love track.
7. “Birthday” Has (The Most) Smash Potential. Although there were a handful of songs played on Thursday night that could very well be ruling radio similarly to “Roar,” “Birthday” is a stone-cold stunner, with busy but buoyant production, a deeply rhythmic impulse and joyful lyrical concept. “I wanted to do something that Mariah Carey would have put on her first record,” Perry said while introducing the song, which serves as pop music’s (superior) answer to Swizz Beatz’s “Everyday Birthday” single with promises of “Make it like your birthday everyday.”
8. “Love Me’s” Lyrics Mean A Lot To Katy. Produced in Stockholm by Bloodshy, whom Perry has wanted to work with ever since he helmed Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” “Love Me” is a self-empowerment mantra informed by Perry’s dissolved marriage. “I lost myself in fear of losing you,” Perry sings at the top of the song, before later concluding, “I know I have to love myself, the way I want you to love me.” With a churning guitar buzz at its core, the racing electro-pop track allows “no second-guessing or concealing feelings” from the pop superstar.
9. “International Smile” Was Inspired By Mia Moretti. The jet-setting DJ (who released a remix to Perry’s “Teenage Dream” track “Peacock”) is a close friend of Perry’s, and the singer even called her a “muse” when it came to this straightforward pop-rock offering. With a kicky guitar hook and a melting, Daft Punk-esque vocoder breakdown, “International Smile” is a likable song that sounds the closest to Perry’s “Teenage Dream” oeuvre.
10. “Ghost” And “By The Grace Of God” Offer The Most Somber Moments. Both songs directly point to Perry’s failed romance with Russell Brand, and both tracks slow down Perry’s party tempo to achieve emotional resonance. On “Ghost,” she sings over synth stabs, “We were best friends… now, you’re just a ghost,” while the piano ballad “By The Grace Of God” makes it clear that Perry struggled to continue her hectic life and career in the wake of damaged romance. “By the grace of God/I picked myself back up/I put one foot in the front the other,” Perry croons on the track, which will end the regular edition of “Prism.”
Here are the 12 songs from Katy Perry’s “Prism” previewed on Thursday night:
Walking On Air
This Is How We Do
By The Grace Of God
Justin Prager, Music Choice director/music and talent: ”You can hear a maturity all over ‘Prism.’ ‘Roar’ is a great start and there are other gems like ‘Double Rainbow,’ ‘Legendary Lover’ and my choice for the next single, ‘This Is How We Do.’
"I’m glad that Perry didn’t go too deep into the current EDM sound. She instead went for more of a ’90s house vibe on a few tracks. Overall, though, the album is pop.
"This time around she’s also doing it all with a little less of a smile on her face, given everything she’s been through [e.g., her divorce from actor/comedian Russell Brand] over the past couple of years."
Sharon Dastur, WHTZ (Z100) New York PD: ”It’s always a large task for any artist to follow a record-breaking album like ‘Teenage Dream’ [which yielded five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, the first set by a solo female to do so and just the second overall after Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ in 1987-88]. But I’m beyond impressed at the magic that Katy has created once again. Incredible production and killer hooks.
"My absolute favorite so far is ‘Unconditionally.’ "
Rick Gillette, WNOW (92.3 Now) New York PD: ”When I first heard [Perry’s 2008 breakthrough hit] ‘I Kissed a Girl,’ I thought, ‘Great little novelty song.’ Then I met her and knew instantly there would be so much more.
"I like ‘Prism’ very much. It’s different than ‘Teenage Dream,’ but very Katy Perry. Another evolutionary step for her. I think my favorite is ‘Walking on Air.’ Her description of it [Thursday] was perfect: CeCe Peniston and Crystal Waters wrapped up in a 2013 groove."
Dylan Sprague, WXKS (Kiss 108) Boston PD: ”I really like ‘Dark Horse,’ with Juicy J. The last song of the night, ballad ‘By the Grace of God,’ stood out, too.
"Multiple hits, no doubt."
Ellen Carvello, Carvello Music Management: ”There seem to be many hits on this album. Beyond ‘Roar,’ which is amazing, I really like her homage to CeCe Peniston and Crystal Waters.
"Following ‘Teenage Dream’ is tough but she brought us some great pop music. She makes fun music that we can sing along to. That’s what it’s all about."
With the eye of the tiger, Katy Perry is the Billboard Hot 100’s new champion, as “Roar” rises 2-1. The song – which becomes Perry’s eighth Hot 100 No. 1 – stops the 12-week command of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. and Pharrell).
As always, let’s look deeper at the numbers.
Registering a 17% gain in overall Hot 100 chart points, “Roar” leads Digital Songs for a third week, selling 448,000 downloads for the week ending Sept. 1 (up 14%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, after Perry performed it the previous Sunday (Aug. 25) at the end of the MTV Video Music Awards. “Roar” also leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart, where it charges 4-1 with 2.1 million U.S. streams, up 33%, according to Nielsen BDS. It climbs 5-3 on the overall Streaming Songs survey (5.4 million, up 16%).
"Roar" claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award, bounding 11-6 on Radio Songs with a 27% spike to 97 million all-format audience impressions, according to BDS. It’s Perry’s 12th top 10 on the airplay tally.
"Roar" becomes Perry’s eighth Hot 100 No. 1. She first led with "I Kissed a Girl," which began a seven-week command (her longest) the week of July 5, 2008. In that span, Perry has quickly scaled the list of the women with the most No. 1s in the chart’s 55-year history. Among female soloists, only Mariah Carey (18), Madonna, Rihanna (12 each), Whitney Houston (11) and Janet Jackson (10) have totaled more leaders. Among all artists, Perry is one of just 16 acts with at least eight No. 1s; the Beatles lead with 20 Hot 100 toppers.
"Roar" ushers in Perry’s third Capitol Records album, "Prism," due Oct. 22. The lead singles from her prior two studio sets likewise topped the Hot 100: "Kissed," the first track from "One of the Boys," and "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), the first of five No. 1s from 2010’s "Teenage Dream." (The latter release became the first by a woman, and only the second among all acts after Michael Jackson’s "Bad" (1987-88), to generate five Hot 100 leaders.)
The advance of “Roar” halts the 12-week rule of Thicke’s “Lines” (down 2% in Hot 100 points; the former leads the latter by a 4% margin). Still, “Lines” leads Radio Songs for a ninth week (205 million, down 8%). It holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (6.7 million, up 10%), also benefitting from his much buzzed-about VMAs performance of the song with Miley Cyrus. Despite a 4% gain to 1.8 million, “Lines” drops 1-3 on On-Demand Songs after eight weeks at No. 1. On Digital Songs, it slips 2-3 (244,000, down 3%).
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