Thursday, April 10, 2014

Billboard Music Awards 2014 Nomination List

Top Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist

Capital Cities
Ariana Grande

Top Male Artist

Luke Bryan
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist

Miley Cyrus
Katy Perry

Top Duo/Group

Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Luke Bryan
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Digital Songs Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist

Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Streaming Artist

Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Daft Punk
Calvin Harris
Lady Gaga


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Saturdays Announce GH Tour and Album

1. What About Us feat. Sean Paul
2. Higher feat. Flo Rida
3. Ego
4. All Fired Up
5. New Track
6. Up (Single Mix)
7. Notorious
8. Issues (Radio Mix)
9. Disco Love
10. Forever Is Over (Radio Edit)
11. Missing You
12. Work (Radio Mix)
13. Not Giving Up (Radio Mix)
14. 30 Days
15. New Track
16. Gentleman
17. If This Is Love (Radio Edit)
18 New Track
19. My Heart Takes Over (Radio Edit)
20. Just Can't Get Enough (Radio Mix)

La Roux Annoucing 2nd Album release date

La Roux Appears To Confirm New Album, ‘Trouble in Paradise’
Date and title have been confirmed in a newsletter sent out by label Polydor.

La Roux looks set to release her their hugely-anticipated second album 'Trouble in Paradise' this summer, with a scheduled date of 7th July.

News emerged of the release through a newsletter sent to journalists by the Paris branch of label Polydor Records. Blogger Disco Naivete pointed out the news on Twitter.

'Trouble in Paradise' follows on from a 2009, self-titled debut album.

La Roux goes back on the road this June in North America, with two shows supporting New Order also scheduled in for the same month.

01 Toronto, Danforth Music Hall
02 Montreal, Metropolis
03 Boston, Paradise Rock Club
06 New York, Governors Ball Music Festival
07 Philadelphia, Trocadero Theatre
08 Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

11 San Francisco, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
12 San Diego, House of Blues
13 Los Angeles Greek Theatre *
* with New Order


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bridgit Mendler Interview


Bridgit Mendler

Where you've seen her:
On Disney's preteen hit Good Luck Charlie; singing songs from her 2012 debut album Hello My Name Is... ; in the latest Henson franchise film Muppets Most Wanted.

Why she made the list:
Having wrapped Good Luck Charlie earlier this year, she's the next Disney star to break out of Studio City and attempt to conquer the Billboard charts with her new, yet-untitled pop album.

On her studies and songwriting...
I'm taking two courses at USC. In medieval visual culture we're looking at the Roman Empire and I've applied that to my songwriting -- there's a song called 'Rome' on my new album. I've been musing on the idea of a culture lost."

On life on the road...
"I love touring. It feels like summer camp to me. We're on the bus for two weeks, staying up late, playing games, listening to music. The only downside to touring was that at every VIP meet-and-greet, there was always one creepy guy with a creepy gift."


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hot 100 March Madness winner from 2013

After three weeks of voting and hundreds of thousands of responses, we have a champion of the second annual Hot 100 March Madness -- and she looks a lot like last year's winner! & Britney Spears' "Scream & amp; Shout" was voted the best song to reach the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart over the past year, emerging from a field of 32 and giving Spears a repeat victory after the pop princess claimed the 2012 crown with "Hold It Against Me." Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" streaked into the Finals, but was no match for the pop star duo that met it in the final round. Scream, shout, let it all out -- and Britney Spears are your Hot 100 March Madness 2013 champs!

From April 1, 2012 through the charts dated March 9, 2013, there have been exactly 32 songs that appeared in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart. The head-to-head match-ups within this year's bracket were decided arbitrarily, and after four rounds of voting throughout the month of March, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Scream & Shout" emerged from their respective sides of the bracket. Click here to see the original bracket.

Looking back at the Finals of this year's Hot 100 March Madness, & Britney Spears began the final round of voting with a steady but not overwhelming lead over Kelly Clarkson, hovering around the 60 percent mark of the overall vote. In the final hours of voting, however, the diehards came out in droves: "Scream & Shout" finished with 84 percent of the final vote, giving the song its most lopsided victory in the entire competition! Comparatively, "Hold It Against Me" garnered 73 percent of fan votes last year, when the No. 1 single took down Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."

Over the course of its five match-ups, "Scream & Shout" defeated One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," Maroon 5's "One More Night," Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" to win Hot 100 March Madness 2013 championship. Congratulations to and Britney Spears, and thanks to all who voted!

Check out the "Scream & Shout" music video, and be sure to discuss the overall competition in the comments

Have no idea why this wasn't posted last year.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ryan Tedder Interview with billboard

Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story, Tedder also revealed the stories of what went into creating some of the biggest songs he's written and co-written. Here, Tedder shares the songwriting stories of "Halo" (Beyoncé), "Rumour Has It" (Adele,) OneRepublic ("Apologize," "Counting Stars"), "Burn" (Ellie Goulding), and "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis).

Ryan Tedder: The Billboard Cover Story

"Halo," Beyoncé
TEDDER: "I was playing a pickup game right before a show in Michigan and I tore my Achilles heel. It was the most intense pain I ever experienced in my life. I passed out. So I ended up going home for two weeks. My wife forbade me from writing or doing any work whatsoever. Evan Bogart and I were superclose friends. He was having his explosion as a songwriter, and I texted him and said, 'My wife's gone for three hours, will you come over? Let's write one song.' Beyoncé had contacted me because of a song on our first album called 'Come Home.' So he came over and I said, 'Dude, Beyoncé wants me to do a song. Let's do a song in three hours.' I had this idea for a patch of this weird choir of angels thing, started playing it and within three hours we had 'Halo.'"

"Apologize," OneRepublic
TEDDER: "I was a solo artist in the early 2000s, and I had started referring to myself as 'Republic.' I didn't have a live drummer, so I programmed a beat and then played piano over it. They say necessity is the mother of invention, so it was necessary that I keep tempo. And the necessary became the finality of that song, and it became the invention of this weird mix of Britpop-influenced melodies and song with hip-hop underpinnings. The first verse I thought was so good, but it took me six months to finish the second."

"Burn," Ellie Goulding
TEDDER: "I wrote it on a tour bus in Chicago, me and Brent [Kutzle, of OneRepublic]. I was so ecstatic about the song that our show was probably delayed five minutes because I couldn't stop listening to it. Ellie cut the vocal, killed it, she didn't mess around. And then it sat for a year. [Interscope] came back to me and I told my manager, 'I can't even look at it and I will give up publishing to do it.' We had a list of two or three producers -- the name [Greg] Kurstin came up. I don't think I let them finish the sentence because I had just spent time with him on the Beyonce camp. And I said, 'Absolutely Greg Kurstin! I know that he is the guy.' I sent him a list of comments, he gave it a second pass, and it was done."

"Rumour Has It," Adele
TEDDER: This was written on the first day, sang on the second and she knocked it out in one pass. And much like everything else on '21,' she walked in with a very clear idea of what she wanted to say and write about, so the writing was superfast. The music I came up with was initially inspired by a Radiohead song I loved that had a dirty blues feel to it."

"Counting Stars," OneRepublic
TEDDER: "I finished it in Greece in Santorini, but I started it in New York. If I think I have something that I love that feels huge, that feels like it's inevitable -- which isn't all the time -- I will intentionally get it to where I know, 'This is nuclear, I know this is gonna connect, but I want to finish this in a place that's special, that inspires me.' We've been trying to go to Santorini for three years and I thought, 'This is the perfect place to finish this song.'"

"Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis
TEDDER: "I co-wrote it with Jesse McCartney; he was on some Prince tip. Jesse had just had a huge hit -- 'Beautiful Soul' -- and I was going in with him and I felt like I didn't have it. I went back in my room, said, 'I'm gonna be an hour late to the session, what if we just did something simple?' I sat in my apartment in West L.A. and said, 'What would Prince do?' So I sang over an organ patch and had the entire verse and chorus of the song. We finished the song, verse and choruses that day. His label heard it, and from the top down said, 'It's not a hit.' So we went through three different keys to get it right for Leona Lewis. She killed it, and the rest is history."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Prince Charles: "Xtina hew? I dont know ha"

He admitted that he had 'no idea' who pop singer Christina Aguilera was. But when it came to the classics, Prince Charles was on safer ground.

Politely asking what was currently playing to the station's seven million listeners, he was told it was U.S. superstar Christina Aguilera - a revelation which left the prince utterly blank faced.

Downstairs the prince and his wife met some of the network's well-known presenters including Capital FM Breakfast show hosts Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon.

Berry said the prince was 'incredibly' polite and apologised for keeping him at the station when he and his partner had been up at 4.30am.

'I couldn't believe how concerned he was, what a top man,' he said.

'Admittedly he knew nothing about the kind of music we played and, as I am so polite, I wasn't going to ask him about the Big Top 40 number one Clean Bandit and whether he liked it.

'But I do have it on good authority, from a very good contact of mine, that William and Kate always have Capital on in the background when they are at home with little Prince George, so we do have a royal seal of approval.'

this flop bitch needs to get educated on his superiors #SAY

Pysch season 8 is the final season

The current eighth season will be Psych‘s last.

The long-running USA Network series will conclude Wednesday, March 26. The finale will be followed by a one hour live Pysch after show featuring a Q&A with the cast and show creator, Steve Franks.

Though the producers did not know about the cancellation until recently, they had an inkling this might be coming, sources says. So the final episode therefore feels like a suitable finale, with topics addressed like Juliet (Maggie Lawson) and Shawn’s (James Roday) relationship.

Psych is one of the rare cable dramas to surpass 100 episodes. Its legacy includes a two-hour musical, a 10-city college tour and five appearances at Comic-Con. “Psych has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape, with a unique brand of comedy,” said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. “The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved, and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run. And while the series will wrap in March somehow I don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Shawn and Gus.”

Note that last sentence. While there is nothing in development at USA expanding Psych into another production, I’m told McCumber’s words were chosen carefully and that the network would like to perhaps find a way to bring the characters back someday (perhaps in a stand-alone movie, like USA did with Burn Notice).

In 2013, Psych averaged 4.2 million viewers. Below is a message from stars James Roday and Dule Hill about the final season:

Damn it I just learned about this show through Netflix. Sad that this is the last season.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Colton no longer in Restless Road

Colton has decided to leave the group. We are going to support his decision. We don't want you to worry too much. More information to come.

I know you might be confused or worried but Andrew and Zach will have a ustream tonight to answer what questions they can. RT so people know

Please know Restless Road is NOT over...we are still going to push forward. More details in a ustream tonight coming soon

Gaga to perform on Fallon

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has already announced its musical guest, U2, for its Feb. 17 premiere episode, but Fallon's first full week features no drop-off in big names from there. Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Arcade Fire and Tim McGraw have been lined up as the first wave of performers for NBC's new late-night headliner.

After U2 open Fallon's run on "The Tonight Show," Lady Gaga will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 18; McGraw takes the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 19; Arcade Fire is up on Thursday, Feb. 19; and then Fallon's old pal Timberlake will stop by on Friday, Fen. 20. Expect more late-night zaniness between Fallon and Timberlake, who doubles as the guest and musical artist on next Friday's "Tonight Show."

And check out the full first-week "Tonight Show" lineup below:

Monday, Feb. 17: Guest Will Smith and musical guest U2
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Guests Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and musical guest Lady Gaga
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Guest Bradley Cooper and musical guest Tim McGraw
Thursday, Feb. 20: Guests First lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and musical guest Arcade Fire
Friday, Feb. 21: Guest Justin Timberlake. Timberlake will also serve as musical guest


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cher Says Her Label Doesn't 'Care' About Her Latest Album

Cher says her record label "hasn't got a great deal of interest in my CD" and that the "decision makers" at the company "don't seem to care that much."

Cher released her most recent album, "Closer to the Truth," last September on Warner Bros. Records. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the diva's highest charting solo album ever.

Cher took to Twitter on Thursday, February 6, to gripe about her label, but noted that "not all" of the folks at the company are unsupportive, adding that "there (are) hard working adorable" people there, too.

Just read mean TILAM review�� The video had nothing 2 do with me.I was told it would only be shown in gay bars.It’s true WB’s hasn’t got a


Great Deal of Interest In My CD. Not ALL,THERE R HARD WORKING ADORABLE PPL.,But Decision Makers Don’t Seem 2CareThat Much. It’s Ok YHSTLOM

So far, "Closer to the Truth" has sold 285,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It debuted with 63,000 in its first week. The album was her first studio release since 2002's "Living Proof." Cher has been with Warner family of labels since 1996.

Warner Bros. Records has not responded to an email request for comment.

"Closer to the Truth" has notched two hit singles on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart: "Woman's World" hit No. 1 last year, and "Take It Like a Man" recently peaked at No. 2 for two weeks.

Cher's been extra busy as of late, preparing for her upcoming Dressed to Kill concert tour, which kicks off on March 22 in Phoenix. The trek will be her first since her successful Farewell Tour, which circled the globe from 2002 through 2005.


American Idol might be getting the axe soon

American Idol is "winding down" and in a "transition" period, according to 21st Century Fox president Chase Carey. The talent show, which has dominated the TV landscape for over a decade, will no longer be the main driving force for the Fox network.

"We know American Idol is winding down," said Carey in a conference call detailing the company's latest quarterly results, adding that ratings have "fallen faster than we hoped".

American Idol is currently airing its 13th season in the US. Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are the judging panel and it is still hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

However, the show's ratings are no longer as dominant as they once were. The days when it was ranked No.1 as Fox's most-watched show for eight successive years and when it achieved an audience of 36 million for the finale in 2006 are long gone. The current season launched in January with 15.19 million viewers and a 18-49 demo of 4.7.

Alongside the continuing disappointing performance of Fox's other music talent show, Simon Cowell's X Factor USA, ad revenues have been damaged. Both talent shows are expected to be altered and possibly reduced in size and expense when they next return.


The Michael J Fox Show Gets CANCELLED

The outlook is not good for The Michael J. Fox Show. NBC has pulled the remaining episodes of the Thursday sitcom from its lineup, effectively canceling the struggling comedy just a few weeks after shutting down production on time slot neighbor Sean Saves the World.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the show will be replaced by Hollywood Game Night starting Feb. 27, as first reported by Vulture. The one-hour show will air at 9 p.m.

Fifteen of The Michael J. Fox Show's 22-episode order have aired on Thursdays. Production has wrapped on all 22 episodes, with NBC unclear where -- or if -- the remaining seven episodes will be broadcast.

NBC picked up the Michael J. Fox Show with a straight to series order for 22 episodes following a multiple network bidding war in August 2012. It marked the Family Ties, Spin City and Back to the Future alum's return to series television following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease.

Missy Elloitt Talks absense from music

It’s been nine years since Missy Elliott released her last album, and you’ll have to keep waiting. The hip-hop icon explains why she’s taking her time to release new music.

In a video chat with Yahoo!’s “The Yo Show,” Missy discussed her lengthy hiatus from the music industry.

“When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” said the 42-year-old rapper. “I gotta feel like what I’m giving the fans is 100 percent and that it’s game-changing. I don’t just throw out microwave records.”

In September 2012, Missy dropped the Timbaland-produced singles “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” but her seventh album Block Party has yet to see a release.

But writer’s block is not to blame. “Just being inspired by things is what I’m grabbing for because music is different now,” she explained. “Not to say that it’s bad, it’s just different now, so I’m just trying to make sure that what I give is 100 percent because I know that expectations is high from my fans and it’s high of myself.”

She did, however, reassure fans that she is planning a comeback. “It’s coming. I just ain’t telling nobody when.”

In the meantime, she has collaborated with her longtime friend Faith Evans on her upcoming album Incomparable.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Forbes: Demand for Bruno's Tour Booms,Miley's Tour Struggles

After a season of buildup and two weeks of feverish hype, Super Bowl XLVIII was never really a game. From the first snap, the Broncos seemed disoriented and over-matched. By halftime the game was over, and the only thing to look forward to was the halftime show. Along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars delivered a half-time show for the ages that is dominating Monday water-cooler conversations across the country. In addition to bringing a bit of excitement to the otherwise lame Super Bowl, the performance may go down as one of the savviest marketing campaigns in the history of music.

Not at all coincidentally, Bruno Mars tickets to his upcoming tour went on sale this morning with Super Bowl buzz still ringing in over 100 million ears across the country. As a result, the market for Bruno Mars tickets is on fire. Since this morning, the average price for his Moonshine Jungle Tour is up $150 to an average price of $500. While there are some tickets left on the primary market for select shows, many are already sold out. Ticketmaster also seem to be struggling to keep with demand, and had to switch from their interactive seating maps for most events, including Bruno Mars Madison Square Garden tickets.

2014 saw some impressive uses of big events for self-promotion. Miley Cyrus in particular stood out for her provocative performance at MTVs Video Music Awards. With an audience of 10 million tuning in, it served her purpose to perfection and was a shotgun graduation ceremony from Hanna Montana to Miley Cyrus. In part becuase of the VMAs, Miley Cyrus tickets for her upcoming tour are a hot item. Despite the hype engine that Miley has built, however, she’s still not sold out for many of the dates on her Bangerz tour.

Mars’ Super Bowl showcase generated a reported 2.2 million tweets, and Twitter has not stopped this morning, with a legion of existing and newly-discovered fans clamoring for tickets to the tour, which kicks off in full in the U.S. on May 23rd. The price for tickets on the primary market ranges from $49-$100 for most shows. Bigger city shows like Madison Square Garden have prices that range from $70 to $181. For shows at big venues like Madison Square and TD Garden, the average prices on the secondary market is north of $600 with the cheapest tickets going for $150, or approximately double the face price. At those prices, Mars upcoming tour ranks amongst the most expensive in the country this summer, ahead of One Direction tickets and Jason Aldean tickets, which are two of the highest prices for an American tours this spring and summer.

As for Cyrus, the average price for her first two shows of the Bangerz tour are down 6% this week and the cheapest ticket for the second show in Anaheim can be had for $33. While the buzz generated from Miley’s hype seems to be wearing off a bit just as her tour gets set to start, it’s unlikely Bruno Mars will suffer a similar downturn. Whether it was his opening drum solo at the Super Bowl half-time show or his recent Grammy win for best pop vocal album for Unorthodox Jukebox, it’s clear that Mars is a real talent, a gifted performer and here to stay.

And here's a separate article about Miley's tour

Rumored Tracklist of Shakira's new LP

1 ‘No Place to Hide’ (feat. JAY Z)
2 ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ (feat. Rihanna)
3 ‘Victimized’
4 ‘Let’s Do This Now’
5 ‘Last Legal Drug (Le petite mort)’
6 ‘Innocent Bystander’
7 ‘Truth or Dare’
8 ’23′
9 ‘Way Too Far’
10 ‘Chaos Lives In Everything’ (feat. Usher)
11 ‘Selfish’
12 ‘Up Against the Wall’
13 ‘Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte’
14 ‘Piel de ciudad’
15 ‘Otoño’

The Super Bowl Ratings are in

FOX Super Bowl (6:33- 10PM) - Live 34.4/67 111.3
FOX New Girl (10:23-10:54PM) 11.1/ 25.8

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance on Sunday night attracted the largest audience in the history of the Super Bowl, attracting 115.3 million viewers, Fox announced Monday, citing Nielsen data.
That figure surpasses the prior record of 114 million set by Madonna two years ago and the 110.8 million who tuned in to see Beyonce last year.Mars sang "Give it Away" with the Peppers, executed James Brown dance moves and Police riffs and closed with his hit ballad "Just the Way You Are" at halftime of a blowout won by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8. The game had an average viewing audience of 111.5 million viewers, the largest in history.

The final number was significantly higher than than 98.88 million viewers reported in the overnight ratings from Nielsen that measure the top 56 markets. It initially appeared Super Bowl XLVIII would be the fifth most-watched in history.

The one musician who may well have received the most exposure for new music is Prince, who guest-starred on "New Girl" immediately after the game. The episode, watched by nearly 26 million viewers, included a performance of his new song "PretzelBodyLogic."

And everyone thought he would suck. Reviews are solid and sales for his tour are selling out.

Sometimes you don't even need all the hype and the buzz. You just have to come in with pure talent.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Miley Cyrus' MTV Unplugged (What you DIDN't see)

The only solo song Miley performed a second time was her rap single "Bangerz."

Her hair was sticking up in the back the first time, so that might be the reason for the do-over. When told to wear her cowboy hat for continuity, she wryly joked, "I was on a TV show for four years, I don't know anything about continuity."

The Miley-Madonna butt grab? That was choreographed.

When Madonna hit the stage for their mashup of "Don't Tell Me"/"We Can't Stop," Miley gave Madonna's behind a good squeeze. They shot the duet twice and butt-grabbing was had at the exact same moment. Before the second take, Madonna called out, "We're just gonna have to be even nastier." And it was. The moment just might be this decade's version of the Britney-Madonna kiss.

While waiting for cameras to shift, Miley sang Spice Girls.

She gave a little impromptu performance of the rap verse from the British girl group's song "Wannabe." She said MTV would never air that part, and rightly so, as licensing would be an expensive nightmare to pull off in a day.

Despite popular demand on Twitter, Miley decided not to perform "Someone Else"

She made the decision when suffering from what she said was a norovirus. The singer had a huffy back and forth with her mom about how she was far too nervous to perform it. Oh, mom moments.

You can read more here

Selena Gomez is recording new music

Mahone confirmed their friendship at a Grammy event last weekend. "We're super close friends. She has some new music coming out. She showed me some of her music and it's incredible," he told PEOPLE at the Universal Music Group 2014 Post Grammy Party.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Katy Perry GQ Interview

It smells like weed in here. Weed and doughnuts.

We’re in the basement of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, backstage at the American Music Awards, in a dressing-room suite that would be spacious if not for all the frenzied humanity crammed inside. Katy Perry sits atop a tall director’s chair surrounded by the many, many members of her team: voice coach, two hairstylists, one makeup artist, a costumer, and several others who hover and hand Perry things without her asking: Breath mints. Her phone. Eye drops for her enormous anime eyes. Special pills prescribed by her ear, nose, and throat guy to keep her voice from drying out pre-performance. “It happens,” Perry says. “It’s the nerves.”

She doesn’t seem the slightest bit nervous. Which is impressive when you consider that the 29-year-old diva (who’s never really seemed like one) is trying something different tonight. Perry has always played a dual role in the culture: at once a full-on male fantasy and a symbol of empowerment who inspires young girls. No other artist has so seamlessly blended teenage dreams and grown-up misadventures, singing about hickeys and crushes, yes, but also threesomes, blackouts, and strangers in your bed. Now, on prime-time television, she’s about to twist her image one more quarter turn, transforming from America’s audacious, outrageous cleavage-bot into its selfless, doting concubine. At precisely five o’clock, she will kick off the awards show with a Japanese spectacle featuring fluttering fan dancers, four men pounding on gongs, a forest of rolling topiary, and a metric ton of faux cherry blossoms.

Now the smell of a different type of flora—Cannabis sativa—wafts in from the hallway.... Ah, okay, Rihanna’s suite is twenty feet away. “Everyone is high!” Perry declares, giggling. She means everyone else: “The weed—I’m not friends with it.” She is bare-shouldered, bare-legged, barefooted—bare-everythinged, basically, except for the wig cap on her head and the teensy light blue Hello Kitty terry-cloth wrap that cinches above her breasts and ends where butt meets thigh. “I can’t do that stuff. I’d be like in the corner: ‘Are you trying to kill me?!’ ”

But that sugar-sweet doughnut reek? Perry takes responsibility. The doughnuts are gone—the victims, it seems, of a fried-dough orgy that ended before I arrived.

She starts warming up her voice: “Eee, eee, eee, eee, EEE, eee, eee, eee, eee!” Five notes up, four notes down, a sort of pitch-perfect keening.

“A little whinier and looser,” her voice coach commands. “Make your tongue super-loose.”

“Ex-cuse me?” she responds, batting her lashes, enjoying the vague reference to naughty things one can do with one’s mouth, then blasts out another scale. “Good,” says the coach, dodging a mascara wand and a hot curling iron to play another note on his iPad keyboard. “Now, really whiny. Say: Gwah!”

“Gwa, gwa, gwa, gwa, GWAH,” Perry projects, extending her legs, crossing them at the ankles and resting her heels on the makeup table. As someone slips a pair of glittery tabi socks onto her feet, a blur of others poke at her and tug at her and dust her face with Super White theatrical powder.

“It takes a village!” she trills, and the crew laugh anxiously. Her geisha wig has yet to be secured to her head. Her pink kimono is draped on a hanger. In just twenty-five minutes, she’s supposed to go live.

It’s been six years since Katy Perry announced herself with “I Kissed a Girl,” which became her first hit single (and somehow made Chapstick sexy). Ever since, her immense popularity has stemmed largely from her ability to straddle that divide between Madonna (one of her idols) and girl next door. Far more wholesome than that twisted genius Lady Gaga, Perry still exudes vastly more heat and sensuality than, say, Taylor Swift. Part of that’s due to Perry’s top-heavy physicality, but her sly lyrics and full-throated delivery deserve credit, too. In her music, all of which she co-writes, she handily mixes innocence with lust. She wants to be your homecoming queen and made her mark singing about reading Seventeen and learning how to shave her legs. But she also yearns to melt your Popsicle and see your peacock, ****, ****. When you add in God—she was raised Pentecostal and once recorded on a Christian label—things get even more complicated.

Lay me down at your altar, baby, she sings in “Spiritual,” a bonus track, written with her sometime boyfriend John Mayer, off her latest album, Prism—which has sold 771,000 copies (and garnered two Grammy nominations) since it debuted in October. Your electric lips have gotten me speaking in tongues. Somehow, though, when she sings about sex, it doesn’t come off as raunchy so much as...uplifting. Positive. And downright good for you. No wonder she has more Twitter followers (48 million) than anyone on earth.

“Fifteen-minute warning!” Perry’s assistant manager, a petite woman named Ngoc (rhymes with “sock”), calls out.

The kimono is on now. So are the fake eyelashes. Angular and immense, they stand out against Perry’s now ghostly skin. She decided on the geisha act, she says, because she loves spectacle, and she loves Japan (she calls it “the capital of adorableness”), and she thinks the theme fits the song she’s about to sing, “Unconditionally,” which she wrote for Mayer the last time they broke up. (They’re together again now.)

“I was thinking about unconditional love, and I was thinking: Geishas are basically, like, the masters of loving unconditionally.” She’s so earnest, I don’t have the heart to point out that in the gamut of human interactions, the courtesan-patron relationship is, um, maybe the most conditional relationship there is? (Days later, when asked if she followed the mini furor that her performance ignited—some said it amounted to singing in blackface—she tells me she respects the debate but thinks her critics misunderstood. “All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for and find so much beauty in, and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it.”)

The middle child of two traveling ministers, Perry moved around a lot as a kid and developed a canny intelligence that owes more to life living than book learning. By the time the family settled on the poor side of wealthy Santa Barbara, Perry—whose given name is Katheryn Hudson—was more focused on singing and growing up than on studying.

“I lay on my back one night and looked down at my feet, and I prayed to God. I said, ‘God, will you please let me have boobs so big that I can’t see my feet when I’m lying down?’ ” At age 11, “God answered my prayers,” she says, glancing south. “I had no clue they would fall into my armpits eventually.”

By then, she’d already discovered what she calls her “magic trick”: When she sang, people would pay her for it. At 13, “I’d go to the farmers’ market in Santa Barbara, and I’d put out my guitar case, and I’d test out these little ditty songs that I would write, and I would get a couple of avocados, a bag of pistachios, and, like, fifteen bucks. That was a lot of money for me.”

The family was poor, as in eating-from-the-food-bank poor. “We kind of barely got by,” she says. “Money was always the biggest problem in our house.” So she set out to make some. Her parents—she calls them “oddballs, but I love them”—encouraged her. They’d done some wild living—her mom once went dancing in Spain with Jimi Hendrix, Perry says, and her dad used LSD when he hung with Timothy Leary’s circle. Perhaps to make up for that, they were committed, now, to God and to protecting their children from temptation. Perry and her brother and sister were forbidden to listen to rock ’n’ roll, to eat Lucky Charms (luck evokes Lucifer), or to watch racy movies.

But Perry was her own girl. She found ways to listen to Incubus, Morcheeba, Queen, and Portishead. She lost her virginity at 16 in the front seat of a Volvo sedan while listening to Jeff Buckley’s album Grace. “Love that record so much,” she tells me. That was in Nashville, where she’d gone to record her first album, a gospel-rock effort on a soon-to-be-extinct label. When that fizzled, she found herself back in Santa Barbara writing songs. She managed to get a meeting with Glen Ballard, who produced Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. He encouraged her to move to L.A., where they made an album that was never released because, she was told, it didn’t sound enough like Avril Lavigne. She was signed and dropped by two major labels, all while doing odd jobs and passing bad checks before getting picked up by Capitol.

She didn’t quit, she says, because she believes in “a cosmic energy that is bigger than me,” although she has abandoned many of the teachings of her parents. (“I do not believe God is an old guy sitting on a throne with a long beard.... I don’t believe in heaven and hell as a destination.”) Today, hers is a faith born of possibility and optimism, she says, adding that she takes being a role model seriously. “I’ve never had any plastic surgery,” she says proudly. “Not a nose, not a chin, not a cheek, not a tit. So my messages of self-empowerment are truly coming from an au naturel product.”

She is, in every way, a California gurl. “I see everything through a spiritual lens,” she says. “I believe in a lot of astrology. I believe in aliens.”

Uh, what?

“I look up into the stars and I imagine: How self-important are we to think that we are the only life-form? I mean, if my relationship with Obama gets any better, I’m going to ask him that question. It just hasn’t been appropriate yet.”

Relationship with Obama?

“I might have won Wisconsin for him,” she says. “Actually, I didn’t do too much, but he called on me a couple of times. Which was very nice.”

“What if I have a nosebleed in this makeup?” Perry asks in a way that doesn’t demand an answer. Which is good, because everyone around her is too busy to speak. With ten minutes to go, the lead wig man, a wiry guy named Clyde, looks a little clammy. He’s charged with making sure Perry’s heavy hairpiece—it’s actually five pieces, complete with bangs and a topknot the size of a loaf of bread—doesn’t fall off mid-show.

“Sew it to my head!” Perry commands, then squeals as Clyde cinches it down. “Do it, do it, do it quick!”

She takes a breath, and the voices down the hall can be heard, faintly, through the walls. It could be J.Lo, right next door, or Gaga, two doors down. It might be Perry’s good friend Rihanna or Ariana Grande. Whomever we’re hearing, though, the cacophony of scales fills Perry with delight. She worked so hard to get into this club, and now she’s here. “Listen!” she yells. “Listen to all the other professional people!”

Perry is nothing if not a pro. As a performer and a songwriter (her work has been recorded by Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, and Selena Gomez), she seems to hit her mark every time. Not so much in her romantic life. Her 2010 marriage to Russell Brand ended when he infamously texted her that he was filing for divorce. She was in the midst of her tour for Teenage Dream—a global marathon marked, she tells me, by the fact that Brand never once came to visit. Six months after their parting, she started seeing Mayer, but to hear her tell it, meditation and a lot of psychotherapy—not the man who has also dated Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, and Taylor Swift—proved to be her real salvation. One song on the album, “By the Grace of God,” which portrays her lying miserably on a bathroom floor, addresses the suicidal feelings she had after Brand’s exit: I looked in the mirror and decided to stay / Wasn’t gonna let love take me out that way. In “Roar” she sings, I let you push me past the breaking point / I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything.

You get the sense that she’s determined not to fall quite so hard again. When I ask her how she and Mayer have come back together, she says simply, “I think that I needed to grow up.” She stresses that they’re just dating. “I’m just having a wonderful experience with a wonderful guy. There’s no rush.”

In her dressing room, of course, there is nothing but rush. “Toothbrush, Tamra!” Perry calls out, and her assistant immediately hands over an electric. Perry puts it in her mouth but keeps talking. “Cad I had a cub?” she asks.

Tamra offers a cup. “Spit!” she tells Perry, who obeys.

Teeth clean, Perry appraises her cleavage, which is rosier than her face. This is unacceptable. Pulling off a “full geish,” as everyone has taken to calling this look, requires a shocking amount of Super White. Jake, the makeup man, is powdering her furiously: breasts, legs, hands. The air is thick with chalky dust.

“Everyone stop touching me, so that Jake can finish,” Perry says, and they step back as he moves in to fix her mouth. A real geisha sports a bow of color right in the center of her lips. Perry’s got too much at the corners of her mouth, which Jake now wipes off in a garish red smear. “This is how a geisha really looks at the end of the night,” he says, oh-snappily.

“Okay, everybody out!” Perry yells, and her dressing room empties into the hallway just as Christina Aguilera struts by in a white long-sleeve peekaboo gown. A beat later, Perry emerges and strides purposefully down the hallway after her. “Four and a half minutes to show!” a stagehand yells as Perry takes her place behind a rice-paper screen. “Clear, please!” All nonperformers are ushered offstage. And for a moment, she’s alone: a teenybop pop star determined to be seen, finally, as an adult artist.

The clock strikes five, and an unseen voice booms, “Ladies and gentlemen, Katy Perry!” Then the music starts and the gongs clang and, for the next four minutes, Perry does what she does so well. She brings it, 100 percent, complete with a crescendo ending: Stepping under a torii gate, she disappears from the stage in a gust of smoke. By the time the audience rises to give her a standing ovation, she is already halfway back to the dressing room. When she bursts in, Team Katy applauds.

“All right,” she says, smiling. “Let’s take it all off!”