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Katy Perry is Wide Awake

June 18, 2012 2 comments

And now we close one of the greatest chapters of pop music success in recent memory, the ride that was “Teenage Dream.”

I flat out love “Wide Awake” and I must say that I enjoy it more than any other song on the radio right now, with the exception of “Part of Me.”  I like Maroon 5’s “Payphone” (I like the explicit version better, by the way, minus Wiz Khalifa) and Sia’s “Wild Ones” (minus Flo Rida). But seriously, I’ve never been a huge fan of either “We are Young” or “Somebody That I Used to Know.” So it’s not hard to say I just have been pretty meh about pop music these past few months.

“Part of Me” just didn’t really do as well as I expected it to. It just didn’t. It’s my favorite of all of Katy’s songs, but it just didn’t work out as a #1 hit. It just didn’t last. I sort of expect Carly Rae’s sudden success to be a flash in the pan… no offense to her but “Call Me Maybe” is just one of those silly songs that last for the better part of a summer on the charts then disapeear from memory. Well, actually, come to think of it, there was a song called “I Kissed a Girl” back in 2008…

Let’s face it. “Teenage Dream” has been such a monumental success, and I don’t think anyone, ANYONE, ever saw it becoming the phenomenon that it did. I’ve always been a huge fan of the album and think that there’s actually MORE hit potential still on it. I mean you can only ride an album so long (and Katy’s ridden this one for over 2 years now) but I think anyone who doubted her really doesn’t have any excuse to anymore. She’s here to stay, for good.

Katy Perry in "Wide Awake" Music Video

Katy navigates the labyrinth… oh, the symbolism!

“Wide Awake” really is the perfect song to end this chapter on, and I have to give Katy a lot of credit. The music video is beautiful. I know people weren’t thrilled with the whole Goth look, but in the video it really works. I especially love how she has a younger version of herself in it (not as blonde as she herself was, though) and how that younger counterpart actually gets her out of the “labyrinth” in the end. You can’t help but laugh at Katy punching the prince’s lights out, either. I don’t really blame her for still being bitter, but I think many of us knew that Brand was no prince in shining armor…

I really can’t wait for the movie, even if I don’t get to see it in 3D (I medically really shouldn’t try to, but it’s Katy for God’s sake.) Whatever you may think of the girl, you have to admit that she has worked extremely hard to get here and she knows that this pop music scene is going to be her playground for a long time. What can I say. She is a dream 😀

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My Take on Katy Perry’s New Music Video, “Part of Me”

March 28, 2012 6 comments

This is the Part of Me That You’re Never Gonna Ever Take Away From Me! NO!

Katy will KICK YOUR ASS!

OK, I’m a shameless fan of this song. I love “Part of Me” more than I love any of Katy’s songs, and that’s really saying something. Yes, she is not the greatest singer to ever grace the pop music scene, but she’s certainly one of the more electric personalities we’ve had in the past decade (Madre Monster not withstanding). So now, Katy Perry makes a long-form commercial for the Marines…

Soldier Katy 😀

Actually, I don’t see it that way at all. In the video, Katy’s character has a boyfriend who was clearly a cheating bastard. She didn’t just become distraught and go to the Marines. A lot of people don’t want to give Katy the credit – if you actually watch the video, she is clearly making a point: women can be tough, too. She hacks off all her hair (it was a wig, really, mind you) and tapes down her chest (this is actually a major point) and goes off to boot camp where she bonds with her fellow recruits and really seems to have the makings of a soldier.

Part of Me is NOT really about her failed marriage to Russell Brand. It’s about something a lot bigger: women are too often regarded as sex symbols, objectified for their feminine beauty and wiles. Katy has been blessed with incredible looks and a beautiful body and it’s not a stretch to say a lot of guys just drool over her for her more superficial aspects and don’t really look at her as a person. Well, as we have seen from Katy before, she likes to have a message in her songs, and it’s really obvious here: Women are people, too, and have hopes and dreams and aren’t just toys to be played with. The extreme of joining the Marines makes her point I think as directly as she can.

I’m impressed that she went to this length to drive a point home and she really plays the part well. Is it propaganda? Was she paid by the Marines to make it? I don’t get that impression, but I can see how people would jump to that conclusion. Katy is all for the empowerment of young women to not let abusive or unfaithful partners keep them down, or let anyone keep you from being who you really are. Yes, you could parallel this song to the fact that Russell Brand never really condoned her partying or really supported her career. That’s a fair reading, but I think what Katy conveys here in this video is perhaps one of the most powerful statements made in a music video for quite sometime, and I have to hand it to her: it’s another great video, and perhaps her very best.

The work that she put into this is impressive and I don’t think you’ll get too many pop stars to do what she had to do to make this work!

Katy Perry and her marvelous blue coiffure

Katy's marvelous blue coiffure

And now, she can get back to being Katy Perry 🙂