Katy Perry is beloved around the world, but Australia sees her as a biohazard. I love this story, it sounds so much worse than it is.
Basically, her CD comes with seeds to plant, and that’s not ecologically sound, or something. Here’s some details from Australia’s Tonedeaf:
The Department of Agriculture have raised the alarm over concerns with international copies of the record, with deluxe editions of Prism coming bundled with small packets of seeds that have been identified as a risk to the country by bio-security offices. …
“The Australian Government has a strong system in place to detect and respond to material of biosecurity concern. This includes the inspection of mail, cargo and baggage,” a department spokeswoman tells News Ltd, which includes the Perrry’s gesture to fans to plant seeds that come packaged with her new LP.
“Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern,” adds the spokeswoman, with the country’s strict customs laws keeping a close watch on copies of the album being shipped in from overseas.
Aww, boo, Australia! But it makes sense. At this this is one thing Gaga’s doing better than Perry. (OH, BOOM!)
November 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Lady GaGa‘s new album, ARTPOP, leaked online last week. I downloaded it because I’m a masochist, which is why I’m even writing up this story. The Lady herself did a sit-down interview with The Daily Mail in which she rambled on about the artistic significance of the record and started calling it the reverse of Andy Warhol and a bunch of other garbage.
Here, let’s let her speak for herself:
“Well I’d define it in lots of different ways. On the album I say, ‘We could belong together ARTPOP‘, so in the simplest way I would say the dream of these two things belonging, art and pop together but with art in the front.
“We sort of like to say if we can belong together you and I, or me and my fans – if we can belong together in this room and make love then maybe our dream of these two things – art and pop – belonging together, maybe that could come true.”
“So the intention of the album was to put art culture into pop music, a reverse of Warhol. Instead of putting pop onto the canvas, we wanted to put the art onto the soup can.”
ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… What is she even talking about anymore? Seriously? Making love with her fans in a soup can? I just… no. Make it stop immediately.
November 5, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Did anyone watch the YouTube Awards last night? They weren’t all that widely promoted online (I don’t think so, anyway) and I wouldn’t have even known they were on if it weren’t for people talking about what a hot mess they were on Twitter. And indeed, they were DEFINITELY a hot mess. While some big stars did take part in the event, it all seemed off-kilter and not quite right. Plus, you know an event is fucking bizarre when Lady GaGa is the most normal thing about it.
Some prizes were given out, of course (it is an awards show, after all); Eminem took Artist of the Year (HOW?), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were named the YouTube Breakthroughs and Taylor Swift grabbed the YouTube Phenomenon award for ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. All in all, it was pretty underwhelming and totally unnecessary. Plus, a large part of it was scripted by Lena Dunham, who makes me want to jump from the roof of a very tall building and also explains a lot of why it was such a bizarre night.
Check out some red carpet photos from the YouTube Awards arrivals below. Did you watch the stream? Is it just another bullshit ceremony? (Yes.)
November 4, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Some people have suggested that Lady GaGa and Katy Perry must be in some kind of rivalry because their singles were vying for the top spot in the charts at the same time and I guess because they’re both female pop stars. And while Katy has undeniably done way, WAY better than GaGa this time around, Katy wants to clear the air and let you all know that there’s no bad blood between them and there’s room enough for everyone in this here business of show.
From Entertainment Weekly:
“Gaga and I like to publicly dismiss it because it’s not healthy. You want to feel music. You want it to resonate and relate to you. You can’t look at it like a competition because you ruin the reason why you love music. But I think that sometimes our fan groups are so big and strong, they use it as ammunition.”
Well, no, what you mean to say is that Lady GaGa’s fans are absolutely fucking horrendous and probably the worst fans out there. You so much as note that Mother Monster had a bad day and they’re quick to tell you to get AIDS and die. Really lovely group of people, they are. KatyCats are bitches quite often, but they’re not going to wish death and destruction upon you.
Anyway, Katy, we’re not stupid – it’s not a competition if you’re clearly winning. Get it, girl.
November 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
It’s been a while since we’ve had a best and worst celebrity looks of the week, so here we go. This is from the last week of October. I chose Kelly Osbourne for best celebrity dressing up as another celebrity. That’s her above as Christina Hendricks. Pretty dead-on.
I promise not to overdo it on the Halloween costumes.
November 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Truly shocking news: Kelly Osbourne apologized to Lady Gaga for behaving like a childish twit after Gaga tried to apologize to her with a birthday cake. She tweeted,
@ladygaga I acted like a child last night. Just not into publicity stunts call me & we will end this like adults I dont want 2 fight anymore
That’s pretty close to a real apology. “Just not into publicity stunts” is a little snippy, and a little “sorry that what you did upset me” instead of “sorry I acted stupid” BUT she DID say, “I acted like a child” so I’m going to give Kelly props. For someone who’s not into publicity stunts though, how does she explain her history of twitter tirades against Gaga and slamming her in the press?
No, no, still, I’m giving Kelly props. Good job. Way to act your real age of 29 instead of 9.