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Critic: Katy Perry's Prism Takes Her Out of Comfort Zone

Katy Perry's Prism Takes Her Out of Comfort Zone

Originally posted 10/22/2013 10:00AM

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It wasn't a good sign for me when "Roar," the No. 1 single that heralded Katy Perry's third studio album, felt kind of tame compared to Sara Bareilles's "Brave," a similar self-empowerment anthem that came out a few months before.

But the good news is that "Roar" (which, admittedly, has since grown on me) isn't even one of the best songs on the vibrant, multicolored Prism – and there are certainly plenty more hits where that came from.

This is a pop blockbuster that easily beats 2010's hit-laden behemoth Teenage Dream. It finds Perry once again working with A-list producers like Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Stargate and Benny Blanco, and they deliver the hooks and beats for the diva, whether it's blissful dance tracks ("Birthday") or forceful power ballads ("Unconditionally").

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Katy Perry Recalls the Time Barbara Walters 'Shaded Me'

Katy Perry Recalls the Time Barbara Walters 'Shaded Me' for Being Late

Originally posted 09/28/2013 04:45PM

Got an interview with Barbara Walters? Here's a tip: Don't be late.

Katy Perry learned that the hard way when, during a scheduled sit-down with the veteran journalist, she happened be running behind schedule ... only to run straight into Walters's ire when the interview finally got under way.

In the latest issue of Billboard, the "Roar" singer, 28, looks back on the encounter, which happened to coincide with the demise of Perry's marriage to her then husband, Russell Brand.

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Why John Mayer Won't Sing His Hits (Hint: He Can't)

UpdatePosted 08/29/2013 08:00PM

Why John Mayer Won't Sing His Hits (Hint: He Can't)

Originally posted 08/29/2013 03:30PM

Anyone hoping to hear "Why Georgia" and other throwback tunes during John Mayer's latest tour should probably adjust their expectations.

"[My voice is] coming back and it will come back all the way to where it was. All the early stuff, I can't do that full voice right now," the musician – who's still recovering from two surgeries on his vocal cords – tells TIME.com as part of their 10 Questions series.

"The Botox takes a while to dissolve, so as it dissolves, my range comes back. Born and Raised and Paradise Valley stem from this inability to sing higher. I didn’t know I had a granuloma for most of the making of Born and Raised. The songs are all low because I would hit a ceiling faster. Looking back on it now, I’ve been making these records based on those limitations."

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John Mayer Is Finally Ready to Commit ... To This Outfit

John Mayer Is Finally Ready to Commit ... To This Outfit

Originally posted 08/20/2013 04:45PM

The singer has finally settled down with a denim shirt

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Did John Mayer Get Rihanna's Seal of Approval? | John Mayer, Katy Perry, Rihanna

Caught in the Act

Katy Perry, John Mayer & Rihanna's N.Y.C. Night: Dinner, Drinks & Instagram!

Originally posted 08/13/2013 11:45AM

While promoting her upcoming album in New York City, Katy Perry joined boyfriend John Mayer and friends at The Lion on Monday night.

After a busy day – the singer's single "Roar" hit the Internet – Perry caught up with friends at the bar before heading upstairs to a private room for dinner.

"Katy and John were adorable," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Katy introduced him to people as her boyfriend and John affectionately held her close with his arm around her."

Just as the 15 guests were finishing their entrees, Perry's pal Rihanna arrived.

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Listen: Katy Perry and John Mayer Duet on His New Album

Katy Perry and John Mayer Duet on 'Who You Love'

Originally posted 08/12/2013 06:00PM

The course of true love hasn't been smooth for Katy Perry and John Mayer, but now that they've reunited, the couple are making sweet music.

The lovebirds have recorded a duet they wrote together, "Who You Love," for Mayer's new album, Paradise Valley (due out Aug. 20). The song gives lyrical insight into the on-again couple's irresistible attraction to each other and hints that they split in March because Mayer wasn't ready to be in a relationship.

The mid-tempo track features Mayer, 35, singing the lines: "My girl, she ain't the one that I saw coming / sometimes I don't know which way to go / and I tried to run before but I'm not running anymore / 'cause I fought against it hard enough to know / that you love who you love who you love / you can't make yourself stop dreaming of who you're dreaming of / if it's who you love, then it's who you love."

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Katy Perry 'Would Never Disrespect' Kristen Stewart by Dating Robert Pattinson

Katy Perry 'Would Never Disrespect' Kristen Stewart with Robert Pattinson

Originally posted 07/30/2013 12:35PM

After Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson showed up at a wedding rehearsal in May, rumors swirled about the nature of their relationship.

But the singer says she was just being a friend and even texted Pattinson's ex, Kristen Stewart, to make that clear.

"I sent her a text message saying: 'I know you've seen all this stuff but you know I would never disrespect you. I'm not that person,' " she explains in the September issue of ELLE UK. "'I'm just trying to be a friend to him but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of t––s.' "

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John Mayer Gifts Teen Fan a Guitar | John Mayer

John Mayer Gifts Young Fan a Guitar

Originally posted 07/08/2013 06:00PM

Sure, celebs can sign a fan's guitar, but how many actually buy them one?

"I started crying and screaming. I was the luckiest and happiest person alive," aspiring musician Julie Fermin tells PEOPLE of being gifted a guitar from her idol John Mayer.

Fermin, 16, was browsing the selection at Rudy's Music in New York City Friday when Mayer – who had performed on Today that morning – and his girlfriend Katy Perry entered the shop.

"[My friends and I] started freaking out and getting super excited," Fermin says of happening upon two of her "favorite singers."

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Taylor Swift's Covered in Face Paint, John Mayer's Serenading Katy Perry & More from the Weekend | Andy Murray, John Mayer, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift

What You Missed Over The Weekend

Why Taylor Swift's Covered in Face Paint, Who John Mayer Is Serenading, & More from the Weekend

Originally posted 07/08/2013 06:00AM

First things first: You still have a little barbecue sauce on your face.

Secondly, now that the 4th of July holiday weekend is over, here are five things you might have missed if you were too busy grilling and chilling:

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John Mayer Dedicates Love Song to Katy Perry at Concert | John Mayer, Katy Perry

John Mayer Dedicates Love Song to Katy Perry at Concert

Originally posted 07/07/2013 06:15PM

It looks like John Mayer and Katy Perry are indeed finding perfect harmony together again.

Days after Perry shared a sweet picture of the couple snuggling on the Fourth of July – just another example of their recently rekindled romance – Mayer settled the score with an equally aww-worthy shout-out.

He dedicated a song to Perry, who reportedly looked on from the mixing board, on the opening night of his Born and Raised World Tour, reports Rolling Stone.

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