[VIDEO] Yellowcard Covers Katy Perry's "E.T" for Billboard Monday Mash Up

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Florida atl-rock oufit Yellowcard (remember them?) recently visited the Billboard offices to perform a few songs, including a string-heavy cover of Katy Perry's "E.T." It turns out the band is a big fan of Katy Perry, her producer Dr Luke and their "rad melodies." Watch Yellowcard's version of "E.T" after the break.

Yellowcard gives the chart-topping "E.T." a unique twist of their own by adding the violin. "There's a hook that goes through the whole song that's a really staccato synth part and having Sean [Mackin] playing violin was a really cool way to have that part in an acoustic setting," singer Sean O'Donnell says. "We used the guitar and the violin to really emulate it and do an octave higher and an octave lower, which is how they do it on the record." 

June 27, 2011 in Katy Perry | Permalink

Watch: Katy Perry "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)" (Extended Director's Cut)

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One of the things that Katy Perry does very well is to think of a fun, creative concepts and run with it. Point in case is the video for her new single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," a totally fun video that is saturated with color, late '80s momentos and early '90s relics that is executed to perfection.

Featuring Perry's nerdy teen alter ego Kathy Beth Terry, the video is a perfect companion to Perry's flirty and frothy pop that will surely help to push this single to the top of the charts. Another number one for the teen pop queen would be an extraordinary accomplishment that would follow her five consecutive Billboard number ones with "California Girls," "Teenage Dream," "Fireworks" and "E.T."

Look out for for a bunch of cameos in de 8+ minute Director's Cut of the "Last Friday Night" video that premiered on Funny Or Die last night (go figure). Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Debbie Gibson, Corey Feldham, Rebecca Black, Hanson and even sax player Kenny G make quick appearances in the video. Watch it after the break.

June 13, 2011 in Katy Perry | Permalink

Review: Katy Perry Impresses at U.S. Debut of California Dreams World Tour

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Chart sensation Katy Perry kicked off the U.S. leg of her California Dreams world tour in Atlanta, GA last night. A crowd of predominantly girls, gays, kids (and their parents) packed Gwinnett Arena to see the teen pop queen perform. (Check out some backstage photos from the Katy Perry show.)

After Swedish pop singer Robyn opened the show with a dynamic 30-minute set, Perry pal DJ Skeet Skeet worked the turntables on stage with a banging blend of fun top 40 hits to warm up the crowd for Perry's show. (Skeet Skeet had me humbled by giving me a massive shout out on stage. Thanks man, that was incredible!)

At 9 p.m. sharp, Perry took the stage hitting an immediate high point with her performance of "Teenage Dream." A string of hits followed, including "Waking Up In Vegas," "You're So Gay," "I Kissed A Girl," "Last Friday Night" and a very suggestive (yet tasteful) "Peacock." Perry took on every song and performance with cheer and gusto, and sounded pitch-perfect everytime.

Perry's colorful and vibrant stage show is best described as Snow White meets Charlie & The Chocolate Factory meets Alice in Wonderland on acid.

Directed by Baz Halpin, the stage is a feast for the eye with candy props everywhere, including dancing gingerbread men, giant lollipops, tonnes of whipped cream, candy canes and plenty of other candy references. And yes, there were even machines blowing candy cotton scent into the audience to create a full-on sensory experience.

It was the perfect backdrop for Perry's self-assured, candy-coated brand of pop that she packed with an adult sense of humor and plenty of wit that made it a show appropriate for all ages.

Some of the show's highlights included the clubby "E.T." with laser beams running across the stage and a futuristic lyric video projected on three giant screens, the endearing "Not Like The Movies" and a gritty rendition of "Circle The Drain" that was one of the few serious (and fitting) notes of the show.

Halfway-through her performance, Perry took a moment at the front of the stage to perform a few acoustic covers, including Rihanna's "Only Girl," Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" and Rebecca Black's "Friday," while playfully interacting with the cheering audience.

After a high-energy and sparkly "Fireworks," the singer closed the show with a blow out performance of "California Gurls" with confetti and whipped cream splashed into the audience.

June 8, 2011 in Katy Perry | Permalink

Photos: Backstage at Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour

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My California Dreams come true! (Thanks man! You know who you are!)

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The backstage operation is massive. It's a whole town that comes along every night.

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Candy everywhere!

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Special area for fan meet & greets

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Show wardrobe area (that includes a whole team of tailors and stylists)

June 8, 2011 in Katy Perry | Permalink

Watch Katy Perry "Last Friday Night" Video Trailer

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It look like Katy Perry is getting her '80s on in the goofy video for her new single "Last Friday Night" that will officially premiere on June 24. The teen pop queen turns into her alter-ego Kathy Beth Terry, and timewarps back to her high school days for a little fun. And Katy wouldn't be Katy (or Kathy) if she didn't sprinkle some of her bubblegum goodness across the final product. Looks like a good time and note that little nod to Hanson. Watch the trailer after the break.

June 7, 2011 in Katy Perry | Permalink