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Katy Perry's new album, Prism, is out now.
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October 26, 2013 Perry is among the world's biggest pop singers, but fans know her current career is actually a second take. She speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about failing to break out as a Christian artist, and how she rose again as the star we know today.
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Lauryn Hill performing on MTV: Unplugged in 2001.
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January 12, 2011 An assignment sends a sixth grader to his mom's iTunes in search of a song with a positive message.
January 6, 2011 Bad news for the music industry: a new report says music fans bought fewer albums than ever in 2010.
November 19, 2010 Glee's chart success is impressive but fleeting. Should we stop calling its songs hits?
September 20, 2010 The songwriter-producer has a all-access pass to the top of the charts, but what is it that makes a Dr. Luke song is hard to pin down.
Painter Will Cotton, known for his lush, dreamlike candy landscapes, was the art director for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" music video. He also created the cover art for the album.
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September 9, 2010 Perry has released what is commonly considered the pop hit of the summer, a song called "California Gurls." Perry has a new album, Teenage Dream, which rock critic Ken Tucker says is just one part of what he calls "the Katy Perry art project."
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August 24, 2010 Each week, we call five record stores to see what new releases they have in the building.
Beyonce as her onstage alter ego Sasha Fierce at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.
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August 12, 2010 Female performers like Beyonce create alter egos to reach out beyond themselves and to their fans.
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Katy Perry (left) and Snoop Dogg perform at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in June.
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August 4, 2010 Recent hits suggest that there's an imbalance of power between men and women on pop duets.
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March 9, 2009 The other day, I received a note from an acquaintance of mine -- Joshua Bloom -- letting me know that he, along with Gary Levitt and Erica Quitzow, had written a song in the hopes of getting Katy Perry to cover it. I haven't really listened to Per...
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