BILLBOARD.COM – The “CMT Crossroads” concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT.
The intimate performance will tape in Los Angeles this month, and for the first time will air on CMT’s sister Viacom networks VH1, MTV, MTV Hits and Palladia at later dates to be announced soon.
“From the moment I heard ‘Merry Go Round’ by Kacey Musgraves, I knew we were cut from the same songwriter’s cloth,” Perry tells Billboard in a statement. “I have been a fan and a friend of hers from the beginning, always championing her prolific songs every opportunity I get. To me, Kacey Musgraves is an artist that should be a household name because she offers a unique perspective with her writing style. It’s going to be a BLAST to play on each other’s songs this Crossroads. It will be a preview to our Prismatic World Tour road trip this summer WHICH I CAN’T WAIT FOR!”
Musgraves adds in a statement, “I’ve been such a HUGE fan of Katy and her vision since I found out about her. And since she’s found out about me she’s been an amazing light and friend to me. So, joining forces with her for Crossroads is going to be incredible. In some ways we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum, but in a lot of ways our music makes total sense together. Her songs, while having grit, are so fun and it’ll be a cool challenge to throw a little country on ‘em. I love her brain and her heart and I can’t wait for our two musical worlds to collide!”
The singers have already affirmed their shared fandom, from Musgraves’ appearance at Perry’s “We Can Survive” charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl last October to a series of writing sessions together, which Musgraves detailed to Billboard in December to Musgraves scoring a slot as one of several support acts (alongside Capital Cities and Tegan & Sara) on Perry’s aforementioned Prismatic Tour, which kicks off June 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having such a shorthand together made for one of the easier asks in “Crossroads”’ 50-episode history – albeit one that still took half a decade to nail down.
“I’ve been talking to Katy’s manager, Bradford Cobb, for more than five years,” says John Hamlin, senior VP-music events and talent at CMT and an executive producer on “CMT Crossroads”. “He’s always loved the format, understood how important this audience is, and has really been patient with me trying to find the right thing. And then Kacey Musgraves comes along, and her manager Jason Owen instinctively knew what a great pairing this would be. We couldn’t do it until everything lined up properly in their promotional schedules and their careers. Katy just happened to have just enough time before she starts tour rehearsals in the UK, and Kacey had lined up enough hits on the radio, for this to all work out.”
“CMT Crossroads” has hosted many memorable pairings over the years, from a Bon Jovi-Sugarland collaboration so successful it spawned the Hot 100 hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”; to John Mayer and Keith Urban, who later toured together; to Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum, who became and remain friends as a result of the concert. Just last week, Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic became the latest cross-genre coupling.
Hamlin calls the science behind the perfect artist pairings a “Rubik’s cube” of logistics. “The country artists will ask for Bruce Springsteen, and the rock artists will ask for Willie Nelson,” he says. “That’s a generalization, but when we explain to people that it doesn’t quite work out that way, we need to have a plan B, C or D for those dream pairings sometimes. When it comes to Kacey and Katy, however, there was no question they were each other’s first choice.”
Katy Perry says Russell Brand was “a magical man” when they met four years ago, but the spell wore off shortly after their Indian wedding in October 2010. And it bottomed out when the actor sent her a text 14 months later informing her he planned to file for divorce.
“He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him,” Perry tells Vogue in a revealing cover interview for its July issue. “Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011.”
Perry, 28, says that Brand, 38, seemed to have difficulty accepting her role as a successful musician and businesswoman – even if that’s what he thought he wanted.
“At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness,” she says.
Perry moved on with musician John Mayer in 2012, and says their coupling was much more than a casual rebound relationship. Desite his lothario reputation, she says, Mayer is a great guy with a “tortured soul.”
“I was madly in love with him. I still am madly in love with him,” says Perry, who was spotted out with Mayer earlier this month.
Adds the pop star, who is currently at work on her third album, “All I can say about that relationship is that he’s got a beautiful mind. Beautiful mind, tortured soul. I do have to figure out why I am attracted to these broken birds.”
It’s been nearly a year since her divorce was officially finalised (with a smiley face no less), so it’s about time Katy Perry started chatting about it in interviews.
The former Mrs Russell Brand was at the ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo in Hollywood when a brave reporter asked her about the two tracks on her album which are clearly about the split – Part of Me and Wide Awake.
And the Fireworks singer addressed the question head on.
“It’s a very tiny elephant…it’s like a little tchotchke now,” she said. “The Big D – you can say it!”
For those wondering what the heck a ‘tchotchke’ is, Wikipedia tells us it’s a Yiddish word meaning ‘small bauble or trifle with connotations of worthlessness or disposability and tackiness’.
Singer Katy Perry says performing her single Firework at a charity fundraiser with autistic fan Jodi DePiazza has been her career’s highlight.
The 28-year-old singer shared the stage with DePiazza, 11, at a taping of Comedy Central’s show Night of Too Many Stars last year. Her fan had played the piano and sang along with Perry.
“Firework is the most important song I’ve written. Performing it with an autistic girl accompanying her on piano and vocal harmony at a fundraiser was the most important performance of my career,” Perry said at the ASCAP I Create Music Expo.
Source: Contact Music.
Katy Perry has confirmed that she is “halfway through” her new album.
The singer is currently working on the follow-up to 2010’s Teenage Dream and has described writing sessions with songwriter Bonnie McKee as “emotional”.
“Bonnie and I argue [like] we’re in the ring fighting for the best lyric,” Perry told Billboard. “Working with her is like an emotional abuse session.”
The star has teamed with McKee and Greg Kurstin for a new track titled ‘Double Rainbow’, but is currently “halfway through” completing the album.
“When I put myself on a timeline, when I tell the record company when I want to release the album, that’s when the race starts,” she added. “That’s when I put pressure on myself.”
Perry’s last album Teenage Dream produced worldwide hits ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Firework’, ‘E.T.’, ‘Last Friday Night’, ‘The One That Got Away’, ‘Part Of Me’ and ‘Wide Awake’.
The collection produced five consecutive Hot 100 number ones in the US, matching a record previously set by Michael Jackson.
Source: Digital Spy.
Perry recently split from boyfriend John Mayer for the second time, with reports claiming that he may have been jealous of her friendship with Brand.