RALPHIE REPORT: A ‘Roar’ing comeback for Perry

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First Posted: 8/12/2013

Katy Perry’s comeback took a detour in Northeastern Pennsylvania last week, literally. An 18-wheeler promoting the artist’s new album was struck by the drunk driver of a semi-truck in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Wilkes-Barre Township. According to TMZ, Perry was not in or near the vehicle. The driver was in the Walmart and, after initially fleeing the scene, the driver of the semi-truck returned to the parking lot to talk with police.

Perry released “Roar,” the first single from her third studio album, on Monday. Perry promoted the single’s release with a series of teaser videos on YouTube. In one clip, the artist is seen at a funeral held for her “Teenage Dream” image. In the latest clip, a cat eats an exotic-looking feather and lets out a tiger-like roar. Shortly after, a quick five second snippet of the new song plays.

“Prism” is the follow-up album to 2010’s “Teenage Dream.” The LP will drop on October 22, three days before Perry turns 29.


It certainly isn’t easy spending your career in the limelight, especially in the day of instant reaction on Twitter and instant meme-ification on Tumblr. “The X-Factor” judge Kelly Rowland is well-aware of this.

“Sometimes it’s really hard for me to hide my facial expressions because… it’s hard,” Rowland tried to explain during a chat at the FOX TV Radio Junket for the Television Critic Association Awards. “Sometimes people get up there and you’re like, ‘Oh, why?’”

A Rowland reaction to a male attempting to cover Britney Spears’ “(Hit Me) Baby One More Time” already has the web buzzing. The Destiny’s Child singer cautioned that she’s already given “a lot of those looks,” but that she is also impressed with a lot of the artists that have auditioned thus far.

“America has some serious talent and people who are really ready and willing to work hard,” Rowland said. “They’re chasing a dream. I know what it’s like to chase a dream.”

Rowland’s fellow judges Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, and Simon Cowell also know what it takes to make a dream a reality.

“We’re three women who obviously love music and enjoy being on the panel, and we happen to get along,” Rowland said of her relationship with Lovato and Rubio. “Simon made a good decision. I don’t know if he knew that we’d get along or not, but it feels good that we do.”

Rowland also doesn’t know if Cowell realized he would be essentially pitting himself against three women, but he did.

“We totally team up on Simon,” Rowland admitted. “He gets a little challenge from us.”

Given Cowell’s recent trials and tribulations in the headlines, surely it’s a challenge that he doesn’t mind. The two night season premiere of “The X-Factor” airs this September on FOX.

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