Justin Bieber Beats Out Top Female Pop Singers in Search in 2011

Justin BieberI know this news is disturbing to some, but according to Bing.com Justin Bieber beat out the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez for most searched artist in 2011.  I am going to guess it’s because of his crazy fans that threaten every female he walks within 2 feet of, remember the Kim Kardashian photo shoot or the threats against Selena Gomez?

Last year Lady Gaga took the top honors, but fell to number 5 this year, but I gather that’s because she doesn’t have her fans claiming she knocked them up -just a thought.  Yet Katy Perry was the top searched for female musician in 2011.  She had a big year with her wedding and her massive Teenage Dream Tour.

Other pop singers that topped the list this year are Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. Both had comebacks this year by releasing long awaited pop albums. Britney also hit the road to support Femme Fatale. Ms. Lopez also had a heavily publicized divorce from singer Marc Anthony and another year on Idol.

For a full list of Top Searched Musicians head over to http://www.BingTrends.com for a full list of search trends from 2011.

Top Searched Musicians on Bing.com in 2010

1.       Justin Bieber

2.       Katy Perry

3.       Jennifer Lopez

4.       Britney Spears

5.       Lady Gaga

6.       Selena Gomez

7.       Nicki Minaj

8.       Rihanna

9.       Beyonce

10.   Taylor Swift

To Shoot, or Not to Shoot, That is the Question

coldplay lollapaloozaThere is problem today in the world of music press and it’s just getting worse.   For music bloggers/journalists/photographers it is growing increasingly hard to make money at what they do. Several factors contribute to this which includes mobile phones with better cameras, and readiness of camera equipment used by non-professionals, aka point and shoots that are allowed in the photos pits.  This is leading to a trend where artists can pick up photos to use via their fans and not necessarily professional photographers.

I am not just a writer here at The Dead Hub, I am also a photographer and I own this outlet.  It has its pluses and minuses. When I started this, it was for fun. This was just supposed to be the company blog where we talked about music and it was supposed to compliment the tech startup The Live Hub, which now is dead. Now we take what we do pretty seriously.  We’ve banned together with other members of the press and photographers to stand up for the injustices from artists and publicists. We had to because the walls are closing in on how we get access to cover musicians during live performances.   If you talk to the photographers that have been doing this for more than 10 years, you’ll hear stories of “I remember when you could shoot an artist’s entire set!” and “we had more access than ever before.”  In more recent years photographers are now limited to just shooting “the first 3 songs, no flash.”  It’s now a standard. Yet more and more of the bigger artists aren’t even letting photographers do that.  George Michael allowed only the first song back in 2008, but at least it was from the pit –right up against the stage.  Sting makes photographers shoot the 1st and 3rd song from the soundboard, if one is lucky.  The likes of Katy Perry and Ke$ha make photographers shoot from soundboard.  For those who don’t know where the soundboard is, it’s the large roped off spot near the middle/rear of the arena where they work the sound for the show.  It’s not easy to shoot with all the fans heads in the way and there is never depth and emotion in the photos.  It’s much more difficult to get “the shot” from the soundboard. I am just so boggled as to why such popular artists won’t let us shoot from the pit. Come on Katy Perry you are a good looking woman, why soundboard?

The other trend that’s happening is the insane photo releases that artists and artist’s publicity firms are asking photographers to sign.  It’s standard to know that none of the photos taken during shows can be used for commercial use without the artist’s permission, whether a release was signed or not.  It’s a give in.  The big and even the not so big artists are writing ridiculous “Rights Grabbers,” as some photographers like to call them. (The list of artists with Right Grabbers is below)  They are contracts emailed to photographers to sign before the show. Most times the tour manager will spring them on photographers at Will Call or right before the band hits the stage.  There are many times when I felt pressured to read and sign a document 30 seconds before the act hit the stage. I am not even exaggerating.   The documents are filled with legal jargon that includes something along the lines of ‘the bands now owning the rights to the photographs and can be used for commercial use without photographer’s consent.’  It’s ugly and they are coming from the biggest rock and pop acts.The Foo Fighters has one of the most notorious Rights Grabber.  It’s to a point where Music Photographers are banning together to boycott their shows.  So what’s so bad about the contract?  Well, here it is:

PHOTO RELEASE

 Dated:

                I _______________________ (name of photographer) hereby agree to the following in favor of Foo Fighters (“you”) with respect to the photographs to be taken by me of the members of Foo Fighters (either as a group or as individuals) on the date referenced below (the “Photos”):

                1.             I have the limited right and permission to use the Photos, subject to your approval of the Photos, solely in connection with one (1) article about Foo Fighters contained in ___________________ _____________________ [name and description of article, publication or other medium].  The Photos may be used only in an article, publication or other medium initially disseminated to the public within one year of the date of this agreement.  I shall have no right to use or re-use the Photos in whole or in part, in any medium or for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, promotion, advertising, and trade, without your written consent therefor.

                2.             I hereby acknowledge that you shall own all rights in the Photos, including the copyrights therein and thereto, and accordingly, I hereby grant, transfer, convey and assign to you all right, title and interest throughout the universe in perpetuity, including, without limitation, the copyright (and all renewals and extensions thereof), in and to the Photos.  I agree that you shall have the right to exploit all or a part of the Photos in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, in all configurations as you determine, without obtaining my consent and without any payment or consideration therefor.  I understand that you will give me appropriate “photo credit” where possible.  I understand further that all aspects of said “photo credit” shall be determined by you in your sole discretion and that failure to accord said “photo credit” shall not be deemed a breach of any obligation, express or implied.  I will, upon request, execute, acknowledge and deliver to you such additional documents as you may deem necessary to evidence and effectuate your rights hereunder, and I hereby grant to you the right as attorney-in-fact to execute, acknowledge, deliver and record in the U.S. Copyright Office or elsewhere any and all such documents if I shall fail to execute same within five (5) days after so requested by you.

                3.             You may assign your rights under this agreement in whole or in part.

                4.             I hereby waive all rights of droit moral or “moral right of authors” or any similar rights or principles of law which I may now have or later have in the Photos.  I warrant and represent that I have the right to execute this Release and that the Photos are and shall be new and original with me. I shall indemnify and hold you, and your employees, officers, agents, assignees and licensees, harmless from and against any losses, costs, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses arising out of any claim by a third party which is inconsistent with any warranty or representation made by me in this Release.

                5.             This Release contains the entire understanding of the parties and will be governed by the laws of California applicable to contracts entered into in California.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have signed this Release effective as of this ______ day of _____________________, 20____.

                                                                                                                       By: ___________________________________________

                                                                                                                             Photographer

The photographer hands over all rights and is granted photo credit, yet if photo credit is given that does not mean it’s a breach of contract.

The sad part is the artists don’t know that they have Right Grabbers like the one above.  Guster was unaware that they had a restrictive release until Radko Keleman, who runs the Music Photographer’s Facebook page, sent them a tweet. Guster has since changed their release to a standard one that says no commercial use, which again, is standard knowledge. In recent days, Lenny Kravitz was told about his strict release by his tour photographer, Mathieu Bitton, and it was altered for the better.

Most of the time the publicity firms and management companies are creating these documents, and on that same note, they are banning and blacklisting photographers from shooting artists on their rosters when photographers stand up for their rights.  Let’s go back to Radko again. He was blocked by Nasty Little Man, aka Foo Fighters’ PR firm, on Twitter because The Music Photographer’s page has became the go-to place to talk about the injustices of the photo releases.Music photographers Nasty Little Man

He also was banned from shooting Odd Future at the music venue he is a house photographer for because he mentioned how embarrassing it would be to shoot them after the whole Voodoo Experience fiasco.

It’s a sticky situation to stand up and voice your opinion as a photographer because it is very easy for a PR firm to blacklist someone from their roster. When shooting or covering a live music performance, the photographer relies on getting the access to the pit, the interviews, and such.  It’s damn near impossible to get access to a popular artist without going through a publicist.  I am a bit envious of Mike Arrington who used to own and write for Techcrunch.  Techcrunch covers tech start-ups.  Mike used to insist that he speak with the CEO’s of the start-ups for interviews. He refused to go their PR firms, if they had one.  Since one doesn’t need to pay to talk with someone at start-up or even a big company like Google, it is possible to by-pass a publicist all together.  Unfortunately for the music industry it doesn’t work that way. The likelihood of me knowing and being able to interview Rihanna without a publicist is next to zero.

In some aspects I chuckle because the artist has become what they hate and fight against.  There are artists out there that HATE when fans download their music and not pay for it. Artists consider that stealing, yet asking photographers to produce their art and not paying for it is ok.

The other crazy fact is many artists like George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Ke$ha make the photographer submit photos for approval to post.  The problem I have with this is the photographer was granted a photo pass to take photos for use in an editorial fashion.  The artist takes away any editorial freedom when he or she picks and chooses which ones the photographer and editors are supposed to use.  So the photographers aren’t really there shooting for editorial use anymore are they?

What one really needs to take away from this is no matter how big or small of a band or artist you are, it is very important to know who your team members are. They may not be band members but when people are hired to represent you and interact with the public, such as publicists, get to know them and ask how they are representing you.  The last thing a band needs is publicists that creates a negative experience with members of the press and boycott your band, not because of what you’ve done, but because of a piece of paper you don’t even know exists.

Other Artists that are taking away Photographers Copyrights: (To view their photo releases click on the link in their name)

Lady Gaga: Photographer surrenders all rights to her because she considers herself a work of art.

Rihanna:  Rihanna doesn’t take away the photographer’s rights, but all photos are subject to her management’s approval. For the photos that aren’t approved must be destroyed and never shown to another entity.  If you do use the photo that was not approved that will cause “irreparable harm” and they will take you to court for financial compensation.

Seether: This is a new one for these guys.  By them allowing you to take photos for editorial use they have claim to use the photos free of charge for non-commercial use.

Guns N Roses: They just take ownership of all the photographs taken of them free of charge.

Black Label Society: They own all your shots and can use them for commercial and non-commercial use “gratis” aka Free of Charge.

Ben Harper: They don’t come out and say they own the photographs, but this one is saying the photographer is allowing him to use the photographs forever for non-commercial and commercial use.

Melissa Etheridge:  Melissa is allowed to ask for reprints of photos and they will pay only for the cost of duplicating the photo and postage, so if you use digital prints, which is pretty much EVERYBODY now, it doesn’t cost you a thing right?

Joe Jonas:  He owns the prints and the photographer is responsible for any reproduction costs of the photos that Joe Jonas requests.

Stevie Wonder:  Once you agree to photograph him HE owns all the copyrights and has free usage of the photographs.  He is not obligated to pay the photographer for use.

Carlos Santana: He also takes copyright. The photographer is required to hand in all negatives or digital copies of the photos.  Carlos Santana has the right to use any of the images without compensation for the photographer.  His is a 2 page agreement.  Page 1/ Page 2

Sublime with Rome:  You are allowed to use the photos for a personal portfolio, but you do not own the photos.

So these are just a few examples of Rights Grabbers by some popular artists. To check out more photo releases and join in on the conversation, head over to the Music Photographer’s Page on Facebook.

Video: The Bleeding Knees Club’s “Teenage Girls”

If Katy Perry were a band of boys you’d get The Bleeding Knees Club! The band consists of Alex and Jordan and Matt Woods. The band names one of their interests as “skipping” …gotta love it!

Their newest video is “Teenage Girls” and it’s a cute and poppy homage to the lovely teenage girls that boys fawn over. Check it below:

You can keep up with Bleeding Knees Club on Tumblr and Facebook.   Their debut Virginity EP comes 10/18 on IAMSOUND Records.

TOUR DATES

10/20   The Delancy, New York        IAMSOUND Showcase
10/22    Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn     Windish Showcase
10/22    Fuzz @ Milk in NY
10/ 24   Bardot, Los Angeles
10/26    Satellite, Los Angeles

Video: Katy Perry’s “E.T.”

 

MTV Networks will launch a daylong celebration today across its multiple screens and platforms to commemorate the premiere of Katy Perry’s “E.T.” music video, including the broadcast premiere of the video on MTV at 7:53pm ET, followed by TeenNick’s premiere at 10:53pm ET. Beginning this morning, MTV and MTV Hits will feature Katy Perry video blocks. At noon, MTV.com, VH1.com and LogoTV.com will debut the video. MTV’s afternoon series “The Seven” will feature an exclusive interview with Katy at  5pm ET. The broadcast premiere of the video on MTV at 7:53pm will include an exclusive introduction byKaty and MTV News’ Sway. Following the video premiere, MTV.com will feature a livestream event featuring Sway’s full interview with Katy on location in Europe, and fan reactions to the video. The next day, April 1, TeenNick, Logo and Tr3s will spotlight the video as part of TeenNick’s Obsess This musicblock, Logo’s NewNowNext PopLab and Tr3s’ “Fresca video”. VH1′s Top 20 Countdown will spotlight the video on April 9 with a special intro by Katy herself. BET will also New Joint the video on April 1st marking the first time Katy has had a video featured on BET.

Beginning today, fans can also watch “E.T.” across the entire VEVO platform, including VEVO.com, VEVO Mobile (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android), VEVO connected devices (Google TV, Boxee) and on VEVO syndication sites like AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group (including Last.fm), Univision and YouTube.

“E.T.” is the fourth single off Katy’s Grammy-nominated album Teenage Dream that hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart. The album, which has been nominated for Album of the Year Grammy, Best International Album Brit Award and just won a Juno for Best International Album boasts the previous three singles, “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Firework” which all peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Katy the first female artist in 11 years to score three No. 1 singles from one album.

Katy Perry at Facebook Headquarters: Tour Dates, Openers, & Tacos

Katy Perry announced her North American tour dates today at the Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. The 41-City Trek Begins On June 7th In Atlanta, GA And Finishes On Aug. 14th with a 2-Night Stint In Katy’s Hometown Santa Barbara, CA.  She’s taking Robyn and Marina and the Diamonds with her as they prance around the United States. Yes, prance or maybe more dancing than anything. The tour is sponsored by SCHICK® QUATTRO FOR WOMEN®.

Watch the interview with Katy at the Facebook Headquarters at: http://livestre.am/zYny

FYI:  Katy did enjoy taco Wednesday at one of the cafe’s in the Facebook Headquarters. Thank you Randi Zuckerburg for sharing!

Katy Perry and Randi Zuckerburg (Facebook's lead of Consumer Marketing)

Dates for the North American ‘California Dreams’ tour:

June 7 Atlanta, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
June 9 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
June 10 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
June 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
June 14 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
June 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 18 Boston, MA TD Garden
June 19 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
June 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 23 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
June 24 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 28 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
June 30 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
July 2 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
July 3 Ottawa, ONT ScotiaBank Place
July 5 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 8 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
July 9 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
July 13 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
July 14 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
July 16 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary Stampede
July 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
July 19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 20 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
July 22 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
July 23 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
July 25 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
July 26 Denver, CO 1stBank Center
July 28 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 29 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 30 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
August 3 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
August 5 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre LA Live
August 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
August 13 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
August 14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl

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Katy Perry Goes to Facebook HQ

Katy Perry is heading up to Palo Alto, CA to visit the Facebook Headquarters.

Tune in to Facebook Live http://apps.facebook.com/facebooklive

Wednesday, January 19th at 2:30pm PST/5:30 EST to find out why.

For more information, check out:

http://www.facebook.com/Facebooklive

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Katy Perry’s “Firework” Inspires Victoria’s Secret Angels

Victorias secret angels

No one can deny the irresistible charm of Katy Perry’s new single, “Firework,” not even the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Supermodels Behati Prinsloo, Adriana Lima, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley show off some of their sizzling dance moves to “Firework” backstage at the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Video is after the jump…

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Katy Perry Premieres Official Firework Video

Katy Perry has just premiered the electrifying video for her new single “Firework.”  Shot in beautiful Budapest, Hungary, the video illustrates the positive message behind the song which Katy has now dedicated to the “It Gets Better” campaign.  Tune into the TV broadcast premiere on E! tonight at 7pm EST/PST.  Fans that think they are a firework should be sure to enter the recently launched “Firework” contest. [Read more...]

Katy Perry Launches Firework Contest

Katy Perry Launches Firework Contest

Katy Perry tied the knot to her firework, Russell Brand, this weekend and now she’s inviting fans to dish about the fireworks in their lives.  Who is the special person that puts a smile on their face? To enter the contest, fans just need to record a video telling Katy about their personal “Firework” whether it’s a teacher, loved one, parent or even themselves. The grand prize winner can pick three people to fly to London and meet Katy at a live show.

Fans can also watch Katy talk about Russell being the inspiration behind the song “Hummingbird Heartbeat” which appears on her new album Teenage Dream available now. [Read more...]

Katy Perry is such a tease…

Katy Perry released a teaser video for her new single “Firework.” The official video was shot in Budapest, Hungary as should be released soon.  Until then…we’ll have to settle for the big tease.

Katy Perry Talks Upcoming Single Firework


Watch Katy Perry talk about the influence behind “Firework,” her upcoming third single off of Teenage Dream.  Katy calls it her favorite song on the album which originated from a passage she was particularly inspired by in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road.

Teenage Dream is available on iTunes now.

What Is Katy Perry Looking Forward To Most With Teenage Dream?


Watch pop sensation Katy Perry respond to a question about what she’s looking forward to the most with the release and promotion of Teenage Dream.  Katy talks about how she loves the idea of bringing her songs to life and getting the chance to meet her fans on the road.

Teenage Dream is available on iTunes now.

Katy Perry Compares Teenage Dream To One Of The Boys


Katy Perry sat down to discuss how her new album Teenage Dream differs from her breakout debut One of the Boys.  Check out the clip to find out how Katy’s music has evolved over the years but still stays true to who she is as a person.

Teenage Dream is available on iTunes now.  Tune in to the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 25th to see Katy perform songs from the album live.

Katy Perry To Perform On SNL Season Premiere

NBC’S ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 25 WITH SNL ALUM AMY POEHLER & CHART-TOPPING MUSICAL GUEST KATY PERRY
Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam, And Jay Pharoah To Join As Featured Players
SNL Returns With Three Back-To-Back Shows: September 25; October 2; October 9

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” kicks off its 36th season on September 25 with Amy Poehler returning to studio 8H and musical guest Katy Perry.  Making their debut on the SNL stage, Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah will join the cast as featured players.

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The Making Of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream Video


Go behind the scenes with Katy Perry for the making of the “Teenage Dream” video.  Meet Katy’s sexy costar Josh Kloss and some of her good friends who she included in the Santa Barbara, CA shoot.

Fans can also check out a new, unofficial video for her song “Peacock” created by Ryan James Yezak who brought you the “California Gays” parody.

The Making of Katy Perry’s Album Packaging

Go behind the scenes with Katy Perry and Will Cotton at the shoot for her album artwork.  Fans can also find out exactly how the cotton candy scented packaging was produced from start to finish. See video after the jump… [Read more...]

Teenage Dream Director’s Cut, Stream Katy Perry’s Live on Letterman Concert

Director’s Cut of “Teenage Dream” Video Stream Live on Letterman Performance

The director’s cut of Katy Perry’s steamy “Teenage Dream” video has premiered today on MySpace.

Fans can also check out Katy’s Live on Letterman performance now where Katy performed “Hot N’ Cold,” “I Kissed A Girl,” “Waking Up In Vegas,”  “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls” and more new tracks (including the first ever live performance of “Firework”) last night at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the cotton candy scented Teenage Dream available now.

Timbaland Presents Shock Value II Tour

Timbaland
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
January 24, 2010

Timbaland House of Blues

There were three “quotes of the night” as I like to call them at Sunday night’s (well, Monday morning’s) Timbaland concert at Chicago’s House of Blues. These three quotes/phrases were repeated by Timbaland’s DJ more times that I care to remember. Not a good sign that I left the show recalling the DJ’s ridiculously annoying shout-outs than Timbaland’s actual performance. Anyway, here we go…

1) “Get your merchandise!”

2) “Where’s all my single ladies at?”

3) Where’s all my Timbaland fans at?”

More photos of Timbaland presenting his Shock Value II album live in Chicago after the jump…

Set List / Chicago

Timothy Where You Been (feat. Jet)

Say Something (feat. Drake)

Give It Up To Me (Shakira feat. Lil Wayne)

The Way I Are (feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.)

Morning After Dark (feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy)

Oh Timbaland

Can You Feel It (feat. Esthero & Sebastian)

If We Ever Meet Again (feat. Katy Perry)

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Tomorrow In The Bottle (feat. Chad Kroeger & Sebastian)

Carry Out (feat. Justin Timberlake)

Promiscuous (Nelly Furtado)

Say It Right (Nelly Furtado)

My Love (Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.)

SexyBack (Justin Timberlake)

What Goes Around… (Justin Timberlake)

Timbaland House of BluesAttending a Timbaland performance is quite simply the same as dancing and singing along to the multiple songs the man has written and produced for both himself and other artists for more than a decade. Seriously though, I love the genius that is Timbaland and the music he creates, but he should stick to the studio and not the stage. A performer with stage presence he is not. In all honesty, Timbaland needs to drop the touring and performing components from his career aspirations. Once Tim arrives at the realization that his talents are best suited to remaining seated in the producer’s chair at his production company and recording studio, then the world will be better served. Needless to say, more amazing songs will be delivered to the public directly from Mr. Mosley. I love you Timbaland, but please give up the dream of being a rock star…

Wearing white Beats By Dr. Dre Studio High Definition Powered Isolation Headphones (with Powered Noise Cancellation), Timbaland broke up his set into two parts with an intermission. Yes, that’s correct…an intermission. Why was that necessary? I have no clue. Apparently act one of the Virginia native’s performance was dedicated to his new material from most recent release Shock Value II. The second half of the show was a nonstop medley of every major hit Tim has written and produced (and been featured on) for major recording artists such as Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake.

During the first half of the show, Timbaland provided the audience with some much needed (and appreciated) visual entertainment in the form of a large rectangular video screen. Placed portrait-style at the front of stage left, the LED display panel projected pre-recorded images of the artists featured on all of Timbaland’s Shock Value II tracks. With Mr. Mosley lacking any captivating MC skills, I found myself unable to tear my eyes away from the LED screen. By the end of Tim’s set, I had seen stars like Jet, Drake, Esthero, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, SoShy, Nelly Furtado, Chad Kroeger, and Justin Timberlake singing and dancing along to the songs specific to them.

Unfortunately, Timbaland did not perform my favorite song from his first album Shock Value, “One & Only” featuring Fall Out Boy. Nor did he choose to include “Give It To Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake in his set this past Sunday/Monday. This came as quite a surprise to me, seeing as how the song was a huge hit off of Shock Value and received tons of radio airplay. Plus, it’s another one of my favorites from Tim’s first solo record. Around 3:30AM, the House of Blues staff gradually cut off the power in the venue in the hopes that Timbaland would get the hint to end his set. With the stage lights completely shut down, Timbaland had no choice but to perform a capella if he wanted to continue with his playlist of hit songs. Finally admitting defeat, Tim’s final words of the night were as follows: “Thank you Chicago! Home of Kanye West!” Yes, well right now Chicago isn’t all that proud of the fact that we gave the world Mr. West.

Final note to Timbaland: more time in studio, less time on stage. Thank you for the timeless tracks!

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Katy Perry! Strawberries! Cherry Chapstick!

Katy Perry
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
March 26, 2009

Katy Perry House of Blues

Katy Perry is anything but boring. I’ve heard through the grapevine that her live show is nothing special. I have no idea what those people are talking about. They must be smoking something. I have seen Katy Perry perform three times now, and each time I have been anything but disappointed. I was quite impressed that Katy performed every single song from her debut album One Of The Boys. Not even Lady GaGa managed to squeeze all of her songs into her live show. Katy sang all 12 songs from her record PLUS the bonus track “I Think I’m Ready.”

Katy Perry House of BluesFor the night’s encore, Katy Perry emerged from backstage in a skintight pink leopard/cheetah print leotard/catsuit – complete with tail and headband with cat ears. You would’ve had to been there in order to visualize what I’m talking about. It was quite the sight. Oh Katy Perry, how I love thee. Perry sang a tribute to one of her favorite bands/influences – “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen – before launching into the song everybody in the crowd was there to hear. As evident in my photos (below), Katy Perry’s microphone was completely bedazzled with silver rhinestones and featured two cherries. The stage had around a dozen gigantic strawberries as its backdrop. Also, unlike GaGa, Katy only had two costume changes throughout her show – GaGa had five!

Katy Perry House of BluesPerry was adamant about thanking the audience for making her Chicago stop a SOLD OUT success. “A year and a half ago, I was no where near this, so thank you so much,” Perry exclaimed more than once during the evening. The highlight of the show was most definitely during “I Kissed A Girl” when Perry took two enormous blown up strawberries from the stage and threw them out into the audience. We all then had an absolute blast hitting around these strawberries while singing along to Katy Perry’s biggest hit that brought her mainstream success.

Many more photos from last Thursday’s Katy Perry show in Chicago after the jump!

Katy Perry’s First World Tour

Katy Perry Chicago Warped Tour 3

Katy Perry embarks on her first world tour. Katy Perry announced plans for a world tour on Monday, November 10, which will kick off in Seattle in January and hit 50 cities worldwide, including Perry’s hometown of Santa Barbara, Paris, London,Vancouver and Amsterdam, before winding up in May 2009.

Katy Perry
January 23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
January 25 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
January 26 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
January 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
January 29 – Sacramento, CA @ Empire Events Centre
January 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
February 2 – Tuscon, AZ @ University of Arizona
February 3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
February 5 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 20 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
March 21 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
March 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont
March 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
March 26 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
March 27 – Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargos
March 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
March 30 – Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
April 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 7 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 11 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
April 14 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery
April 15 – Atlanta, GA @ CenterStage
April 27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
April 28 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing

On the Bus with Kevin Lyman at Warped Tour Chicago

katyperrychicagowarpedtour5Usually, Kevin Lyman is the one interviewing the bands on the Warped Tour while sitting in his tour bus. Artists such as Katy Perry and Angels & Airwaves have been interviewed by Kevin while on the road this summer. Those interviews get videotaped and those videos get posted on the Warped Tour website for all to see. But when I hit up the Chicago date of Warped, I got the chance to grill Mr. Lyman and put him in the hot seat–on his own bus! The tables were turned for half an hour as I asked him all about the tradition he started 14 years ago: the Vans Warped Tour.

Read on to hear what the man had to say…sorry, no video to watch!

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Weekly Plug 8/10 to 8/16

Linkin Park irvine projekt revolution 6This week was crazy from a concert standpoint. It also took 3 pages of the Dead Hub in articles and video. We had coverage from Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, The Bravery, Ashes Divide, Street Drum Corps, Armor for Sleep, Hawthorne Heights, Katy Perry at Warped Tour, Atreyu, and 10 Years. Plus videos from Slipknot, Underoath, and Machine Head.

Chicago hit northern Illinois at Blarney’s Island with Howard Livingston and We are Scientists at the Abbey Pub in Chicago. Plus from Warped Tour Against Me!, Angels & Airwaves, and Anberlin .

This week we’ll have more interviews from Warped Tour Chicago and San Diego.

More Videos and interview from the Rockstar Mayhem and the Stranze Tour.

Shows: Brendan James and Kate Voegele. We love Kate! We have covered her many of times before at the Abbey and House of Blues.

Remember to search for your favorite artists in the Search Bar on the right hand side of your screen.

Katy Perry Holds Her Own on Warped Tour

Katy Perry @ Vans Warped Tour
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
August 2, 2008

 

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On her song One of the Boys, Katy Perry sings: “I don’t want to be just one of the boys.” But on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour, Perry has proven that she actually IS one of the boys. The Warped Tour is generally known for being heavy on the guys when it comes to the artists and bands performing on the three-month long trek across the United States. Last year, Paramore headlined the tour and lead singer Hayley Williams was the stand-out female of the entire tour’s band line up. You may be surprised to know that Katy Perry is not a headliner on this year’s Warped, even though she has the #1 single in America on the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week in a row with her hit I Kissed A Girl. Katy performs on the Hurley.com stage and not one of the two main stages. But let me tell you, the crowd that gathers in front of the Hurley.com stage awaiting Ms. Perry’s 30-minute set is just as big as the audiences that you would see watching bigger acts such as Angels & Airwaves, Motion City Soundtrack and The Academy Is… And just in case you were wondering, Katy Perry is NOT a one-hit wonder. Her debut album, One of the Boys, is jam-packed with incredibly catchy songs with infectious and memorable choruses. I bought the record and if you love I Kissed A Girl, you should buy it too!

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Here’s a little fun fact that I know and you don’t: Hot N Cold is set to be Katy Perry’s next single! This insider information is courtesy of my very dear friend Vilmarie, who interns at a radio station where Perry was a guest. Thanks Villy! The one thing I will complain about regarding Perry’s Warped set in Chicago is that she never took off her black sunglasses! I was hoping to get a few photographs without the shades, but alas she kept them on and I never got to see her eyes. I don’t know about you, but for me, it is so frustrating not to be able to see the performer’s face. Other than that, I LOVED Katy Perry’s short set. She is very playful with her band members and yes people – she CAN sing live! No lip-synching for this chick. She is the real deal. Always entertaining, Katy hardly ever stops dancing around except when she is playing her guitar. Yes, she plays guitar too!

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This summer, Guitar Center hit the road with the Vans Warped Tour, activating two programs designed to provide the artists on the tour with support-based tools that improve their chances for success as pro musicians: the GC Web Lab and the GC Axe Smith. The Guitar Center Web Lab, a custom 32? climate controlled internet trailer, provides bands and their crew exclusive access to a backstage wireless web center. Complete with top of the line Apple computers, a satellite-based broadband internet connections, design based software and a knowledgeable rep, Guitar Center’s mission is to provide Warped Tour artists/bands with the tools they need to maintain their online worlds when they are on the road : a service that is especially needed since web access is severely restricted in many of the rural areas where the Warped Tour touches down.

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Guitar Center is also proud to provide all bands on the Vans Warped Tour with an onsite professional guitar tech, a.k.a. the “GC Axe Smith”. The GC Axe Smith is where Vans Warped Tour guitarists and bassists come to get their instruments tuned, repaired and ready to rock. From complete set-ups and minor repairs to intonation and truss-rod adjustments, this service is 100% FREE to the artists, underscoring Guitar Center’s commitment to helping Warped bands make the best music possible. In addition, Guitar Center will serve as the exclusive, presenting sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour video blog. Utilizing the Web Lab as the blogging home base, a GC video reporter will use and include the Web Lab in video content as well as conduct artist interviews within the lab’s “testimonial” set-up. Our onsite Warped rep will also produce weekly video content with artists, conducting musician-centric interviews, how-to videos and more.

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Check out the GC Axe Smith and Web Lab @ Warped Tour: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nkx7oI_DQ7A

Check out the GC Axe Smith on Austin TV: http://www.news8austin.com/content/sxsw/stories/?SecID=292&ArID=202608

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Some of my favorite Katy Perry songs that you need to take at least one listen to are: Fingerprints, Hot N Cold, One of the Boys, Waking Up In Vegas, Ur So Gay, Mannequin, and of course, I Kissed a Girl.

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