Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Battle Of The Pop Divas is ON!

There are rumors and craziness surrounding Katy Perry’s new single “Roar.” On one hand, she is being accused of ripping off the song from Sara Barelleis’ “Brave.” There is also the showdown between her single and Lady Gaga’s “Applause”….. Which one is better? Which one is selling more copies? Blah, blah, blah!

Personally I’ve been a fan of both, well, more of Lady Gaga than of Katy Perry. At one point, I considered myself to be a “little monster,” to the point of standing outside a venue to catch a glimpse of her (which I did.) But then, she got a little too weird for me, and I didn’t care about her music all that much. I was also a fan of Katy Perry. I remember the first performance I ever saw of her. It was back in 2008, at Warped Tour, she was still dating Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, and there were about 30 of us who knew who she was, and watched her performed… but then she got on the "demanding-diva-cloud," and I stopped caring about her music as well.

To be fair and square, when both singles were released (earlier than expected since both were leaked); I gave both of them a chance. I heard them both, and to my surprise, “Roar” came on top, not only to my ears delight, but the success also reflected on the numbers. In its first full week of sales, “Roar” has sold an impressive over 557,000 copies, while Lady Gaga’s “Applause” has only sold a bit over 200,000.

And, while Katy Perry has done her share of promotion with teaser videos, big rigs traveling around the country, and the oh-so-cute emojis lyric video, the song has sold itself. Lady Gaga has gone on crazy-mode! Not only did she start a feud with Perez Hilton, she has gone on a twitter rampage, asking her fans to buy multiple copies of the single, promising a meet-and-greet to the fan who buys the most copies. She also posted a tweet (which has been deleted) with a link to the video where fans can watch it over and over. This desperate antic caught the eye of Billboard’s Bill Werde, who, on a series of tweets essentially said that purposely inflated video views were not the way to go about it… "I just hate to see anyone try to game the charts, be it fans or artists. It's not in the spirit of what we do, celebrating success."

Why is Lady Gaga doing this? If she is so certain of how musically magnificent “Applause” and consequently the album ArtPop is, why try to inflate the sales of her song and the views of her video? Clearly, Katy Perry is quite confident, and she is going about her business.

And, on the Pop Diva news… Britney Spears (The Princess Of Pop), added an encrypted message on her website with the following: “ALL EYES ON ME.. 26 DAYS….”

Ultimately, the fans will have the final say…. The question remains, who will come out on top? Take the poll below to cast your vote.

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