Music showdown: Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry, the songs and the music videos
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Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have more in common than you might think.
Both solo female pop stars scored their first Top 40 hits in April of 2008. Since then, they’ve each issued three albums with Perry’s “Prism” out tomorrow and Gaga’s “ARTPOP” on the way, scoring multiple No. 1 and top 10 hits in their wake. They’ve been dominant forces in the Grammys pop races year after year, each with distinctive fashions and style-driven dances, from meat dresses to lollipop bras, from candy-colored wigs to claws (or paws, as it were).
Perry, who is about to turn 29, has found success in combining her big pipes with power-pop anthems and beach-bound summer songs. At 27, Lady Gaga has found her audience using overt sexuality and left-of-center, artistic performances with big, dark dance-pop sounds.
There’s no need to pit any one artist against each other with malice. Some musicians court beef, and others are just trying to do their own thing. For two women who have publicly shown each other support in their forthcoming endeavors, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry certainly don't see the need for fans to "choose" only one current pop icon. Though, it’s in our nature to see who comes out on top of the charts, who takes home the most or the biggest awards, who among the stars radiates the most. And Perry and Gaga – intended or not – have been competitors in the marketplace for about five years now, as thriving touring artists, recording artists, performers, personalities, activists and hit-makers.
With each preparing their new albums and with, still, long careers ahead of them, we’ve decided to take a fun look at the loose themes running through Katy Perry and Lady Gaga’s singles. As a lover of pop music, I think there’s obviously room for them both (haters, I ban thee). Meanwhile, vote for your favorite song in each category below: which crucial Lady and Katy songs make your final favorites tally?
Once you're done with that, go have fun with another recent HitFix feature: the movies of Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Sylvester Stallone!
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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