Katy Perry's 10 best songs from 'Hot n Cold' to 'Roar'

Katy Perry's 10 best songs from 'Hot n Cold' to 'Roar'

Did your favorite make the list?

Only three albums into her career, Katy Perry is one of the most successful artists in pop history. She is the only act to have a song in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 for 69 consecutive weeks and she is the only female artist in history to take five songs to No. 1 from a single album.

From candy-coated confections like "California Gurls" to playful gender-bending tracks like "I Kissed a Girl," broken-hearted anthems such as "Part Of Me" and even a spacy, alien-loving "E.T.," Perry has kept us fascinated with her colorful look at life.

As Perry prepares to release her fourth studio album, "Prism," on Oct. 22, we pick her best tunes in this special Katy Perry playlist.

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Justin Bieber smiles even when his heart is breaking in 'Believe' clip: Watch

Justin Bieber smiles even when his heart is breaking in 'Believe' clip: Watch

New movie arrives Christmas Day

Justin Bieber doesn’t always feel like going on stage, alright people? In this clip from “Believe,” which is Bieber’s gift to the world on Christmas Day (Hey, God gave us Jesus, Bieber delivers his movie), he talks to some very sympathetic friends about how sometimes, it’s hard to gear up to perform in front of thousands of people who have paid their (or their parents’) hard-earned money to see you.

“I can be going through a big argument, ‘I’m about to go on stage right now, we’re young’,” he says, mimicking talking on the phone. “And then I got to go rise up on the toaster and it’s like I’m upset and I don’t want have to smile and put on a happy and be... sometimes you just gotta suck it up and that’s one of the things you have to deal with being in this world, in this industry,” he says. The toaster, by the way, is the springboard that catapults him onto stage. And it would appear that he may be talking about Selena Gomez in the clip.

While it’s tempting to play the world’s smallest violin for Bieber, I have always marveled that artists can be having the worst day and, if they’re professional, they have to suck it up and leave all of that off the stage and come out as if this is the moment they’ve wanted for all day and the only thing that matters.  And Bieber has had to learn that at a younger age than most.

The John Chu-directed “Believe” opens Dec. 25.


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<p>Gavin DeGraw</p>

Gavin DeGraw

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Gavin DeGraw: 'I needed to be more relevant': Interview

Singer/songwriter talks change of pace on new album, 'Make A Move'

On his last album, 2011’s “Sweeter,” Gavin DeGraw worked with co-writers on four songs instead of penning every song by himself and the result was a number of hits, including Top 10, double-platinum smash “Not Over You.”

So when it came time to record “Make A Move,” which came out Tuesday (15),   DeGraw decided to go all in: he used co-writers on every track. “I thought why not try to keep the momentum going,”  he tells HitFix. “By including all these personalities, it will make it a lot more diverse, a lot more timely.’ Among his collaborators were OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Busbee, Boys Like Girls’ Martin Johnson and Kevin Rudolf.

Indeed “Make A Move” may be the most wide-ranging set the blue-eyed soul singer has recorded. While there are his trademark mid-tempo tunes that show off his expressive voice, there are also a number of pop, up-tempo tracks like first single, “Best I Ever Had,” which, like Train’s “Drive-By,” is a fast-paced track with sung/spoken choruses and a catchy melody.

DeGraw wrote the song with Johnson, with whom he had already penned “Everything Will Change,” one of the album’s most emotional, moving songs. The two were in a Los Angeles studio and “Martin’s got this crazy drumbeat.” DeGraw recalls. “He says, ‘Sing something, anything,’ so I sang the first line of the song and then he says [the next line] and we just kind of went for it. The erratic lyrical content suited the sound of the melody. That song just makes me happy. It’s a freakishly insane lyrical journey.”

Some of DeGraw’s longtime, hardcore fans took to his Facebook page to declare their love for the song, while others felt it was too radical a change of pace from hits like “Not Over You” and his breakthrough, “I Don’t Want To Be.” “I think that happens a lot of time. When you put out a single, fans [think] that’s an indication of what the whole album is, but singles don’t mean what they used to mean,” he says. “It used to represent an entire album where one producer did an entire album, now the singles themselves live in a vacuum. The next song will be completely different.”

DeGraw will admit that he “did feel like I needed to be more relevant. I always feel like it’s important to try different things.” While he strove to be diverse, he balanced that with his desire “to maintain a sense of self. There are always things you want to include.”

He uses his friends and former tour mates Train as an model. The band has seen a tremendously successful second act, bolstered by such hits as “Hey, Soul Sister, “Marry Me,” and “Drive-By.” “They are one of the great examples for what it means to be adaptable, what it means to be relevant,” he says.

Plus, the last thing he would want any fan to believe is that if they’ve heard one DeGraw album, they’ve heard them all, he says: “That would be artistically devastating.”

DeGraw hits the road Dec. 4 in support of “Make A Move.”

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry loves you 'Unconditionally' on new single: Listen

Is she singing about John Mayer?

Katy Perry showed us how fierce she is on “Roar,” and now she reveals that her love can be just as fierce on new single, “Unconditionally.”  The electronic power ballad (there’s a genre for you) is a testament to the strength of her love, as much as it is a strength to her vocal power.

The song starts with a beat and a synth line as she fears that she’s scared off her lover by getting too close, but she then promises that there’s nothing he can do to scare her away.  Dr. Luke and Cirkut’s production is a bit cold in contrast to her warm vocals, but in some ways that gives her all the most power to shine as she belts out her fidelity.  The title word doesn't scan well so there are parts that feel  a bit clunky, but Perry gets around that.

Is this about John Mayer? You decide.

"Unconditionally" is on Perry's fourth studio album, "Prism," which comes out Oct. 22.


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<p>Scotty McCreery</p>

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery on 'See You Tonight,' Brad Paisley and country lyrics: Interview

What does he really think about his first album?

When Scotty McCreery’s debut album, 2011’s “Clear As Day” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he became the youngest solo male to achieve that milestone.

Now with “See You Tonight,” his second studio album (not including a Christmas set), the “American Idol” champ hopes to prove that he has a sustainable country career. The 20-year old sophomore at Raleigh’s North Carolina State University attends classes during the early part of the week, and then spends most weekends traveling around the country playing gigs and visiting radio stations.

What comes across in even a brief conversation with McCreery is how grounded and mature he seems for someone who just turned 20. He's clearly enjoying college life, but he not likely to be showing up at any parties dropping Molly with Miley Cyrus.

On “See You Tonight,” which came out on Tuesday (15), McCreery co-wrote five of the tracks, fulfilling his goal to play a greater role in the creation of his albums. He talked to HitFix about the making of the album, his first headlining tour, if country music has a content problem and what he really thought of his first album.

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Lorde's 'Royals' remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for triple crown

Miley Cyrus’ 'Wrecking Ball' crashes at No. 2

Lorde’s “Royals” continues its rule atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week.

The top 5 remains largely unchanged from last week: Miley Cyrus’ former No. 1, “Wrecking Ball,” swings 3-2, trading places with Katy Perry’s former No. 1, “Roar.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” continues at No. 4, while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, holds at No. 5.

Ylvis’s “The Fox” stays at No. 6 on the strength of streaming and digital downloads and Billboard warns that another novelty song, Allison Gold’s “Chinese Good” could bow on the Billboard chart next week. The song is by the same writer who brought the world Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, stays at No. 7, while spending its 11th week atop Billboard’s Rap Songs chart.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause” rises one space to No. 8, pushing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, down one spot to No. 9. Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’s “Summertime Sadness” stays at No. 10.

Outside the Top 10, Justin Bieber's "Heartbreaker" soars 77-13, and Eminem's "Survival" bows at No. 17.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber's 'Believe' opens Christmas Day

Theatrical film chronicles the 'Believe' tour and more

 Justin Bieber has just announced the best possible holiday gift to his fans: “Believe,” his new film about all things Bieber, will open in movie theaters on Christmas Day.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, the Open Road Films focuses on Bieber’s “Believe” worldwide tour and catches the audience up on his life since his last film, 2011’s “Never Say Never,” which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide.

The film features interviews with Bieber, as well as his manager Scooter Braun, Usher, producer Rodney Jerkins, Ludacris, Mike Posner and more.

“Jon Chu and my team have done a wonderful job creating a special moment for Beliebers worldwide and I can’t wait until Christmas day when the movie will be in theaters everywhere,” Bieber said in the press release.

Bieber continues to release a new song every Monday. Following last week “HeartBreaker,” this week he put out “All That Matters."

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Will Beyonce release a new single in December

She takes on all the single ladies: Miley, Gaga, Katy, Britney

In a season flush with releases from the biggest female pop stars, will Beyonce chime in too?

The New York Daily News reports that Beyonce
will drop a new single on Dec. 3 and that she has already shot the accompanying Terry Richardson-directed video. She enters a field crowded with singles from new albums from Miley Cyrus (out now), Katy Perry (10/22), Lady Gaga (11/11)  and Britney Spears (12/3).

Plus, Beyonce has dropped a number of songs and/or song snippets over the past year and none of them have gained traction, despite being catchy: “Bow Down/I Been On,” “Grown Woman,” and “Standing On The Sun.”

There’s still no word when Beyonce, who has spent much of the year on her successful “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” will release her follow-up to 2011’s “4.”

Part of the NY Daily News’ reporting makes no sense-- or a total lack of understanding about how the music world works: It says that Beyonce planned to “put out a big song in early 2013, but kept pushing it back when she realized she wasn’t going to have any real competition on the charts.” Uh, no... that’s not how it works. And, again, she did keep pumping out tunes, almost seeing as if something would stick, in early 2013. Plus, if she’s now putting out a single at a time when, quite frankly, radio charts start to slow down for the holidays, to show that she can still top these other single ladies, that seems a bit of a risk.

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Nirvana, Kiss, N.W.A. and Hall & Oates lead Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations

Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Yes and Deep Purple also get nods

Fans of Hall & Oates and Kiss can rejoice. The acts have both been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2014. Seen as two of the Rock Hall’s biggest omissions, Kiss was previously nominated in 2010 but not elected, while this is the first time Hall & Oates has received an invite to the big show.

They join Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J, The Replacements, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray and the Zombies.

Nirvana is the closest thing to a sure bet this year, while it may finally be Chic’s year after seven previous nominations. Linda Ronstadt deserves to be in on merit alone, but her Parkinson’s diagnosis may also tip the sentimental vote.

Acts are eligible 25 years after the release of their first recording. A number of the artists, including N.W.A., LL Cool J, Chic, Deep Purple and Paul Butterfield Blues Band, have been nominated before, yet didn’t make the final five.

More than 600 music industry execs, musicians, Rock Hall inductees, and journalists vote for the winners. Additionally, starting last year, fans were invited to vote. The fans’ votes are tallied and are counted as one collective vote among the 600.

The Class of 2014 will be announced in December, with induction ceremony taking place in April in New York City, after talking place in Los Angeles this year.

The Rock Hall righted a big wrong this year when Rush was inducted, but among the acts that have never been shown any Rock Hall love (and their fans are none too happy about that) include Cheap Trick, Todd Rundgren, Duran Duran, Electric Light Orchestra, The Monkees and Roxy Music.


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Listen: Katy Perry's 'Prism' song previews
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Listen: Katy Perry's 'Prism' song previews

Hear 90 seconds of each song from the Oct. 22 release

Katy Perry’s “Prism” comes out a week from today, but while you’re waiting to hear her “Roar,” you can listen to 90-snippets of each of the 13 songs above and beyond the handful we’ve already heard: “Roar,” “Dark Horse” and “Walking On Air.”  We've embedded them in for you instead of making you go to ITunes, so it takes a second to load up, but then just press play and enjoy.


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