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Perennially sunny and perky "California Gurl
" Katy Perry
caused another stir at this past weekend's Billboard Music Awards
by continuing the look she'd debuted earlier this month at the Narm Music Biz Awards
. Were her pale face, smokey eyes, dark purple hair and even darker lipstick all a sign that the pop singer was going goth
in anticipation of May 22's World Goth Day
If the similar transformations of her colleagues and predecessors are any indication, the answer is probably not. For most pop princesses, joining the dark side is a pretty superficial exercise. It's more about dyed hair and Avril Lavigne
-esque eye makeup than about locking themselves in their rooms, reading Aleister Crowley
and listening to the Cure
. In other words, they're more Bella Swan
than Bella Lugosi
So to help everyone contemplate the greater cultural implications of Katy Perry's godless
asthetic flirtation with her dark lord, let's take a look at 10 other singers who have, at one point or another, undergone their own goth-ish makeovers.
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The brothers Hanson are notoriously chatty.
"We're just very verbal," singer Taylor Hanson explains to AOL Music Blog as his younger brother, drummer Zac, continues to barrel through a rant about the eternal geek battle between Star Wars and Star Trek. "He just likes to riff. We get in this talking mode."
We're still not sure how it all happened. One minute, we were interviewing the pop/rock/soul trio and "MMMBop" troubadours about the recent release of their latest album, Shout It Out, on Canadian shores and about Carly Rae Jepsen.
The next we made one innocent remark about nerds. Guitarist and eldest Hanson, Isaac, said that he was one, and used his love of Star Wars as an example of the depths of said nerdness.
"But are Star Wars fans really that nerdy?" we made the mistake of asking.
have promised we'll be hearing new music from them before the end of 2012.
, Isaac Hanson
and Zac Hanson
, the trio of brothers who make up the family band, made that vow while in Toronto recently to promote the release of their Shout it Out
album, which has finally just now officially come out in Canada a peculiar two years after it came out in the United States.
Hanson, who's song "MMMBop
" conquered the world back in 1997, are well aware that promoting an album as new two years after initial release is weird and are pledging to get their music out to everyone more equitably next time around.
It's a good thing, too, because with the band promising to apply the "Michael Jackson
theory" -- lots of groove and melody -- to their next batch of music, nobody's going to want too wait long to hear it.
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Most people know Kevin Costner
as an Oscar-winning actor, director and the star of blockbusters like Dances With Wolves
. But Costner has been slinging a guitar for as long as he's been gracing the silver screen -- and music, in many ways, has had a huge impact on his career.
"It's worked its way into almost every facet," Costner tells AOL Music Blog during a visit to Toronto.
He's playing music in one form or another for most of his career, sometimes even writing songs while he's making movies. He even played a part in one of the biggest hits in music history when he suggested that his co-star Whitney Houston
cover a little Dolly Parton
number called "I Will Always Love You" for The Bodyguard
Before Carly Rae Jepsen caught the ear
of Justin Bieber
and Selena Gomez
, the "Call Me Maybe"
singer was already busy impressing another bunch of teen idols. Over the course of their cross-Canadian tour together this past winter, Jepsen and '90s pop sensation Hanson
became both friends and fans of each other's work.
"I love the Hanson boys!" Jepsen gushed to AOL Music Blog on the phone from L.A. last month. "I was floored by them. Their harmonies are so in sync and their musicianship ... you can tell they've been at it their whole lives."
Hanson, in Toronto last week to promote the Canadian release of their latest album Shout It Out
, confirm the feeling was mutual.
Poetry about inanimate objects
was all the rage among Romantic scribes in the 19th century thanks to works like Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" and John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn."
Although the structure of this art has become a lot less formal over the course of the past two hundred years, the tradition of lyrically celebrating "things" still exists today, largely thanks to pop music.
Pop stars like Beyonce
and Lil' Mama
have taken the reigns from their literary predecessors and written odes to everything from random foodstuffs to technology and apparel. Perhaps the most prolific of all moderns artists who love random stuff, however, is Rihanna
. With the release of her latest single "Birthday Cake," this modern day Keats has now sung about a whopping nine different non-living things.
In celebration of this milestone, here are 11 of our favorite songs about inanimate objects.
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, Selena Gomez
, Ashley Tisdale
and the Big Time Rush
guys had no idea if Carly Rae Jepsen
was a fellow 'Hunger Games
' fanatic when they decided to prance around
with a copy of the first book to her song 'Call Me Maybe.' But it turns out that their prop selection in the viral video couldn't have been more appropriate.
"Weirdly enough, I've been obsessed with that series!" the Canadian singer tells AOL Music Blog of the dystopian young-adult trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
The pop sensation hasn't exactly had a lot of downtime recently, between promoting her hit single, recording a duet with her new friend and colleague Bieber and even singing at his 18th birthday party
. But Jepsen has still managed to sneak in some quality reading time with Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the rest of the gang in the districts.