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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:24 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Katy Perry as "Yosef Shulem" in the teaser video for her new single 'Birthday.' (via YouTube)

Katy Perry’s teaser for her new music video ‘Birthday’ is generating a lot of buzz. That’s because the ‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer is nowhere to be found in the clip. Instead, she plays a slew of characters from a male Jewish bar mitzvah host to an alcoholic birthday clown.

Perry is known for her playful, imaginative songs and videos but ‘Birthday’ just might (wait for it…) take the cake.

Funny as it may be, Perry is in a bit of hot water for a joke she told during the clip while disguised as Yosef Shulem, the bar mitzvah emcee. The joke involved a rabbi and circumcision and was exacerbated by Perry’s already over-the-top, stereotypical portrayal of a Jewish man.

POSTED: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 3:36 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo, U.S. musician Prince performs during his concert at the Sziget Festival on the Shipyard Island, northern Budapest, Hungary. The singer released a surprise new single on Friday just before midnight. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File)

After reaching an agreement with Warner Bros. Records earlier this week in which he owns the rights to music he recorded while under the label, Prince released a surprise single Saturday called ‘The Breakdown.’

The single comes on the heels of Prince’s announcement about a new studio album in the works and a new partnership with Warner Bros.

Most recently the pop idol guest starred on an episode of ‘New Girl’ on Fox where he and Zooey Deschanel debuted a song called ‘FALLINLOVE2NITE.’ Prince had also been featured on an album he recorded with his band 3RDEYEGIRL in February.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:19 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Andre Johnson, a.k.a. Christ Bearer. (Photo via Facebook)

I think that headline just about sums it up. TMZ is reporting that L.A. rapper Andre Johnson, who is affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan, attempted alleged suicide by jumping off of a second story balcony Wednesday morning, after he had cut off his own penis.

After receiving a phone call, police arrived at a North Hollywood apartment building at 1 AM and found Johnson lying on the sidewalk in critical condition… without his Johnson. But as Gawker put it, “The status of his penis is unknown.”

Andre, who goes by the name Christ Bearer, is part of the rap duo Northstar. Wu-Tang member RZA discovered the group in 1998 outside of L.A. radio station The Beat. 

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:51 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
"It's such an iconic city. It's time, and I have a long relationship and love affair with the City of Philadelphia," said Jay-Z in 2012 when first announcing the annual festival.

The rumors are true!

On Wednesday, April 16 in Los Angeles, Jay Z, alongside L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced that the Budweiser Made in America Festival will not only take place in Philadelphia this year, but in Los Angeles as well.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:40 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
(Top L-R) Finalists Jessica Meuse, Dexter Roberts, Jena Irene, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Emily Piriz, Ben Briley, Kristen O'Connor (Bottom L-R) Caleb Johnson, Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf, Majesty Rose and C.J. Harris attends FOX's "American Idol XIII" finalists party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

This summer, the top ten finalists from the latest season of American Idol will go on a 41-city tour, stopping at Philadelphia’s Mann Center on Tuesday, July 15

This major concert event gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with season 13 finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, May 9.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:38 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Beyonce, left, and Jay-Z perform "Drunk in Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

It seems very likely! Page Six reports that the musical power couple might be heading out on a 20-city U.S. tour together beginning in June. 

Jay Z and Beyoncé recently wrapped up their own solo stadium tours, in support of their new albums, and the two frequently collaborated on each other’s latest tracks, including “Drunk in Love” and “Part II (On The Run).” 

One of the dates will bring them to New York City on July 4.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to the Beatles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles epic arrival into the music world. On Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling “Classical Mystery Tour” for a symphony show all about Liverpool’s most exciting export.

From their earliest sounds all the way through their solo careers, the Orchestra will perform more than two-dozen songs in the style that they were originally recorded.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the musical scores note-for-note from Beatles recordings, will conduct with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 2:30 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Pharrell gets emotional with Oprah during an interview.

There’s no denying that “Happy” is one of the most infectious pop hits since “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” – and what they all have in common is that producer-musician Pharrell Williams had a heavy hand in their creation. But “Happy” is one of the first times we’ve seen the artist step out and be wildly successful in his solo career.

Williams sat down with the queen of interviews, Oprah Winfrey, to discuss the pathway that led him to become one of the most sought out, talked about talents in the industry. When discussing the immense success of his number one hit “Happy,” Oprah cued a montage of homemade video clips that showed folks from all over the world dancing and singing to his song, which brought Pharrell to tears. “It’s overwhelming because I love what I do and I appreciate the fact that, like, people have believed in me for so long, that I could make it to this point to… to feel that,” he said through watery eyes.

Let the "Year of Pharrell" begin.

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