RALPHIE REPORT: Perry at the Grammys, Ke$ha in rehab
First Posted: 1/13/2014
Katy Perry will perform at the 56th Grammy Awards, set to air Jan. 26 on CBS. Perry last performed at an award show in November at the American Music Awards. The night before her rendition of “Unconditionally,” she expressed to “The Ralphie Show” that singing on live TV wasn’t her favorite thing.
“I love performing on tour, because (you’re) more in control, and I have more vision for it,” Perry explained. “The award shows, although I love being a part of them, you only get to rehearse for a few days, and everything’s so last-minute. You know, I’m coming in from Europe, so I’m awake while I’m supposed to be sleeping and sleeping while I’m supposed to be awake, so it’s very strange times.”
Still, if the “Roar” singer were to make an exception for this, surely it would be for what’s deemed the “biggest night in music.” Perry received two Grammy nods thanks to that first single from “Prism:” “Best Pop Solo Performance” and the highly coveted “Song of the Year.” The album itself was released after the Grammy deadline and has since sold over a million copies in the U.S.
DR. LUKE RESPONDS TO KE$HA CONTROVERSY
The New Year began with pop star Ke$ha entering herself in to rehab, and speculation brewed as to why she admitted herself to the clinic.
Shortly after the TMZ report broke, it was fans of the singer, born Kesha Sebert, that tweeted Dr. Luke was to blame. Luke signed Ke$ha to a recording deal at 18. He was responsible for her first placement, the hook of Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” and her solo releases. According to a subsequent report by the entertainment news website, people in Ke$ha’s circle claimed that the super-producer constantly asked her to lose weight. In one alleged instance, the songwriter born Lukasz Gottwald called the singer “a f—king refrigerator” during the 2012 video shoot for “Die Young.”
Through a representative, Dr. Luke refuted the claims.
“These statements and allegations concerning Dr. Luke are completely false,” read the statement given to People magazine. “I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health.”
This does not seem to be the first media report of conflicts between Luke and Ke$ha. Late last year, Rolling Stone mentioned to the “TiK ToK” singer a petition that was circulating the Internet, attempting to separate Ke$ha from her contract with Dr. Luke. Ke$ha acknowledged its existence. When RS asked if Ke$ha currently had any creative control, she replied, “Not really.”
I asked Cher, a woman in New York who runs Ke$ha’s largest fan support Twitter account, what the singer’s fans are hoping for as far as the petition.
“For Dr. Luke to release her out of this contract, and then she can actually release the music that she wants to release, and be the person she wants to be.”
Meanwhile, the collaborative efforts of Luke and Ke$ha seem to still yield big results on the charts. The Dr. Luke-produced “Timber,” which Ke$ha sings the hook of, just hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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