It’s not uncommon for the Pop Royalty of today to take their cues from the Kings and Queens of yesteryear, but when they start copying each other is it safe to say that artists these days are running out of ideas?
Take Katy Perry‘s new teasers for her latest perfume ‘Killer Queen.’ The jumpy, seconds long ads feature Perry in a Baroque setting, complete with a Party City powdered wig and Spirit Halloween corset dress. It conjured up images of Queen Elizabeth, the first one, but also made people think of Beyonce‘s promo video for the European leg of her ‘Mrs. Carter World Tour’ . The videos are just too similar, they where even shot at the same place and by the same director, Jonas Akerlund. Katy comes off looking like a cheap copycat. It’s the most obvious thing to do to help promote a fragrance called ‘Killer Queen,’ but couldn’t she, or whomever came up with the idea, had gone in a different direction?
Or maybe it’s just one big reference to the band Queen? Either way, I think it’s time all of the pop tarts stop making obvious references and paying “homage” to things that have been done to death. You’re smart ladies, come up with your own crap. Something that we can look back on and go “wow, remember when so and so had that amazing performance, or video?” Not, “remember when that chick copied that other chick?” The arguments usually end with people talking about Madonna anyways.
After Madonna‘s eldest daughter Lourdes was seen smoking a cigarette in New York recently, many questioned the Material Girl’s parenting skills, and if she condoned of the bad habit. Madonna told Harry Smith in an interview for NBC‘s ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams‘ that she wasn’t “very happy” about seeing the 15-year-old smoking.
“But honestly, I don’t think I’m as tough as I should be. I think I need to be maybe tougher. It’s hard — every day is a negotiation. But cigarette smoking I’m not very fond of — for anyone.”
I guess she forgot that she also lights up in her new video for “Girls Gone Wild.” When Smith bought this up, she lashed back by saying,
“Yeah, I don’t smoke. That’s just an accessory, Harry. There’s a difference,” Madonna pointed out. “She smoked that cigarette before I did that video, so she didn’t’ get that from me, OK?”
Madonna also spoke about how hard it is to be a single parent to four young kids. “It’s pretty challenging. But so far I’ve survived with sanity and humor intact.” Even though she’s still one of the biggest stars in the world, she admitted that “it’s hard to sell albums.”
Her latest, MDNA, took a huge 88% plunge from the charts after it’s second week on sale. Despite that, she’s embarking on a huge world tour and has a new perfume out called what else, Truth Or Dare. Wonder if it has notes of tobacco.