Pop & Circumstance: Keeping tabs on Katy Perry, Kesha and Carly Rae Jepson - Reverb

Pop & Circumstance: Keeping tabs on Katy Perry, Kesha and Carly Rae Jepson

Pop princesses may come and go, but there are a few that stick around for what feels like forever. Here’s a quick pop update (popdate? pupdate?) on a few chicks we’ve been keeping tabs on.

The long timer

Following Justin Bieber’s cinematic debut, “Never Say Never,” Katy Perry has documented her life in “Part of Me: 3D.” Kind of like a drawn out “MTV Diary,” “Part of Me” will cover everything from Perry’s childhood in the church, to her “blind ambition” to become a pop star, to her failed marriage to actor Russell Brand. Perry has revealed bits and pieces about the core of the film, in theaters now.

“When I thought of documenting this whole process of last year, I didn’t know it was going to be a huge movie with billboards and Hollywood and stuff. But I just knew that there was a huge wave coming and I wanted to be able to forever keep the memory of that wave. So I caught everything. I threw the net out very wide. And at the end of it it was over 300-plus hours of film. And it turned into this movie. And I’m glad. Because it sends a great message, it’s very inspiring and it’s another kind of layer of me that I’ve revealed in time.”

Best part of the trailer? “Thank you for believing in my weirdness.” You’re welcome, Katy. It’s the least we could do to show our gratitude for your perfect pop star singles, one after another after another…

The fair weather pop star

Remember in high school when the badass kids would stroll in with lip tattoos, only to have them fade away a few months later? Well, Kesha is now one of those kids … at the ripe age of 25. The tattoo, which gracefully reads “SUCK IT!” is easy to hide from mom and dad, yet is oddly getting a load of tabloid time. I guess that’s what happens after you Instagram and Tweet an ugly photo. If the level of effort she puts into making herself look good is anything like the energy she’s putting into her next record, we don’t have our hopes very high. Last we heard, the album is “the dawn of cock pop.” Kesha stated that she created this inventive new genre in March. What is taking so long?

The newcomer

Look, I told you “Call Me Maybe” wouldn’t be the song of summer 2012. Shit came out way too early for that — if a certain track is overplayed before Memorial Day, it ain’t gonna happen. Lucky for pop lovers everywhere, we can continue the “Feel Awesome and Screw My Hipster Cred” theme with Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepson’s “Good Time,” which may be just as catchy as “Call Me Maybe,” albeit slightly less annoying. Think simple electro pop sounds topped with Jepson’s sweet voice and a classic “whoa oh oh oh oh” refrain. Score. Having a good time is what summer’s all about — not waiting for some guy to call you, maybe.

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.