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    Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:38:41

    New Releases for August 24 - Katy Perry Vs. Fantasia Barrino

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    • Katy Perry - INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Rapper Riff Raff (L) and singer Katy Perry attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.
    • Katy Perry - INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artists Katy Perry (L) and Iggy Azalea attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.
    • Katy Perry - INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artists Katy Perry (L) and Iggy Azalea attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

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    Pop queen Katy Perry and former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino square off in this week's new releases, although despite Barrino's recent barrage of press over her personal life and her suicide attempt, it is Perry, of course, who has been building momentum for her new album, Teenage Dream, since early summer. Her frothy pop anthem, the sugar and spice "California Gurls" has been on the radio ad nauseum for several months. That said, Barrino's voice is a powerhouse, and her fans should also come out and rock her new album at retail. While this is not a competition between the two, per se, it is two pop cultural topics/points of discussion releasing new music the same damn day.

    Katy Perry Teenage Dream: I would predict a Numero Uno debut on the sales charts for Miss Perry next week. This album has so much momentum and all the ingredients for a successful sales bow are there: tons of pop radio airplay, major magazine covers like and a celebrity romance that the mainstream magazines like to cover. Our gal Katy is sitting on top of the music world; it's her cherry and her oyster and it is a fun, sweet record. I like, I like.

    Fantasia Barrino Back to Me: While the winner of a past season of American Idol has not been "heard" from much in terms of her music, her personal life exploded in the press recently in the form of not-so-positive headlines. Is it enough to entice Idol fans to record stores? We shall see. We shall see.

    The Devil Wears Prada Zombie EP: Christian metalcore dynamos are all over the place, with their dynamics and their tour schedule, so their breadth of coverage is both literal and figurative. This special EP is perfect to whet fan appetites while the band remains on the road, laying waste to American venues through the summer, playing large venues as well as sweaty, smelly clubs. Viva la old school. And what's cooler than Zombies? Vampires, I know. But those are played out. And this EP also has a special collectible comic book for the nerds who seek that stuff out.

    The Sword Warp Rider: It's like the 1970s all over again. Classic, vintage-style rock, from Austin, Texas. Never fear guitars. The Sword brings them to the forefront with their latest.

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.24.10




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