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Katy Perry comes out fighting

"Roar" single sneaked out early

By Mark C. Brown Aug 12, 2013 8:16AM

Katy PerryIf you've been on the edge of your seat for the next chapter in the Katy Perry saga, it's here. "Roar" was due to be released today but slipped out early over the weekend, so she rush-released it herself (Lady Gaga is dealing with leakage herself).


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The upshot? It's laden with cliches, with "eye of the tiger" in the chorus, and the verses start with a string of them, from "bite my tongue" to "hold my breath," and the old canard "I stood for nothing, so I fell for anything."


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Still, she manages to make it catchy, and given her split with Russell Brand and on-again romance with John Mayer, "Roar" sounds like a declaration of independence (oops...who's writing cliches now?) post-breakup.

You can hear it below. Warning: It's an "I Heart Radio" recording, so that annoying voice pops in from time to time reminding you of that.

Aug 13, 2013 12:49PM
Who knew Zooey Deschanel could sing?!?
Aug 13, 2013 10:31AM
Duh! The leaks are a tactic to drum up noise about the subject (song, movie, politics). It's more mysterious and less vein. Everybody wants to see/hear something they're "not supposed to". It's the oldest trick in the book.

Aug 13, 2013 9:47AM
Once again, I stand amazed at what people deem news worthy. What a bunch of nonsense. Who cares???
Aug 13, 2013 8:21AM
Can someone explain how this garbage is popular??
Aug 13, 2013 8:21AM
Who are "these people " that "leak" these songs a day or so before release. Is their security so bad in music that they can not protect it till release date? I can not believe they do not find the people that leak everything. Do these people get fired? No, it just continues. the artists and companies go along and pretend outrage as this gets a bit more attention (on the net) rather then just releasing it. the artists and label are money driven and will lie and leak and sensationalize anything! Most of it is like cheese and other food products,, processed!! sounds like all the other artists anyway.
Aug 13, 2013 8:03AM
So funny Madonna was the queen of leakage!  Always appeared on TV and was promising to fire the people responsible, but after a decade or more of these events you think people would realize that street date, means street, follow the guidelines.
Aug 13, 2013 7:22AM

Please, "leaked". Come on. All these types are so high on themselves that they cant see straight.

It wasn't leaked it was pushed out by Katy or the record company. I am not being critical of Katy Perry or the record company but stop trying to fool everyone into thinking she is so darn important and famous that someone would want to break into the recording studio vault and steal the song and "leak it" to the world. This is self-marketing 101.

Aug 12, 2013 6:16PM
Sorry people, she sounds GREAT as usual in my opinion.  As far as range, who cares.  Sara's good but not near as good as Katy.  And I'm 50!!!!  Heard em both and heard em all, would rather hear Katy, like Katy much better!!    
Aug 12, 2013 5:24PM
Thank goodness she made this in a studio........the roar of the vacuum sucking all matter into space is deafening.  Is she still singing for Disney?
Aug 12, 2013 5:15PM
OMG i can not believe the blatant rip off!!  steall it from someone less known and calls it her own.. wow.. typical disposable celebrity!!  she needs to be held accountable for that!!!
Aug 12, 2013 5:11PM
Katy Perry is one of the most inspiring singers on the Earth currently.

Brave is talking about encouragement and comfort to another person.
Saying that "You'll get through it", "I've gone through that", and "I want you to be brave"

Roar talks about Independence towards herself saying
"I'm not gonna be pushed around" "I'll express myself as I wish"

It's not if they sound the same. They're both different in many ways.
They're both in many ways Different. They give a different story in each.
And they will both do some inspiring of their own.

Aug 12, 2013 4:55PM
maybe she heard "Brave" and  thought someone leaked her song!
Aug 12, 2013 4:13PM
basic Katy  autotune P. O. S.  Can anyone sing anymore?
Aug 12, 2013 3:25PM
Sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareille's Brave.
Aug 12, 2013 2:38PM
Yes great voice, she's very talented. :) But she needed John in her life to have people talk about her. ;)
Aug 12, 2013 1:55PM
love her Voice.  Just don't understand her going for these Broken men...but that has nothing to do with her great talent!!!!!!
Aug 12, 2013 1:29PM

Like very much, great beat, lyrics good. She sounds strong and powerful


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