AMP Music Minute June 22nd

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Katy Perry Recalls Sad Days After Divorce-

Looking wistful on the cover of the most recent issue of The Hollywood Reporter, inside the magazine Katy Perry carries over that energy when she talks about some of the hardest moments she experienced after her split from one-time husband, Russell Brand.

“There were times when what was going on in my personal life was so overwhelming, that I had to bend over to let those tears fall straight out of my eyes (and not my false lashes) just as I’m about to go up on that ramp and sing ‘Teenage Dream,'” she said.

What’s more she had to learn not to lean on her fans in this time, despite being so supportive in her most successful and happy moments. “I had to smack myself across the face and say, ‘These problems are my problems, they are not my audience’s problems, learn to separate that.'” More to the point, no matter how much Katy’s fans love her, they aren’t paying to see her cry on stage.

But Katy has remained poised throughout this heart-breaking event in her life and even chose to share it with the world in her upcoming concert documentary despite Brand’s attempts to have his scenes removed. “Honesty has always worked for me,” Katy said about her decision to include her divorce.

For Katy though, the sky’s the limit. Her last album Teenage Dream could not have done any better and her new music promises to keep her going strong into the future. Maybe one day she will get back to her cotton candy roots. Until then, its real talk all the way.

And we like it!

T.I. & Lil Wayne Poised for “Banger” Says Producer-

Sitting down with producing giant, Rico Love while he talks about his upcoming single for T.I. which features New Orleans own, Lil Wayne, you might think he had just created a way to end world peace more than a new song for the clubs. But that’s what he did and he is hyped about the turn out. Rap-up got the scoop.

“I’m not trying to be cocky, but I pretty much know that that’s gonna be a hit record,” he said about the new single. “I know it’s gon’ tear up the club. I’m really confident in the record. I know we got a bona fide club banger with that one.”

But don’t expect to hear that ATL sound that T.I. has perfected. Instead, Tip and Weezy rocked to a beat influenced more by Louisiana bounce than Atlanta swag. But don’t sweat it, he still achieves the desired result: good music!

“What I did with the song was…I kept telling Earl and E that we gotta tap into that New Orleans bounce sound, ” Love old the interviewer. “And I feel like New Orleans has a market of its own, that I feel like, when it’s tapped into properly – not just the success of Lil Wayne and Cash Money – but just the specific sound that New Orleans has..its the most sexiest thing you ever seen…”

Rico also revealed that T.I. has another song coming out with Pharell Williams, calling it “that one-two punch.”

Havana Brown Enjoys Pitbull’s Party Style-

New recording artist Havana Brown has made her rounds on the DJ scene for some pretty big names including Lady Gaga and especially Pitbull, which is how they linked up in the first place for their upcoming tour together.  The Australian mixer sat down with local news to recall some of her most fun moments with the Miami rapper and his tour mates. Yeah, we mean Enrique Iglesias.

“Enrique is such an awesome guy, Pitbull is just awesome himself, everyone is just so much fun,” Havana said. “Backstage there were parties every single night after the show – everyone would be dancing in the hallways, like in a huddle, big loud music, loud Hispanic music … it was just unbelievable.”

“They had tequila in their hands, and they were drinking right out of the bottle. It was just the vibe they brought, you know, the Cuban, Spanish, Brazilian vibe to the corridors of the venues in Australia. And they were teaching me how to salsa dance, it was very, very fun.”

Currently Havana’s own single “We Run the Night” is sitting pretty atop the Dance charts but she doesn’t seem to shell-shocked from the success. After all, she has gotten use to being around ‘celebrity.’

In regards to touring with some big names, Havana has found it easy to “see them as just normal people like you and me.”

“They’re down to earth, and they tend to be actually really nice,” she added.

-Khellie Braxton, 97.1 AMP RADIO, L.A.

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