Local New York newspaper the Brooklynpaper.com revealed earlier today that the stage for Katy Perry to perform her latest hit song Roar under the Brooklyn Bridge was being constructed in time for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) grand finale tonight.
When the paper put their newly learned information out this morning, they did not know if the performance would be live or recorded under the bridge. The stage was being constructed at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park section of the waterfront green space near Jane’s Carousel. They did learn that the performance was an “invite-only” gig set to take place later this evening.
It has been confirmed, by Us Weekly, that the closing number for the MTV VMA airing tonight will be live from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Katy will be the only artist not performing from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Her musical peers, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake – with his old N Sync buddies – Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, et al will all be in the center rocking the night away for the award ceremony.
According to a source close to the producers of the award show, the 27 year-old pop star will be busting it live just a short distance away from the center and the rest of her musical pals. So Katy Perry will get to “Roar” under the Brooklyn Bridge for the VMA finale.
Like the proverbial birdie, a source whispered into Us Weekly’s ear that this will be the first live Perry performance of her hit single. The source also revealed that originally, Katy was meant to be singing the song on the bridge itself.
But apparently the city officials aren’t Katy Perry fans, because they refused to issue the necessary permits for the live gig to go down. So it did; go down under the bridge. It seems that MTV “rose” to the occasion and got down with business.
On Friday, Katy Perry was reported as having a career and personal best of selling an impressive 557,000 digital downloads of her first single Roar off her third album. Those impressive figures meant that not only did the early leak by hackers not hurt her sales, but she hit the record books with the highest first week sales this year.
She also placed sixth place in the record of largest sales week ever for a digital single download. She “roared” into the top place for the year and knocked Lady Gaga into third place. Apparently Mother Monster’s little monsters weren’t as cash laden as Katy Perry’s fans. Of course the other reason may have been that as good as Lady Gaga is to her fans. Katy knows what they like and gave all her devoted followers a pretty decent carrot.
She set up a Twitter “competition” for her fans to vote on the next single to get released from her Prism album. You have to give Perry credit, she’s pretty smart. Katy is also performing Roar live tonight under the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the MTV VMA finale. Rock on Katy!
By Michael Smith