This video starts off with plenty of promise: After a long day of music-video shooting, a robotically cheery Katy Perry retires to her dressing room to try to shake the weight of pop stardom off her shoulders. She removes her wig and stares longingly in the mirror, as sure a sign as any that we’re about to get into some "this is what the real KP is like" shit — and then she runs away to a mythical fairy land to pal around with her supernatural 10-year-old self?!! I was just kind of hoping we’d get to see her sitting around drinking chai and playing Mario Kart.
Madonna featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, “Give Me All Your Luvin’”
This song sounds like Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend,” which on its own isn’t the worst thing ever, but it pointedly contains the lyrics, “Every record sounds the same / You’ve got to step into my world.” Also: Madonna made M.I.A. and Nicki awkwardly shake pom poms around just in case anyone forgot for a second that she was playing the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday, and then only gave them four worthless, tacked-on bars each? On the plus side: Doesn’t she look amazing, folks?!
Well, this is a surprise: M.I.A. – the most recent victim of the Lana Del Rey Backlash-Anti-Backlash-Anti-Anti-Backlash-Whiplash Commemorative Circuit – will be performing at this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. As she told Zane Lowe on BBC radio last night, “Yes, I'm going to the Super Bowl… I'm gonna be performing with Madonna and Nicki Minaj... If you're gonna go to the Super Bowl, you might as well go with America's biggest female icons.” The occasion will be a performance of Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin,” which features both M.I.A. and Nicki. A demo version of the track has leaked; the official version, plus a possibly Minaj-Madonna-smooch-featuring music video, drops on Friday. Appropriately, that’s the same day that M.I.A.’s new video, for the semi-new single “Bad Girls,” will be released. So: M.I.A.’s back?