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In the four-girl fight for pop dominance, Katy Perry is still the queen

Exactly 50 years ago, near the peak of the 1960s girl group craze, Lesley Gore rocketed to the top of the pop charts with the heartbreaking lyrics that made her a legend of sorts: “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to. You would cry too if it happened to you.”

I can’t remember what she was crying about, but 50 years later in the midst of the 2013-14 pop music girl singer battle royale, it’s pretty clear girls don’t cry at parties anymore. They do other things. The opening chorus of the first single from the Miley Cyrus blockbuster Bangerz album lays down the gestalt of the modern female pop star: “It’s our party and we’ll screw who we want:” natpo.st/1bfUpLo

Katy Perry is voting for Obama, according to her dress
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Katy Perry is voting for Obama, according to her dress

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In Pictures: MuchMusic Video Awards 2012
Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Drake were all on Sunday’s guest list. More photos. (Reuters)

Photo Gallery: Grammy Awards red carpet 
The music industry’s biggest and brightest were in Los Angeles on Sunday night for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Here are some images of the evening’s style hits and misses. More photos here. (Reuters)

The future of music is written by fortysomething artists
Imagine grabbing a CD by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any other young  hitmaker from our Age of Derivative. You hop into your Delorean and zip  back to 1991. Would our 2011 sounds truly dazzle and challenge the ears  of yesteryear? Would a single feather be ruffled, or a mind blown?

The future of music is written by fortysomething artists

Imagine grabbing a CD by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any other young hitmaker from our Age of Derivative. You hop into your Delorean and zip back to 1991. Would our 2011 sounds truly dazzle and challenge the ears of yesteryear? Would a single feather be ruffled, or a mind blown?