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Behind the Song: Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’

“I am woman, hear me roar.” It’s the simple phrase that Helen Reddy sang in 1971 and 42 years later would inspire Katy Perry, along with her co-writer Bonnie McKee, to write “Roar.”

01/02/2014

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Interview: Bonnie McKee on the Inspiration Behind Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’

Before hitting the stage for the We Can Survive concert, Katy Perry’s BFF spoke with Radio.com about her ’80s-inspired upcoming album, the inspiration behind “Roar” and the difference between writing songs for herself and writing for others.

10/24/2013

All of the evening's performers come together for a show-closing rendition of Perry's hit, "Roar." (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Watch Katy Perry ‘Roar’ Live with Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, Kacey Musgraves

Watch the big finale from the ‘We Can Survive’ benefit show at The Hollywood Bowl.

10/24/2013

Katy Perry and her dancers working the Hollywood Bowl stage.  (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding & More Bring Pop Fun & a Good Cause to We Can Survive Show

The female bill was as wide-ranging in all corners of pop as Perry’s latest effort, “Prism,” so not only was the benefit concert Perry’s creation, it also served as a celebration of the new album.

10/24/2013

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Bonnie McKee Lands Katy Perry, Kiss & More In ‘American Girl’ Video

The best cameo perhaps goes to Macklemore, who filmed himself in his bathtub just singing along wholeheartedly.

06/27/2013