What’s a lover of pop starlets to do?
In making plans for this Friday night, Chicago concertgoers had a real dilemma — likely depending on their age. It’s the ultimate pop tart showdown: Britney Spears in concert at the United Center vs. Katy Perry at Allstate Arena.
The two music stars are only three years apart in age, though Spears has nearly a decade on Perry in the pop consciousness. They haven’t crossed paths much creatively, though the Internet is currently buzzing with rumors that a remix of Spears’ latest single “I Wanna Go” will appear next month featuring guest vocals by Perry.
Here’s a look at the match-up …
UPDATE: Katy Perry’s show on Friday night has been postponed due to illness!
recognizably long and blond. She shaved her head in 2007.
but has been blond, bright blue and recently red.
member of the revived “Mickey Mouse Club” in 1992.
daughter of two pastors, Perry grew up singing in their ministry. Her first
album was Christian rock.
One More Time” in 1999.
“Katy Hudson” in 2001. Pop: “One of the Boys” in 2008.
from rapper Kevin Federline. Custody battle continues over their two sons.
(In March, K-Fed revealed he’s having another child with current girlfriend
comedian-actor Russell Brand last October.
Madonna at the 2003 MTV VMAs.
hit was “I Kissed a Girl,” saying she did it “just to try it” and, hey, she
smells like berries, petals, musk.
smells like candy, Juicy Fruit.
Against Me,” from her current “Femme Fatale” album, broke airplay records
when it debuted in January and debuted at No. 1 for digital tracks in dozens
Dream” album is the ninth album in history to score four No. 1 singles (and
the first by a female artist to do so since Mariah Carey’s 1990 debut). If “Last
Friday Night,” the newest single, reaches No. 1 (it’s No. 4 at press time),
she’ll tie the record Michael Jackson set with “Bad.” In addition, she
recently became the first artist ever to stay in the Billboard Top 10 for 52
fall, the hit Fox series devoted an entire episode to Spears’ songs,
including “Toxic,” “Stronger,” “Slave 4 U” and more. Spears appeared briefly
in the episode.
not appeared on the show, but her music has: “Teenage Dream” (by a male choir,
even better than Perry’s original), “Firework” (by Rachel) and “California
Gurls” (by blue-haired cheerios). Payback: “Glee’s” Kevin McHale (Artie)
appears in Perry’s “Last Friday Night” video.
has performed with young R&B diva Nicki Minaj, who is an opening act on
Spears’ current tour.
voiced support for teen phenom Rebecca Black when Internet haters attacked
her. Black appears in Perry’s latest video, and Perry sings “Friday” in her
the new Selena Gomez album, “When the Sun Goes Down”
co-wrote the dance song “Whiplash” — which is obvious.
co-penned “That’s More Like It,” a cheeky teen-pop number.
in latest video
for “Hold It Against Me” spoofs product placement, showing off Spears’
perfume, cosmetics line Make Up Forever, online dating site Plenty of Fish,
and Sony. Perry previously tweeted a criticism of this.
for “Last Friday Night” features cameos by Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson,
Hanson, Rebecca Black, even Kenny G.
tour’s stage gimmicks
climbs on, saddles or straddles a lot of items: a giant guitar, two thrones,
an Egyptian boat, colorful speaker stacks, an airborne platform, a
motorcycle, a Mini Cooper, various dancers and one lucky guy pulled from the
of Perry’s show is candy candy candy: Oversized lollipops, gumdrops and iced
cakes decorate the stage, and cotton-candy vendors throughout the crowd.
Perry cavorts with a giant slot machine and an Elvis impersonator, dresses as
Catwoman, Dorothy (from “The Wizard of Oz”), plumes herself in peacock
feathers and winds up costumed as a large Hershey’s kiss.
an active dancer, has been frequently criticized for her reliance on “support
vocals,” particularly during the Circus tour. Perez Hilton attended a
rehearsal for the current tour and estimated that Spears actually sings 40
percent of the songs.
of the current tour report that Perry appears to sing all her songs.
moments in current show
the lap dancing, the S&M hoods — it all seems so quaint now.
a PG-13 show,” Perry says. She mimes fellatio with her microphone. She also
eats a brownie that causes things to go wacky, before smirking, “Stay in
school, don’t do drugs.”
of her last Chicago-area concert
Arena, April 2009: “Now here she was in the flesh in Rosemont in the midst of
her second comeback attempt, once again staggering zombie-like through a
carefully planned, rigidly controlled and relentlessly marketed show based on the familiar commodity
she’s been peddling throughout her career: S-E-X.” (Jim DeRogatis for the
Blues, March 2009: “Perry could stand out in the current female pop company
of Fergie, Lady Gaga and even Madonna’s recent material, while also
possessing the retro quirkiness of Cyndi Lauper, the guitar charged
sensibilities of Pat Benatar and occasional club grooves a la Blondie.” (Andy
Argyrakis for concertlivewire.com)
for Friday’s show
available: $29.50-$350, ticketmaster.com (concert capacity appx. 22,000)
(concert capacity appx. 18,500)
The verdict: If you had to choose, I hope you chose Perry.
She actually sings, she’s fresh, and her current album is chock full of catchy
tunes that put Brit-Brit to shame. See you Friday at Allstate!