Artist Review: Katy Perry
By Sierra Terrell, Grade 10
Katy Perry’s music is everywhere! The pop sensation is known for her girl power tunes, her fun and colorful cool outfits, and fun, quirky personality.

But how did she start out? Katy (born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, on October 25, 1984) was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, and raised by Christian pastor parents. She grew up listening to only gospel music, and sang in her local church as a child.

But then in her freshman year of high school she earned herself a GED, and was determined to start her career in the music industry. After a few unsuccessful tries, she scored when she was signed with Capitol Music Group in early 2007.

When her controversial first single came out in 2008, ''I Kissed a Girl,'' she was an instant success. Her first single hit number one on the Hot Billboard 100 for seven weeks, but people were still calling her another one-hit wonder. It was when her second single ''Hot n Cold'' came out as number three on the Billboard Hot 100 that the one-hit wonder statements were gone and out of sight.

"I Kissed a Girl" earned Perry a nomination for Best Female Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards. So when her freshman album, ''One of the Boys'' came out on June 17, 2008, it hit platinum and was listed at number nine on the Billboard 200.

Perry's second mainstream studio album, “Teenage Dream” was released in August 2010. The first single released from the album, "California Gurls," had peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

She was then self-claimed a worldwide superstar, and when her single ''Teenage Dream'' was released in July 2010, and then "Firework'' which was the album's third single released, they were an instant hit.

Katy was nominated for four Grammy awards earlier this year. Even though she did not win, she was a name to reckon with.

Not only is she on her world tour now, but her fourth released single ''E.T.'' featuring Kanye West is now number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and is dominating the charts.

She has also recently married British comedian/actor, Russell Brand.

Nevertheless, one thing that I love about the 26 year-old Californian is that she is a very determined and is an amazing woman that I can look up to. Moreover, maybe some people may say that she's a bad influence for girls because of some of her song lyrics. But really, she inspires girls all around the world to achieve their dreams and goals in life.

The pop phenomenon is on top of the world, and all there is to say is, “baby you're a firework!”
Movie Review: Scream 4
By Sierra Terrell, Grade 10

The “Scream” franchise is back at it again with its fourth installment, ''Scream 4'' from directer Wes Craven.
But this time around there are new rules in town. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell, Scream) comes back to her hometown of Woodsboro where years before she survived the infamous Woodsboro murders that took place. Now she has come back for the last stop on her book tour of her self-help book. But that’s not such a good thing after all, because now a new ghostface is at it, and their new rules are involved in the mix.
Because of that the whole town is in danger: Jill (Emma Roberts, It's Kind of a Funny Story), Aunt Kate (Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves),  her old friends Gale (Courtney Cox, Friends, Scream), and Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette, Scream), who are actually married now, Jill’s friends Kirby (Hayden Panettiere, Heroes), and Olivia (Marielle Jaffe), her ex-boyfreind Trevor (Nico Tortorella, Twelve), the cinema club geeks, Charlie (Rory Culkin, Lymelife), and Robbie (Eric Knudsen, Beastly).

This time nobody is safe, and you'll never guess who did it all. But what I truly liked about the film was that even though it wasn't the best horror film, or comedy, or sequel, they mixed both of those genres in to to create a unique mix up that was at least entertaining. Plus, the youthful cast brings it to life even more in an exciting way.
There are also lots of cameos from Lucy Hale (TV's Pretty Little Liars) to Kristen Bell (Couples Retreat). It makes you want to see more from young Hollywood in a sense because they can bring new characters to life, and bring freshness to the screen.
True, its definitely not director Wes Craven’s best, but “Scream 4” definitely has something that you could appreciate in the sense of something new.
I give the film 2 and 1/2 stars. “Scream 4” is rated R by the MPAA.  

What’s your favorite scary movie?

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