Katy Perry’s Song “By the Grace of God” Is a Flashback to Her Christian Singer Days

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Before Katy Perry was an animal-print-and-candy-loving pop star, she was Katy Hudson, aspiring Christian singer. Though her switch to the secular side of music helped make her a star, Katy (whose parents are pastors) hasn't given up on her Christian background. Her new album Prism features the ballad "By the Grace of God," which probably won't ever be released as a single but does a bang-up job appealing to one of her core constituencies.But what does John Mayer think? … [Read more...]

Vince Gill Heckles Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

It seems like the Westboro Baptist Church just hates everybody. Country singer Vince Gill was performing in Kansas City when the WBC showed up to protest. Their reason? Gill, who divorced his first wife and is now married to singer Amy Grant, is "an adulterer.""What are you doing with another man’s wife? Don’t you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?" one protester shouted at Vince."Don’t you know you fuckers are lucky that you don’t have a sign that says something about … [Read more...]

Pastor Fired Because He Attended Rick Ross Concert

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Pastor Rodney Willis, who was the leader of Mt. Salem Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was removed from his position after he attended a Rick Ross concert.After hearing about Willis' extracurricular activity, the church's group of deacons voted to fire him. He found out what had happened when he showed up to the church on Sunday morning and his name had been taken off of his parking space."We know that many saints will have mixed opinions from our actions, but this is not … [Read more...]

Watch Ke$ha’s Backup Dancers Crash a Westboro Baptist Church Protest

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The Westboro Baptist Church sometimes likes to take pop songs and rework them so that the lyrics are about WBC faves like hating gay people. However, their attempt to Weird Al-ify Ke$ha's song "We R Who We R" as "God H8s Who U R." Rather than get mad, the singer decided to get even: she sent her backup dancers to a WBC protest in Nebraska, where they busted their best moves during the song. Well played, team Ke$ha! … [Read more...]

Garfunkel & Oates’ New Song Is About Anal Sex for Jesus

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[Warning: This is very, very NSFW. Don't come crying to me later because I put this note right at the beginning.]Comedy-song duo Garfunkel & Oates (aka Kate Micucci from Scrubs and Raising Hope and Riki Lindholme from the new Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing) are back with another song. This one's called "The Loophole," and it's about Christian girls who think it's okay to have anal sex. This video contains plenty of blasphemy, including church scenes and some … [Read more...]

Vampire Weekend Creates an Indie-Rock Last Supper

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Two Vampire Weekend posts in like a month? Who am I?Anyway, the band has yet another video with spiritual elements. This time it's for their single "Diane Young." In the video, the band, plus fellow musicians like Santigold, Sky Ferreira, and Chromeo create a sort of neo-hipster Last Supper. It's pretty, even if the song's not as good as "Oxford Comma." … [Read more...]

Vampire Weekend’s New Single Asserts That Zion Doesn’t Love You

I think of Vampire Weekend as a disaffected art rock band, but do they have a spiritual side? Their latest single, "Ya Hey" (a pun on one of the Jewish names for G-d, Yahweh) contains quite a few spiritual lyrics, like "Zion doesn't love you/and Babylon don't love you," and refers to whoever "you" is as a "saint."The video is deliberately oblique, just showing people (mostly wearing muslin wraps that look like togas, or standing in front of the Chrysler Building) opening bottles of … [Read more...]


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