Katy Perry’s Twitter Hacked, New Song Leaked

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No one is safe

Katy Perry is the latest celebrity to fall victim to hackers. On Monday, the singer's Twitter account was breached, as all sorts of nonsense began disseminating across the Internet by someone claiming to be Perry. With 89 million followers, Perry is the most followed person on Twitter, so you can imagine just how quickly the slurs and profanity coming from her account spread online. 

The hacker also posted a SoundCloud link to a song called "Witness 1.3" claiming it was by Perry herself. Anyone who's heard the song can attest that the singer sounds nothing like Perry, which has led some to believe that the ballad may have been written for Perry's next album and that the voice we hear is that of the songwriter or a session singer.

The SoundCloud page hosting the song belongs to a user who goes by the name "Slut," and is known for featuring bootleg remixes. As for who perpetrated the hack, our only real clue is a tweet from the fake Perry that suggests following @sw4ylol, followed by the hashtag #hackersgonnahack. The hacker later posted a screen grab of a message he or she received from Universal, claiming copyright infringement. The message read: “We’ve received a report directly from Universal Music Group that your track ‘Witness 1.3’ contains ‘Witness 1.3’ by Katy Perry. As a result, the track has been removed from your profile for the time being.” 

The breach is just the latest proof of just how vulnerable celebrities are online, and that even with improved security measures from Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms, no one is truly safe from the wrath of hackers. 

Perry, her reps, and Twitter have yet to comment. 

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."