The Week In Music: Katy Perry Offers Up Free Fireworks

Pop songstress to give thanks with free L.A. show on Nov. 23
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November 18, 2011 -- 7:00 am PST
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If you're a pop star with more fans than you can count, how do you thank them for their love and support? A free concert, of course. California gurl Katy Perry is holding a free concert on Nov. 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles in an effort to give thanks to her loyal followers. Titled Katy Perry Gives Thanks, the performance will wrap up her California Dreams tour. "I want to finish [my tour] off by renting out Staples myself and giving a free concert to anyone in the world that wants to come to the California Dreams tour as my last show," Perry announced on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Proving that she's quite the giver, Perry also premiered her new music video for "The One That Got Away" and announced that the world can expect little Perry-Brand babies in the near future. "If it doesn't hurt the first time, I'll keep poppin' em out," Perry said. A free show, a new music video and future little California gurls or boys? That sounds like something to be thankful for.

Though it's been quiet as a tomb in the Van Halen camp since their successful 2007 reunion tour with original frontman David Lee Roth, it seems fans will have cause to celebrate soon. The iconic rock band has inked a deal with Interscope Records spanning merchandising, marketing and recording, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jimmy Iovine was personally involved with the negotiations. A new Van Halen album featuring Roth has been rumored to be in the works for some time, but no official band reports have surfaced. In fact, the band's most recent Facebook update is dated June 2010. What could Van Halen have up their sleeve? The jury remains out regarding a new album and what it would sound like. But with Diamond Dave manning the microphone and the legendary guitar antics of Eddie Van Halen, we're hoping the musical template is straight out of the "Panama" playbook.

While some of us will count our blessings for having a roof to put over our head this holiday season, others may be running for the hills, afraid those roofs are haunted by dead musicians. Former Libertines guitarist/vocalist Pete Doherty has reportedly evacuated his London flat and fled to Paris in fear that his pad is haunted by the ghost of the late Amy Winehouse, who died earlier this summer. "He is utterly convinced that he has seen [Amy Winehouse's] ghost," a source told The Sun. "A lot of people will think his visions are probably drug-induced, but he claims he is clean." Could these visions be merely hallucinations, or is Winehouse back as the Ghost of Thanksgiving Past to take care of some unfinished business with her once-lover? We'll never know, but we do know we're thankful there won't be any ghosts showing up on our doorstep this Thanksgiving.

If you're one of those last-minute holiday shoppers, here's something to be thankful for: Lady Gaga's holiday gift workshop. Starting Nov. 21, Gaga will begin rolling out one specialty item per day over the "12 Days of Gaga," after which Gaga's Workshop will open at Barney's department store. So far, the items include a Gaga face cookie, magnetic Gaga dress-up kit and a stiletto stocking. With more items yet to roll out, you're sure to find the perfect gift for everyone, even the little monster in your life who has everything.

Do you have one holiday wish you're hoping comes true this season? For one U.S. Marine Corps corporal, it was a date with everyone's favorite sexy bringer-backer, Justin Timberlake — and she got it. Earlier this year, Cpl. Kelsey De Santis took to YouTube to ask Timberlake to be her man of honor at the annual Marine Corps Ball on Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C. Making her ask short and sweet, she ended her request borrowing a line from a Timberlake tune, saying, "If you can't go, all I have to say is cry me a river. Hit me up." De Santis didn't have to cry any rivers because not only did Timberlake join her at the ball, he later described the event as "one of the most moving evenings I've ever had." Following the event, De Santis, who also rocked her body on the dance floor with the pop star-turned-actor, told "Good Morning America" that "It was a complete honor to be able to share that experience with someone who is so selfless. It was a great thing." This won't be the last celebrity appearance at a Marine Corps Ball. On Nov. 18 Timberlake's Friends With Benefits co-star Mila Kunis will accompany U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Scott Moore to another ball as a result of a YouTube invite, which Timberlake encouraged her to accept. It looks like the words Timberlake previously sang came true: "What comes around, goes around."

While there is always something to be thankful for, especially on Thanksgiving, sometimes we find ourselves being unthankful. For former Oasis member Noel Gallagher, it was running into actress Katie Holmes while on the "Late Show With David Letterman." "We literally bumped into that top scientologist Katie Holmes on the way into the studio," wrote Gallagher on his blog. "We came out of the lift and bang, there she was." Gallagher and a friend were filming the occasion for the singer's website when Holmes sent a representative over to shut it down. "There was no need to send one of her people over to demand the video be deleted," he continued. But Gallagher didn't let the incident spoil his day as he also met ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons while on the show. "As show time approached we got a little visit from that fella Billy Gibbons from that band ZZ Top," Gallagher wrote. "Another top little dude. Who's not having that tune "Sharp Dressed Man"? Squares, that's who." Among other things, it appears Gallagher is thankful for clean shirts, new shoes, a silk suit, and a black tie.

As our Thanksgiving gift to you, don't forget to tune in to "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" on Nov. 30 from 10–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Rihanna's "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Rumour Has It/Someone Like You" by the cast of "Glee" is tops on the iTunes singles chart.

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