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Katy Perry's "Roar" has won the battle of the new hit pop singles, at least in their opening week, outpacing Lady Gaga's latest release, "Applause."

Perry is a champion, as proclaimed, and her fans' collective "Roar" has propelled her to more than 525,000 downloads of her latest mega-single.

Somewhere, Perez Hilton is celebrating so hard.

That's compared to an estimated 200,000 to 225,000 sales expected for Lady Gaga, Billboard reports. So is "Applause" more like a slow clap?

The release of today's Lady Gaga "Applause" music video might help her cause ("Roar" doesn't have one yet), but for now, Katy is winning big time.

Maybe Little Monsters didn't satisfy (people, or expectations).

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In celebration of LITERALLY the hottest time of year, we're pleased to announce and kick off the 1st Annual THG Bikini Body Summer Showdown!

It's not a complicated setup. Take a look at the two bikini-clad celebrities pitted against each other below. Choose your favorite. The winner advances.

Yesterday's battle? Lindsey Vonn and Maria Sharapova. Today? A clash of pop titans, with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga competing for more than just Billboard's #1 spot.

Who will win this first-round matchup? Cast your vote below!

And the Winner is?

Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who's got the best bikini body? Vote in this first-round matchup of THG's Bikini Body Showdown! View Poll »

If you need do to more research before casting your virtual ballot, feel free to peruse THG's extensive galleries of Katy Perry photos and Lady Gaga photos.

Some of which even involve her clothed. Enjoy.

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How similar is Katy Perry’s new hit “Roar” to Sara Bareilles’ recent single “Brave"?

Similar enough to have some fans crying ripoff after she roared to #1 this week.

"Brave" merited a tweet from Perry at the time of its release this year, as Katy included a link to the video with a message that read “I heart you @sarabareilles."

More than a few of the 3,500,000 Katy Perry "Roar" listeners on YouTube have noted its similarities to Bareilles' song in key, tempo and loping beat.

Listen to them both above and see what you think ...

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It's just like old times for Katy Perry and Rihanna.

The "Roar" and "Who You Love" singer caught up with her one-time BFF last night at the pre-album release party for Perry's upcoming effort, Prism.

Looks like the one-time BFF is a BFF again ...

Katy Perry and Rihanna Photo

In a snapshot RiRi posted on Instagram, a beaming Katy Perry, who just released a duet with John Mayer, cozies up to the Barbados-bred beauty.

Rihanna's lips are pursed, playfully.

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If there were any doubts that Katy Perry and John Mayer are reunited and making sweet music together - literally and otherwise - consider them gone.

Their romance is immortalized in a duet they co-wrote, "Who You Love," on the singer-songwriter's new album, Paradise Valley (due out August 20).

It's incredibly cheesy, but in a cute way. Listen:

"Who You Love" offers lyrical insight into their attraction to each other and hints that they split in March because he wasn't ready to be in a relationship.

The mid-tempo track features Mayer, 35, singing:

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Katy Perry's new single "Roar" has been released, and comes with a lyric video that iPhone-obsessed, emoticon lovers everywhere will appreciate.

Below, the cutesy graphic symbols - staples of the Emoji keyboard - help spell out the cheesy, uplifting lyrics on the screen of the singer's iPhone.

Check out the Katy Perry "Roar" lyrics velow:

"I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar," she proclaims, and some of her friends help get that message across ... via text message, obvi.

"Shanny" (Shannon Woodward), Ferras, "Johnny Wu" stylist Johnny Wujak), "Mamma Mia" (MIA Moretti) and "SKEET" (Young Skeeter), to name a few.

Katy, for her part, reads their pearls of wisdom while eating breakfast, sitting on the toilet, riding in the passenger's seat and taking a bubble bath.

Standard iPhone/Katy fare, we'd say.

What do you think of "Roar"?

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Beware, radio listeners. There's a "tiger on the loose."

So Katy Perry Tweeted this weekend after the first single off her upcoming album leaked online a couple days earlier than expected.

The track is titled "Roar" and it will be included on Perry's "Prism," which comes out on October 22.

"You held me down but I got up," Perry sings in the refrain of the pop single, hitting an inspiring note with: "You're gonna hear me roar."

Listen now and sound off: What do you think of the latest Katy Perry song?

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For the record: Katy Perry never hooked up with Robert Pattinson.

Yes, there were rumors of these two hanging out and watching random wedding together.

There was even talk that Perry encouraged Pattinson to dump Kristen Stewart.

Katy Perry Elle Cover Pic

But Perry tells the latest issue of Elle UK that nothing ever happened between her and the Twilight Saga star and that she felt bad when rumors to the contrary spread online.

She even sent Stewart a text message when the talk was at its apex.

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Katy Perry's new album Prism is coming out October 22, 2013.

That's the impression we get from this photo, at least ...

Katy Perry Prism

The singer reportedly arranged for an 18-wheeler to drive the streets of L.A. Monday, emblazoned with the large words "Katy Perry, Prism, 10.22.13."

A Tweet, press release or racy picture (a la Lady Gaga nude every other day) have involved fewer carbon emissions, but major points for creativity.

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Katy Perry revealed at the premiere of The Smurfs 2 in L.A. this weekend that she secretly recorded backing vocals on Britney Spears' "Ooh La La"!

The catchy pop tune was written by frequent Perry collaborator Bonnie McKee.

"Me and Bonnie secretly did background vocals on that song," Perry said.

"So maybe listen for our voices."

Will Katy Perry and Britney Spears collaborate on a real duet sometime soon? We can only hope, but in the meantime, listen to their unofficial one above.

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