Katy Perry Makes History: Five #1's from Teenage Dream

It's official. Katy Perry has become the first female artist--and only the second artist besides Michael Jackson--to score five No. 1 singles from the same album (Teenage Dream) on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

With her current single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” ascending to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week, global pop superstar Katy Perry ties with Michael Jackson to become the second artist in the 53-year-history of the Hot 100 chart to produce five No. 1 singles off the same album. Katy is the first female, and only living artist to accomplish this feat.

In addition, on August 1st, Katy became the second artist in modern-day BDS chart monitoring to notch six consecutive No. 1 singles: “Waking Up in Vegas,” (from 2009’s One of the Boys), “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”

Perry is currently in the middle of her sold-out "California Dreams" tour. Congratulations, Katy!

August 17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
August 19 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
August 20 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 21 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
August 23 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Sept 7 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Sept 8 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Sept 10 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena
Sept 11 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sept 13 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Arena
Sept 14 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Sept 16 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Sept 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Nov 15 Hartford, CT XL Center
Nov 16 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Nov 19 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Nov 21 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Nov 22 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

Singer Gavin DeGraw OK After Attack

Singer Gavin DeGraw canceled his next two shows while he recovers from an attack "by a group of assailants" in New York that left him with a concussion, broken nose, black eyes and cuts and bruises, his representative confirmed on Tuesday.

DeGraw tweeted on Tuesday afternoon:
"Hi my friends. Honestly, I don't remember much. I only know I can recover from here. Thank u all for your genuine concern. I love u guys."

No arrests have been made, but New York police are investigating.

"Gavin and his family appreciate everyone's concern at this time," his rep said.

Song of Summer 2011

It's hard to believe, but summer is almost two-thirds gone! And if you're one of those going back to school soon, it's basically over. So, we have to ask, what was the song that got stuck in your head the most? What song followed you around like a shadow?

Vote for your favorite song this summer! The provided choices are based on iTunes sales, radio airplay, social media mentions in the last six weeks, & online conversation among Variance readers.

If your choice for "Song of Summer 2011" isn't listed below, tell us in the comments.










REP YOUR CITY: the new local spotlight from Variance

Do you know of a great local bookstore? Would you like to see your favorite music venue or record store featured in an upcoming issue of Variance? We want to hear from you.

We want to bring focus back on the local arts scene, and we need your help! If you know of a great music or arts venue or retail outlet, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us why this place is the best! You might be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine!

It's time to Rep Your City.

The Civil Wars Announce North American Fall 2011 Dates

The Civil Wars announced Tuesday that tickets will go on sale soon for their North American Fall Tour with very special guest Milo Greene. Presale tickets are available now, in limited quantity and for limited time. Plus, each ticket purchased comes with an exclusive live track.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://thecivilwars.com/presale/falltour2011/

The band also confirmed that additional fall dates will be announced soon.

October 19 Charlotte, NC McGlohon Theatre
October 20 Durham, NC Page Auditorium
October 21 Norfolk, VA NorVa Theatre
October 22 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
October 23 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
October 25 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
October 27 New York, NY Town Hall
October 28 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
October 29 Montreal, QC Gesu
November 1 Toronto, ON The Phoenix
November 2 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
November 3 Columbus, OH Lincoln Theatre
November 4 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
November 6 Chicago, IL The Vic
November 8 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
November 9 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
November 13 Vancouver, BC The Vogue
November 14 Seattle, WA The Neptune
November 15 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
November 17 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
November 18 Santa Barbara, CA Lobero Theatre
November 19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
November 20 Tempe, AZ The Marquee

Join Our Team! Intern Wanted!

Variance Magazine is seeking a creative intern to join our team in the Tulsa, OK offices. If you are a college student, this is a chance to get great learning experience and be a part of this growing project while even earning class credit.

Writing and/or blogging experience is required. Any web/design/Photoshop skills would be great, although not necessary. If you feel you are a creative type and would like the chance to play a role in what we do, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your resume and portfolio or writing samples.

This is an unpaid internship.

Thanks,
Variance Staff

Matthew Mayfield: Now You're Free

Matthew Mayfield is one of those guys whose music I could listen to for hours without getting tired of it. Every song--it's just some of the purest, most genuine music out there.

He's officially released the video for his first full album, Now You're Free. And I had to share it with you!

Watch and enjoy! And get his new album, too!

Watch the video.

OFFICIAL: Kristin Chenoweth to be on cover of July issue

The Emmy-winning actress and vocalist Kristin Chenoweth will be on the cover of the July 2011 issue of Variance, which also happens to be the One Year Birthday Celebration issue.

Since July 1, 2010, many artists such as the Goo Goo Dolls, VersaEmerge, The Civil Wars, A Rocket to the Moon, The Damnwells, Yellowcard, The Ready Set, and TwitPic founder Noah Everett have had their stories featured in Variance. This is a great benchmark for the magazine.

As for Chenoweth, she discusses her new album, her role on Glee, her faith, and her upcoming TV show. Her new single "I Want Somebody" recently debuted and is available now for purchase.

Also included in this month's issue are Kate Voegele, Jason Reeves, All Time Low, Manchester Orchestra, Dev, Christina Grimmie, Caitlin Crosby, and many others.

Chenoweth is the second female to be featured on the cover. The new issue is available July 1, 2011.