Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” Gets Positive Reviews In Japan: Morning Mix

Christina Lee | May 5, 2014 5:00 am

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:: While Western outlets criticized Avril Lavigne‘s “Hello Kitty” video for being “Japan fetishization,” Lavigne’s Japanese audience responded positively. “The people who are blaming the artist for racism are non-Japanese,” a social media expert says. [Billboard]

:: Hilary Duff is teaming with Ed Sheeran and songwriter Savan Kotecha (Britney Spears, Ariana Grande‘s “Problem”) for her comeback album. Meanwhile, Duff promises that her new music will have an “earthy, indie-pop vibe.” [Popdust]

:: Carrie Underwood, your prayers have been answered. While NBC’s The Sound of Music special aired to negative reviews, Julie Andrews praised it. “You know, it’s 50 years ago since that wonderful film was made – I think it was time someone else took a crack at it,” she said. [Popdust]

:: Katy Perry, Weird Al Yankovic and Tyler, the Creator all cover the same 1892 song for The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell. The record was put together by Mark Ryden, the artist behind Tyler’s Wolf album artwork and a similarly surreal portrait of Perry, titled “Katy Aphrodite.” [THR]

:: Perhaps it’s for good luck: Justin Bieber walked undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather out for his winning May 2 match, after doing so in 2012. This time, Lil Wayne joined them. [Twitter]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

:: Good Morning America (ABC) — Rick Springfield :: Live with Kelly & Michael (syndicated) — Sam Woolf (American Idol) :: The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated) — Ricky Martin :: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Future Islands :: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Latimore :: Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) — Young the Giant :: Conan (TBS) — Ziggy Marley