Rita Ora Is Still Dead In the Pokemon Universe, Judging By This Katy Perry Song

Rita Ora Is Still Dead In the Pokemon Universe, Judging By This Katy Perry Song

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Today,
Katy
Perry
helped
launch
a
“massive,
yearlong
music
campaign”
with
none
other
than
the
Pokemon
Company.
Weird,
I
know.
In
a
press
release
for
the
25th
anniversary
celebration
of
the
brand
and
its
many
colorful
minions—most
notably
Pikachu—here’s
what
Perry
had
to
say:
“Pokémon
has
been
a
constant
in
my
life
from
playing
the
original
video
games
on
my
Game
Boy,
to
trading
Pokémon
TCG
cards
at
lunch,
to
the
adventures
of
catching
Pokémon
on
the
street
with
Pokémon
GO.
I’ve
even
visited
the
Pokémon
Café
in
Japan
while
on
tour!”

Ok,
sure,
Katy
Perry
plays
Pokemon.

There’s
a
lot
to
this
celebration,
according
to
said
press
release
from
The
Pokemon
Company.
But
most
notably
is
what
it
has
called
“P25
Music,”
a
collaboration
with
Universal
Music
Group
that
will
include
“some
of
the
biggest
names
in
music,
from
rising
artists
to
award-winning
global
superstars.”
Makes
sense
they
went
with
Perry,
whose

last
album
sold
barely
50,000
units
at
launch—35,000
of
those
units
being
bundled
with
other
merchandise,
and
14,000
having
trickled
down
from
streaming.
You
can
listen
to
the
2
second
long
Katy
Perry
clip
at
the
end
of
this
video:

I
like
the
way
she
belts
“ELECTRIC,”
at
least.

In
reality,
Perry’s
kitsch
aesthetic
pairs
perfectly
with
the
most
famous
children’s
entertainment
conglomerate
of
all
time.
It’s
just
too
bad
The
Pokemon
Company
snubbed
Rita
Ora,
whose
own
original
song
“Carry
On”
from

Detective
Pikachu

was
much
better
than
whatever
that
was
above.
Sadly,

her
character
was
murdered
by
Mewtwo
in
that
movie,
or
perhaps
there
would
have
been
future
hope
for
collaboration.

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This
is
what
a
“25th
Anniversary
Celebration”
looks
like!
Imagine,
however,
if
Ora
was
one
of
the
aforementioned
“rising
artists.”
That
would
make
me
scream.

In
its
press
release,
UMG
teased:

“We
are
honored
to
celebrate
the
25th
anniversary
of
Pokémon
and
the
significant
cultural
impact
this
beloved
franchise
continues
to
have
around
the
world.
Working
together,
we
have
developed
dynamic
year-round
programming
involving
artists
from
across
UMG’s
labels

because
what
better
way
to
create
a
global
celebration
than
through
the
power
of
music.”

If
there’s
still
time,
I
would
strongly
recommend
resuscitating
The
Pokemon
Company’s
relationship
with
Rita
Ora.
But
what
do
I
know!
I’m
just
the
human
adult
with
Pokemon
Sword
still
booted
up
on
my
Nintendo
Switch.


Source : Joan Summers on Culture, shared by Joan Summers to Jezebel Link

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