Olivia Wise, 16, died Monday after a two year long battle with brain cancer.

The beautiful teen, whose inspirational cover version of Katy Perry’s Roar went viral, “died peacefully in her home surrounded by the extraordinary love of her family,” according to a statement released to CNN.

Olivia’s mom told CNN that her daughter “didn’t want people crying at her funeral, but that they should celebrate her life.”

Olivia recorded her version of Roar in September 2013 after learning there were no more treatments available for her and that it was only a matter of time before she passed away.

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The video caught the attention of Perry, who posted a video message to Olivia.

“I was very moved and you sounded great," Perry said. "I love you. A lot of people love you and that's why your video got to me. It moved everybody that saw it.

"Keep roaring!"

Olivia’s video helped raise $77,000 for the Liv Wise Fund which supports brain tumor research.

"In many ways, Olivia has lived a shortened, but full life," her mother told CNN.

"Every day, she wished for a cure, and rarely succumbed to negative thoughts.

"To tell the truth, her diagnosis didn't change her personality. It only enhanced it. She took the news in a mature, reasonable, responsible way. ... Even in the most difficult moments, she managed to bring laughter and friendship to all that were caring for her."

Rest in peace Olivia.

You can donate to the Liv Wise Fund here.

And check out the heartbreaking song Simple Girl written by Olivia when she was just 11.

They say music is a great healer.

And, that’s certainly the case for one little boy.

Jack Robbins, 8, has autism, and according to his mom, Carla, never says anything “he’s not told to say”—that is until he discovered Katy Perry’s Roar.

“We heard our nonverbal autistic son saying or singing something repeatedly every day and we thought it was nonsense, meaningless jabber. UNTIL one day (this morning) we really listened and figured out he was SINGING Katy Perry's "Roar" song!” Carla writes alongside video of her son singing.

“He never says a word he is not told to say and he spontaneously sang this song, over and over because, well, obviously he likes it! Which is a miracle and so cool that he had a preference for music, an artist, a song AND he's singing it! Katy Perry you should meet our beautiful son Jack who obviously loves you! :-)”

The proud mom told WFAA this is the first time Jack has ever verbally communicated spontaneously and that she is “elated” by the development.

“I was so happy to know something he liked,” Carla said. “I don’t know what his favorite food is, what his favorite color is.

“It gives me hope. I want him to be able to communicate his feelings… but mostly I want him to be happy in life.”

You can watch the video here on Popdust and go to Autism Speaks to learn more about the disorder.

While this song may have catchy tune, Katy's roar is not convincing. Does anyone feel intimidated by her strength when she sings: "I've got the eye of the tiger and you're gonna hear me Roar" which she then follows with a cheery "oo-o-o-o-o-o-oo?" This hook, which is supposed to sound powerful, sounds like a mere hiccup.

Roar is written in future tense. It's about Katy being ready to move on with her personal and professional life and take things to the next level. However, a good songwriter should write about their past-- things they've already experienced. Otherwise the lyrics aren't stated with distinction as is the case with this song. Stick to your purr, Katy Cat, because when you kissed a girl back in '08, we liked it!

POPDUST SAYS: 2.5/5

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Oh boy.

Katy Perry is positively gushing about John Mayer in a new interview with W magazine—and Popdust has the details.

"I actually am dating my crush," Perry  replies when asked if she has a cinematic crush. "I had a crush on him for a long time, and it just so happens we fit together great."

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Perry and Mayer have been dating for well over a year—but it's been far from plane sailing, with numerous breakups and reconciliations under their belts already.

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The couple got together at the start of 2012—just months after Perry split from then-hubby Russell Brand, who also gets a mention (kind of) in the interview.

The 28-year-old doesn't reference the comedian by name, but says she "loved" being married.

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"It was a new, fun, exciting journey. But I like how I am now, and I think all things happen for a reason," Katy says.

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She also talks about her new single Roar.

"This song is about sticking up for yourself," Perry explains. "People talk about bullying, but you can be your own bully in some ways.

"You can be the person who is standing in the way of your success, and that was the case for me."

It's the 14th Rule of Pop: When you release a single called "Roar" you've gotta put animals in the music video somewhere. Luckily Katy Perry got the memo; her upcoming video for the first Prism single finds the California Girl surviving a jungle plane crash and encountering all manner of wild beasts. Point in this clip's favor: There's an elephant in it. (No piece of filmed media was ever diminished by the inclusion of an elephant.) Point two in its favor: Katy Perry brushes a crocodile's teeth. Point three in its favor: Katy Perry makes friends with an adorable monkey. Now, monkey-friends are generally a dicier proposition than elephants and crocodiles (see: the first season of Friends) but their success rate at amusing us is still astoundingly high.

(UPDATE: Now with the actual video!)

Watch the music video below:

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Katy Perry has made one thing clear about her upcoming new album—she’s done with cotton candy clouds and cupcake bras. Our favorite bubblegum queen is ditching her signature electric blue wig and laying her uber-sweet ways to rest. So hot on the heels of the release of “Roar,” the first single from her upcoming Prism, we have to wonder: What ruffled Katy’s hot pink feathers to the point where she’s getting dark and down to business?

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath

Scared to rock the boat and make a mess

So I sat quietly, agreed politely

Katy is notoriously outspoken—her big break came in the form of a song titled “I Kissed A Girl,” after all. And while she later explained she wasn’t trying to “shock” listeners with her famous single, it’s safe to say Perry had no qualms about “rocking the boat” back in 2008. So when exactly was her tongue tied, and what made her that way?

I guess that I forgot I had a choice

I let you push me past the breaking point

I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

At this point, we’re thinking she’s talking about ex-husband Russell Brand. Perry says Brand notified her of their impending divorce via text, robbing her of the sort of face-to-face marriage-ending conversation Katy could have used to express her feelings. Instead, she had no choice in the matter. Interpret her cryptic references to the “real reason” Brand divorced her as being whatever pushed her past the “breaking point,” and the identity of this song’s antagonist starts to get a whole lot clearer.


You held me down, but I got up

Already brushing off the dust

You hear my voice, you hear that sound

Like thunder, gonna shake the ground

You held me down, but I got up

Get ready cause I’ve had enough 
I see it all, I see it now

If you count dating John Mayer as getting back up and “brushing off the dust”—and we have to say, we wouldn't necessarily—then it’s safe to say Katy has done that. Combine that with her upcoming new album, in which she assures us her voice will be heard, and Katy seems to be sending a clear message to Brand: She’s moving past the jokes at her expense.

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Louder, louder than a lion

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Oh oh oh oh oh oh

You’re gonna hear me roar

If the single’s cover art is any indication, Katy is taking this feline-to-female power image seriously. Her assertions of “dancing through the fire” call to mind her ex’s penchant for flames: Brand once ignited a dollar bill for no reason and even referenced blazes in the title of his 2007 book, Irons in the Fire. Plus, you know Katy isn’t lying about being a champion. This is a woman, after all, who tied Michael Jackson’s record of no. 1 singles from a single album.


Now I’m floatin' like a butterfly

Stinging like a bee, I earned my stripes

I went from zero to my own hero

Fast forward to present day, and Perry is living the high life. She’s back with playboy John Mayer—though she definitely got stung a bit in their relationship. Perry said when Mayer pulled away, it was a wake-up call for her, and we don’t doubt that the hiatus stung like a bee. But, after realizing some things about herself and reuniting with Mayer, Perry is feeling better and more confident than ever.

So what do you think? Is “Roar” the empowerment anthem Katy needed Russell to hear?

The full lyrics are below. You can listen to the song at the bottom of the post!

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath

Scared to rock the boat and make a mess

So I sat quietly, agreed politely

I guess that I forgot I had a choice

I let you push me past the breaking point

I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up

Already brushing off the dust

You hear my voice, your hear that sound

Like thunder, gonna shake your ground

You held me down, but I got up

Get ready cause I’ve had enough

I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Louder, louder than a lion

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Oh oh oh oh oh oh

You’re gonna hear me roar

Now I’m floatin' like a butterfly

Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes

I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up

Already brushing off the dust

You hear my voice, your hear that sound

Like thunder, gonna shake your ground

You held me down, but I got up

Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough

I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Louder, louder than a lion

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Oh oh oh oh oh oh

You’re gonna hear me roar

Roar-or, roar-or, roar-or

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Louder, louder than a lion

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

Oh oh oh oh oh oh

You’re gonna hear me roar