A Few More Things: Katy Perry, Odd Future Carnival & Bettye LaVette

Katy Perry says her promotional gold semi-truck is fine after it was hit by a reported drunk driver … returns in November … Bettye LaVette shows off the new song she’s co-written for AMC drama “Low Winter Sun.”

The 18-wheel semi-trailer truck that’s been making the rounds across the U.S. to celebrate Katy Perry’s upcoming album, PRISM, ran into some trouble on the road Friday. After stopping at Niagara Falls earlier that day, the truck was hit while parked in a Walmart parking lot in Pennsylvania.

TMZ reports that a drunk driver driving his own semi slammed into Perry’s gold truck and caused “substantial damage.” The gossip site reports the driver initially fled the scene.  The driver of Perry’s truck was inside Walmart when the accident happened.

“The #prism semi is bumped & bruised but she is a champion! She will return…” Perry tweeted Aug. 9.

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Perry tweeted a photo of the truck Aug. 2 as it traveled through the Southwest, announcing PRISM’s release date.

After her new song “Roar” leaked and then debuted on iTunes over the weekend, Perry updated fans on the status of the truck Monday.

“Thanks for your prayers & well wishes the #PRISM semi is back & shinier than ever! #SHEISACHAMPION #ROAR,” Perry tweeted Aug. 12.

Catch Perry performing “Roar” for the first time at the Aug. 25 MTV Video Music Awards. PRISM is due out Oct. 22.

The OFWGKTA Carnival is now an annual event. The second edition takes place Nov. 9 at Los Angles Memorial Coliseum.

Tyler, The Creator, who leads the Odd Future hip hop collective, is headlining the carnival along with Frank Ocean. The rest of the lineup, which will perform on two stages – will be announced soon.

Photo: Mary Andrews / ConcertLivewire.com
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.

The event is providing all of the attractions that come along with a carnival including custom rides, games, prizes and food trucks. New to this year is a skatepark with live performances.

Tickets are on sale now with GA tickets featuring unlimited access to the carnival rides. Flog Gnaw packages are also available. These bundles come with early admission to the carnival with unlimited rides, a backpack, a T-shirt, game tickets, access to the artist meet and greet and a special viewing area, and more.

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In case you missed the premiere of AMC’s new drama, “Low Winter Sun,” on Sunday, the main title sequence features a new tune performed by Bettye LaVette.

“Hustlin’ In The Motor City” was co-written by LaVette with composer Tyler Bates, Nan Vernon and series creator Chris Mundy.

The show is described as “a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred.”

Photo: Nicole Wilder

LaVette says, “I am so thrilled to have been asked to sing this song representing my home town. It’s been very hard to watch my city die before my eyes and I am so pleased that this show is set here. Perhaps it will help us to get back on our feet and on our way. Being on this television set was the most exciting thing that has happened to me since learning how to tap dance with Cab Calloway.”