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Pop Essentials for June 19-25

MoviesKaty PerryBrad PaisleyLudacrisKevin HartABCTim Story

Main Event

Katy Perry

‘The Prismatic World Tour'

The word: Much like a summer blockbuster, Perry's concerts are full-blown special effects extravaganzas. The encore even requires the audience don special 3-D glasses for the full range of effects. The show is split into six parts, each with its own set of multicolored neon costumes and explosive set pieces. Perry's brand of candy-coated pop is perfect for a sense-dulling onslaught of color and stimulation.

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Verizon Center, 601 F. St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets are $29.50 to $153.50 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Hot Ticket

Drake vs. Lil Wayne

The word: Grammy Award-winning superstars Drake and Lil Wayne are teaming up for this rap battle tour. The concert represents the biggest meeting of superstars until "Batman v. Superman" hits the screen in 2016. Each artist is a multi-platinum musician with a style that will blend together well in this collaboration.

Details: 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia. Tickets are $35-125 and will be available Friday at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Big Premiere

‘Think Like a Man Too'

The word: After the success of "Think Like a Man," "Barbershop" director Tim Story's adaptation of Steve Harvey's self-help book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," the cast returns for this followup. The film features the crew of the first film as they head out to Las Vegas for the wedding of Candice and Michael. Kevin Hart, whose star has been steadily on the rise since the first film, returns to star and narrate the proceedings.

Details: "Think Like a Man Too" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.

Dropping

Phish

‘Fuego'

The word: Cult-group Phish returns with "Fuego," their first album in five years. The band is known for their intricate live performances and free-form improvisations. Early reviews have suggested the new album is the group's finest work in at least a decade, with tracks winding through a number of genres, including rock and Latin pop.

Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $9.49 on Amazon and $9.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato

‘Rising Star'

Series premiere

The word: The latest in an ever-expanding glut of televised singing competitions, the hook of "Rising Star" hook is that audiences get to vote for their favorite performers in real time by using an app on their cellphone or tablet. The show features Josh Groban, Brad Paisley, Kesha and "The Fast and the Furious" star Ludacris.

Details: "Rising Star" premieres 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

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