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<b>Defining a city in song:</b> First <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002580" title="Jay-Z" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jay-z-PECLB002580.topic">Jay-Z</a> threw his hat in the ring for usurping Sinatra with "Empire State of Mind," then <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004582" title="Katy Perry" href="/topic/entertainment/music/katy-perry-PECLB0004582.topic">Katy Perry</a> celebrated Southland summer glitz with the catchy yet self-satisfied " California Gurls." Inevitably both songs fall short of capturing the reality of a place beyond what very wealthy celebrities enjoy, so can we all just take a break from courting various chambers of commerce and go back to just writing songs instead of anthems?
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Defining a city in song: First Jay-Z threw his hat in the ring for usurping Sinatra with "Empire State of Mind," then Katy Perry celebrated Southland summer glitz with the catchy yet self-satisfied " California Gurls." Inevitably both songs fall short of capturing the reality of a place beyond what very wealthy celebrities enjoy, so can we all just take a break from courting various chambers of commerce and go back to just writing songs instead of anthems?

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