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Stevie Nicks to Katy Perry: 'You don't have rivals'


Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks has shared some of her sage rock star advice with Katy Perry, telling the "Firework" singer to consider her peers her friends rather than enemies.

The veteran entertainer first met Perry in London in 2011, when they were both in town for separate performances, and what Nicks expected to be a 20-minute chat session turned into a three-hour sit-down, during which they discussed every topic imaginable.

And in an interview with ABC News Radio, Nicks recalls that the most fascinating point of the evening came when Perry started quizzing the veteran about her solo career, which took off in 1981 with the release of her debut album, "Bella Donna."

Nicks says, "She said to me, 'So when you did 'Bella Donna' who were your rivals?' And I was, like, speechless. I was, like, 'I didn't have any rivals.' And she said, 'Really? None?' I said, 'No... the girls in Heart were friends. Pat Benatar was a friend'."

Turning the tables on the "Teenage Dream" singer, Nicks then asked Perry if she had rivals and she replied, "Well, it's not us. It's the Internet", referring to the passionate fans who are quick to start up feuds between their favorite artists.

Eager to give the 29-year-old some advice, Nicks recalls, "I said to her, 'Katy, let me tell you something. You don't have any rivals. So forget that. Never say that word again. You don't have rivals. All of those girls? Friends. You'll probably work with all of them at some point. Friends.'"

Nicks recently surprised Perry at a Fleetwood Mac concert in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, when she dedicated her hit song "Landslide" to the singer and her beau John Mayer, who were in the audience.

Apr 10, 2014 11:01PM
Your wife are blessed...and so sorry..stevie aint
Apr 10, 2014 11:13AM
It's not just the fans, the record labels hope the "competition" between certain fan groups will spur sales. The media perpetuates it also to get site clicks. It's the ~new internet age Stevie.
Apr 3, 2014 3:15PM

things have changed since Stevei Nicks' heyday.

If you don't have rivals now- the media will create rivals for you

Katy you are awesome, just keep focused and take time off away from the crazy llife

Jan 28, 2014 9:39PM
Anyone old enough to remember knows that Stevie had little to no competiition in those days. She and the girls from Heart were only really rock n' roll and Fleetwood Mac had already taken off like a shot. Pat Benetar? Not in the same category of music. Absolutely not the same as the world Katy Perry is in. Big difference.
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