LADY GAGA IN V MAGAZINE #64
Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper look absolutely gorgeous in the upcoming 64th issue of V Magazine, available on newsstands next month! Click the picture above to view the photos by Ellen von Unwerth!
LADY GAGA TO TALK LIVE FOR MAC VIVA GLAM
On Monday, Sharon Osbourne will be joined by MAC AIDS Fund spokespersons Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper for an intimate and exclusive “audience with” in London, as part of the MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam “From our Lips” campaign. The exclusive interview will offer fans from around the world the opportunity to have their questions about HIV/AIDS and their participation with the MAC Viva Glam campaign answered by Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper. MAC also has partnered exclusively with Ustream to broadcast the event to a global audience via the MAC Facebook page immediately following the event 4 PM GMT / 11 AM EST / 8 AM PST. Led by Sharon Osbourne, the lively and candid conversation will see Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper discuss HIV and AIDS, raising awareness around the subject to get people across the globe to think and act differently about the disease.
LADY GAGA TO APPEAR ON FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS
Lady Gaga is scheduled to appear on “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross” in the UK for a performance of two songs and an interview! The episode will air on Friday, March 5 at 10:35 PM on BBC1. LadyGaga.co.uk is giving away two tickets to attend the recording of the episode on Tuesday, March 2! Click here to enter!
PAINTED LADIES – LADY GAGA AND CYNDI LAUPER
NYTimes.com – Barely discernible makeup may be the beauty trend du jour, but those mavens of maquillage Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga never got the memo. “I have a huge suitcase full of the stuff,” said Lauper, who is composing the music for the coming Broadway adaptation of the movie “Kinky Boots.” “I am just sorry I only have one face to put it all on.” It’s an addiction shared by her stylistic heiress. “I am a glamour girl through and through,” Lady Gaga said. “See,” she added, pointing to welts on her left arm, “I burned myself with a curling iron. Glamour, girl!” Little wonder, then, that M.A.C. has tapped them to be the latest mouthpieces for its VIVA Glam campaign. In addition to appearing in the company’s new advertisements, they have each created a lipstick. (Lauper’s is a light coral red, and Gaga’s is a bubble-gum pink; $14). All proceeds go to the M.A.C. AIDS fund. Who said glamour was only for the shallow? Check back next Thursday and Friday for exclusive full-length interviews with Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga.
ROB FUSARI TALKS GAGA
Producer, Rob Fusari recently sat down with Billboard to discuss how he came to work with GaGa, her drop from Def Jam, and more. Check it out: How did you come to work with Lady Gaga? In 2006, I got a call late one evening from a songwriter named Wendy Starland. I was into the Strokes at that time, and I’d told Wendy I was looking for a female artist to make a Strokes-type record. I answered the phone, and Wendy said, “I may have found your girl.” She was at a club in New York, where this girl, Stefani Germanotta, had just performed a showcase. Stefani gets on the phone with her mousey little voice-”Hiiii,” real bubbly-and it sounded like she was starting to get buzzed. So I said, “I heard you rocked it . . . can you come up to Jersey on Monday and meet me at my studio?” Next week comes and I figure there’s no way this girl is going to show up. She was supposedly taking a bus from New York that would put her in Livingston at 8:40. Eighty-thirty rolls around, and I drive down to the pizzeria near the bus stop to grab a slice, and sure enough, I see this girl who does not belong in this pizzeria or in this town, and she’s asking for directions. I’m thinking to myself, “Please tell me this is not her,” because this is not the Strokes girl I’d envisioned. What did she look like? Like a guidette. Totally “Jersey Shore.” [laughs] Anyway, we ride back to the studio, and I’m plotting how to cut this short. I can’t picture going to a label with this girl. We arrive, and she sits down at the piano and starts playing a song about Hollywood she’d written. And I tell you, in 20 seconds, I’m like, “Oh, my God. If I can handle my business, this girl is going to change my life.” I said, “You’ve got to come up here next week, and we have to start working.” And she did. She took the bus to my studio every day for a year straight, no exaggeration. What kind of deal did you and Stefani strike? We started a company together called Team Love Child. It’s not a production deal. She was never signed to me. It’s me, her and her dad in this company. Everyone was on the same plane. And I’m all for that. How would you describe her musical identity at this point? She had a big Gwen Stefani/No Doubt thing going on. Some Fiona Apple, some Beatles. No club beats, no disco performance art? No. She was anti all that. She would go to festivals like Bonnaroo. We started to make a very heavy rock record. Hard and grungy. But after three or four songs it seemed we were going down the wrong road. Then, one day, I read an article in the New York Times about Nelly Furtado and how she’d abandoned her folk-rock thing and made a dance record with Timbaland. My antenna went up. I said, “Stef, take a look at this. I’m really an R&B guy. I never produced a rock record in my life. I don’t know, you think maybe we should shift gears?” She kicked and screamed: “No! No! I love what we’re doing. We’re not changing it.” I’m like, “Stef, just try this. Let’s at least abandon the live drums and some of the guitars.” I finally got her to agree, and that day we did “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” which was me sitting at an MPC drum machine and Stef playing her piano riff. When did labels get interested? “Dirty, Rich” opened the floodgates. At the time I was managed by New Heights Entertainment. I gave them a copy of the new tracks we’d done, and soon everybody wanted to meet her. Everybody. We did the Nobu thing with Charlie Walk. Josh Sarubin at Def Jam invited her in. They had an upright piano there, and there’s maybe five or six people in the meeting. Karen Kwak, Josh . . . But not L.A. Reid. Stef sits down and starts to play “Wonderful,” the first song we wrote together, and I guess they have some system that when somebody’s really good, L.A. gets a secret Bat signal to come in. So he enters as she’s playing and by the end he’s enamored. He looks at her and says, “Before you leave the building, you have to stop down in legal and sign my contract.” That’s a pretty high-pressure sales job. Totally. After he left, she and I looked at each other like, “What does he mean, ’stop down in legal’? Is he going to give us souvenirs?” She didn’t sign that day, but after she saw the rest of the labels, she signed with him. And three or four months after he got her, he wouldn’t give her the time of day. She’d want to sit in a room with him and talk about her music, and he just wouldn’t do it. We still don’t know why. In January 2008, I landed in San Francisco and there were 27 messages on my cell. I’m like, “Ooh. That’s either really good or really bad.” And of course it’s Stefani calling and she’s hysterical: “You’ve got to fly back. L.A.’s dropping me.” My heart fell out of my body. What was next? Well, at this point, I wanted her to spread her wings. My manager at New Heights was now managing Stef, and they also represented [producer] RedOne, so it seemed like a good idea to have her work with other people. And you felt good about that? You didn’t feel protective? Well, of course I did. It was my baby. But I knew if I tried to hold her back, she’d run for the hills. She and RedOne did some amazing stuff together: “Boys Boys Boys,” then “Just Dance.” Meanwhile, she and New Heights were trying to shop another deal. And everybody’s turning them down. Everybody, including the people that wanted her before. She’s damaged goods. At that point, I decide to step in and help. So I make a call, to Vince Herbert. I didn’t even know that he had a label deal with Interscope. So Vince checks out Gaga’s MySpace page and calls me back that night: “I’m sending two tickets for you and her to come out to meet Jimmy Iovine. I want to sign her.” We get on the plane, go to L.A., go into Interscope. First meeting, Jimmy doesn’t show up. Come back the next day. Jimmy doesn’t show again. They send us home. Stef is very disappointed. I’m like, “This business is going to kill me.” First she got dropped, now Jimmy doesn’t show. Finally, a week or two later, we get a call to come back out. Jimmy’s there. It’s me, Vince, Jimmy and Stef. Very casual meeting. Jimmy hasJohn Lennon’s Mellotron in his office. He’s on the phone with Mick Jagger, trying to find some lost tapes of Mick and John or some shit. It’s very impressive, obviously. Anyway, he listens to a little bit of “Dirty, Rich” and to another record Stef and I did called “Sexy Ugly.” He stands up, looks at Vince and says, “Let’s give it a try.” And that was it. She got a deal. Had you and Stefani written “Paparazzi” yet? No. “Paparazzi” was one of the last songs we did together. I told Stef that to this day that when I hear “Paparazzi,” there’s something very sad about it, even though it’s not a sad melody or a sad lyric. Maybe it’s just me being sentimental. Are you and Stefani still friends? I don’t know. I feel like I may have been demoted to . . . what would be one level beneath friend? Professional acquaintance? Yeah, there you go. That’s it. What do you think happened? I don’t know. I can’t figure it out and I won’t ask. I don’t know if I said something or did something. I don’t know. Will you be involved in her next record? I don’t believe so. Well, either way, you must be glad to be out of your mom’s house. Definitely. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment that we built something together, and I’m extremely happy for her. We spoke briefly after the Grammys, and I congratulated her and she congratulated me.
Lady GaGa’s debut album, The Fame was just certified Diamond for shipping over 10 (10.000.054) million copies worldwide! Congrats, GaGa! This is one Record Break for Our GaGaloo! and confirmed her World Domination in albums sales.
Lady GaGa was wearing a three foot pair of antlers/horns on her head last night, we’re not quite sure how she actually managed to make her way through the door frame of posh London eatery Zuma, where she had dinner yesterday. But somehow she did (with a lot of ducking and repositioning we should imagine) and we quite like the thought of her just sitting in the restaurant munching on sushi with giant antlers/horns on her head as if everything was completely normal. Which of course for it probably was for her.
Following another long day in the UK, Lady GaGa was spotted as she arrived back at her London hotel at around 1:30AM on Saturday (February 27). Having performed at the 02 Arena earlier in the evening, GaGa didn’t disappoint in the style department - as she wore ripped fishnet stockings, a black visor shaped mask across her face and forehead and a small video camera mounted on her red and black outfit. Never holding back with her comments, GaGa busily tweeted to her fans as she made her way from the arena to the hotel. The “Bad Romance” singer wrote, “What a f**king night. Sweating, pumping, dancing, mental human beings my fans are. Paws for miles and liquor. Freedom! Ill never leave u!”
Lady Gaga Wants You
Beyoncé and the Queen of England are dazzled by her. But there’s only one thing the pop phenom yearns for, and that’s your devotion.BY CHRISTINE SPINES
There are tons of questions we want to ask Lady Gaga. After all, she’s one of the most fascinating music artists we’ve ever seen. And unlike most people who are given that title, she actually manages to live up to it—she’s a true artist—while still singing ultracatchy pop songs that make it impossible not to dance. She’s kind of a genius… but she’s also kind of bizarre. Who is she, really? We plan to find out. But as we wait for her to meet us at a chic Las Vegas sushi restaurant, we’re completely preoccupied with the most obvious question of all: What the hell will she be wearing? That translucent bubble dress, a bra that shoots sparks, lingerie that oozes fake blood—Gaga never looks boring. In fact, we’d be shocked if she’s so much as touched a pair of sweat pants in her life. Sadly, there are no pyrotechnics when we spot her strutting toward us in a pair of black shades, a skimpy bustier, and an impossibly tight vinyl miniskirt. Just as we realize we have no idea what to call her (though we bet “Stefani” will get us slapped), she stretches out a pale, delicate hand in our direction and declares “Gaga.” Of course. We offer her a cocktail, but she has a soldout concert in a few hours, and she doesn’t want to drink before the show. Instead, she orders riceless sushi and dressingless salad. For Gaga, life is all about being in the spotlight... and why would she do anything to jeopardize that? “My friends joke that I’m dead until I get onstage,” she says. “I’m dead right now as you’re speaking to me.”
Cosmopolitan magazine’s April cover girl is Lady Gaga. She opens up to the magazine about her spectacular success, her devoted fans and the love advice that ONLY she would give. Photo credit: Kenneth Willardt On her ex: “I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee a the f***ing deli without hearing or seeing me.” On her career: “I ate sh** for so long, being told I didn’t fit the mold and that I was ‘too pop’ or ‘too theater’…I’ve always been delusionally ambitious to the point where people don’t understand me.”
Concert Review: Lady Gaga mesmerises Echo Arena, Liverpool
Soon there was a tube-train ferrying Gaga and Co along and it was not long before a giant UFO appeared to descend from the ceiling. So far, so Gaga. But amidst all the frenetic dancing, mad props and crazy costumes and a pop star whose costumes swung slightly to the left of papal, angelic and even a nun’s habit, were those all-important songs. Smashed together they were – but they were still infuriatingly catchy. For most of the night Liverpool had bolshy Gaga – roaring through tacks including Dance In the Dark, Just Dance and, of course, Poker Face and Paparazzi. This is a woman who can stand on stage, curl her fingers into a claw and watch 10,000 people do the same back at her. But every now and then were hints of the artist who says she "often feels lonely" and invites everyone and anyone to come to her Monster Ball. Apparently, it’s a place where everyone can be the person they want to be. American cheese? Definitely. A bad message for the thousands of impressionable young people in the audience? Possibly not. Still despite the minor diversion to show off her vocal skills on slower numbers like Speechless – Gaga was mostly at her punchy, slightly subversive Madonna-esque best. And while her fans willingly killed off her Fame ‘Monster’ in the pure pantomime finale – this is one artist they won’t want to see disappearing any time soon. HUNDREDS of people across Liverpool will wake up today wondering if the night they spent with Lady Gaga was real – or a crazy hallucination. The 23-year-old pop sensation might well wonder that herself as she threw every ounce of her big-shouldered, leotard-clad talent into her ECHO arena show. New Yorker Gaga is famed in equal measure for her edgy-yet-catchy pop tunes and that eccentric dress sense and she encourages her legions of fans to follow her fashion example. While Liverpool might be more style conscious than most of the cities she has encountered on her Monster Ball World Tour – there were still more than enough fishnet tights and high-cut glittery pants to keep her entertained. "I don’t want you to think I don’t notice," she yelled at one costume-clad reveller as she stretched her leg provocatively on to her flame- throwing piano. "I always notice and we talk about it after the show." Perhaps she did, last night, but for every single soul who danced open-mouthed before her there was just one subject of discussion – Lady Gaga herself. From the moment those crazy shoulder pads first appeared in the huge pink spotlight, this was a Fame Monster on form. The purple leotard was eye-wateringly high as she performed those trademark robotic moves. Then there were the gladiator-clad dancers – including one dashing young man in heels and a thong – and a giant yellow car that, naturally, turned into a piano. liverpoolecho.co.uk
Lady Gaga has a Ball at Liverpool's Echo Arena
SHE’S the woman who slips into a lampshade like the rest of us pops on a pair of jeans. So when Lady Gaga’s Monster’s Ball tour opened last night at the Echo Arena the crowd was wound up for some eye-popping sights. After half an hour delay and a 60 second countdown, Gaga’s distinctive boxy shouldered silhouette appeared on a white canvas drum wrapped around the stage. She struck a pose in a purple leotard and shades - tame by Gaga standards - draped over a black barred frame with neon signs. Dance in the Dark set the remorseless pace. Every seat in the Arena was filled and the third track Just Dance had everyone up out of them. Gaga’s slight figure was often obscured by a scrum of male dancers clad in a changing array of thongs, leather kilts and slashed tops. Audiences sitting to the side may have felt frustrated at not seeing enough of their idol. Vanity introduced a Cabaret feel with her boys doing a can can routine The next number heralded the first costume change into a huge shouldered red cape and mask – like a deranged superhero. She next appeared for the hugely popular Love Game in a white plastic wimple and moulded plastic dress, cue also some X-rated dancing. Next she was in horns and a black feathers and strumming a guitar like a large icicle for Money Honey, then it was into a bikini for Telephone. Accompanying herself on the piano the tempo slowed for a belting rendition of Brown Eyes then Speechless – for her dad who was in the audience she explained. The crowd warmed to her further when, in her little girl Brooklyn tones, she revealed she’d asked her dressing room people about the Liverpool crowd. She was told they’d “rather starve than not buy an outfit to go to my show”. The comment earned a huge cheer. Bashfully she said the show was just her “concept and music”. People might think she was “stupid”, she said, adding she often felt stupid. For a woman in a bikini with her leg up on the keyboard of a piano set on fire she sounded suddenly quite unsure of herself – still an enigma. The production unfolded like a futuristic Wizard of Oz, with Gaga and pals trying to follow the Glitter Way, and blown into strange parts of New York. It was done with a wild sense of theatre. Rumour has it the 23-year-old New Yorker, has spent more money creating the lavish sets and costumes than she’ll take for the tour – and the dizzying scale of changes bore it out. There was the fantastical moving Snow Queen outfit for So Happy I Could Die then a reappearance where she was completely covered with blonde hair. The crowd were well entertained during the breaks but it did sometimes slow the flow of it down. The second half was bizarreness at full pelt. The Arena erupted for her first big hit, Poker Face. Then on stage appeared a huge tentacled monster with illuminated eyes and teeth – “Will you help me kill the monster?” she shouted – for the haunting Paparazzi. The crowd lapped it up. Incredibly it’s only been two years since Stefani Germanotta swept onto the public stage. What will she do next? I can’t wait to find out.
Lady Gaga is on the cover of the latest issue of Q magazine, available on newsstands now! Click the picture above to view the scans (courtesy of our member Lil’Monster) and check out some article highlights below: “I want to wear a dick strapped to my vagina,” she announces cheerfully, puffing on a Marlboro Light in the penthouse suite of London’s May Fair hotel. We all know that one of the biggest talking points of the year was that I have a dick, so why not give them what they want? I want to comment on that in a beautiful, artistic way. How I wanna show it. And I want to call this piece Lady Gaga Dies Hard.” Everything Lady Gaga does is for a convention-boggling reason. She’s the world’s only female pop icon who delibirately presents herself as significantly less attractive than she is, whether that’s via comedy-ghoul make-up or dressing up like a pile of Post-It notes. “When a guy says, Oh I fucked all these chicks this week, there’s a high-five and giggling. But when a woman does it and it’s publicised or she’s open about her sexuality or she’s free, or liberated, it’s, Oh, she must have a dick. There’s a threat. I also carry myself onstage in a masculine way and sing in a low register. This is not out of nowhere, right?” “But you don’t really want to get to know me or photograph my soul, you want to do some version of what you think I am and then expose something that you believe is hidden. When the truth is, me and my big fucking dick are all out there for you. But I’m not angry, I’m laughing. The joke is not on me, it’s on you.” Source: Q Magazine
My Art is Libaration
Lady Gaga has revealed art is the inspiration behind her show-stopping performances and album artwork. The Monster’s Ball star was asked to pick “something beautiful” for her Fame Monster album, but declined – instead, she picked a shot with her crying blood. “The last thing any young person needs is another photograph of a woman rubbing her glistening t**s, enjoying life, because that’s not how we f*****g feel,” she told Q. -Source: The Press Association
Donatella On GaGa
Lady GaGa is reportedly set to launch her own clothing line. The Poker Face hitmaker is apparently planning to team up with designer Donatella Versace for an eccentric fashion range. “I’d love to have my own collection,” GaGa said. “It’s something I want to accomplish. I find Donatella a fashion icon and in many ways fashion and music go together.” “Gaga is a workaholic,” a source added. “She is always coming up with new ideas. “The death of Alexander McQueen really affected her. “She’s always loved fashion and it just seems natural for her to create her own collection.” GaGa recently revealed she likes to dress in a way her fans can easily replicate. “When it comes to fashion I always need to keep my fans in mind,” she said. “I need to, whether I am wearing something that is high fashion and was on a catwalk last week or a leather jacket I picked up at a vintage store, I need to create things and wear things that my fans can replicate in some way.”
Lady Gaga Covers: The Good, The Bad And The Monstrous
We all know you can't step two feet into the Internet without getting a Lady Gaga cover all over your shoes. The cover phenomenon isn't anything new — in fact, it happens every couple of years: One massive song is the catalyst for a whole spawn of other artists to remake, cover and call their own. A few years ago it was Rihanna's "Umbrella," and before that we had a thousand versions of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." With Lady Gaga, it's not just one song that other artists love to cover — it's her whole catalog. While there are a million videos and sites on the series of tubes dedicated to cover songs (like the genius Our Hit Parade), here's a quick little list of Gaga tributes that what we've come across (for better or worse). We The Kings, "Paparazzi" This group of sensitive pop-punkers recently performed a stripped-down version of Lady Gaga's obsessive love song, taking the dark pop anthem from synthy to sensitive. The Demonstration, "Bad Romance" The growling and distorted guitars over Gaga's original vocal track made such an impression on the Clawed Lady that she even tweeted about it. Maximo Park, "Just Dance" These British indie darlings croon their way through this club track. It almost sounds like the bastard child of Ian Curtis and Lady Gaga. Set Your Goals, "Just Dance" Although all the instruments in this song were replaced with kazoos, any cover with the audacity to include an all-kazoo orchestra deserves to make the list. Chris Daughtry, "Poker Face" Here's something novel: An "American Idol" alum covering something! While Daughtry takes the classic stripped-down acoustic approach while covering this song, he leaves the song's powerful vocal tone generally untouched. You Me at Six, "Poker Face"
Something about Gaga leaves punk bands coming back for more, and I'm sure this won't be the only band covering her at Warped Tour this year. This group doesn't hold back on the power chords while delivering this version of the hit song (definitely a good secret weapon to have in the setlist for a singalong). Of Mice & Men, "Poker Face" Speaking of Warped Tour bands, Of Mice & Men has combined two things more polarizing than Sarah Palin: Screamo and Auto-Tune. By the time you reach this sentence, you're either already listening to the song or your head just exploded in the worst way. Weezer, "Kids / Poker Face" Over the years, Weezer has transitioned from singing about "Dungeons & Dragons" to partying hard like rock stars. Rivers Cuomo and company have always embraced the idea of change, and it's refreshing to see an established act paying homage to new acts (and in this case, it's both Gaga and MGMT). Eric Cartman, "Poker Face" You know that you've made an impact on the world once you've made it on "South Park." Congratulations, Lady Gaga! While we are on the subject of Lady Gaga covers, the Commander-in-Chief of the Little Monster Army has turned out a few cover songs of her own over the years, many of which are worth a listen. Lady Gaga, "Out on the Weekend" (Neil Young cover) While not really a true cover, Lady Gaga pays tribute to the Great Canadian with her piano rendition of this classic cut from Harvest. Don't worry, it’s not another combination of Young and synthesizers. (Remember Trans?) Lady Gaga, "Viva La Vida" (Coldplay cover)
Sure, it may sound a bit like her own reworking of "Poker Face," but Lady Gaga forgetting the words to a Coldplay song makes her just like us.
MOVE over Madonna, Lady GaGa is ready to be crowned the new Queen Of Pop. The 23-year-old has stormed the charts here and in America, with sales of more than 8million records, as well as scooping two Grammys and three BRIT Awards. In the 14 months since her debut single Just Dance topped the charts, it’s not only her catchy tunes that have captured fans’ imagination. She wowed us with outrageous outfits which range from high fashion couture to downright bonkers creations. But as she kicks off an eagerly anticipated UK tour, GaGa says her style is artistic, rather than sexy. She says: “The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy popstar writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself." “My image was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. I got criticised for being arrogant because if you’re sure of yourself as a woman they say you’re a bitch, whereas if you’re a man and you’re strong willed, it’s normal.” So instead of skimpy dresses GaGa wears creations such as a coat made solely of Kermit The Frog dolls, a lightbulb-festooned catsuit and a face-obliterating black PVC gimp mask. And it has paid off. Last December’s Royal Variety Performance saw her performing for the Queen atop a 13ft spindle-legged piano wearing a scarlet latex number. But it’s not just her outfits that have been shrouded in controversy. Her gender hit the headlines last year when an internet blogger claimed the “Lady” was in fact a man, or a hermaphrodite. The rumour was false, but GaGa is now desperate to confront her fans on the subject once and for all. She wants to make an explicit sexual statement in a photoshoot, the details of which are a bit too graphic at the breakfast table. Trust me. She adds: “We all know it was one of the biggest talking points of the year so why not give them what they want? I want to comment on that in a artistic way – that would be a real f***ing story, right?” But behind the flamboyance, she is an average girl with traditional all-American family values. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Italian American parents in New York in 1986, she learned to play the piano at the age of four. Her school life was “very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined” but also “a bit insecure”. She explains: “I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn’t fit in and I felt like a freak." “But this is really who I am, and it took a long time to be OK with that. So nowadays I like to create this atmosphere for my fans where they feel like they have a freak in me to hang out with and they don’t feel alone." "The whole point of what I do – The Monster Ball, the music, the performance aspect of it – I want to create a space for my fans where they can feel free and they can celebrate.” The rise to fame was not easy. Stephani worked as a waitress before getting signed to Def Jam records at the age of 19 when a music executive heard her singing in a corridor. She played gigs at downtown New York venues but with long dark hair and understated make-up she was almost unrecognisable from her persona today. But she met producer Rob Fusari who invented her stage name, and introduced her to her current label, Sony. She wrote tracks for label mates Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls, supplementing her income as a burlesque dancer in Lady GaGa and the Star-light Revue. By late 2008 she had given up her party lifestyle and moved to LA to work on debut album, The Fame. But she dreams of being a wife and mother. GaGa says: ‘I am a very sentimental person and family is important to me. In eight to 10 years, I want to have babies for my Dad to hold, grandkids." “I want to have a husband who loves and supports me, just the way anyone else does.” And for now she’s happy to continue working towards world domination. She adds: “I live out of a suitcase, but I love what I do – I’ve worked my whole life to live like this.” For a full interview and pictures of Lady GaGa see the current issue of Q Magazine, out now. Daily Star UK
Leveraging Digital Media and Creative Partnerships Makes Artist a Uniquely 2010 Pop Star
By Andrew Hampp
Published: February 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- As far as breakout musicians go, few artists have had quite the zero-awareness-to-ubiquity time-warp of Lady Gaga. And as far as brands go, few marketers of any kind have leveraged social media the way she has to drive sales of their core product -- in her case, albums and digital singles. Lady Gaga, with her army of nearly 2.8 million Twitter followers and more than 5.2 million Facebook fans, can move product. Since fall 2008, her digital-single sales have exceeded 20 million and her album sales hit 8 million, all at a time when no one under the age of 60 buys CDs anymore (see Susan Boyle breaking the record for highest first-week album sales last year). Now, she's being courted by marketers to do the same for their products. Laga's rapid ascent to the pop-culture stratosphere is often compared to Madonna's, right down to their shared beginnings in the downtown New York club scene before their big record deals. But what makes Gaga's star status, particularly in the marketing community, so uniquely 2010 is that she has achieved as many milestones (if not more) in 18 months than her idol did in nearly a decade. Madonna's notorious endorsement for Pepsi in 1989 -- cut short after her controversial "Like a Prayer" video aired on MTV -- came seven years after the debut of her first single in 1982. Within a year of her out-of-the-box rise to fame in September 2008, Gaga had already lined up Virgin Mobile as a sponsor of her Monster Ball tour; created her own brand of headphones, Hearbeats by Lady Gaga, with record label Interscope; and landed her own (cherry pink) lipstick as a spokeswoman for Mac Cosmetics' Viva Glam, benefiting Mac's AIDS fund. And by January, she was tapped by Polaroid to become the brand's creative director, hired specifically to create new products and inject life into a brand that hasn't been hip for years -- save for maybe a popular reference in Outkast's "Hey Ya!" Old school meets new media: How did a 23-year-old singer/songwriter achieve so much in so little time? Two words: social media. Sure, Gaga had a fair share of old-school artist development -- radio play -- to become the first artist to score four consecutive No. 1 singles from a debut album. But she's also put a new-media spin on her distribution strategy. The November premiere of her video for "Bad Romance," for example, debuted on LadyGaga.com before MTV or any other outlet could play it -- resulting in a Universal Music server crash, a Twitter trending topic that lasted all week and a cumulative 110 million (and counting) views on YouTube to date, more than any viral music video of yore (OK Go, anyone?) could ever claim. Vevo, a music video site co-founded by Universal Music Group, also recently reported a whopping 20% of its traffic came from just Lady Gaga videos -- as in 1 in 5 videos streamed on the site was likely to be a song such as "Poker Face," "Just Dance" or "LoveGame." Gaga has already had a similar halo effect on her Mac Viva Glam lipstick. Less than a week into its launch, the lipsticks created by Gaga and her campaign cohort Cyndi Lauper have outsold any launch in Viva Glam's 16-year history, said Estée Lauder Group President John Demsey, thanks to a groundswell of social-media impressions. The launch day of her Viva Glam lipstick ad campaign alone generated nearly 20 million unique views in traditional media, including print and web buys and an appearance on "The Today Show," as well as an additional wellspring of social-media hits per Gaga's tweets to her fans. "Her fan base and our customer base are very similar in that they are drawn to the outrageous and outspoken, so we could not ask for a better partnership," Mr. Demsey said. Taking credit for Gaga's sudden assault of the zeitgeist is a relatively easy task, as all parties who work with her on her label, management and marketing teams cite Gaga herself as the ultimate brains behind many of her creative and social-media ideas and tactics. "When you're dealing with someone as good as Gaga, a lot of it is how to stay the fuck out of the way," said Steve Berman, Universal Music's president of sales and marketing. "Gaga has worked tirelessly in keeping up daily if not hourly communication with her fans and growing fanbase through all the technology that exists now." Gaga in control: Troy Carter, Gaga's manager since 2007, described their dynamic as "95-5." "The only thing I do is manage the vision," he said. "Ninety-five percent of the time I won't comment on creative, and 95% of the time she lets me run the business. The other 5% is where we debate about things like, 'Do you really want to bleed to death on stage at the [MTV] VMAs?' She wins even when we do have those debates 5% of the time." Dyana Kass, who heads pop-music marketing for Universal, has teamed with marketing firms like Flylife for Gaga's outreach to the gay community and ThinkTank to supplement her online efforts, but otherwise lets Gaga maintain a hands-on relationship with her fans and marketing empire. "Lady Gaga has truly turned culture on its head and has done so from the ground up on her terms," she said. "You can't buy that kind of authenticity, and as a result the demand for her involvement in projects is staggering" Mr. Carter, who manages Gaga's marketing partnerships, added that he doesn't want Gaga to ever look like she's endorsing a brand -- hence why she's created products for Universal's Beats By Dre headphones line, Viva Glam and now Polaroid as its new creative director. "You won't see her face plastered on any packaging or anything. We're comparing it to when Tom Ford went to Gucci or Steve Jobs went into Apple and brought a different thought process and taste level in. We're looking for her to do the same exact thing at Polaroid," he said. "It's not about her putting her name on something -- it's reinvigorating a brand."
A woman friend of Poker Face singer has revealed that she is the inspiration behind Lady Gaga's outrageous outfits and strange hairstyles.This friend is DJ, Lady Starlight, 34, famous for her go-go dancing who disclosed that she has created many of Lady Gaga's strange outfits. She also says that she convinced Lady Gaga to go on stage wearing skimpy PVC undies as well as Indian headdress (Turban).Lady Starlight's real name is Colleen Martin. She told the Mirror, "It's crazy knowing that the biggest star in the world was inspired by me," adding, "But I was the one who told her to take her trousers off because I rarely wore any myself. She's always been so great on talking about me. Giving credit where it's due rarely happens in the music industry, but Gaga has always done that and I'm very grateful for that." The two friends go back to Gaga's 20th birthday when they first met and became friends. Then they formed a team and named their act "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Review", which they performed wearing tiny bikini tops and sequinned knickers. Talking about the initial days when she reportedly taught Gaga to make those crazy outfits, she says,"The outfits were quite often stuck together with glue. Sometimes they held up and sometimes they fell apart on stage. We always wanted the flashiest garments possible... and to be as naked as possible." She adds,"She was already working on her album and a lot of what's on The Fame were songs that we've performed. As I'm 11 years older than Gaga, I do see myself as her mentor. And I know that my love of all things British must have rubbed off on her." Lady Gaga, real name Stefanie Germanotta also speaks of her friend very lovingly remembering those early days,"Lady Starlight and I would spin vinyl in my apartment, sewing our bikinis for the show and listening to David Bowie and the New York Dolls." On being questioned about her being left behind, Starlight says that she does not care. "My style, performance art and DJing inspired her persona. Now she's gone on to become a global phenomenon and I'm so proud," says Lady Gaga's inspiration.
Update (Feb 23): “Telephone” video will NOT premiere this week and was never supposed to, Lady Gaga probably got the dates wrong. It will be released on the first week of March. Source: GaGaDaily.com ALSO: PoP Justice Confirmed with the GaGa's publicist, that "Telephone" video will be premiere for early March. NOW the Rumored date is for the first week of March (3th March)
'It's gonna be so crazy,' B tells Tyra Banks of the stars' second video together.
By Jocelyn Vena
Though Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone" video still doesn't have an official premiere date, info about the clip is slowly but surely making its way to the fans. Last week, Gaga gave fans a glimpse of what she will look like in the video, and B recently dished about the clip when she stopped by "The Tyra Banks Show." "I am such a huge fan of hers. We just filmed her video two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and it's gonna be so crazy," said Beyoncé, who also worked with Gaga on her clip for "Video Phone." "I don't want to give too much away because I don't want her to be upset, but it's a part two of 'Paparazzi.' She's just so smart and she's becoming an icon in her own right." Beyoncé also said she was going to Brazil to shoot the video for Alicia Keys' "Put It in a Love Song." She told Tyra that she loves working with other powerful women. "I actually leave today and go to Brazil. ... I'm going there to work — I am finishing my last leg of my tour. I'm filming a video with Alicia Keys there," she said. "I'm so excited to work with women. I'm a girl's girl, so to show that women who are successful can support each other and have a good time, I'm just so happy to bring that message across with Gaga and Alicia Keys. ... I learn something from all these ladies." Gaga recently revealed the cover art for the "Telephone" single, which is due out on March 2, on her Web site. It features a photo of Gaga wearing a hat made from a telephone and a picture of a Sasha Fierce-mode Beyoncé. There still very few details about the "Telephone" video available. We know that part of it will take place at a diner and that at some point Beyoncé breaks Gaga out of jail. "We die in [the video]," Semi Precious Weapons lead singer Justin Tranter said of his band's cameo. "And I think that's probably all I'm allowed to tell. ... And, I think, what people have already talked about: It's very Tarantino-inspired, sort of like violent melodrama glamour." MTVNews.com
Annie Lennox has confessed her liking for Lady GaGa. This ex-Eurythmics singer is blown away by the extravagant performer and has praised the Miss GaGa for refusing to be a cookie-cutter pop star. Gushing all her love on her own blog for the Monster, Annie said
“I have to say that I am completely entranced by Lady GaGa… She is completely off the scale on just about every level, and I’m just loving it! “She has the most ENORMOUS stamina and chutzpah, to carry off her massive persona… and I can tell you, that it takes f…..g HOURS and a TEAM to make up and dress up on a daily incarnation like that!!! “She’s amazing… innovative… out of the box… and ground breaking at every level!” Lennox continued to gush. “She has smashed the “cookie cutter” tedium, and brought it all into an entirely different level! Wow!! She’s the real deal… love it love it!”
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According to Ryan Seacrest, the highly anticipated music video for “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé will be released next weekend. To buy the song on iTunes! #SupportGaGa+, Let's Make #1 in iTunes Monsters! SOURCE: GaGaDaily
UPDATE: OFFICIAL: Telephone" Video Premiere NEXT WEEKEND (via LADY GAGA) RUMOR DATE: Friday/Feb. 26 (NOT CONFIRMED) SupportGaGa+#TelephoneVideo. GaGa Confirmed the premiere for the Next Week today in Dublín in the Monster Ball Concert.
Lady GaGa to play Madonna in new movie
Randy Aaron / Examiner.com
Lady GaGa has been compared to Madonna a lot (even though she's much better), but the comparisons will likely continue when Lady GaGa makes her acting debut in Life With My Sister Madonna, a movie directed by her brother Christopher. The movie also will also feature Adam Lambert, T.R. Knight, and Tina Fey. Would anybody in Memphis even go see this? Madonna is definitely a great icon, but Lady GaGa really needs to keep making a name for herself. Lady GaGa playing Madonna now would be like Madonna playing Marilyn Monroe in a movie back in the 1980s .It would have been a mistake (she already did it in the music video for "Material Girl") since Madonna took years to separate herself from the Marilyn Monroe comparisons. What do you think, readers? Do you think Lady GaGa should play Madonna? More importantly, how do you think Madonna would feel about this?
Lady Gaga at MEN arena, Manchester
Fresh from her triumph at the Brits, Lady Gaga opens her UK tour with glamour, grit and a battle with a giant squid/ Kitty Empire (The Observer)/The Guardian.com
Lady Gaga writhes on the floor of the stage at the MEN arena, attacked by a giant undersea monster that is half angler fish (the teeth) and half squid (the tentacles). Operated by a team of crew and dancers, it gradually subsumes her, as a fulsome version of "Paparazzi", one of Gaga's many hit singles, plays out. If you strain your ears you can just hear the sound of the biscuit being taken. Theatrical stadium tours come and go, but it is safe to say that no non-heavy metal star has ever battled a gruesome semi-animatronic sea monster in the name of fun before. Not even Madonna, Gaga's most obvious antecedent, whose sense of the outrageous the 23-year-old has taken on, and outdone, certainly in the ghoulish stakes. The monster at the heart of Gaga's Monster Ball tour crowns two hours of spectacle in which flaming pianos, harps, fountains and green vomit (simulated) vie with outrageous costumes and group mastrubation (also simulated) to relocate fans' jaws level with their collarbones. At one point Gaga appears dressed like a yeti crossed with a lampshade, an outfit she removes to reveal the Roman soldier-cum-sasquatch beneath. All great pop is transformative, but Gaga takes things to new extremes. What's more, Gaga's European production has been restaged from the version that toured the States – "I got bored of it," she confesses. Great swathes of it are awesome, even if some of it is missing, according to reports, and running late. The custom-made bass-cum-keytar called Emma previewed during her Brits performance is here though. The volume is the first thing that hits you. Pop isn't normally this loud; the bass isn't normally allowed to rattle your insides in venues this big and anodyne. But when Gaga, who has sold five million copies of her debut, The Fame, first appears out of the gloom, it's almost underwhelming. She is stock-still, dwarfed by shoulder pads and a downtown New York urbanscape circa 1975. The song is "Dance in the Dark", and it contains one of many references to La Ciccone in the rap where Gaga lists her patron saints of gay iconography like Madonna did in "Vogue". Then "Just Dance" happens, in which backdrops, dancers, musicians and Gaga erupt with life. There is, invariably, a baffling narrative arc to Gaga's mise en scene. But unlike most singers of her stature, who stick to anodyne nothings, Gaga is garrulous. No one really understands the long-winded Gaga manifesto, but we are all her "little monsters", she confides frequently. Like the Masons and hip-hop crews we even have our own hand signal – the claw gesture from the video to "Bad Romance". There is a poignant moment when Gaga confides that she wrote "Speechless" for her father, who "loves Johnny Walker just a little bit more than he loves me". Shorn of band, dancers and headdresses, she belts it out at the flaming piano. Monstrousness is a theme dear to Gaga. It takes some unpicking. Love can be monstrous – in "Monster", a lover eats her heart and then her brain. At its core, though, is the idea that Gaga is at one with the freaks and outcasts. The Monster Ball is where we can all be free. This is arrant nonsense, as the scads of people buying Gaga's cunningly commercial music are not limited to the niche worlds of drag queens and hip nightcreatures from which she draws her inspiration. But Gaga seems sincere. She says of her warm welcome at the Brits that it was "the first time in a long time we felt like the cool kids". Her arresting visuals, however, dwell on another aspect of monstrousness – physical distortion. Often teetering over into S&M, the Monster Ball's visuals play artily with blood, bandaging and dysmorphia. Gaga's nudity can be purposefully unsexy. Come-hithering still routinely dominates visual portrayals of mainstream female artists. She told Elle US recently about struggling with her label in order to make her album covers strange and dark. Prettiness does not concern her; physical alteration does, like it did a far lesser pop shock tactician, Marilyn Manson. Clearly, Lady Gaga's music isn't always the main focus of the show. Unreleased songs like "Glitter and Grease" don't particularly stand out. But when a great Gaga tune marries up with energetic formation dancing or ludicrous visuals, the result is dazzling. "Telephone" is terrific, a cacophony of miscommunication danced out on a stage-extending catwalk. Nothing, however, can match "Bad Romance", an encore the crowd start singing to the dark stage. When Gaga finally reappears, she has what appears to be a large glittery trilobite crawling up one arm. "Bad Romance" is the single that established Gaga's greatness beyond all doubt late last year, and tonight's version seals a performance of truly gargantuan proportions.
Going Gaga for the Lady/by David Owens, Wales On Sunday
In the week that she wowed the world at The Brits, a new book about the pop sensation that is Lady Gaga by Welsh writer Helia Phoenix, pictured below, aims to uncover the truth about the many shocking sides to the international superstar that people either love or loathe. DAVID OWENS reports...IT’S not often dreams come true. We’ve all had them – winning the lottery, living on a paradise island or scoring the winning goal in the Cup final. For most of us they remain just that – unattainable fantasies. However, according to Cardiff-born writer Helia Phoenix, 29, penning a book about the world’s biggest pop star was a dream made real. “When I was asked I was amazed,” she enthuses. “I jumped around screaming for a while. “I’ve always been a Lady Gaga fan because she’s so mad. I have a lot of respect for people who enter mainstream media wearing what they want to wear, saying these ridiculous things, having these crazy philosophies when she’s really intelligent and she doesn’t shy away from saying intelligent things. “Other pop stars like Cheryl Cole or Lily Allen, they’re not really purveying any sort of message about art or about music or about anything really. But Gaga studied musical theatre at university and she’s studied her whole life, she’s really intelligent, really bright, she got into university a year early, where she was exposed to theories about performance and if you look at her appearance at the Brits or the extravagant shows that she puts on you can see those influences.” A Cardiff University graduate, Helia has already written what she describes as “mini-biogs for the tweenie market – those aimed at teenagers and twenty somethings” about celebs such as Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Cheryl Cole – but it was the chance to write a fully-fledged book that broaches the many infamous talking points that make up the Lady Gaga mythology that fired her enthusiasm and imagination. “I’ve wanted to write books since I was about nine years old, so you can imagine my excitement, although that was followed by almost passing out when I was told the final word count was 60,000 words – the most words I’ve ever written in my life,” she said. It wasn’t easy as Helia, who works by day as a web editor at the Welsh Assembly and also moonlights as reviews editor for Cardiff-based Kruger music magazine, had to fit the writing in around work. She’s aware that the question will be asked, how can you write a biography about someone who has only been a pop star for three years? “She’s crammed a lot in a short life,” explains Helia. “She’s only 23, but she’s achieved so much in that time.” It’s undeniable that she started young. Gaga – real name Stefani Angelina Germanotta born to Anglo-Italian parents in New York – was a talented musician as a child. She learnt piano when she was four and wrote her first ballad at the age of 13. “Her parents were from humble beginnings but were pretty well off through her dad Joseph’s internet business,” says Helia. “As a result they could afford to send their daughter to the exclusive Convent of the Sacred Heart independent girls’ school in Manhattan. “It’s the most expensive girls’ school in New York. “The school is most famous for educating former pupils Paris and Nicky Hilton. Lots of the girls were society girls like the Hiltons, which she’s not like at all, but that’s where her ideas of fame first came from. “Despite the strict environment she got to focus on studying piano, voice and drama, three things she was already mad about. “She endured the oppressive nature of a strict Catholic school for so long, although she was always disciplined enough to get top grades. “All the girls had to adhere to a strict dress code. “The nuns measured the length of the skirts with a ruler, so it’s almost certain that this environment had an influence on the future style of Lady Gaga and her outlandish choice of dress.” What was also forming in the young girl’s mind were thoughts of becoming a pop star. The teenage Gaga was a massive Britney Spears fan, although she was also being drip fed a host of influences that would become important signposts in her life. “She had a very broad love of music,” says Helia. “Her dad used to play in a band and he would play her Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Grace Jones. She said that Bowie and Grace Jones were massive influences on her as she was growing up, especially their sense of style and sense of dress.” She started having vocal coaching at 11 and she was encouraged to write her own songs. That quick musical maturity also saw her performing at open mic nights, talent competitions and anywhere that would have her. “Throughout her teenage years she started playing songs in lots of different places accompanied by her mum because she was too young to be in there,” explains Helia. “She was really precocious and determined and definitely she knew what she wanted.” Getting a place at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in New York at 17, she became one of only 20 youngsters to gain admission early. The college, which counts Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway and Woody Allen among its alumni, could have been the making of her, but the single-minded Gaga had different ideas, dropping out after just a year to forge a different route to success – hard graft. “She didn’t want to become famous on a whim or through a talent contest, she wanted to earn her stripes the traditional way with good old-fashioned hard work,” says Helia. “At 18 she was living in New York on her own, she was working as a waitress, considering she was from a rich family she paid her way completely.” It was at this time that her life became ever edgier. She began dancing in go go bars in skimpy, barely there outfits and performing at night as part of a duo with the equally outrageous wannabee style icon Lady Starlight, while working by day, she started to use cocaine to get by. “She used to order a bag of cocaine from a delivery service, do some lines, then work on her hair and make-up for hours,” says Helia. “She would wake up in the morning at 10.30am do some more lines, write music, then stay up for three days in a creative whirlwind of drugs, drink and music.” She was leading a more deviant lifestyle and a noisy gig to a crowd of university frat boys became a trademark she would later became famous for. She took off her clothes. “She was desperate to get this noisy crowd to listen to her, she realised she had to do something shocking so she did the only thing she could think of, she pulled off her skirt and took off her shirt,” says Helia. “She was sat at a piano dressed in her bra, panties and fishnets, while the whole venue stared at her wondering what was going on.” It was around this time she was spotted by music producer Rob Fusari who loved her style and her songs and he got her signed to a major deal with the giant Interscope Records. The Lady Gaga phenomenon was almost fully formed, the outfits were getting weirder and more outrageous, the stage appearances were ever sexier and the questions about her sexuality were causing an even greater air of mystery to a media both baffled and intrigued by this riot of individual style and sexiness. Did she like men or women? This question circulated around, with Gaga doing little to dispel the rumour. “I think she said she wouldn’t have a relationship with a girl but she was sexually attracted to girls,” says Helia. “I don’t think it was a PR tactic, I don’t think she needs the sexuality angle to be outrageous. She’s just honest.” An even bigger question was waiting to hit the tabloids – was she a man or was she a woman? “It all started with a comment by Christina Aguilera,” explains Helia. “She appeared at a music awards in a Lady Gaga style latex outfit. “She was asked by the media if she was inspired by Lady Gaga, Aguilera deadpanned that she didn’t know who this person was and didn’t even know if it was a man or a woman. “The great thing about Lady Gaga is that she refuses to slag off another artiste, so refused to be drawn into an argument over Aguilera’s comments. “That was the catalyst for all these stories about what her true sex is.” And so the real answer? “She’s all woman,” says Helia. “One hundred per cent.” All this controversy, all these salacious stories have only served to polarise opinion. She’s the Marmite pop star, people either love her or hate her. Helia believes those detractors have got it all wrong. “Those who dislike her think she’s manufactured and over the top, has come from nowhere, really has no talent, just sings some songs and will disappear as quickly as she’s appeared. People who hate pop music will hate her because she’s quintessentially a pop star. “However she’s not fake or contrived, she’s pushed the boundaries of music, fashion and culture and worked damn hard to get where she is today.”
Lady Gaga Should Accept Tunick's Offer & Pose Naked In Public / by Robert Paul Reyes
"The famous American artist Spencer Tunick who is known for his 'installations' in which hundreds of people strip and pose in front of a monument or any famous place, has asked this very popular 23 old singer to fly down to Australia, because he is going to do another installations known as Mardi Gras installation in front of Sydney Opera House." Male celebrities, with the rare exception of a bimbo with no discernable talent like Levi Johnston, don't pose naked, regardless how much money they are offered. Female celebs on the other hand, often pose naked, sometime for just a few thousands dollars. My advice to female entertainers is to not allow themselves to be objectified, and to turn down all offers to pose nude. However, I would make an exception in the case of Lady Gaga, and I would recommend that she accept Tunick's offer. If Lady Gaga posed naked in a public place it would, once and for all, dispel rumors that she's a hermaphrodite. Not that there's anything wrong with being an intergender individual, but it would be to Lady Gaga's benefit if there's one less controversy swirling around her. Lady Gaga is much more than just a singer and entertainer, she's a performance artist. If Gaga posed in the buff in front of a public monument, it would be performance art at its most elegant. Lady Gaga, whether naked or wearing an outlandish outfit, is a walking work of art. Art shouldn't be confined to stuffy museums, it should be out in the open for everyone to enjoy. Lady Gaga, please accept Tunick's offer, and let the whole world enjoy your body as a work of art.