August 24, 2014

Lady Gaga snubbed by the VMAs – again!

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are tonight, and not only was Lady Gaga not even nominated for a single award – despite the fact that she released three two music videos from her third album ARTPOP – but she isn’t even scheduled to perform.
Maybe no one understands her art
This is not the first time she was snubbed by the VMAs since her debut as a popstar, and it's also not the first time she hasn't performed (the other year was 2012). Is it because she's in the middle of a tour? Doubtful - she was in the middle of the Monster Ball tour when the VMAs took place in 2010 and she dominated the awards in nominations and wins back then.

So what does this say about Lady Gaga's current status as a popstar?

Well, if you look at how much she's still being hyped from other major music sources - not much. But when the VMAs are consistent in nominating the latest pop acts for awards and having them perform (Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande...) as well as other pop artists that have been around at least as long as Lady Gaga has, if not longer (Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J) - it says a lot. Especially since she has a new album coming out next month and a follow-up album already planned.

With something to promote, the VMAs should have been a priority for Lady Gaga... and maybe they were. But last year, her performance bordered on boring and had next to no shock value - something the VMA audience counts on year after year. Could it be that there was just no demand for her? Or have people simply gotten bored with her antics? 

What do you think? How important are the VMAs for a pop star? Was getting snubbed a big deal?

                                                And just for fun... the last time Lady Gaga won a VMA

August 18, 2014

Lady Gaga's hypocritical "Body Revolution" message makes a comeback

Lady Gaga's been getting a lot of bad press lately over her size. Fingers have been pointed about how much weight she's been gaining lately on her tour, and she's hitting back - just like she did in 2013 with her "Body Revolution"

So proud of her size that she feels the need to suck in her stomach and raise her arms for the photo
"Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15," she said on "But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery. and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION."

Lady Gaga shared a post on Instagram yesterday saying: "A true Venus is beautiful at any size. #BodyRevolution Don't allow Society to tell you what beauty is. back when they first made painting and sculptors of the goddess she was represented as a round and fertile woman. It was in style to be thicker because food was a sign of money. eat up children. Life is too short." 

Great sentiment - too bad she doesn't seem to believe it herself. 

More like: "A true Venus is beautiful with Photoshop"

The reality
Is Lady Gaga truly proud of her size? She doesn't seem to be. Whenever she calls attention to her size (like with the "Body Revolution"), it's either with pictures that are heavily edited/altered in some way (pounds and inches shaved off, smoothed complexion, etc.) or pictures where she's almost completely covered up.

What a hypocrite. She tells others that they should be proud of who they are, then she hides behind costumes, wigs, makeup, and Photoshop herself.

Hey, Gaga - you want to start a "Body Revolution"? Then start one!

August 11, 2014

Pollstar's Mid-Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours of 2014 report was released...

 ... and Lady Gaga's artRAVE barely makes it into the top 50.

Trailing behind her female pop competitors at #46, Lady Gaga is behind Cher (#9), Miley Cyrus (#14), Dolly Parton (#23), Katy Perry (#26), Celine Dion (#28), Demi Lovato (#41), Taylor Swift (#42), and Britney Spears (#44).

The data shows Lady Gaga's average ticket price at $78.24 (clearly doesn't include giveaways or other sad attempts to fill the arenas)...
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The average number of tickets sold per show at 13,348

The total number of tickets sold as far as publication - which was 21 shows played in 15 cities - at 200,222

And in terms of money, the average dollar amount pulled in per show is published at $1,044,372 with a grand total of $15.7 million.
The leading lady and lucky #46
Wow! So much for the Queen of Pop! Maybe Lady Gaga should have released The Greatest Thing after all, then maybe she could ride off Cher's coattails for a while instead of Tony Bennett's.

Now that Gaga's North American leg of the tour is over, it should be interesting to see how the rest of the tour pans out. Her next stop is Eastern Asia, with two dates in Japan and one in Seoul, followed by Oceania (6 shows),Western Asia (2 shows), and finally Europe (30 shows).

What do you think her final numbers will look like?

August 7, 2014

"What goes up, must come down"

"What happened to Lady Gaga?" Asks the Sydney Morning Herald. "She of the meat-dress variety, whose only aim was to shock the public?"

"It’s simple science. What goes up, must come down, said Isaac Newton. After a meteoric rise to fame on the back of solid talent, she propelled her career forward with the power of image."
I'm not sure I would agree with the writer here that Lady Gaga's rise to fame was due solely to her talent, especially given the videos that we're seen of the artRAVE so far...
RIP Laurieann Gibson, who died of laughter after watching this
...but I think she's on the right track with the "image" thing.

The writer goes on to describe Gaga's most memorable outfits: the bubble dress, the meat dress, the lobster hat, and so on (none of which are - despite the fact that they're her most memorable - entirely original, on her part). She then says:
"But my personal favourites came towards the end, when you could tell she was running out of ideas."
And on the meat dress:
"She explained at the time it was a statement for what one believed in. But really, we all knew it was because the dress-up thing was done for."
Okay can we just stop for a second and laugh, because the writer here says the dress-up thing was done for after the meat dress... and the meat dress was from the VMAs in 2010! 2010!!! That was four years ago!
"How could she possibly one-up herself? Then she arrived at the 2011 Grammys in a plastic egg shell. We couldn’t even see her on the red carpet. Let’s call it the moment she imploded."

Well, you can only shock people for so long. When everything you do is a spectacle, it starts to be expected out of you. The writer says:
"The outfits that used to make headlines were now ho-hum." 
Again, she's referencing a time that was 3-4 years ago.
"Here lies the genius of her “normal” dress. Now when she’s photographed, she’s wearing – gasp – clothes! Granted, they’re high-end, designer outfits that sometimes border on the surreal but still actual clothes. Not bubbles. And we are genuinely surprised."
Why, with Gaga, is every criticism of her also met with an admission of her "genius"? The writer basically spent the whole article telling us how she's been bored with Gaga and her outfits since 2010/2011, yet she's a somehow still a "genius".

Anyway, the writer suggests Gaga might be sending a message to us all that she's accepting of herself now, and that she may be demonstrating that she "doesn’t need to be a completely different character every time she gets dressed".

But I don't think so. Even when she's dressed "normal", she's still acting out a character. She's doing the same thing she always has - she puts on a costume, runs downstairs to get photographed by the paparazzi, rinses, and repeats. It's no different now in 2014 just because she's got black hair instead of blonde.

The writer closes with:
"But knowing Gaga, this is just the next stage of her image transformation and, like all true chameleons, she’ll have another reinvention to shock us back into buying her music soon."
Wait - "soon"? Gaga just released a new song last week, didn't you know? Ha!

Guess the "genius" reinvention isn't working after all.

Check out the source for the whole article: Sydney Morning Herald

August 4, 2014

Lady Gaga and Madonna fued may reignite

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is coming up, and according to the Daily Star, Lady Gaga and Madonna are both hoping for a headline spot in a Berlin Wall Anniversary gig. Allegedly, neither one wants to play as a supporting act to the other, so organizers will have to choose between the two pop stars.
Gaga and Madonna - Instagram selfies
A source from the Daily Star stated:
"Madonna and Gaga are equally desperate for the honour of performing. They both like to think of themselves as very political, and will also have new albums to promote by then. It could reignite their long-running feud as the date draws nearer because neither are used to being told no."
The source then goes on to say: 
"However it’s highly likely organisers would choose the Queen of Pop over Gaga, if push came to shove."

Source: The Daily Star

Aw. But I thought Lady Gaga was the Queen of Pop? Guess we'll just have to see what happens, come November!