“ Whether it's the music or her fashion, let us know what you love (or loathe) about Lady Gaga. „
So first of all I need to say I USED to love Lady Gaga, like a lot. I followed websites, magazines and had over 200 songs by her in my itunes back when she had only officially released just two albums! ( most of these being live/ acoustic tracks or songs she recorded but never officially released) However as she released more albums I became less interested and found her a bit showy and cocky really, I still enjoy her music just not so much. I remember hearing 'Just Dance' for the first time and it sounded completely new and different to anything I had heard on the radio. I searched the video on youtube to see what it was like and I then found her other videos 'Beautiful Dirty Rich' and 'Pokerface,' both sounded and looked so different I was immediately sucked into everything about her and was amazed by live performance videos too. She was singing and dancing in pants and giant crystals shoulders! I downloaded The Fame and instantly fell in love with it, it was fun, catchy and conjured so many different images in my head. It sounded so new and different to anything but still catching the sounds of previous songs. I felt like the album really brought back and updated pop music mixing it up with lots of dancy sounds. It is still one of my most played albums in my music library. Although I was never atfirst a fan of 'Paparazzi' it is my favourite video of hers, her favourite acoustic track and my most favourite performance from the VMAs 2009 when Gaga was dressed in white and 'bled' out at the end swinging from a single wire. I was less in love with The Fame Monster (although I know debut album follow ups are hard and everything...) and only really like half the songs on the album which only has about 8 on it anyway! Bad Romance is definitely the stand out on this album which has an amazing video to accompany it. I'm not a big fan of Born This Way, when that came out I was so disappointed. I love the message of the song I just don't like the tune and HATE the video. I was not looking forward to the rest of the album and was really put off by the cover too as I think it looks like a GCSE photography project. However I do quite like most of the songs on the album but still nowhere near as much as The Fame. Another reason, and probably one of the biggest, I loved her was her crazy look! I liked her almost tacky hand made outfits from the Haus of Gaga, they were much more interesting than what other artists were wearing when she first appeared and were great to use as research in my fashion class. She has introduced me to many new designers that I never would have looked at before and has a huge unfluence on the fashion world as a whole. I started to go off her fashion at about the time Alejandro was released, it all became a bit too weird, beyond anything avant-garde and a lot of it seemed sort of pretentious and I have disliked most of her outfits since the release of Born This Way. (minus the Judas Video). She may have started doing this as many other artists starting doing what she was doing (wearing pants, leotards and strange shoulder pads or sunglasses) and decided to be so weirdly different no one would want to copy her. Her crazy look and love for fashion is really well shown off in her music videos. I think her videos are some of the best ever made actually, my favourites are Paparazzi, Telephone and Bad Romance. I love the editing, clothing, stories and meanings.... Everything! I think Just Dance is the most boring however I'm guessing as there's not much of her craziness in it she didn't get too much say in it. I dislike Alejandro and have hated most of her videos since this with the exception of Judas where you can see a lot of the old Gaga in it which I much prefer. I think her most disappointing video is 'Edge of Glory' as it's one set and one outfit and at a glance it could be anyone, with Gagas usual videos you can instantly tell it's one of hers as it's likely to be very strange. Just after she released The Fame Monster I attended the Monster Ball at the O2 in London with a gay friend is OBSESSED with her. We queued for 11 hours and got on the barrier of the show, I can easily say it is one of the most amazing concerts I have ever attended, well worth the £60. I am mainly into pop/rock music with a few heavy bands and was used to just jumping and singing along. At a Gaga concert you can expect a whole story and literally a 'show,' she had a huge amount of outfit changes, played almost all her songs plus an unreleased song (Glitter and Grease or Fashion). She used her songs to show the story of getting to the Monster Ball which ended in Bad Romance! Her 'script' was a little cringy in many, many places but it was very Gaga. The stand out of this show was Paparazzi which the audience had to take lots of flashing pictures to kill a massive angler fish creature that moved and lit up. Lady Gaga also wore a bra and pants outfit that shot sparks everywhere and there was a fountain of blood. As much I loved being so close, I would have loved to have sat down for this show and see the entire set because there was so much going on. I wouldn't be surprised if there will be some sort of Broadway/ West End musical made in many years called The Monster Ball much like 'We Will Rock You.' So anyway I started going off Gaga when she released the Alejandro video and definitely when she released the Born This Way video. I didn't personally like where her style was headed but I also think she changed herself too. She has always seemed overly confident in herself but I feel like now she has achieved the Fame she has, that is a bit too cocky sometimes. I do however think she is AMAZING with her fans still (monsters!) which is great and I definitely respect her for it. She always talks about her fans in a positive and personal way. Even though I am not a big fan of Gaga nowadays I do still enjoy listening to her music and will most likely buy her next album but I don't follow her every move and find her fashion very boring now. It's all about weird fringes, leather and pointy cheeks instead of rubber cat suits, big pants and lobster hats and where has that Disco Stick gone???
What is there to say about Lady Gaga that everybody doesn't already know? She is an american recording artist and very talented song writer. Since her debut single 'Just Dance' was released back in 2008 she has gone on to take the world by storm with her string of highly successful albums, singles and tours. She is probably most famous for her choice of clothing but is still without a doubt a very talented woman. She has gained millions of fans for supporting same sex marriage and other similar beliefs, she has become a huge tabloid sensation and love or loathe her she is here to stay. I think she is such an inspirational woman because she has it all: fame, fortune, millions of adoring fans yet she still makes time for her "little monsters" (fans in case you didnt know what that meant) via popular social networking site Twitter, she is one of the only superstars that try and sign as many autographs for their fans no matter where she is or what shes doing. All in all, I think she is a remarkable woman and I personally think she seems to be a very nice woman considering her celebrity status. I hope 'mother monster' continues the same throughout her entire career for many years to come.
I think that Lady Gaga is one of the most interesting artists that I've ever come across. After achieving her dream of world wide fame, she's made a massive influence to politics, music and many people's lifestyles and shaped a lot of people's behaviour. Some consider her a role model for today's society and a gay icon. On the other hand, some consider her the worst thing that ever happened to music and in some remote areas of the world even go on to say that she is an offspring of Satan. Right there in the middle are people who enjoy her music, but feel that she is over-hyped and goes too much in the excess. I would consider myself to be somewhere in the middle. I've liked Lady Gaga since the beginning of her peak. I found her music enjoyable and loved the 70's influence. I also like her other albums, The Fame Monster and Born This Way, but I think I have a special connection with her debut album. I've also heard her Red & Blue EP which she did before adopting the stage name, Lady Gaga. I think the songs on there are very good because it shows a very raw side to Lady Gaga. I also find it interesting to see all unreleased tracks leak. There's been a couple of underground acts that have gained more popularity because a track of theirs was mistaken or deliberately uploaded as a Lady Gaga track. I love how versatile she is. Even though she's more prominent for electronic pop, I also think she's proven that her voice is suitable for jazz and rock settings. She often uses different fashion and music influences which reflect on her music. There's many influences from the likes of Britney, Madonna, Kate Bush, Bjork and Christina Aguilera. Through the influences that have stood out very clear in all of her albums is the influence from 70's and 80's rock such as Queen. At some point, I think she's going to run out of crazy ideas. I do worry about her sometimes. Although I love her personality and love to experiment, I hope that doesn't harm her vocals or health when she gets older. I can see her dying at a young age, and I don't want her to join the 27 club. She's currently 26 years old at the moment, so I hope she manages to live on till old age. I do think that Lady Gaga is in grave danger. Even though there are lots of people who love her, there's many people who would gladly assassinate her. Sometimes the fan base can be uncomfortable. I do think that the extreme behaviour of some of the more extreme fans has led to the point where it's ruining it for other artists. A lot of artists such as Sabrina Washington have gone into the electronic pop scene only to be accused of trying to copy Lady Gaga. Although it hasn't made me hate Lady Gaga completely, it has made me less of a stan. I feel more like a casual fan of Lady Gaga nowadays. I still enjoy her music and I think she's got the potential to make more classic albums in the future. If she goes on the right direction, I think she'll be continuing to shape the world of pop music like so many great female singers before her. I personally think The Fame is one of her best albums so far. The Fame Monster is good value for money and Born This Way is very fun and imaginative. Born This Way is quite dark compared to The Fame, but I think it also has it's light moments too. She's been musically active since 2005 and in fifty years time I can imagine her still being relevant unless she produces a poor album. I think there will be many mysteries about Lady Gaga, as an artist, activist, singer, producer and writer that will remain unsolved. People will still believe she's a hermaphrodite. People will argue she's a transvestite. People are still going to debate if she's a good role model or the work the Devil.
Lady Gaga. Whether you love her or loathe her, you must know OF her if you have but the slightest interest in modern music. In that respect she is quite the polarising figure - to some she represents the excesses of modern society, to some she is a fashion icon and musical genius. Where do I sit? Firmly in the middle. I know it is bad form to reveal my position straight away, but I want to explain why I feel the way I do. You see, I've recently become quite the Gaga fan - or 'little monster', as she refers to her followers. They are quite the avid bunch, seemingly, which has at times brought the Lady herself to tears. Tears of joy, if you were wondering. Our Gaga - 'formerly' known as Stefani, as even her family members call her by her stage name - is pretty grateful to be where she is. 'But isn't she just another manufactured star? ' some might say. Indeed, she does have the hallmark of another talentless so-and-so (autotuned, obviously) working a lot of her magic in the visual respect. But, to me, Gaga is about that whole package - and she is incredibly passionate about it too, hence the tears. Seeing this, I would find the idea of her image being spoonfed to her by the record label ridiculous. In fact, she has openly stood againt many of their decisions to ensure that she is totally in control of her own destiny. Of course, the music, whilst I find it to be part of the whole package, it is the centerpiece from which all the other strands of Gaga - her image, stage shows, 'living art' (as she says) - come from. And, for many, coupled with her often 'quirky' appearance, this may be what pushes them away from enjoying her. Whilst the music itself is intriguing, varying from ballads to full-on dance tracks, it may dismay many that the lyrics are usually full of references to sex and monetary obsession. Clearly, she is totally representative of modern day excess. Yet I think those who believe this are missing the point of Gaga. She is here to mock those obsessions, and make a clear message about the wrongs of modern society. Therefore, her plan has worked if listeners feel disgust at what Gaga represents - they are just aiming the disgust down the wrong avenue. It should be aimed at the consumerist society that, in her interviews, she openly admits to criticising. So that's why I sit on the fence with Gaga. She is a talented individual not in spite of, but because of her very excess. To me, that is genius.
The crazy woman who everyone knows... Lady Gaga has taken the world by storm in the past year. Whether you know her for her wacky fashion sence, crazy videos, catchy songs, or just her crazy attitute towards life, I can safely say that nearly everyone in the world (maybe that's a bit of an over emphasis) has heard of the GaGa! Known for her top hits such as "Just dance", "Poker face", "bad romance", "telephone", "alejandro" and more, lady gaga was not only a hit with the clubs and party people, but she was also loved by music lovers everywhere! Many people saw lady gaga's crazy, movie like video for "telephone" on youtube, this sparked much discussion about lady gaga throughout the internet, and proved very popular with youtube users also. Even though there was much discussion that lady gaga may be a hermafrodite, many people have changed their views on it, since lady gaga herself admitted that she is infact not. Whether you love or hate lady gaga, you sure do have to admire her for the amount she has been through during her rise to fame, for one she did get bullied in high school! GaGa, I salute you!
Lady Gaga is an American singer who is taking the world by storm not only with her music but also with her fashion sense, as well as a rumour that she is a hermaphrodite; all of which contribute to her current fame! Firstly, her music is generally of the dance pop genre with a few ballads, although she performs many of her dance hits acoustically. Many of these songs are catchy, upbeat and addictive, for example Poker Face, Just Dance, Paparazzi, Love Game, The Fame, Telephone, Bad Romance. The list goes on. Unarguably, she releases hit after hit after hit, proven by record sales, a record number of digital downloads and Youtube hits. That is all and well but the lyrics she sings about is quite sexual! Almost every song has a sexual innuendo or reference, and as fun as it is to spot them and laugh, it gets to a point where you wonder if there is anything deeper, as her songs reveal a shallow, materialistic and sexual nature that not everyone can associate with. Yes, the world has become a money loving, fame searching world, and perhaps she's just being real but really, EVERY song? Lady Gaga claims to be this new, unique singer on the music scene, but her music really ISN'T new. We've had dance before. We've had upbeat songs before. What she DOES bring that is new is perhaps her themes (which I've already discussed may not be for all) and her outfits. This leads me on to talk about her fashion sense, which is as much a hype as her music. People who don't know her musically will surely have seen some image of her in an outrageous outfit~ Kermit the frog, Bubbles, Lace... she is almost always seen in a different outfit that is outrageous and have Gaga written all over it. I think that it is great to be unique and original in terms of fashion, and she does inspire creativity and originality, but at times she appears to be attention seeking, and really goes beyond the bar of edginess to the area of clothing madness! However, it is Gaga, and where someone else may fall into the abyss of a wardrobe malfunction, she is rescued by her name and reputation for such beautiful disasters. Apart from music and fashion, Lady Gaga is also known as a celebrity. Initially, rumours of her being a hermaphrodite spread around the internet like mad. She is obviously female. Moving on... She isn't the "Lindsay Lohan" or "Paris Hilton" of Celeb Buzz, but she does fuel the Paparazzi and the media feed on her. In her videos, there are also obvious Satanic symbols which many internet geek people controverse by claiming she is part of the Illuminati (Don't know enough about this to comment)... but anyone can see that all this publicity is just boosting her on any Celeb-Meter and making her more well known~ none of which will do her any harm! More recently, controversy sparked on her tour with tour prices doubling on the dates in which she returns to the UK from £30 to up to £75, mainly due to the initial under pricing of the tour tickets. Personally, I think the initial pricing was at fault, and really no one is right. Fans need to accept the fact that the current tour cost millions to revamp, as well as the underpriced tickets of the first leg meaning prices will sour; plus, Gaga's fame is to be fed on further so after some initial disappointment, LIVE WITH IT! To sum up, I think Lady Gaga has great talent musically, despite her channelling it all into this dance-pop-sex-driven genre. I personally would like to see her more acoustically and singing perhaps about more meaningful things. We all know she can make a hit, but we want to see her develop and mature, so hopefully her next album will have slightly more depth! Her fashion sense is outrageous but she does inspire, which I think is great. She promotes originality and uniqueness despite overdoing it sometimes, and really she has to stop relying on her fashion to get publicity, her hermaphroditeness and apparent satanic links does that for her! Finally, I'd love to see her on tour, but the new price is slightly mad, and it is such a shame that there is such outrage, because it's just a simple rule of supply and demand.