These days, it’s hard to to find a song that doesn’t remind you of another song. A lot of artists purposely borrow from each other or unintentionally use similar melodies (check out One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” versus Grease’s “Summer Nights.”)
During the May 27 rehearsals in Tel Aviv for her MDNA world tour, Madonna unexpectedly performed her song “Express Yourself” with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
A while ago, Madonna implied that Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” was just a knock-off of her hit “Express Yourself.” She told ABC News: ”I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was … interesting.”
Gaga, who prides herself on individuality, wasn’t thrilled with Madonna’s comparison and told NME last year: ”I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded,” she said. “What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about. … If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years.”
Madonna and Gaga’s songs admittedly sound quite similar. However, a lot of people think Madonna’s mashup was a bit immature, especially when she starts singing: “She’s not me,” near the end, as though she’s trying to prove some sort of point.
Whatever the case, there are tons of songs that sound similar to each other and I don’t think there’s any harm in addressing the similarities, intentional or not.
Watch it here:
Have a look at Lady Gaga before she was mother monster. Seen here as Stefani Germanotta, there’s some insight as to what she looks like when the meat dress comes off after a hard day at work.
Contrary to popular belief, the Gaga you see in 2011, wasn’t actually “born that way.” Her transformation was a gradual process and it started with the photos you see here. It’s hard to say what who’s more attractive, the girl behind the artist or her extravagant alter-ego?
Although, it would be interesting to see what her concerts would be like dressed like this.
Thanks to Buzzfeed for digging up these pictures.
Well not exactly. In a recent interview he says that Gaga was so much fun and easy to work with that no other artist can ever compare
He said: “Yeah, she might have ruined my life on that, ’cause it’s so much fun to work with her. The world is about collaboration, and she’s 100% involved in the creative process.
“That makes it difficult for me to figure out how to work with other people that just want to get a track or a beat and have you go on your way. I don’t know if I can do that. So I don’t think I’ll make an album for, like, another girl pop singer. I might be terribly depressed if I tried.”
Well – that’s probably a good problem to have.
Britney Spears has taken note from Lady Gaga and is selling her album for cheap on Amazon, reports MTV News.
After the high-demand and obvious success of Gaga’s 99 cent promotion of ‘Born This Way’ on Amazon, it looks like Spears is trying the same approach.
Her latest album, ‘Femme Fatale’ won’t be quite as low as 99 cents, but Spears is selling it at the reasonable price of 3.99 on Amazon.com for the rest of the week.
Will Spears’ critically acclaimed album sell over a million in a week, like Gaga did? Unlikely, as Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ was cheaper and had more songs (almost double the amount.) But it’s still a good price and good album, so don’t miss the opportunity!
Gaga’s latest album, ‘Born This Way,’ has become one the fastest-selling albums in the world, with 288,000 copies sold in its first day. Yep, that’s more than many artists’ full-week of sales. But it doesn’t stop there.
The album then went on to sell 1,108,000 U.S. copies its first week alone. This means that ’Born This Way’ shows the largest week of sales of any album since 50 cent’s ’The Massacre,’ which sold 1,141,000 in its first week, reports Billboard.
On a global scale, the album sold over 1,000,000 copies outside the U.S. When you think of how many people illegally download music, that number is simply crazy.
First-week sales in the U.K. were also greater than the rest of the Top 10 combined, while her singles were #1 in many, many countries.
Success well deserved, I think.
Lady Gaga’s latest album ‘Born This Way’ blasted onto the U.K. chart this Sunday, marking the biggest first-week sale of the year at 215,000 units.
If that wasn’t enough, the sales of her album are more than the rest of the top ten titles combined. Talk about madness!
Gaga’s opening U.K. sales also narrowly beat Adele’s first-week sales of 208,000 for “21″ in late January, which had spent 16 of the previous 17 weeks at No. 1.
Meanwhile, in the US, Gaga’s first-week album sales are expected to surpasses the 1 million mark. This is partly because her biggest fan base is there, and amazon’s 99 cent sale of the album didn’t hurt.
This was expected, though, so we can’t all be too shocked. The album is great and Gaga is great, so as long as the top-earners are deserving, I’m happy.
Today Amazon.com put Lady Gaga’s new album ‘Born This Way’ on sale for a discounted price of 99 cents, for the second time this week.
The announcement came in an early-morning tweet in which the online retailer said: “We’re doing it again and this time we’re ready. Get @ladygaga’s Born This Way album for $0.99 today,” with a link to the Amazon sale page.
The reference to being “ready” refers to the many delays and server problems consumers experienced on Monday, when the online store basically crashed due to overwhelmingly high demands. People love Gaga, and they love a bargain even more.
In a press release, Craig Pape, Director of Music for Amazon, said, “Clearly customers are really excited for Lady Gaga’s new album – we saw extraordinary response to Monday’s promotion – far above what we expected – she definitely melted some servers. So we’re doing it again, and this time we’re ready.”
I think this promotion is a great idea. It not only promotes her album and increases sales, but it also makes up for the crappy technical service fans experienced on monday. I already bought the album, but I’m really debating on ordering a second one just because I can.
Unlike ‘Judas,’ this single is a little more uplifting, but still maintains that electro-pop-rock sound. It also features a lot of saxophone, something Gaga has really been experimenting with and using in her music.
As predicted, I love it – what do you guys think?
Gaga’s held the #1 spot since August 2010, and has been escalating to this record-breaking number ever since. She is the queen of the Internet – Lady Twitter perhaps?
Leading up to the May 23 release of her second album ‘Born This Way,’ Gaga’s latest track ‘Hair’ will also be released today at 1pm PT / 4pm ET as part of iTunes’ “Countdown to Born This Way” promotion.
In an early review of ‘Hair’ by Rolling Stone, the track is described as an “inspirational song in the mold of ‘Born This Way,’ but it’s a bit weirder, mixing the yearning romantic melodrama of Pat Benetar’s “We Belong” with the hard industrial metal edge of Broken-era Nine Inch Nails.”
The track features E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, whose sax appeared on last week’s new single ‘The Edge of Glory.’
I love that Gaga is releasing a new single every week. It gives fans a lot of anticipation and excitement without giving everything away. We’ll post the new single later on today, I’m sure it’ll be great!
From the lyrics of ‘Bad Romance,’ Lady Gaga is a free bitch, baby.
The ‘Judas’ singer announced on the BBC’s ‘Graham Norton Show’ that she is no longer dating longtime beau, New York bartender and diet book author Luc Carl.
In an episode airing tonight, Gaga appears on the show in an avant-garde wedding gown and confesses, “I’m not dating. No, there’s no boyfriend. I’m miserably pathetic in my wedding dress.”
“I haven’t been on any dates recently because I have been working so hard and I get very bored very quickly with men. I guess they would get freaked out by this wedding dress,” Gaga said.
Gaga and Carl dated before she became an international sensation several years ago when she was performing on the Lower East Side, where he bartended, but they later split. They then rekindled their romance, but now are off again.
Gaga claims Carl changed her views on sex, though.
“I never actually enjoyed sex until two years ago. It was a proper monogamous relationship in which I felt free enough to trust and I had enough self-love,” she explained. “Sex is the ultimate expression of vulnerability, and for me it was important to know that it was a proper relationship so it was sex as a source of love and nothing else.”
I never even knew Gaga was dating anyone, so this news is kind of shocking for me. I think she needs to focus on herself a bit, although it was nice to know she was dating someone who knew her before she was famous. Oh well, I’m sure she’ll find some other guy – She’s Lady Gaga, after all!
Lady Gaga has just released ‘The Edge of Glory,’ the third single off her upcoming album ‘Born This Way.’
Take a listen below and let us know what you think. It’s a different sound for her! More electro/rock, more ballad, more voice-intensive.
This is definitely going to be a smash.
As we all know, HBO debuted the concert event “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” this weekend, delivering 2 hours of musical and visual brilliance from Gaga’s ‘Monster Ball’ tour.
Sure, everyone is buzzing about the documentary. But one of the most talked-about moments of the special was Gaga’s soulful backstage A Cappella rendition of “Born This Way,” which kept everyone screaming for more during the closing credits.
Take a listen below. If you have, at any moment, ever doubted Gaga’s singing capabilities, you can take that back right about now. Such power, such soul!
Lady Gaga has released the music video for ‘Judas,’ the second single off her upcoming album ‘Born This Way.’
“I want to allow the video to speak for itself but I will say that the theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem,” Gaga explained to MSNBC. “And I play Mary Magdalene leading them into the town where we meet Jesus and I will leave the rest for you to see. But it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.”
Check it out below!
The track list for Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ‘Born This Way’ has been revealed. Check it out below:
Born This Way (Original Album)
1. Marry The Night
2. Born This Way
3. Government Hooker
8. Bloody Mary
9. Bad Kids
10. Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)
11. Heavy Metal Lover
12. Electric Chapel
13. Yoü And I
14. The Edge Of Glory
Born This Way (Special Edition)
1. Marry The Night
2. Born This Way
3. Government Hooker
8. Bloody Mary
9. Black Jesus + Amen Fashion
10. Bad Kids
11. Fashion Of His Love
12. Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)
13. Heavy Metal Lover
14. Electric Chapel
15. The Queen
16. Yoü And I
17. The Edge Of Glory
1. Born This Way (Country Road Version)
2. Judas (DJ White Shadow Remix)
3. Marry the Night (Fernando Garibay Remix)
4. Sheiße (DJ White Shadow Mugler)
5. Fashion of His Love (Fernando Garibay Remix)
Lots of these song names sound very… unique. I think the album will be very dark, rock and roll, and heavy – a nice but expected change from Gaga. Her second single, ‘Judas,’ was a nice hint of this new image. The album drops on May 23, and the video for ‘Judas’ drops on the 5th. Can’t wait!
The song has the typical Gaga feel – rock, 80s beats, futuristic vibes – and of course, is sure to anger many Catholics around the world. “Jesus is my virtue, and Judas is the demon I cling to,” sings Gaga.
The song didn’t immediately appeal to me, I’m more of a Britney fan myself, but it’s slowly growing on me. Her songs have a way of creeping up to you. Her fans seem to like it though – it’s already gotten over 6,000 tweets and 5,000 Facebook shares. It’s the beginning of a Gaga revolution – the woman can do no wrong in the eyes of her fans!
Her full studio album ‘Born This Way’ will be released May 23, 2011. Gaga also unveiled her ‘Born This Way’ album cover last night, which can be viewed here.
Yes, you heard right. On Thursday night, Lady Gaga released a new reworked version of her smash hit “Born This Way” - and it features bluesy guitars, harmonicas and brash drumming.
After tweeting her Little Monsters that she was preparing to release ”Born This Way (The Country Road Version),” which can be heard below, Gaga dropped the song at midnight PT on Friday (March 25) via her Twitter account.
The song has a more laid-back feel, and she switched around some harmonies and beats. The song still has the same message, but takes on a more casual and soulful feel. Just before the three-minute mark, Gaga even mixes in some new lyrics, singing “if I wanna make it country, baby, then it’s OK, cuz I was born, I was born, I was born this way,” over picked mandolin. “From London, Paris, Japan back to USA/ I was born on the road, I was born to be brave.”
Meanwhile, according to Billboard Hot 100, the original version has reached its sixth week in a row at #1 in the charts this week.
Earlier this week, Gaga also revealed that she’s almost done recording her Born This Way album, telling fans via Twitter “In Nebraska, finishing up record today … I’m so proud of the album: I keep dancing+drinking: metal/techno rock journey of a woman on the run.”
I really like this version of the song. I’m not a huge country fan, but leave it to Gaga to make it hot. People often forget that she has a great voice, and this song really showcases her range. Unlike her other songs, it takes aside all the spectacle and just delivers a raw, talented performance. I don’t know if Gaga will continue exploring the country route, but if she is able to maintain her signature presence, I’m all for it.
According to E! Online, Lady Gaga has broken her partnership with Target after a long battle over the company’s choice of political donations.
“Lady Gaga and Target came to a mutual decision to end their overall exclusive partnership a few weeks ago,” a rep told E! Online, ending the dream of a Target exclusive edition of Born This Way. But this partnership had been no monster-ball from the very beginning.
A few weeks ago, Gaga shocked gay fans around the world after her announcement that Target would have an exclusive edition of her upcoming album. The company had dominated headlines when it was announced that they had used $150,000 to support MN Forward, a political action committee, which supported Tom Emmer, whose campaign for governor of Minnesota made a donation to a Christian rock organization that promotes death and violence to gays, back in 2010.
When Gaga heard of the news, she and her manager, Troy Carter, met with executives of Target to discuss her concerns. “That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,” Gaga told Billboard. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past…our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.”
But apparently, Target couldn’t care enough to change! Talk about recipe for a failed relationship.
Target VP of communications Dustee Jenkins responded to Gaga’s statement, telling Billboard how excited they are to be able to work with Gaga, whose fan base, they believe, is “unmatched.” “What I would say,” Jenkins said, “is as we’ve conducted a review of our process, as we’ve looked overall at our support of the LGBT community, certainly her perspective was very helpful in conversations. But we’ve considered a variety of different perspectives along the way, and that’s gotten us to where we are today.” Not once throughout the interview was Jenkins able to promise that Target will stop their supporting anti-gay political candidates; basically, they appreciate her words of wisdom and will say what they can to keep her happy, but it ends at that.
“It’s so important to me, please, to clear up any misconceptions or concerns,” Gaga told Target, according to Billboard. “Whatever you can do to assure my fans and the gay community that I have their back, please do.”
Too bad they couldn’t, because they just lost themselves what could have been a huge partnership.
Finally, the long wait is over and Gaga’s official new video for the title track of her new album has arrived on her Facebook page this morning. The seven-minute video is the first time the world has been blessed with footage of the Mother Monster’s birth. It immediately sent Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the world into madness!
The Godmother of Sir Elton John’s baby premiered the song at this year’s Grammys, and instantly sparked comparison to Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’. For someone who prides herself on originality, it makes you wonder.
Gaga herself describes the video as “the birth of a new race within the race of humanity. The birth of a new race that doesn’t bear any prejudices. I think the most important thing is that I continue to grow, and I knew when I put ‘Born This Way’ it would be a transitional moment, because it doesn’t sound like [my previous singles].”
Right now, “Born This Way” is #1 in 14 countries, and made history on the Billboard Hot 100 song chart, as the 1,000th leading song in the 52 years of the list’s existence!
Now I ask this of you… Are you surprised or did you expect nothing less than this from her royal Gaga?
The pop sensation kept her long yellow blonde locks, but dyed her short-cropped bangs BLACK!
Gaga tweeted the picture with the message “Dyed my bangs black. Its my new monsterlook. Let the mitosis of the future begin. Off to meet Judas.”
Erm…we’re gonna have to call this one a miss! Sorry Gaga.
The first video will be out on Monday, February 28, and the second will be released later as a more stripped-down performance of the single. She will sell the video on iTunes and gear the profits towards an anti-bullying charity, which is fitting since the song is about accepting who you are and living without prejudice.
GaGa has given no hints about what the video will look like or include, but one can only imagine after her egg spectacle at the Grammys. The video is directed by Nick Knight, a British fashion photographer, who coincidentally shot GaGa for her Vanity Fair cover in September.
I’m excited for this video premiere. I can always count on GaGa to deliver something creative and exciting, a great change from predictable artists dominating the charts. Even if I hate it or don’t understand it, at least this video will leave me with some sort of emotion or opinion. As long as she’s got me talking, I’m happy.
I think that’s what a lot of pop stars today lack: creativity. When we watch a Britney Spears video or listen to a Rihanna song, do we really find ourselves that amazed or induced in thought? Of course not. It’s just another young, hot thing dancing around in her underwear. Which, at times is nice, but for the most part, not very stimulating. GaGa, on the other hand, has meaning behind her songs. She has depth, she has a voice. Whether people like her or hate her, at least she has a stance on something. And now, with two videos on the way, we’re promised double the freaky-deaky and double the opinion. Bring it.
The video is sure to be a success, though. The song went straight to #1 literally everywhere, and sold 1,000,000 copies in one week – the fastest song to do that, ever. I don’t know what it is about GaGa, but people love to scrutinize her, love to discuss her, and love to watch her. To me, that’s a modern pop star done right. Take notes, Britney.