Suddenly she’s everywhere: Performing on “Gossip Girl.” Writing a song for Michael Bolton. Immolating a polar bear in the “Bad Romance” video. Unburdened by fears of overexposure, or pants, Lady Gaga is pop’s newest shiny thing, a real-life kewpie doll weaned on a steady diet of Wagner and Ecstasy. You have to hand it to Lady Gaga: She wasn’t really a superstar until she started acting (and Continue reading →
Pink offered something for all her fans Monday night (Oct. 5) at the New York stop of her Funhouse tour. The Las Vegas-worthy show was presented in Madison Square Garden as an adult playground, complete with a rowdy dance troupe, daring acrobatics, appearing and disappearing body parts, and fierce stage presence. And yet, Pink is still one of the few female pop stars who doesn’t Continue reading →
Lady Gaga: eccentric genius or crazy crooner. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, famously known as Lady Gaga, is nothing short of a musical spectacle. From being dropped from Def Jam at age 19 to resurrecting with Akon’s Kon Live Distribution label, Germanotta has made no apologies for her out there personality which is oftentimes reflected in her outrageous costumes and dramatic make-up. In 2008, she dropped her debut album The Fame and showed us her Poker Face, and ever since she has been in the lens of media all over the world. It is said that any press is good press but with labels such as hermaphrodite and bisexual being tossed around loosely, it leaves one wondering, who exactly is Lady Gaga? She has been a media princess since she dropped her debut album and has been at the centre of celebrity dissection. Her outfits have left the fashion industry wondering whether to label her a faux pas or an attention-grabbing genius. Musically, her vocals mixed with techno-inspired beats is the perfect recipe for catchy dance songs and ultimately Billboard success with 20 million singles and three million albums sold worldwide. She is very adept with the piano which is reflected in her acoustic performances of her songs. She has the rock edge of Gwen Stefani with the image potency of ’80s Madonna and is oftentimes misunderstood by many as being a druggie or someone who has completely lost her mind. She must have been doing something right, since at the recent MTV VMAs she had nine nominations and provided competition for the glorified diva herself Beyoncé, who also had nine nominations. Her ability to attract attention seems to be natural with her costume changes and choices at the VMAs, which ranged from a devil lace ensemble to a white ensemble with a bird nest for a headpiece. She chose to perform Paparazzi, which describes this desperate need to be loved by those ever-present camera lenses. The concept for her performance could not have been anticipated with her along with her dancers draped in white, a wheelchair, a metal walker and a conclusion that included her bleeding from the chest and eyes and then ultimately hanging from the top of the stage. Whether she is a genius or crazy is left up to your perception, but one thing is for sure, there is no one like Lady Gaga.