File this under weirdest music news of the day: Lady Gaga and Michael Bolton are collaborating on some new songs together. The 56-year-old Bolton had never heard of Gaga until she approached him to work together and now they will be co-writing songs for his latest album. He said, ” My manager and the label tag-teamed me on the phone about writing with a young artist named Lady Gaga who I had never heard of – but they were raving about – they said that she was a huge fan of mine and wanted to write with me.” Bolton was impressed with Gaga’s artistry, saying she reminded him of a young Madonna. We can’t wait to hear what this collaboration sounds like. Can we expect the “Time, Love and Poker Face” world tour?
Bolton has never been someone whose music appealed to us, but perhaps Lady Gaga will breathe some much needed life (and Spandex and lucite and underpants) into the album. And we know that Bolton has had a haircut since 1990, but we had to post a photo of him in his heyday with that hair because it’s just too good not to show off. [Source: Metro.co.uk; Photos: Getty Images]
Tori Amos is sort of like the matriarch of eccentric pop stars, but she has some criticism for Lady Gaga, who she fears has more style than substance. The 46-year-old Amos has been in the public eye for over twenty years, but she doesn’t think someone like Gaga has such staying power.
Amos explained, “She’s what I call a meteor – singers who entertain people for a while. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. But then there are people like Neil Young who show up at Glastonbury 40 years into their career. And that’s a very different kind of artist. Neil Young doesn’t have to get his bum out on stage!” Now we have a mental image of Neil Young in chaps, thanks for that, Tori.
She’s not entirely critical though, as she thinks Lady Gaga does have a place in entertainment right now. “She wants to entertain people. Right now, half the world is depressed and they need to be entertained. So her timing’s perfect.” We agree with Tori, but at the same time, no one could have predicted the longevity and appeal of a redheaded songstress who regularly credits faeries for helping her write her music. [Photos: GettyImages]
2009 has definitely been the year of underwear-as-fashion, but horrible support underwear that looks like something your granny would wear. And this dodgy trend for enormous knickers, massive mom-bras and – horrors! – that terrible 90′s trend, the sheer body, was exemplified perfectly by performers at the UK’s V Festival over the weekend.
Katy Perry rocked the huge underwear fad not once but twice, at each of the festival’s locations, and while Lily Allen looks great, it was despite that disaster in Lycra. Meanwhile, the giant undercracker’s main promotor, Lady Gaga, still hasn’t changed out of that sparkly space girl outfit. Someone lend this woman a few dollars! [Photos: WireImage]
No, your eyes do not deceive you, that is Lady Gaga and she’s actually wearing pants for once. True to her word that she was going to take herself down a notch, Lady Gaga strolled through Israel yesterday in a black jumpsuit and covered her head in a scarf. Gaga said prior to her trip that she expected an “emotional and spiritual experience” in the Holy Land and would show her respect by covering up. She performed in Tel Aviv last night, wrapping up her Fame Ball tour. [MTV. Photo: GettyImages]
She may have recently said that her heart was “broken” after splitting with boyfriend Speedy, but those close to Lady Gaga reckon she’s a tough cookie devoid of emotion. Gaga’s record producer Rob Fusari undoes all her hard work portraying herself as an emotional wreck with these quotes to The Sun.
“In terms of her break-up, that sort of stuff doesn’t faze her. She’s got a little bit of a Tin Man heart. I’m not trying to sound mean but she eats them up and spits them out. To her men are like candy – take the wrapper off, chew it up a few times,” he said.
Maybe we’re alone here, but the comparisons with early Madonna are just getting too obvious – Italian heritage, crazed ambition, innovative music and new fashion agendas notwithstanding, Gaga’s now reminding us of the Ms. Ciccone who sailed through a selection of hot men in the 80s and 90s. Now, we just need to prepare ourselves for Gaga’s religious awakening sometime in ten years, and wonder which pre-schooler will become her very own Jesus Luz in 20 years time. [Photo: WireImage]
You have to hand it to Lady Gaga for taking fashion risks and oftentimes coming out looking uniquely chic and fantastic, but this getup is wrong on so many levels. Lady Gaga emerged in Japan looking more dime store hooker than chart topping, VMA nominated diva, with purple pink hair, leopard panties over a black leotard, and thigh high black boots. Even Gaga cannot pull this one off. [Photos: Splash News Online]
The MTV Video Music Award nominations are in and pop starlets Beyonce and Lady Gaga lead the way with nine nominations each. “I’m excited and honored to be tied for most nominated for the VMAs,” Beyoncé said. “I’ve been blessed this year to have ‘Single Ladies’ become a video people really connected with and responded to. I’ve spent so much time watching all the great versions people created all around the world. It’s beautiful to feel you touch people and bring a song to life with a video.”
Lady Gaga attributed her success to “years of hustle in New York City” and stated, “We believe in the immensity and the promise of ‘showbiz’ and will continue to give it mouth-to-mouth, till its vomiting return. All you need is a camcorder, a flashlight and one truly great idea. Thank you, MTV, for being our video flagship, and for supporting this bunch of inspired kids, who love to get wasted and make art together.”
Britney Spears followed right behind Beyonce and Lady Gaga with seven nominations for her “Womanizer” and “Circus’ videos. Other nominations include:
Video of the Year: Beyoncé (“Single Ladies [Put a Ring on It]“), Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”) and Britney Spears (“Womanizer”) will compete with Eminem (“We Made You”) and Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”).
Best New Artist: Drake (“Best I Ever Had”), 3OH!3 (“Don’t Trust Me”), Kid Cudi (“Day ‘N’ Nite”) and Asher Roth (“I Love College”).
Best Male Video: Eminem (“We Made You”) against Ne-Yo (“Miss Independent”), Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”), T.I. and Rihanna (“Live Your Life”), and Jay-Z (“D.O.A. [Death of Auto-Tune]“).
Best Female Video: Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”), Beyoncé (“Single Ladies [Put a Ring on It]“), Katy Perry (“Hot N Cold”), Kelly Clarkson (“My Life Would Suck Without You”), Taylor Swift (“You Belong With Me”) and Pink (“So What”).
Be sure to tune in to the awards show, hosted by Russell Brand, September 13th at 9 pm E.T. on MTV. [Source: MTV.com, Photo: Getty Images]
Lady Gaga better watch out, because we have a feeling Miss Piggy is gonna kick her ass. The singer showed up to an interview in Germany dressed like Jim Henson‘s acid trip – in a coat (and tiny hat) made of Kermit the Frog heads. Of course, Gaga has a very good excuse for her ridiculous getup.
“My friends and I in New York…we believe in vanity,” she said. “I dress this way all the time because it inspires my life. I dress this way because my whole life is art and my whole life is performance.”
Just keep telling yourself that, Gaga. PETA may not hate your coat, but every American who grew up on The Muppet Show sure does. Watch the interview below the jump.