Just when we thought Lady Gaga was going to ditch her backup dancers and perform solo in Jakarta, Indonesia to adhere to their censorship guidelines, she has instead cancelled the controversial June 3 show. She sure does know how to start a ruckus. Cancelling the sold-out concert comes after religious leaders protested the pop star because of her explicit lyrics and racy costumes. Certain people were so opposed to her performing in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world, that Gaga received threats on her life. Let’s face it, no show is worth the potential of losing your life. Read more…
If there’s anything Lady Gaga wants it’s for everyone to be accepted for who they are. But it looks like the megastar is having a hard time being accepted for who she is by certain religious groups throughout Asia. Recently Gaga made headlines for her controversial “Born This Way” Asian tour that has garnered attention for protesters that are against what Gaga stands for and what they perceive would “threaten morality.” Indonesian police would not grant her a permit to perform despite the sold-out concert where 52,000 attendees were expected. In South Korea those under the age of 18 were prohibited from attending the concert. In addition, the AP reported that approximately 200 Christian youth in Milana, Philippines protested against her performing in Milana. Gaga prevailed in Milana and gave over 16,000 of her little monsters exactly what they’d hoped for last night. Read more…
Sold out shows don’t mean a hill of beans to the Indonesian police who will not grant Lady Gaga a permit for her June 3rd “Born This Way Ball” concert. We thought it was nearly impossible to dislike the world class superstar. Boy were we wrong. According to the AP, lawmakers and conservative hard-liners protested Gaga’s upcoming show because “her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt the youth.” Under pressure the national police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar, denied the permit. What in the world did they do when Madonna was at her prime? Madonna’s unapologetic sex appeal makes Lady Gaga look like Taylor Swift.
The Indonesia performance would have been the biggest of Gaga’s Asian tour with 52,000 fans filling Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium seats. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world with 240 million people. Local conservatives felt the explicit nature of Gaga’s show would compromise the nation’s moral fiber, according to the AP. If her music or performance can jeopardize 52,000 people’s moral fiber, they may have a bigger problem than Lady Gaga. As if putting a stop to the singer’s concert wasn’t heartbreaking enough, those who purchased tickets may or may not be refunded. When you’ve been banned from a country, you have officially made it.
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Azealia Banks is having the best week ever. On the cusp of her revered Coachella performance this past weekend (which you can watch below), Banks announced she has switched management. Her new manager, Troy Carter, also manages one of the world’s biggest superstars, Lady Gaga. Oh em gee! We’re squealing at the thought of an Azealia and Lady Gaga collaboration. Carter is the CEO of Atom Factory, a privately owned management company whose client list also includes Mindless Behavior and Greyson Chance. Carter was also influential in managing the career of rapper Eve who has sold over eight million records, plus a successful film and television stint.
Banks’ EP 1991 was scheduled to be released two days ago, but has been postponed due to the changes in management. She tweeted her fans about the postponement of the EP, saying “I just switched management.. Literally like three days ago, and have a whole new set of resources to take advantage of.” Her debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, is scheduled to be released later this year through Universal. With Banks’ international appeal, successful Coachella performance, budding fan base and new management, we’re certain she is headed for a very bright future.
Are y’all ready for this? Oprah has infiltrated the house of Gaga — and will be the first member of the media to interview Lady Gaga and the real Mother Monster (Gaga’s mom) in their family home. The trailer for the episode is compelling, with Mrs. Germanotta describing how she and her husband thought their daughter had a “screw loose”, and according to Oprah’s website, “Gaga’s mother, Cynthia, breaks her silence on what it’s like to be the mom of the world’s most famous pop star”. Watching the video it’s easy to see the closeness between Gaga and Mother Gaga, as together with Oprah they laugh and banter naturally.
But the most intriguing part of the trailer is when Gaga, very earnestly, tells Oprah that she’ll be keeping quiet following the interview. Making emphatic hand gestures, Gaga says, “Other than this interview, Oprah, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time.” We’re guessing she means the media and interview type scenarios, but what if it’s more general than that? What if Lady Gaga intends not to speak to anyone at all? HOW WILL SHE MAKE PHONE CALLS? Jokes aside, these are big words coming from the master of spectacle — Gaga is known for being vocal not only regarding her own art, but in social issues including bullying and LGBT issues. Who will speak for those who can’t speak for themselves, if Gaga wont? We’re hoping that the statement is cryptic, and that while she might not be speaking, she’ll be singing, and communicating through song and dance!
It turns out Lady Gaga isn’t quite the exhibitionist you think she is. Sure, she’ll expose herself in the name of her art, but it so happens that the avant-pop star is a little more reserved when it comes to her private life. Life & Style has reported that Mother Monster is livid about plans to turn her life into a movie, and according to an “insider,” “She’s furious… She’s cringing at the thought of her life being exposed on television.” The “insider” says that Gaga is angry about the proposed biopic because she “It will portray her as insecure and needy… [Lady Gaga] wants to be seen as powerful and strong.” Apparently the movie is called Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story and according to the “insider,” “They want a total unknown” to play the role of Gaga. Liftime bought the rights to the movie, but apparently they’re currently being shopped elsewhere — although we can’t really see the point in a revealing movie about Gaga’s life that’s not endorsed by Gaga herself. For starters, such a production is likely to be more fiction than fact without Lady Gaga’s actual experience driving the narrative and relying on what we assume would be second hand information for the story.
Lady Gaga: The Movie She Wants No One to See [Life & Style]
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Lady Gaga should be renamed Viral Monster in the wake of her record breaking Twitter following. Boasting an army for more than 20 million Little Monsters on the social networking site, Gaga is not only the first person to reach the massive number, but also the most followed person on Twitter in the world. That’s right — Lady Gaga has more followers than President Obama, who checks in with only 12.84 million followers. Gaga for president, anyone? Mother Monster has a comfortable lead in the Twitter stakes too, with the next most followed account being Justin Bieber at 18.11 million, then Katy Perry at 15.75 million, Shakira at 14.56 million and Rihanna at 14.49 million.
Impressive for Lady Gaga given that she only joined the social networking device on March 26th, 2008, which essentially makes her a viral marketing success, given her prevalence across the Internet. Gaga also boasts eight million Facebook fans and more than 800,000 Google+ “circles,” and it doesn’t look like she’s going anywhere any time soon. Since the Telegraph reported Gaga’s 20 millionth follower this morning, we’ve checked her Twitter account and it looks like she’s picked up another 173,000 subscribers already! Gaga is a prolific Tweeter, which might have something to do with her dominance, not to mention she Tweets everything herself, and offers insights and exclusives to fans via the medium — whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it right, and online marketers might have a thing to learn from the avant-pop star.
Lady Gaga breaks Twitter record [The Telegraph]
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You, the public, have spoken, and it’s our pleasure to announce that you’ve declared Lady Gaga to be the Greatest Woman In Pop Music. Last week we launched our 8 Greatest Women In Pop Video Bracket Countdown Extravaganza, pitting Lady Gaga against Madonna, Britney Spears against Rihanna, Katy Perry against Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez against Beyoncé to kick the voting off, and now, thanks to your votes, Mother Monster has come out on top!
Closely beating Madonna in round one and Britney in round two, Lady Gaga made it all the way to the end, beating Mariah Carey 56% (with 39714 votes) to 44% (with 30578 votes) in the final round. In our 100 Greatest Women in Music series that aired on VH1 last week we chose Madonna as the top lady in pop, but it seems in the great debate of which daring lady rules, you guys prefer Gaga after all. So three cheers for Lady Gaga as we crown her the Greatest Woman In Pop, as voted by you! You can watch comedian Bex Schwartz’s cute acceptance speech below.
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Kanye West Thinks Cash Money Signing Limp Bizkit Is A Bit Of A LOL
Kanye West, master of Twitter and epic rants, gave his two cents on the news that Cash Money Records signed Limp Bizkit today. And it was simply ‘lol’. We’re thinking that’s a pretty hefty insult from someone who’s not exactly known for being sparing with words. [Kanye West Twitter]
Andre 3000 Tells GQ There Won’t Be A New Outkast Album Any Time Soon
Andre 3000 dashed the hopes of Outkast fans everywhere, telling GQ, “There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album.” [GQ]
It appears that Santigold, like the name of her new single, has a big mouth. In an interview with Pitchfork, Santigold talked about her new album, but the prevailing takeaway in the media seemed to be her distaste for LMFAO. Of the schizophrenic dance act, Santigold said, “I watched a music awards show last year and started crying afterwards. I just felt really sad that people go along with stupid wack sh*t. I’m sorry, but LMFAO performed at the Super Bowl? Aren’t they a joke band? That type of sh*t makes me cry. I’m like, “Really?”".
Along with her obvious abhorrence for LMFAO, Santigold appears to take issue with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga too, parodying both of the pop stars in her video for “Big Mouth”. Santigold said of the Perry and Gaga imagery used in the video, “That was actually not intended in the way everyone thought. I am not that familiar with Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, I swear to God. I missed that. I can’t say the director missed that, though — it might have been his brilliant interpretation of my song, but we never discussed it. I’m disappointed with the state of music right now, but it’s not really about anybody specific. I think there’s a lack of true art, and the fanfare is valued over actual substance. It’s like you don’t have to make good music to be f**king huge. Now, I’ll say that, and all the little kids will be like, “F**k you. I hope you die.” [laughs] Don’t let them think you dissed Lady Gaga!”