When Lady Gaga burst onto the scene in 2008 with the release of the songwriters debut album, The Fame, it didn’t take long for the singer to convince the public that the songstress was a force to be reckoned with. Either the 27-year-old musician is running out of ideas for shock value or Lady Gaga is proving to be an actual Fame Monster. What happened to the star that preached about self-love, being true to oneself and beating to your own drum? Has fierce competition gotten to Gaga? Here is a breakdown of where Lady Gaga started and what the songwriter is doing lately.
Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angeline Germanotta in New York City on March 28, 1986. By 2005 the over-the-top artist signed a contract with Def Jam Records which only lasted three months before it was voided. The singer met up with Lady Starlight in 2007 who helped Gaga create the Born This Way‘s singer’s unique fashion sense. By 2008 the singer released The Fame, Gaga’s debut album. Just Dance and Poker Face were singles from that album and greeted with rave reviews.
In 2009, Lady Gaga began The Fame Ball Tour. In the same year at the MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga was nominated for nine awards winning Best New Artist. The singer also won Best Special Effects and Best Art Direction for the song Paparazzi. That same year Billboard magazine awarded the artist with the Rising Star Award. A month after that Gaga released The Fame Monster and went on to win a total of nine MTV Video Music Awards. Born This Way was released in 2011 and caused some controversy over the title track with many critics slamming the song as a rip-off of Madonna’s Express Yourself. Madonna released a statement saying that the Queen of Pop loved the song which helped die down the over-rated hype.
By this time, Lady Gaga was at the top of the musicians game. With Gaga’s unstoppable rising success, the artist undoubtedly had the pressure turned up high with the anticipation of the songwriters next album. All the while a growing buzz was forming around a possible rivalry between Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Perry who has been on the scene years before Gaga, only started getting recognized after the release of I Kissed a Girl in 2008. The rivalry talk began when critics pitted the artists’ against each other when both musicians released a single on the same day from each others respected albums. Gaga released Artpop and Perry, Prism. The singles in question were Gaga’s Applause and Perry’s Roar and the results seems to be proving that Lady Gaga is a real Fame Monster after all.
Perry dominated the race with the singers catchy tunes and before the duel could get out of hand, Gaga told Ryan Seacrest, “I really like Katy Perry and her fans.” Suddenly Lady Gaga was singing a different tune when the artist went further than Gaga had ever gone before while performing at SXSW. Not only allowing artist Millie Brown to throw up on the singer while performing Swine but ranting about Perry during an hour-long speech. “I don’t know what the F*** I have to do with Katy Perry,” the Bad Romance singer said, “Our music is so completely different. I couldn’t be any more different than her, really.”
Critics have always accused Gaga of being an attention seeking artist though no one could say that the 27-year-old singer wasn’t talented. It seems that Gaga needs more than the music these days to compete with Perry. The public always expects something shocking from Gaga but for the artist to start ranting about Perry on stage seems to be a little desperate. Maybe if Lady Gaga focused more on the music than “artistic expression” the singers sales wouldn’t be dropping. Of the vomiting incident Gaga said, “What I am saying is it’s the idea of a moment where it’s truly just what we wanted to create and us respecting each other as artists was enough for the performance to be worth it.” The question remains, if that were true why call out a fellow musician? Especially when Perry only had complimentary things to say about Gaga.
After this ridiculous spectacle at SXSW, Lady Gaga is proving to be a true-to-life Fame Monster who will stop at nothing to stay in the headlines and charts. Even Bill Werde of Billboard said, “I just hate to see anyone try to game the charts, be it fans or artists.” Werde referring to when Gaga tweeted special contests to fans in hopes to boost Applause up the charts. The tweet has since been deleted. The bottom line here is that Lady Gaga is a talented musician. It just seems that by not being in the constant spotlight is causing the Judas singer to grasp at anything for attention, even if that means wearing the insides of someones stomach.
Opinion by Derik L. Bradshaw