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Those who knew of Lady GaGa before she got big with The Fame were certainly witness to a musician and songwriter with much potential. Sure her debut single Just Dance may have benefitted from the guest appearance of Akon, but by the time the single Poker Face was released, there were no doubts that Lady GaGa was going to become one of the biggest names in the pop world. One hit wonder she definitely is not.

The Fame Monster was a rather fitting sequel. Not surprising given that it was originally planned as additional content on a re-release of The Fame. Yet despite two very solid releases, the barometer is signalling some rough weather ahead with the release of the forthcoming album Born This Way.

So the big question to ask is why the worry? Yes the face and body attachments she has been wearing lately are weird, but GaGa has never really been one to build her fame on looking attractive, and this isn’t exactly the first video we have seen in which her appearance has been rather bizarre.  Yes you would actually have to be one of her most loyal monsters to actually like the music video for Born This Way. Perhaps from a creative standpoint it is great that she has abandoned the generic approach of many other pop music videos. But from a commercial standpoint, it is hard to imagine it attracting more fans than it scares away. Even using a rather unscientific YouTube anaylsis, while her music videos for Telephone, Just Dance and Bad Romance have a like ratio of 87%, 93% and 82% respectively; Born This Way has a somewhat lower 74% ratio.

In this post-MTV world though, we can still enjoy our music without video. Unfortunately her two lead singles for Born This Way are not what we expect of GaGa. Other big name female pop artists such as Ke$ha and Britney Spears sound closer to GaGa during The Fame than GaGa is now. But even if this isn’t a cash in on the sound of GaGa’s previous work, it is unwise to neglect her songwriting talent (along with that of RedOne). Judas offers slivers of hope. Even if the chorus comes off a bit dull, the verses prove far more interesting, and rather catchy in parts. Sure the two lead singles sound like they’re more suited to an Off-Broadway production, but at least they don’t rehash past ideas. In the long run it is probably unwise to doubt someone as talented as GaGa, but the early signs say that her creative juices aren’t quite flowing in the right direction at the moment.

We’re now very close to the leak of Born This Way, and its full release on May the 23rd. But its release still deserves a very high level of anticipation and excitement, as well as a note of concern. It doesn’t look like this will be her Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. But whether you like the album or not, it will be one of the biggest and most interesting releases of 2011.





Omaha
05.07.11
Maybe if I wasn't juggling tons of other albums, I'd give it a shot... But meh.
Great write-up though, enjoyed it :D

telebyrd
05.07.11
yawn

Knott-
05.07.11
"GaGa has never really been one to build her fame on looks"

cannot fathom whence you get this opinion

Liberi Fatali
05.07.11
good looks

Knott-
05.07.11
ah, okay, that makes more sense now haha.

Knott-
05.07.11
in other news this album will be fucking atrocious but still sell in droves

DoubtGin
05.07.11
can't imagine this being better than "The Fame (Monster)" as the singles aren't as strong


Xenophanes
05.07.11
Yeah, I've only heard "Poker Face" and "Born this Way" and was not impressed. I still might check this out to see what all the inevitable hubub will be about.

SeaAnemone
05.07.11
Yeah I remember when my girlfriend was a big fan of "Just Dance" way before "Poker Face" way before The Fame and I was like wtf but it was also sort of catchy then I was really surprised to see what happened like 6 months later when she exploded.

Liberi Fatali
05.07.11
Yeah it is kind of weird to look back now at Just Dance, I don't think anyone really anticipated quite what was to come, nor how big she was going to get so quickly with Poker Face and the album itself.

BassDemon333
05.07.11
This does need to leak because I refuse to believe the title track and Judas are the best this album has to offer. At least I hope that is the case.

WeepingBanana
05.07.11
i like Born This Way more than Judas. that being said born this was isn't nearly as good as her previous singles

HugCrewLoveRoll
05.07.11
Just too elite for me.

Electric City
05.07.11
akon isn't in just dance

Vesper
05.07.11
Do people really think Gaga's style is uniquely bizarre? She borrows a lot from alternative club scenes and haute couture fashion, if not just wearing their designs.

My suitemate plays her shit all the time, but I don't particularly mind it - it's generic catchiness just shows that Gaga is not nearly as avant-garde as she seems to think she is. The only thing that actually bothers me about her is that she says a lot of stupid crap about identity and God.

Vesper
05.07.11
*its :P

Electric City
05.07.11
also i disagree somewhat. I anticipate born this way being one of 2011's biggest duds and gaga getting more "tabloid-fame" than fame off her musical merits. Born This Way and Judas are terrible songs and I wouldn't be shocked to see her lose a lot of fans that aren't her "monsters," whatever that means.

mynameischan
05.07.11
ya it's not akon, unless you were making a joke

album is gonna rule

CelestialDust
05.07.11
andcas..... wtf?

Iluvatar
05.07.11
album is gonna be amazing

fuck tha haterz


CelestialDust
05.07.11
no i'm just concerned you're analyzing either of those 2 videos at all

Liberi Fatali
05.08.11
@Vesper Yes it is bizarre in its context, it is a heavy divergence away from what sells in the pop music world. I also think you're blending two arguments together mistakenly.

@andcas I disagree thoroughly, her songs are very much her own, and her songwriting past is testament to an artist that has a lot more talent than your average pop artist these days. I'm not really sure what comparisons I'm supposed to be drawing with the two videos you posted, nor quite how it'd draw me to believe she is a copycat of sorts. Every artist is influenced by other artists, albums and songs, and the biggest conclusion I can draw from those videos is she might have been influenced by that Wendy Williams girl.

@ Electric City, yeah Akon is in it with Colby o'Donnis, he also cowrote the song. I think my message to you is that yeah the first two singles are fairly weak, but GaGa has some talent so hold out some hope this isn't a dud from our view. I don't think Born This Way will ever grow on me, but after a few listens Judas is actually pretty cool in the verses.

Satellite
05.08.11
"But its release still deserves a very high level of anticipation and excitement"

oh, okay

tkxxx7
05.08.11
this chick is like the Tool of pop - everyone's either underestimating her or grossly overrating her. she's got some songwriting talent but I mean come on

Vesper
05.08.11
What two arguments are you referring to?
And, yeah, I'll concede she is more bizarre than, say, Rihanna or Nicki Minaj, but then, I wouldn't say she is more bizarre than Madonna was in her context, so I just get perplexed as to why some people seem to believe she is UNIQUE in doing what she does. My emphasis was on the adjective, not the adverb. I get why she's the non-standard pop diva - everyone does - but I think most people's contention with her is that the ways in which she tries to be bizarre is not unique.

Since I am familiar with alternative and haute couture fashion, I suppose that I am not fazed by Gaga's style. But it is somewhat frustrating to see people attribute Gaga's style as completely her own, when it is not at all, and that this is what seems to be the basis of much of her popularity and infamy, not her music. Just saying.

theacademy
05.08.11
akon is on just dance u posers pwnd u so hard

Electric City
05.08.11
Akon doesn't sing the bridge does he? I thought that was the other guy

theacademy
05.08.11
no the bridge is the other guy

akon does the 'oh-ohhh' s and the 'gonna be ok'


Deviant.
05.08.11
I kinda miss the 'Just Dance' days

theacademy
05.08.11
i was so late to the gaga party

first time i actually downloaded just dance was after it was on the first episode of dollhouse

Lucid
05.09.11
Born This Way was a disappointing first single but I'm really enjoying Judas. One of the best pop songs of the year imo.

Maniac!
05.09.11
I don't understand her appeal, but I guess I'm the minority. She's not as "different" as a lot of people think she is.

theacademy
05.09.11
i don't understand her appeal at all. i feel like i should hate her soooooooooo much. but then i listen to some of her songs and i remember why i don't give a fuck what a lot of people think

Deviant.
05.09.11
"@Liberi Fatali, talk show performance, spray painted car, destroying the windshield (well gaga tried), black leather attire."

All of these things have been done numerous times before. Mu god, they both wore black leather though???

Deviant.
05.09.11
This is why i think you're a fool

theacademy
05.09.11
andcas name ONE artist, ANYBODY on sputnik, that you or ANY USER listens to, who is really and truly original...

























































spoiler: they're just ripping off thrice

Ire
05.09.11
andcas stop being dumb

Trebor.
05.09.11
Her name is stupid and I refuse to say it.

theacademy
05.09.11
hey rob lowe, what's that Queen song that Electric Six covered a few years ago?

Trebor.
05.09.11
Radio Ga Ga is one of Queen's worst songs.

Liberi Fatali
05.09.11
Well to be honest whether or not there is some connection whereby GaGa copied this Wendy o Williams' style is irrelevant to me. What matters is the music.

@Vesper I think you're mixing together arguments related to her music itself and her personal 'style.' I don't think there would be any contention from GaGa that her music is pop music by any stretch of the imagination. My argument relating to that would be that in comparison with a whole bunch of other pop artists today, her music is more creative, less derivative and highlights better songwriting ability.

As for her style, I'm not going to argue in favour of her being 'uniquely bizarre' or say she is a copycat of some certain style. I'm more intent on viewing her music in relative isolation.

theacademy
05.09.11

Trebor17
05.09.11
"... Ga Ga is ... Queen...."

Liberi Fatali
05.09.11
@theacademy Akon's appearance is in my view just putting him there to give her some cred, i.e. following the whole trend of "hey look I must be big or important in the pop world, I have Akon featuring in my song"

theacademy
05.09.11
i wasn't disagreeing with you man, i was just answering sixer's question

also, i think a bigger deal than his few brief "Konvict" chants is that he signed her after she was dropped from like def jam or some shit... she released The Fame + Monster on his imprint label... i think born this way will be too

Liberi Fatali
05.09.11
Whoops sorry, was meant to do it @electric city.

It always seems really strange to me that Akon could actually achieve some success as a producer or distributor. I always just imagine his manager pulling him away from a drugged up session with some girl to go sing a couple lines for someones song then cashing his cheque.

tkxxx7
05.09.11
she was writing songs for Akon at one point

Vesper
05.09.11
@Liberi Fatali
"I think you're mixing together arguments related to her music itself and her personal 'style."
Sorry, I should have made it clearer that I am making my statements because a lot of her fans and critics seem to mix the two together, as well. If she didn't have the whole dressing-up schtick, I doubt she would create as much interest (both positive and negative) as she does, which I think distracts from the fact that while her pop music is fine, good even by comparison to the other drivel out there, it's also nothing special.
My whole point is that besides you, apparently, almost everyone I've spoken to does not view Gaga's music in isolation. Indeed, image is deeply related to the music many artists produce. But image should not be the root of a musician's value, but this happens with Gaga much more so than with other artists.

tkxxx7
05.09.11
I think that proposition is silly. Most people that I know disregard her looks whilst judging her music. It seems to me that the only people who care about the way she dresses are those two high school girls we all know that worship her, and the host(s) of whatever TV show she happens to be on.

Vesper
05.09.11
Really? I guess we just encounter different people. Most people I've met either say "SHE LOOKS AWESOME, STOP JUDGING HER." or "She looks like a freak."

Zanders
05.09.11
Judas is just a re-tread of Bad Romance in a different scale. Seriously, compare the song structures and you will notice that they are pretty much identical.

Zanders
05.09.11
I beleive the reason the fame is dropping with her recent releases is that her strange costumes and music videos gimmick has gotten old. I beleive she will just fizzle out if she doesn't try something new, but I seriously wonder if she has anything beyond those gimmicks.


tkxxx7
05.09.11
"compare the song structures and you will notice that they are pretty much identical."

Like most music in that genre

conradtao
05.09.11
her newest song isn't bad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S08KonZiew4

Zanders
05.09.11
Ancas, it is closer than just the "verse, chorus verse, bridge, chorus" structure of pop music, it is the vocal lines and music. I could type out the similarities here if you would like me to, but it would be kind of difficult to explain without actually showing parts of the song to you; maybe I should throw together a video on youtube to demonstrate what I mean. To get you started, notice that both songs start out by making melodic "whoa" sounds and end with the song's title, next compare the "ra ra ra-a-ah" part with "Ju-das, Ju-da-ah-ah" both ending with "gaga"..

Curse.
05.09.11
Judas is awesome

Zanders
05.09.11
I admit that I like how it sounds much more than Bad Romance, but it still completely reuses the song's structure. I can't really respect somebody who rehashes hits .

omnipanzer
05.10.11
"by the time the single Poker Face was released, there were no doubts that Lady GaGa was going to become one of the biggest names in the pop world."

The first time I heard Poker Face was when I somehow saw the video. I laughed my ass off and never thought for two seconds "oh this must be the new big thing" but I've never made a penny by guessing the new big thing so...

Wolfhorde
05.10.11
^ This so much.

Titan50
05.11.11
I always laugh in hysterics when people say Lady Gaga is losing it.
The Fame Monster was only the beginning. She could be bigger than The Beatles

tkxxx7
05.11.11
Just Dance was the first thing I heard from her, which sounded okay. Then I saw the Poker Face video and was like wtf.

Lucid
05.12.11
The Edge of Glory is fucking awful.

BallsToTheWall
05.12.11
Ok the born this Way episode just made me an official gleek.

BallsToTheWall
05.12.11
Got an off day tommorow. All day Glee marathon.

Nikkolae
05.14.11
"In this post-MTV world"

somehow that statement always pisses me off. maybe its because the mtv i grew up with is repugnant at best

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