It is hard to believe that only six years passed since the moment when Lady Gaga debut album The Fame came out. In this incredibly short amount of time this unique performer transcended the role of a stand out success that came out of nowhere, and became probably the biggest music star that started working in the 21st century.
Lady Gaga is a pop phenomenon that is almost impossible to ignore. Like her role model, the multimedia performance artist Marina Abramovic, she is resisting easy labeling, and so does her music. Her recognizable blend of catchy pop tunes that often come with a dark undertone and strong visual imagery makes her very recognizable. Some critics at the beginning of her development characterized this approach as untrue and designed purely to draw attention.
Now, several years later, it’s clear that Lady Gaga presence on the billboard charts is anything but unsteady. Almost every song put out by her became a planetary hit, and her videos have hundreds of millions views each. As her career grew, so did her stage performances. Lady Gaga’s concerts are usually sold out many weeks before the set date, and the same repeats itself in any country or continent she visits. This shows that her art is capable of bridging all cultural divides, especially for the younger generations drawn to her distinctive personality and creativity.
Her latest album Artpop came out in 2013 and in the same year has sold more than 2 million copies around the world. The single it features called Applause received a Platinum status in more than five countries. Currently the music audience is waiting for her album called Cheek to Cheek. This record came into existence through recording sessions with the legendary Tony Bennett and it will feature a lot of jazz tunes. Like all of her work, it will surely become an enormous hit when it comes out later in 2014.
Today, her music and all art are still very relevant and potent. From unexpected beginnings to incredible fame, there is no doubt that Lady Gaga is definitely pop royalty.
|TimesTalks: Frank Bruini in conversation with Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering -The Hunting Ground||Dec 10, 2015
New York, NY