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Friday, October 30, 2009


October 30, 2009 (Last update 4-12-10).
Lady Gaga has announced the track list for the re-release of her hugely successful debut album, The Fame, entitled The Fame Monster. Included with eight new songs is a Beyoncé duet, the “Telephone,” produced by Rodney Jerkins. The double CD also contains production work from RedOne, Teddy Riley, Fernando Garibay and Ron Fair.
The eight new tracks will be:
• “Bad Romance”
• “Alejandro”
• “Monster”
• “Speechless”
• “Dance in the Dark”
• “Telephone” (duet with Beyoncé)
• “So Happy I Could Die”
• “Teeth”
Official The Monster Ball Tour poster photo starring Lady Gaga
The complete list for The Fame Monster album now stands as follows:

Disc 1:
1. “Bad Romance”
2. “Alejandro”
3. “Monster”
4. “So Happy I Could Die”
5. “Speechless”
6. “Dance in the Dark”
7. “Telephone”
8. “Teeth”
Lady Gaga's brand new "Paparazzi the Remixes Part Deux" cover photo. Click here to download this single on iTunes
Disc 2:
1. “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis
2. “LoveGame”
3. “Paparazzi”
4. “Poker Face”
5. “Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)”
6. “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich”
7. “The Fame”
8. “Money Honey”
9. “Starstruck” featuring Space Cowboy and Flo Rida
10. “Boys Boys Boys”
11. “Paper Gangsta”
12. “Brown Eyes”
13. “I Like It Rough”
14. “Summerboy”
15. “Disco Heaven” (international bonus track)
16. “Again Again” (U.K. bonus track)
17. “Retro, Dance, Freak” (Japanese bonus track)
One of several album covers for The Fame Monster
You can now pre-order The Fame Monster from Amazon.com. There will a DeLuxe edition, scheduled for release November 23rd, for $14.99, and a fancy Limited one for $86.49, described below. (UPDATE! Lady Gaga announced a new edition of The Fame Monster with the 8 new tracks by themselves will be available Nov. 23 for only $7.99. Go to the Gaga store, click "Order Fame Monster," then scroll down for this option.)
Photo of the Limited Edition package of The Fame Monster CD, which will include a lock of Lady Gaga's hair
Lady Gaga also announced that she will release a collector’s edition art book “Limited Edition” of The Fame Monster. This version of the album will be released on December 15, 2009 and is the ultimate peek into the Haus of Gaga, spanning music, fashion, art, fans and juice. Each collector’s edition art book will be individually numbered and will include:
• A lock of Lady Gaga’s (wig) hair
• A collectible puzzle
• Pictorials
• A behind-the-scenes look at Gaga’s creative process
• Pull-out posters
• Themed fanzines
• A Lady Gaga paper doll collection
• 3-D glasses to view forthcoming visuals
• Personal notes from Lady Gaga
Photo of Lady Gaga's new single from The Fame Monster, "Bad Romance." Scroll down to the end of this page to hear a video of the song. Click here to download it from iTunes
Go to www.ladygaga.com to browse her store for various packages including the collector’s edition art book and The Fame Monster releases, exclusive merchandise, Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones, Monster Ball VIP fan experience packages and more.

Photo of Lady Gaga with purple hair on the cover of the August 2009 issue of Billboard magazine

Gaga’s North American Monster Ball Tour will begin on November 27 in Montreal, and will wind up on January 21, 2010 in her hometown, New York City. Kid Cudi will be the supporting act for the entire tour.

Photo of Lady Gaga featured on the upcoming cover of the December 2009 Flare magazine

Lady Gaga told the media, "The Haus of Gaga had been designing The Monster Ball for premiere in 2010 at the O2 Arena in London, but due to diligent work and preparation, it will begin on November 27 in Montreal. The Monster Ball is a multimedia artistic experience in the style of the first-ever pop electro opera.”

Photo of Lady Gaga wearing her now famous white feather wreath in December's Flare from an article entitled, "Fashion Saved My Life"

“A message to all my little monsters,” Lady Gaga continued. “The Fame Monster will come out four days before the first live show. You have exactly 96 hours to learn all of the lyrics so you can sing along. Dress accordingly."

Photo of Lady Gaga from her recent world tour

North American tickets are now on sale for the following dates and places as of now. Click each one for prices and details (UPDATED 4-12-10):

Additional cities, venues and on-sale information to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.

Cover photo of Lady Gaga from the September issue of NEO2 magazine

Tickets are also on sale now for the European leg of Lady Gaga's MONSTER BALL TOUR! Click on the date below for ticket & VIP package information (Updated 3-26-10):
2/18: Manchester - M.E.N. Arena
2/20: Dublin - The O2 Dublin
2/21: Dublin - The O2 Arena
2/22: Belfast - Odyssey Arena
2/24: Liverpool - Echo Arena
2/26: London - O2 Arena
2/27: London - O2 Arena
3/1: Glasgow - SECC

3/3: Cardiff - International Arena
3/4: Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
3/5: Birmingham - LG Arena
3/7: Sheffield - Hallam FM Arena - moved to 6/4
3/8: Nottingham - Nottingham - moved to 5/27
3/13: Auckland - Vector Arena
3/14: Auckland - Vector Arena
3/17: Sydney - Entertainment Centre
3/18: Sydney - Entertainment Centre
3/20: Newcastle - Entertainment Centre
3/22: Canberra - AIS Arena - moved to 3/29
3/23: Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
3/24: Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
3/26: Brisbane - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
3/27: Brisbane - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
3/29 Canberra: AIS Arena
3/30: Adelade - moved to 4/3
4/1: Perth - Challenge Stadium
4/2: Perth - Challenge Stadium - canceled
4/3: Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
4/5: Wollongong - Entertainment Centre
4/7: Sydney - Entertainment Centre
4/9: Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
4/14: Osaka - Kobe World Kinen Hall
4/15: Osaka - Kobe World Kinen Hall
4/17: Yokohama - Yokahoma Arena
4/18: Yokohama - Yokohama Arena

5/7: Stockholm – Globe Arena
5/8: Stockholm - Globe Arena
5/10: Hamburg – Colorline Arena
5/11: Berlin – O2 Arena
5/15: Arnhem, Neth – Gelredome
5/17: Antwerp – Sportspaleis
5/18: Antwerp - Sprtspaleis
5/21: Paris – Bercy
5/22: Paris - Bercy
5/24: Oberhausen, Germ – Koenig Pilsner Arena
5/27: Nottingham – Nottingham Arena
5/28: Birmingham – LG Arena
5/30: London – O2 Arena
5/31: London - 02 Arena
6/2: Manchester – Men Arena
6/3: Manchester - Men Arena
6/4: Sheffield – Sheffield Arena

2010 South American Leg (very tentative):
6/12 - The Jockey Club - Sao Paulo, Brasil
6/13 - Cicero Pompeu De Toledo Stadium - Sao Paulo, Brasil.

ACT 1: City
Dance in the Dark
Glitter and Grease
Just Dance
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
The Fame

ACT 2: Subway
Love Game
Boys Boys Boys
Money Honey
Brown Eyes
So Happy I Could Die

ACT 3: Forest
Poker Face

ACT 4: Monster Ball
Bad Romance

UPDATE! 1-30-10. Lady Gaga has unofficially cancelled most or some of her UK & Ireland Meet and Greets. An email sent to monsters who purchased the Meet and Greet package said:
Dear Meet and Greet Client,
Unfortunately we must advise, due to production reasons, beyond the control of the artist Lady Gaga, it will now not be possible for her to participate in Meet and Greets before or after the planned UK shows. Lady Gaga apologizes to all her fans for any disappointment.
We would therefore like to offer you the opportunity to change your booking to the Hot Band Package, which entitles you to the following:
Gold Circle/General Admission Ticket with early entry (GA Standing only for Glasgow, Dublin & Belfast shows)
Pre-show hospitality
Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones
Collectible laminate
Onsite event management staff
Refund of £111.62 inc VAT or Euro/Dollar equivalent
If you have purchased a meet and greet ticket you must contact the number provided in the email with your reference code before Friday the 5th of February to change your package or receive a refund.

New commissioned Lady Gaga photo by Hedi Slimane

The complete North American (First Leg) list of dates and locales for "The Monster Ball" are:
November 27 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – The Bell Center
November 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Air Canada Center
November 29 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Scotiabank Place
December 01 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
December 02 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
December 03 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
December 09 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 10 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 13 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic
December 18 – Las Vegas, NV – TBD
December 19 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
December 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
December 29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
December 31 – Miami, FL – Knight Center
January 03 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
January 07 – St. Louis, MO – The Fox
January 08 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
January 09 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
January 12 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater
January 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
January 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
January 21 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
January 23 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
January 24 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
January 26 – West Lafayette, IN – Perdue University

Photo of Lady Gaga in Seoul, South Korea on August 9, 2009 with a purple bow made of hair and a gold metallic dress

Visit Lady Gaga’s official website, go to her MySpace page, or follow her on Twitter for more information. As always, dates, places, and times, are subject to change!

Lady Gaga receiving a plaque for album sales during her concert in South Korea. 8-9-09 photo

Lady Gaga has been nominated for three awards for the 2009 American Music Awards (AMA’s)! The nominations include Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock), and Favorite Album (Pop/Rock)! Cast your vote for Gaga now! The awards will air on Sunday, November 22nd at 8pm on ABC. Click here for more information about the show.

Lady Gaga as the face of Hello Kitty for the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the cartoon character with exhibitions all month long in New York City and Los Angeles. Photo of Lady Gaga by Markus Klinko and Indrani, celebrity photographers who are scheduled to have a reality show on Bravo this winter called Double Exposure.

Lady Gaga will be appearing on MTV's It's On with Alexa Chung this Tuesday, November 3, 2009! Tune in at 3:30pm ET/PT for the live broadcast.

Another sultry photo of Lady Gaga for the Hello Kitty exhibition

For tons more photos and videos on Lady Gaga click here for our post on the 2009 Video Music Awards (VMAs).Click on this link to see pictures and videos from her flamboyant gig on Saturday Night Live (SNL). To watch her perform “Imagine” at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) click here. To hear her stunning speech at the National Equality March click on this link.

Sexy photo of Lady Gaga for Hello Kitty's 35th Anniversary Celebration

Vote for Gaga in FUSE's Best Video of 2009 Tournament! There is no limit to the number of times you can vote! Click HERE to vote now.

Be sure to tune into Gossip Girl on November 16. Lady Gaga has a cameo appearance on an episode called, “Last Days of the Disco Stick,” wherein she plays herself. (UPDATE! Watch a preview video of Lady Gaga on Gossip Girl here.)

Photo of Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of Hello Kittys

According to contactmusic.com, the Gossip Girl plot has Blair calling in a favor to have Lady Gaga perform at a private concert. Leighton Meester, a regular on the show, described the cameo as “very avant garde and kind of gothic . . . she’s pretty cool, so it was very fun.”

Photo of Lady Gaga from the September issue of Vogue Japan

"She just makes a cameo performance,” Meester added, “And we talk about her for awhile. But, yeah, we all have a story line where we put on a cabaret with her songs. You'll have to wait and see."

Photo of Lady Gaga all tied up in Vogue Japan's September magazine
Lady Gaga bound on a snow bank in Vogue Japan's September issue
Photo of Lady Gaga in the September Vogue Japan, wherein they call her a "New Star"
Lady Gaga at Billboard's luncheon honoring Women in Music, where she received the Rising Star Award. October 2, 2009 photo. See video at bottom of post.
Lady Gaga, with Sharpie in hand, stops to give a fan an autograph, after leaving the set of Gossip Girl, where she filmed a cameo for a November 16th episode of the popular series. October 13, 2009 photo. See video at the bottom of this post!
Lady Gaga posing with the stars of Gossip Girl, Penn Badgley (left) and Leighton Meester. 10-13-09 photo
Photo of Lady Gaga by Interview Magazine while she was in Tokyo Japan
Lady Gaga gets a tattoo in Tokyo Japan. Photo by Matthew Williams for Interview Magazine's October/November 2009 issue. Check out the video below, wherein she explains why she did it.
Lady Gaga grimaces while getting a tatoo in Japan. Photo for Interview Magazine
Photo in the October/November Interview Magazine of Lady Gaga getting a tattoo
Ta da! And the finished product--photo of Lady Gaga's new "Tokyo Love" tattoo! I hate to say it, but I've seen better penmanship on a men's room wall!
Sneak Preview Video: Lady Gaga's new upcoming album The Fame Monster will include this new song: “Alejandro, Don't Call My Name”:

UPDATE! 11-10-09 Here is Lady Gaga’s brand new Official “Bad Romance” Video from The Fame Monster album: The Full Version. It’s stunning! For details about the video click here.


Watch this video as Lady Gaga explains her new tattoos in a photo shoot in Interview Magazine's October/November 2009 issue (UPDATE! For some unknown reason, this video went "private," so I substituted a video from 2008 that shows Lady Gaga getting a tattoo on her back from Kat Von D. Sorry for the inconvenience!):

Check out Lady Gaga Greeting Gay Fans and Taking Pictures with Them after leaving Gossip Girl Shoot in this October 13, 2009 Video:

Watch the Lady Gaga Rolling Stones Magazine photo Shoot Inside Look Video:

Check out this video of Lady GaGa performing a really special acoustic set for the V Magazine and Marc Jacobs party for NYC's Fashion Week, proving her talent as she sang “Poker Face” September 14 2009:

Watch as Lady Gaga sings “Poker Face” (Acoustic) Live in this Tokyo 8-4-09 Video (Is that an elephant on her head or is her hair just glad to see us?):

Lady GaGa - Poker Face (Live Acoustic Japan)

Check out the Video of Lady Gaga Accepting Billboard's Women in Music Risting Star Award October 2, 2009:

Sneak Preview Video: Rumor has it that Lady Gaga's next album (after The Fame Monster) will include this new song: "Second Time Around:

Listen to this Sneak Preview video: “Filthy Pop,”another song rumored to be on a Lady Gaga future album:

Check out this Video Sneak Peek Preview: “No Way” a third song that may or may not be on a future Lady Gaga album:

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Thursday, October 29, 2009


October 29, 2008.
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama made good on his promise to enact meaningful gay rights legislation by signing the 2009 Defense Bill into law, thereby bringing to life a provision making it a hate crime to commit a violent act based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

With representatives from LGBT organizations and blogs at the White House by special invitation, President Barack Obama said, “After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are. I promised Judy Shepard, when she saw me in the Oval Office, that this day would come, and I'm glad that she and her husband Dennis could join us for this event. I'm also honored to have the family of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought so hard for this legislation. And Vicki and Patrick, Kara, everybody who's here, I just want you all to know how proud we are of the work that Ted did to help this day—make this day possible. So—and thank you for joining us here today.”

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, left, flank former Oklahoma Sen. David Boren in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday. Oct. 28, 2009 photo

Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the country's largest homosexual rights organization, described the hate crimes provision as the country's "first major piece of civil rights legislation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, and Judy Shepard, center, gather for the signing of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. 10-28-09 photo

But not everyone is happy. The Christian Telegraph reports so-called Christians are running scared: “The hate crimes language could result in threats to the freedoms of those with biblically based convictions regarding homosexual behavior . . . The legislation has the ‘potential for chilling religious speech regarding homosexuality,’ said Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

President Obama signs the historical Hate Crimes Bill making it a severe offense to commit violence against LGBT and disabled people

“Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a written statement the bill ‘is part of a radical social agenda that could ultimately silence Christians and use the force of government to marginalize anyone whose faith is at odds with homosexuality.’

Obama addresses his constituents about the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. 10-28-09 photo

“The ERLC and others fear the measure, combined with existing law, could expose to prosecution Christians and others who proclaim the Bible's teaching that homosexual behavior is sinful. For example, if a person commits a violent act based on a victim's ‘sexual orientation’ after hearing biblical teaching on the sinfulness of homosexual behavior, the preacher or teacher could be open to a charge of inducing the person to commit the crime, some foes say.”

If only that were true! If it were, I’d say “So be it!” Maybe the new hate crimes bill will teach these bigots how to be real Christians who practice love rather than hate!

Photo of Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard who was violently tortured and murdered because he was gay, and Barack Obama after he invited her to the Oval Office to talk about impending legislation, which is now, at last, a law!

The Matthew Shepard Foundation issued the following statement yesterday:

After a decade of debate, persistent advocacy and 14 separate congressional floor votes, President Barack Obama today signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in a White House ceremony attended by the Shepard and Byrd families.

“When Dennis and I started calling 10 years ago for federal action to prevent and properly prosecute hate crimes against gay, lesbian and transgendered Americans, we never imagined it would take this long,” said Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother and the president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors.

“The legislation went through so many versions and so many votes that we had to constantly keep our hopes in check to keep from getting discouraged,” she continued. “But with President Obama’s support and the continually growing bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate lining up behind the bill this year, it became clear that 2009 was the year it would finally happen.”

The legislation allows federal authorities to pursue charges in violent crimes motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability, in cases where local authorities cannot or will not secure appropriate convictions. It also opens up federal aid to local law enforcement for training, prevention and investigation.

“We are incredibly grateful to Congress and the president for taking this step forward on behalf of hate crime victims and their families, especially given the continuing attacks on people simply for living their lives openly and honestly,” Shepard added. “But each of us can and must do much more to ensure true equality for all Americans.”

The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s work for an inclusive society continues after passage of this landmark legislation. In addition to advocating for workplace and housing equality, equal rights for same-sex couples, and an end to the ban on gay and lesbian military service, the Foundation continues to reach out to schools and corporations nationwide to encourage respect for human dignity and differences.

Watch this video as President Obama Signs the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill Into Law via CNN. 10-28-09:

Here’s a video of President Obama’s Remarks on Passage Of Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act Later in the Day via CNN. October 28, 2009:


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October 29, 2009.
Sam Tsui is making a name for himself by honoring the legendary Michael Jackson via song. Along with his friend, Kurt Schneider, a fellow student from Yale University, they've created a video that appears to be an a-cappella group of seven people performing a Michael Jackson medley, but they’re all the same person! These guys are amazing!

Photo of Internet sensation Sam Tsui
The vocals are enthralling, but so is the magical editing. Although Sam does all the singing, his buddy, Kurt Schneider, did the technical work to form the fantasy group paying tribute to Jackson.

Photo of Kurt Hugo Schneider, the man responsible for the production of Sam Tsui's sensational videos

Recently featured on The Bonnie Hunt show (see video below) and ABC World News, the duo’s Michael Jackson tribute video has had over two million viewers. Visit www.myspace.com/SamTsui, Sam’s Facebook page, and www.myspace.com/KurtHugo for additional information. Also check out Kurt's YouTube Channel for more amazing videos.

Photo of Sam Tsui in choir class at Yale University

Watch the Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider Interview video from The Bonnie Hunt Show, September 24, 2009:

Here's the Michael Jackson Medley Tribute Video with 7 Voices: Vocals by Sam Tsui. Arrangement and Production by Kurt Schneider:

Check out this bonus video: 5 Voices: "Don't Stop Believing"—Glee—Cover: Sam Tsui singing "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. Backing instrumentals played and produced by Kurt Schneider:


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