Lady Gaga has to be the busiest woman in show business. Just as her latest hit single, “Bad Romance,” attained the number one spot on Billboard’s Top 40 Pop Chart, and her new album The Fame Monster soared to the top of the iTunes best-selling albums list, Lady Gaga was Named Creative Director for the new Specialty Line of Polaroid Imaging Products, as well as a key player with Bono in the fight against AIDS/HIV, all while she's in the middle of a sold-out concert tour, The Monster Ball. She has the distinction of being the only artist in Billboard’s history to have her first five singles rise to the number one spot, and incredibly she has achieved it within a year.
PLR IP Holdings, LLC, owners of the Polaroid™ brand, announced Tuesday, January 5, 2010, the multi-year strategic joint venture with Lady Gaga. She will serve as Creative Director for a specialty line of Polaroid Imaging products.
Picture of Lady Gaga speaking with John Pollock, chief marketing officer of Polaroid at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday. 1-7-10 photo
In a press release, Polaroid said, “The partnership brings together one of the world’s most iconic brands with today’s fastest rising musical artist and cultural trend setter, known for her string of smash global hits including ‘Paparazzi,’ ‘Bad Romance,’ and ‘Poker Face,’ her fashion forward design aesthetic and her exceptionally close connection with her fans.”
Picture of Lady Gaga sitting down with John Pollock of Polaroid at the CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 1-7-10 photo
Lady Gaga made a special appearance at the Polaroid booth at the 2010 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 7, where she talked about her new creative and business relationship with the Polaroid brand. "I am so proud to announce my new partnership with Polaroid as the Creative Director and Inventor of Specialty Projects,” said Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga continued, “The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes in the vein of fashion/technology/photography innovation—blending the iconic history of Polaroid and instant film with the digital era—and we are excited to collaborate on these ventures with the Polaroid brand. Lifestyle, music, art, fashion! I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer, and to as my father puts it—finally, have a real job!" Watch the entire statement in a video at the bottom of this post.
Picture of Lady Gaga preparing to speak at the CES Press Conference in Vegas Thursday. 1-7-10 photo
“Lady Gaga's broad creative talents and the way she connects with her fans in her own, unique manner made her a natural choice for Polaroid,” said Stephen Miller, co-CEO of PLR IP Holdings. “Polaroid has had a special connection with its customers for years, we are delighted to be partnering with Lady Gaga to continue with that tradition and bring new and exciting products to the next generation."
Picture of Lady Gaga stepping up to speak as the new Creative Director for Polaroid. January 7, 2010 photo
New products by Polaroid and Lady Gaga are to hit retail shelves starting in late 2010.
Picture of Lady Gaga talking to the press about new digital technology coming to Polaroid. 1-7-10 photo
In related news, LADY GAGA has joined forces with Bono to help combat AIDS/HIV. She’s designed her own set of headphones to raise funds for his RED campaign. The U2 front man launched the charity product range in 2006, previously working with rapper Dr. Dre to make his own set of earpieces.
Photo of Lady Gaga showing off some of Polaroid's new image technology during the Las Vegas Press Conference on Thursday. January 7, 2010 picture
Bono, who recently signed a deal with sportswear company Nike to create red shoelaces, said this about enlisting Lady Gaga to help boost their fundraising efforts, “This is a very big day for everyone involved in the fight against AIDS. Nike is about winning, and if we keep our concentration over the next few years, things might start to turn around.”
Twitpic Lady Gaga tweeted to her fans after the Las Vegas Show. It shows off her new Polaroid Creative Director business card. 1-7-10 photo
“Lady Gaga is the latest (RED) warrior to get involved,” Bono continued. “You know Dr. Dre did those Beats headphones, the big ones, you see people wearing around their neck? Well, Lady Gaga is launching her own (RED) headphones and they are the best sound money can buy.” Watch a video of the press conference at the base of this page.
Picture/Cover of the new Lady Gaga comic book, FAME, coming in May. Promotional photo
Lady Gaga is no stranger to magazine covers, but the star will be given yet another makeover when she appears in the new comic book FAME, from Bluewater Comics. Set to be the first in a series of releases looking at today’s top celebrities, the magazine, which has the same name as Lady Gaga’s chart-topping album, is also set to feature Robert Pattinson, 50 Cent, David Beckham, and Taylor Swift. The comic book will be structured in a similar format to Bluewater's Female Force books and will be released this coming May for Free Comic Book Day.
Picture of Lady Gaga at the Beats by Dre Press Conference in Las Vegas Thursday. 1-7-10 photo
This is not the first time that Gaga has been featured in a printed cartoon book. Last fall, she starred in her very own comic entitled Lady Saga, but it was only available through Marc Jacobs retailers.
Photo of Lady Gaga getting ready to talk about her new RED Heartbeats Headphones, the funds of which will go to help fight AIDS, at the Beats by Dr. Dre Press Conference in Las Vegas. January 7, 2010 picture
Bluewater president Darren G. Davis noted the purpose of the new magazine is to introduce comic books to audiences that normally would not read them. “Over the past year we saw an opportunity to broaden the scope of who reads comics,” said Davis. “There were many who had never picked up a graphic novel or comic book that bought our biography titles like Female Force and Political Power. FAME is the natural extension of that trend.”
Picture of Lady Gaga and friends at the Consumer Electronics Show Press Conference for her new Heartbeats Headphones. 1-7-10 photo
An English newspaper noted, “This year looks set to be huge for the New York native as she clinched the first number one single of the decade in England with her hit “Bad Romance” and is set to head out on tour around the UK this year.”
Billboard just reported that Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” is the number one song on the Top 40 American Pop Chart as well. The single is also listed on their Radio Songs, Digital Songs, and Hot 100 Charts as a close number 2. And Lady Gaga’s second album, The Fame Monster just reached the very top of the Pop Albums Chart.
Another photo of Lady Gaga and comrades at the Las Vegas Press Conference on Thursday. I just can't stop looking at her new hair! January 7, 2010 picture
Lady Gaga becomes the first artist in the chart’s history to send their first five singles to the #1 spot, and remarkably she has done so in less than a year. “Bad Romance” is Gaga’s first hit from her second album, The Fame Monster. Her debut album, The Fame, has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, and her singles have sold an astounding 35 million digital copies as well. The album is the home to her previous #1 hits (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “LoveGame,” and “Paparazzi”.)
Picture of Lady Gaga speaking at the Beats by Dr. Dre Press Conference in Las Vegas about how the profits from her RED Heartbeats Headphones will go to fight AIDS/HIV. 1-7-10 photo
Said Lady Gaga on her website, “Just six months ago, ‘Bad Romance’ was nothing but a dream, a recurring melody, a lyric hidden on a napkin on my tour bus. Now, it's my fifth #1 record, and a reminder to fans to always follow their dreams. I would like to thank all my beautiful little monsters and my incredibly supportive team for the most memorable year of my life. To have had such a phenomenal reception to my second album, The Fame Monster, is life-changing. I'm so happy I could die.”
Lady Gaga won two awards Wednesday night at the Peoples Choice Awards. She managed to scoop Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Breakout Music Artist. She tweeted this to her followers: "@ladygaga thank you to all my fans for voting for me! we won 2 people's choice awards little monsters!"
Sneak peek from a new set of images called quite simply the "Yellow Photo Shoot," to be released soon. December 2009 picture
Lady GaGa is nominated 7 times in the 2009 Virgin Media Awards. Click the links below to vote! She needs our help. Lily Allen is ahead in a lot of categories!
Best Album – The Fame
Best Newcomer – Lady Gaga
Best Solo Female – Lady Gaga
Best Track – "Just Dance"
Shameless Publicity Seeker – Lady Gaga
Twit of The Year – Lady Gaga
Hottest Female – Lady Gaga
Photo of Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour bus. December 2009 picture
Picture of Lady Gaga having tea, always the lady! 2009 photo
Grammy.com reports that Overall Music Sales were Up 2.1 Percent In 2009. Music sales, including albums, singles, music videos, and digital track, increased 2.1 percent to a record 1.5 billion units in 2009 in the United States, following 10.5 percent and 14 percent respective gains in 2008 and 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Picture of a Grammy poster from their "We're All Fans" page. Promotional photo
Lady Gaga, Green Day and Pink have joined the list of performers for this year’s Grammy Awards. So far, the lineup includes The Dave Matthews Band, The Zac Brown Band, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Lady Antebellum. The addition of Lady Gaga and the Dave Matthews Band to the bill means that all five nominees for Album of the Year will perform on this year’s program.
Check out this picture of Lady Gaga featured on the GRAMMY "We're All Fans" website with a photo comprised entirely of fan videos, photos, and tweets! Go to their site to view the image, where you can add to it. Promotional photo
Lady Gaga has been nominated FIVE times for the 2010 GRAMMY Awards, as follows: ALBUM OF THE YEAR: THE FAME; SONG OF THE YEAR: "POKER FACE;" RECORD OF THE YEAR: "POKER FACE;" BEST DANCE RECORDING: "POKER FACE;" BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM: THE FAME. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards Show will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, January 31, 2010.
Lady Gaga may get to collaborate with her childhood idol Boy George, formerly of Culture Club. Word has it that he may join Gaga for her concert at London’s O2 Arena in February.
Picture of the CD cover featuring 2010 Grammy nominees, available for pre-orders from Amazon.com
An insider close to Lady Gaga told The Sun: “Gaga has always been a fan and now that he’s got his life back on track it’s the perfect opportunity to do something with him.” Boy George just released a new video, “Amazing Grace,” and is receiving rave reviews.
Photo of Lady Gaga being kissed by gay clothing designer twins Dan and Dean Caten (DSQUARED2) from Wednesday's episode of Bravo's Launch My Line. Watch a video of her appearance at the bottom of this post. 1-6-10 picture
WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) reports that Gaga will be performing at New York Fashion Week next month. AmfAR’s annual New York gala fundraiser will take place on February 10th at Cipriani on 42nd Street. Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Carine Roitfeld, Diane von Furstenberg, and Donna Karan are on the guest list. Sir Elton John and David Furnish will be honored at the festivities, as will Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer Yves Carcelle. Rufus Wainwright will perform a portion of songs from his re-creation of the Judy Garland Carnegie Hall concert. Could the event be any gayer? Or any more fun?
Picture of Lady Gaga's fashion expert Nicola Formichetti, the man responsible for most of Gaga's "Bad Romance" clothes and many other wild and crazy outfits. Watch a video interview of the gay stylist icon at the base of this page. December 2009 photo
The New York Times recently interviewed Lady Gaga’s chief designer in an article entitled, “Meet Mr. Gaga, The Stylist Nicola Formichetti.” Author Marcus Chang said: “Whether or not you know him by name, you’ll recognize Nicola Formichetti by his aggressively modern looks (Lady Gaga’s metal orb, anyone?). When it comes to his personal style, Formichetti attributes his unrestricted creativity to his multicultural upbringing, which was shared between Italy and Japan.
Photo of Lady Gaga performing at The Monster Ball Concert wearing a Romanesque metallic gold outfit designed by Nicola Formichetti. December 2009 photo
Now 32, Nicola lives in New York, London and Tokyo, and keeps himself busy working as the creative director of the London magazine Dazed and Confused, the fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan and as a stylist for advertising campaigns for Uniqlo, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, to name just a few. Before kicking off Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” tour in Montreal, we caught up with Formichetti to ask him about his career, inspirations and what it’s like to work with Gaga.”
Backshot photo of Lady Gaga wearing Formichetti's golden Roman-inspired bikini, gloves, and headdress. December 2009 picture
Said Chang, “Your work with Lady Gaga has brought you a tremendous amount of recognition. The ‘Bad Romance’ video even gets played in New York City taxis. How did you two start working together, and what has it been like?”
Close picture of Lady Gaga's new puppy "Yoko," which she acquired in Atlanta and named after her friend, Yoko Ono. 12-28-09 photo
Formichetti answered, “I first met her at a photo shoot for V Magazine. It was an instant love. I had always stayed away from celebrity and musicians before, but she was so different. Instantly we understood each other completely. We started working naturally—all the videos, shows, tours, etc. She has such an amazing team around her, too, especially her creative director, Matthew Williams."
Photo of Lady Gaga and Nathan Ferraro of The MidwayStates Band, with whom she made a video called "Don't Give Up." Although it's officially unreleased, we came across a copy. Visit our previous Lady Gaga post to view it: NEW GAGA SONG DUET NATHAN FERRARO MIDWAY STATE DONT GIVE UP! GAGA CNN BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST 2009! NEW YEARS EVE MIAMI DERULO ATLANTA 17 VIDEOS 28 PHOTOS! Video capture picture
Chang also asked the openly gay designer, “When it comes to your personal style, what do you like to wear?”
Another photo of Lady Gaga in Vanity Fair Italy wearing a see-through hoop skirt. December 2009 scan. Click picture to enlarge.
Nicola’s advice for the young hopeful designers: “Think twice! It’s not as glamorous as you think it is.” Read the whole interview at the New York Times Blog. Watch a YouTube interview with the fashion icon at the bottom of this page. Check out Nicola's personal blog for lots of fashion info.
Much to the delight fans south of the border, Lady Gaga is finally going to make her first ever concert appearance in South America! Several sources have confirmed that Gaga will be heading to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo later this year! Gay Brazil is all aTwitter with the news!
Lady Gaga took to Twitter and Facebook on January 6th, with an apologetic statement to her fans about the recent venue changes on the Monster Ball Tour. For those who don’t know, some places and dates, most notably in Chicago, were changed because the stage couldn’t hold the production. Fans lost seats and were told they had to purchase brand new tickets.
Picture of a page from the January 2010 issue of 944. Entitled "Sound and Vision," it states, "Just in time to Take Music to its Future Dimensions, the Diva Lady Gaga Ushers in the Next Decade." Click photo to enlarge
Here is what Lady Gaga said about the changes: “To my little monsters, I am so sick over the 2 venues that were moved for Monsterball, and am sincerely sorry to all my fans who lost seats. A serious error was made by my production staff, and it is so unfair to you, who are so loyal. My show was not designed to fit in this venue. The Monsterball was moved so we could still perform, not to sell more tickets. I promise to make it up to you, you are everything to mexgaga.”
Gaganews.com is reporting The Monster Ball Tour has lost over four million dollars so far. “Expensive outfits and stage props, such as an alleged $100,000 giant bathtub, are pushing the overheads up on the North American leg of the jaunt meaning the singer is yet to make any profit,” they said. “It’s claimed that Gaga’s self-proclaimed ‘ostentatious’ tour has lost almost $4million so far and it may be some time before she’s in the black.”
Image of a page from the January 2010 issue of 944 Magazine with an article about Lady Gaga that says, in part, "There's nobody like me and there never was . . . Lady Gaga has emerged as a fully realized 'icon 2.0' for the next generation; encapsulating the past 40 years of pop music and culture, she's influenced by Warhol, Bowie, and Mercury . . ." Click photo to enlarge and read the whole fascinating article.
Their source said: “Lady Gaga's gigs are losing money hand over fist because they’ve spent a fortune on pricey costumes, technical equipment and elaborate set designs. She spent £500,000 on one stage alone. But Lady Gaga gets what Lady Gaga wants. Her wardrobe is huge and she wants to shock – and that costs serious money.”
Lady Gaga’s spokesperson did not deny the claims when talking to England’s The Sun. “I can’t comment on figures but it wouldn’t be a surprise,” the representative said. “Gaga puts everything into her live shows and she doesn’t care about the financial side of things. I wouldn’t want to be her accountant.”
Religious fundamentalist hatemonger Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas called off his highly-publicized protest against Lady Gaga, citing weather as the reason. He then tried to turn it around by saying it was God’s will, along with the Almighty’s plan to destroy America and homosexuals. His tiny Westboro Baptist Church, which has less than sixty members (consisting mostly of inbred relatives), explained via an e-mail message why he canceled their protest against the "Godless whore."
The illiterate Phelps said: “YES - it is canceled because of the lack of capacity to travel. YAY! Our God doeth all things well. He took that Parody and the words from his people and he dropped them ALL OVER THIS WORLD and then when it came time to make that trip, he shut up this country so they could hold the picket alone and do the work for us. :) YAY!”
Phelps tried to justify his chickening out through scripture: “Here is what he did: Isa 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. God is knocking the crap out of this country and all the while he is continuing to give us great and effectual doors of utterance because the time is so very, very short - the destruction of this nation is IMMINENT!! YAY!!”
Hoping to gain Fame of her own, Phelps granddaughter released a video parody of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” but I refuse to embed it on this website because we fear giving face to it’s message of hate and profanity would condemn us to burn in hell for all eternity and the last thing we want to do is spend infinity with the Fred Phelps clan.
UPDATE! Scroll down to watch a video of Lady Gaga responding to Fred Phelps in St Louis. "Here at the Monster Ball, we preach love and not hate . . .."
Lady Gaga is a worldwide phenomenon, as the following interview excerpts from the magazine Max Italian, December 2009, will attest, with apologies for the Google translation.
“Keeping your feet on the ground is not my style,” Lady Gaga said. “Only now that are completely isolated in my box of madness I can really do whatever I want. For example, create a fantasy world where people travel without a passport. Or perform on a stage with a bikini china and become the news of the day."
For this twenty-three year-old resident of New York, dressing is a very serious matter. "A kind of performance art that does not distract at all from the music. However, when I donned the famous green coat of Kermit the Frog, with the frogs that cover my boobs, I did it to protest against those who still wear fur. Not because I'm silly."
The article continued: Joanne Stefani Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s real name) is a genius, and a record-breaking phenomenon. She is the first singer in 17 years, since the beginning of the Billboard chart, to have four No. 1 singles in a row (“Just Dance,” “Poker Face ,” “LoveGame” and “Paparazzi”).
Said Gaga, "At first the record companies claimed that my CD was not pop enough. It's too electronic and will not work, they complained." The rest is history. Eight million people bought The Fame, which has also had 35 million downloads of its singles. Thus, within less than a year, Lady Gaga’s record company, Interscope, has learned its lesson and published The Fame Monster, a deluxe version of the first album with eight previously unreleased songs (and even a lock of hair as a gift).
"Each song represents all the demons that I faced,” Lady Gaga told Max Italy. “When I became famous I realized that I had the fear of death, alcohol, drugs, loneliness and truth. So I've written about it all and put the resulting songs on my records.”
Max went on: Lady Gaga is a good girl Italian-American with roots in Palermo. She grew up living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where her parents sent her to the Convent of the Sacred Heart, the same school attended by Caroline Kennedy and Paris and Nicky Hilton. "The sisters forced me to repress my feelings for too long while the kids teased me because I was different. When I discovered music and art, it was true liberation."
Lady Gaga also explained her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs): "I was looking for something to represent the death of celebrity, the end of the idolized blondes. It was like staging a painting of Marilyn Monroe with a bottle of pills in hand."
"They say that everything has already been done, but I think the trick is to invent something new—to put together things that others have not yet thought of."
Max Italy magazine said Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes (a.k.a. Lola), goes mad for Lady Gaga. They speculated Lourdes probably encourgaged Madonna to appear on Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Gaga. "We're both Italian-Americans, we made it in New York and became famous after dying our hair blonde," reflected the once ugly duckling. “Every day I kill to look real." Again, we apologize for the translation—or not. Maybe it made the interview more interesting!
It could have been one of the most interesting musical hookups in pop history. According to a new interview at MTV.com with Michael Jackson's choreographer, Travis Payne, the late King of Pop was a big fan of Lady Gaga and had tried to set up a meeting to discuss a possible joint project.
The revelation comes from a video posted on December 30 via YouTube by Amsterdam-based producer/actor Raffles van Exel, who asks Payne which artists MJ was interested in collaborating with before his death last June.
"I gave him a short wish list, including Janet, of course, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Sting, Seal, Bono, and Tina Turner. We talked about all these people that I thought were cool but that he liked."
Then, Payne said he asked Jackson if there was anyone else he wanted to reach out to. "He goes, 'Lady Gaga.' I go, 'Really?' He goes, 'Yeah.' He literally told me, 'You gotta get into her. She's good.' So, I started listening to her music more and going on YouTube and looking at her performances, and I was like, 'He's right.' "
Payne said that last November, he got a call from Lady Gaga and told her the story about the conversation with Jackson. "She got moved by it," he recalled. But a spokesperson for Gaga could not be reached for comment about Payne's claims.
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Watch this video of Lady Gaga’s press conference with Bono on their collaboration to fight AIDS/HIV. Says Bono, “Lady Gaga is the latest (RED) warrior to get involved. You know Dr. Dre did those Beats headphones, the big ones, you see people wearing around their neck? Well, Lady Gaga is launching her own (RED) headphones and they are the best sound money can buy. This is a very big day for everyone involved in the fight against AIDS. Nike is about winning, and if we keep our concentration over the next few years, things might start to turn around.” January 7, 2010:
Check out this YouTube video of the Press Conference announcing Lady Gaga’s partnership with Polaroid. Lady Gaga has been named Creative Director for Polaroid at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas 1-7-10 by Julio Fernandez:
Watch this MSNBC report on Lady Gaga’s being named Creative Director for Polaroid: