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Monday, January 18, 2010


January 18, 2010
Recovered after collapsing from dehydration Thursday night, Lady Gaga appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show Friday with a new spiked hair-do and shared her humanity with millions of viewers, making new fans in the process, some of them previous skeptics. Not only did Lady Gaga reveal the symbolism behind some of her most extraordinary fashions, she discussed her upper class Catholic New York City childhood, how she seeks to uplift her fans, the relationship with her father, and details behind her fashion choices.

Photo of Lady Gaga performing during her Monster Ball Tour Concert in Chicago, hair wildly blowing in the wind. 1-10-10 picture.

Lady Gaga is nominated for three UK Brit Awards 2010! The following was just posted on the Brit Awards Website: “Leading the way with three BRIT nominations each are a quartet of pops finest ladies, UK’s Florence and The Machine, Lily Allen, Pixie Lott and that all American phenomenon Lady Gaga. They will be going head to head in a battle of the females."

Photo of Lady Gaga sitting down to talk with Oprah on Friday's Oprah Winfrey Show. Check out the new spiky sea-urchin hair! 1-15-10 picture

The Brit Awards 2010 website continued, "Having been crowned the most successful selling artist of 2009, with her single ‘Poker Face,’ Lady Gaga makes her BRIT Awards nominations debut with a well-deserved three nominations. Short listed for International Female Solo Artist, International Breakthrough Act and International Album for ‘The Fame’, Lady Gaga will look to be one of the most coveted International acts at The BRITs for many years.”

Lady Gaga will also be performing at this year’s February 18th 2010 Brit Awards Show, along with Kasabian, JLS, Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal, and Florence and The Machine. More details later in this post. Plus we have video of her performance and before and after interviews at the 2009 Brit Awards Show, where she sang with the openly gay Pet Shop Boys and gay friendly pop artist Brandon Flowers. Scroll down to watch the video if you can’t wait!

Picture of Lady Gaga on the red carpet of the 2009 Brit Awards last year. Watch videos of her performance plus two interviews at the base of this page. 2-18-10 photo

We have the complete videos of Gaga’s Oprah Show performance and the extended interview wherein she tells Oprah that her Video Music Awards (VMAs) act and outfit was a social commentary about Princess Diana’s death, while her Kermit the Frog dress was a protest against the use of fur in fashion.

Nice closeup picture of Lady Gaga talking to Oprah about her career, her dad, and her fans. 1-15-10 photo

“The inspiration comes naturally, but I put a lot of time and effort into everything I do to the point that I do nothing else,” Gaga told Oprah. “I wake up in the morning and I basically call the Haus of Gaga all day and argue with them about what I want to do while they tell me, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t bleed to death on domestic television.’”

Photo of Lady Gaga talking to Oprah during an extended interview on her show. 1-15-10 image.

The new Queen of Pop gave the undisputed Queen of Daytime a pair of Jean Paul Gaultier sunglasses and a brunette hair bow. Gaga also said she prefers to be called “Gaga” as opposed to “Lady Gaga,” saying she finds it too formal when people call her “Lady.”

Picture of Lady Gaga deep in thought on the Oprah Winfrey Show Friday. 1-15-10 photo

As we’ve said before, Lady Gaga is the busiest person in show business, so it was no surprise to us when we heard she collapsed from dehydration and exhaustion in Indiana Thursday night right before she was to go on stage.

Photo-shopped picture of Lady Gaga showing what she would look like with blue skin, something she told Oprah she wanted to do until Avatar beat her to it. 1-15-10 photo

Purdue students inside the Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University said police escorted a spokesperson to the stage to announce the show’s cancellation after opening acts Jason DeRulo and Semi Precious Weapons performed. The reason given was she collapsed from sudden illness, later diagnosed as being caused by an irregular heart due to dehydration and exhaustion.

Vintage picture of Lady Gaga with her father, whom she wrote "Speechless" for. Archival photo

The college crowd, who had been looking forward to seeing Gaga, was reportedly in shock, as a lot of work had gone into preparing the theatre for her performance.

Photo of Lady Gaga backstage at the Oprah Show. 1-15-10 image.

Thursday night's show at Purdue University in Indiana was rescheduled for January 26, the following two performances were completely cancelled, and a fourth has been postponed indefinitely.

Artsy picture taken from Lady Gaga's Behind the Scenes Oprah shoot. Video capture photo.

(January 14th) West Lafeyette, In. – MOVED TO JAN 26
(January 16th) Atlantic City, New Jersey – CANCELLED
(January 17th) Wallingford, Connecticut – CANCELLED
(January 18th) Uncasville, Connecticut – RESCHEDULED, To Be Announced.

Artistic photo of Lady Gaga from the Oprah TV ad, wherein she discusses her wardrobe. Video capture image.

Dates for New York City and the European gigs that follow that follow will continue as scheduled.

After posting the above Monster Ball Tour update on 1/15/2010, the Lady Gaga website said:
“The January 18 performance at Mohegan Sun Arena is only POSTPONED. A new rescheduled date will be announced soon. Tickets for January 18 will be honored on the rescheduled day. Refunds can be made at point of purchase. Ticket holders for the cancelled shows will have first access to tickets for the new date(s) to be announced in the near future.”

Picture of Lady Gaga's performance entrance on Oprah, showing Gaga carrying a spiked ball on a chain and wearing a black leather outfit studded with silver spikes. 11-15-10 photo.

Gaga updated the world via Twitter, where she apologized and explained what happened, as follows.

First, Lady Gaga twittered: @ladygaga “I've been crying for hours, I feel like I let my fans down 2nite. An hour before the show, I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing”

Photo of Lady Gaga singing a medley on Oprah Friday. 1-15-10 picture.

Then this: @ladygaga “Paramedics came to take care of me, and told me my heart-rate was irregular-- a result of exhaustion and dehydration”

Then this: @ladygaga “can't apologize enough for how sorry I am. I could hear my fans cheering from my dressing room, I begged everyone to let me go onstage”

And then this: @ladygaga “My stage has complicated mechanical elements,everyone was concerned I'd be in danger during the 2hr show, since I had passed out earlier.”

Picture of Lady Gaga belting out her songs on the Oprah Winfrey Show. 1-15-10 photo

And then this: @ladygaga “I am so devastated. I have performed with the flu, a cold, strep throat: I would never cancel a show just based on discomfort”

And finally this: @ladygaga “I hope you can forgive me. I love my little monsters more than anything, you are everything to me. I will make-up the performance on Jan 26”

Photo of Lady Gaga singing into a mic on Friday's Oprah, head held back. 1-15-10 image.

Now for the Oprah Show interview. This is the Oprah.com transcript:
In only 15 months, pop sensation Lady Gaga has become the hottest performer in music right now. She's sold 8 million records, earned six Grammy nominations and became the first artist in history to have four number one hits on a debut album. But before the costumes and chart-toppers, there was New Yorker Stefanie Joanna (sp) Angelina Germanotta.

Picture of Lady Gaga singing on Oprah with a close-up of her spiked shoulder ornament. 1-15-10 photo

Stefanie studied classical piano beginning when she was just 4 years old. By the time she reached high school, she was writing her own songs and eventually started performing in local night clubs. Only a few years later, she said goodbye to Stefanie and Lady Gaga was born.

These days, Lady Gaga says she prefers to be addressed as just Gaga. "It feels weird when people call me Lady," she says. "It's so formal."

Side photo of Lady Gaga and one of her dancers performing on Oprah. 1-15-10 picture.

The superstar says her moniker was inspired by "Radio Gaga," the song by Queen. "It was just a nickname that my friends had for me in New York and my producer, and it kind of stuck with me," she says. "It was nice having a space for myself where I could feel safe and not feel like such a freak all the time."

Picture of Lady Gaga adjusting her shoulder spikes, which kept sliding down as she sang for Oprah. 1-15-10 photo.

There's one person who took a little while to adjust to Lady Gaga's new persona: her father. When he first saw his daughter perform, Lady Gaga says she was wearing a leopard G-string and an Indian headdress at a night club with Lady Starlight. "He just thought I was completely nuts. He didn't get it," she says. "I don't know if I really got it. I just know I really wanted to do it and believed it in it. I think it was the nature of doing these sort of shock art pop cultural commentary pieces."

Back shot of Lady Gaga peforming on the Oprah Winfrey Show Friday, showing how her outfit began to unzip under the weight of the studs. 1-15-10 photo.

Lady Gaga says she still can't believe how her life has evolved. "I really feel so blessed, and every day I can't believe the amazing fans I have," she says. "I'm so lucky."

Picture of Lady Gaga being helped up on a race car by one of her dancers during her Oprah performance. 1-15-10 photo.

During her rise to fame, Lady Gaga became known for her outrageous outfits, but she says they're all designed to make a statement. At the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), she wore a red lace one-piece that covered her face, with a crown-like hat. "That's an Alexander McQueen, and I added the hat to it," she says. "It was meant to be a continuation of the VMA performance. So after the princess (Diana) had been murdered by the paparazzi, the red lace was meant to symbolize sort of my eternal martyrdom."

Photo of Lady Gaga on Oprah using her spiked ball and chain to break the window on a sports car. 1-15-10 picture.

Another headline-making costume was made entirely of Kermit the Frog puppets. "I don't like to wear fur, so it was my way of making a comment about fur because it looks like a bunch of dead Muppets," she says.

Lady Gaga says the inspiration for her outfits comes naturally. "I put a lot of time and effort into everything I do, to the point that I do nothing else," she says. "I work creatively all day."

Picture of Lady Gaga singing after sitting down at the piano on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday. 1-15-10 photo.

Lady Gaga says a typical day is spent working nonstop. "I wake up in the morning and I get on my computer and I have lists of references and reference boards with all of my materials on them, and I basically call the House of Gaga all day and argue with them about what I want to do while they tell me, 'You can't do that,'" she says. "And I say, 'Yes, I can bleed to death on domestic television if want to!' So, for me, it's all about being provocative, not just getting people's attention. It's about really saying something that affects people in a real way and a positive way."

One the biggest statements she tries to make is about fame and the media. "All the things I do in terms of Fame and The Fame Monster is meant to make it a bit easier to swallow this kind of horrific media world that we live in," she says.

Photo of Lady Gaga singing her heart out on Oprah. while playing the piano. 1-15-10 image.

Despite her stardom, Lady Gaga says she doesn't have many famous friends. "I don't really have a tremendous connection to the celebrity world," she says. "My friendships are really with my fans, and that's how I really communicate. My vision is through them and through music."

So what's the message Lady Gaga wants to send to her fan base? "I want them to free themselves, and I want them to be proud of who they are," she says. "I want them to celebrate all the things they don't like about themselves the way that I did, and to be truly happy from the inside."

Picture of Lady Gaga and Oprah giving the audience The Fame Monster CD and her Dr. Dre Heartbeat Headphones. 1-15-10 photo

The following message was posted on Oprah.com Sat 1/16/2010 by a man (avonsr05) who read the above transcript:
“At 68, a father and a grandfather, my sphincter would squeeze hard enough to crack a walnut when I would see this wild-out girl on TV. I would switch channels quicker than Superman making a phone booth clothes change, not wanting her to rub off on my grandchildren. Had it not been for my wife watching your show, I probably would have changed channels again. THANK GOD I didn't.”

Photo of Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey making like Little Monsters for the cameras at the end of The Oprah Show. Note the hair-bow and Jean Paul Gaultier sunglasses Lady Gaga gave to Oprah. 1-15-10 picture.

The man continued, “I have been guilty of judging a book by its cover and not its content. And I beg her forgiveness for that. She is truly an amazing young woman; an inspiration for the youth of this generation, full of kindness, thoughtfulness and an evolving humanity that has a spiritual center. Her message is one I have preached most of my life: Be the best you can be because you were designed by God to be a unique creation. I will sound her praise from now on and make my grand kids watch her. I thank you Oprah for introducing me to her, and for my wife's death grip on the remote. I almost missed a blessing!”

Closeup picture of the hair bow Lady Gaga bestowed on Oprah. 1-15-10 photo

I love Oprah, as I think all she does enriches people’s lives, but the website calls her new album Little Monsters instead of The Fame Monster and has her middle name as Joanna instead of Joanne.

Photo of Lady Gaga doing the radio show Mojo In The Morning in Detroit last Thursday. Listen to the inteview below. 1-13-10 picture.

Lady Gaga was interviewed January 13, 2010 on the Mojo In The Morning 955 radio show in Detroit. CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO LISTEN TO PART 1 and PART 2 on your Windows Media or Quick Time Player, depending on your browser.

As Lady Gaga announced on Oprah, all the merchandise sold at her January 24th show, along with new ticket sales will go toward the Help Haiti fund being sponsored by the American Red Cross. Also, all merchandise sold on Lady Gaga’s official store on the 24th of January will go directly to the Red Cross fund.

On top of that, the Lady Gaga store has a new Help Haiti T-shirt with Gaga’s picture on it available at her official store. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to aid Haitians caught in the catastrophic earthquake. To buy it, click the image or this link. If you prefer sending a donation directly to the Red Cross, please click here: http://www.redcross.org/.

Lady Gaga created the T-shirt pictured above specifically to help the Haitians suffering from the catastrophic eathquake that just hit their island. 100% of the funds from the sale of this shirt will go to the Red Cross IMMEDIATELY. Click here to buy. Photo from Lady Gaga's store.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its nominees on January 13th for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert will face off in the race for Outstanding Music Artist. Gaga, Lambert, singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, heavy metal band Otep, and Beth Ditto's band Gossip are all nominated in the awards' Outstanding Music Artist category. Fox's Glee is among the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series, along with LOGO's Beautiful People, ABC Family's Greek, ABC's Modern Family, and Showtime's United States of Tara. Other nominees for the awards include the series True Blood and the Robert Pattinson’s flick Little Ashes.

The GLAAD Awards seek to highlight shows, movies, music and other media platforms that provided “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to GLAAD’s Web site.

Three different GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held. The New York awards take place on March 13th at the Marriott Marquis. The Los Angeles ceremony is scheduled for April 17th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, and the San Francisco Awards will be handed out on June 5th at the Westin St. Francis. Emmy-award winning writer/comedian Bruce Vilanch will host the San Francisco ceremony, while Tony-award winning actor Alan Cumming takes leads the ceremonies for the New York event. For the complete Media Awards nominations list visit the GLAAD website.

Watch the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards announcement via this official YouTube video:

Lady GaGa is nominated for three NRJ Music Awards in the following categories:
- Best New Act of the year
- Best International Song of the year
- Best International Album of the year
The ceremony will are live in France January 23, 2010!

You can vote for Gaga by clicking here or by clicking on the following NRJ Music Awards 2010 widget:

The nominations are out for this year’s Irish Meteor Awards 2010, to be held at the RDS, Dublin on February 19, 2010 and Lady Gaga is up for two awards:

Best International Female
Lily Allen
Lady Gaga
Little Boots
Pixie Lotts
Taylor Swift

Best International Album
Lunatic Asylum – Kasabian
Lungs – Florence & The Machine
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

Also announced by Irish entertainment show Xpose, Lady Gaga is set to PERFORM at the Meteor Awards on February 19th, the night before her two SOLD OUT Monster Ball shows in the 02 Arena in Dublin and a day after she entertains at the 2009 Brit Awards in London, where she is also nominated.

Recognized worldwide as Ireland’s definitive music awards, The Meteor Music Awards 2010 will celebrate its ten year anniversary this year. The event will be held at the RDS Dublin Friday 19th February 2010 in what promises to be the Irish music highlight of the year.

The star-studded music spectacular will be presented by Ireland’s international television host Amanda Byram. Performing on the night to celebrate the ten year anniversary will be the best in music, both home grown and international including Lady Gaga, Westlife, Snow Patrol, The Script, Florence and the Machine, Paulo Nutini, The Coronas, Pixie Lott and many more to be announced.

The most anticipated television event in the Irish music calendar will be aired by RTE on Sunday 21st February 2010 on RTE 2 at 9pm. To keep updated on all the latest Meteor Awards news and gossip, log on to the Meteor Music Awards 2010 Facebook page.

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;" and 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. Promotional photo from the We're All Fans Grammy Website.

Word has it Lady Gaga is planning to release her next album by the end of 2010. As all good Gaga fans know, last year the eccentric singer released two full-length records–her debut The Fame and the follow-up expanded LP The Fame Monster.

And Gaga, who never seems to stop working, recently confirmed a third album is on the way. The “Bad Romance” star has already revealed that she plans to evolve on her next album, and already has “new ideas” of what direction to go in.

Vote for Lady Gaga on Fuse’s Grammy Polldown! She’s nominated for Favorite Record of The Year–“Poker Face” and Favorite Album of The Year–“The Fame” ! You can vote for her by clicking on the links!

Lady Gaga's marriage equality benefit in Atlantic City has beenpostponed due to her illness. The LGBT activist group The Power, one of the beneficiaries, issued this press release:
Due to exhaustion and dehydration, Lady Gaga collapsed and passed out before her show last night in West Lafayette, IN. Her doctor has urged her to take a few days off to rest. We wish her rest and a full recovery. We have been assured by representatives of Lady Gaga that The Hands Up for Marriage Equality Benefit will be rescheduled soon. As soon as we have a firm date we will let you all know. Lady Gaga has been one of the hardest working people in entertainment for the past two plus years. During this time her support and advocacy for LGBT people has been unwavering. We wish Lady Gaga all the best. We will keep you informed and let you know the new date very soon. Toward full equality, Jeff Hall, Affiliate Director, The Power Online, Inc.

When it happens, Lady Gaga will host the benefit in the House of Blues at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In keeping with her commitment to gay equality, Gaga will help raise funds for "Hands Up for Marriage Equality," an evening in support of the LGBT civil rights movement. Out in AC (Atlantic City), the premiere Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender group in Atlantic City, and Lady Gaga will co-produce the gay marriage benefit at Club Worship in Harrah's Entertainment complex. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Garden State Equality, Equality Pennsylvania, and The Power.

Photo of Lady Gaga with DJ pal Space Cowboy (a.k.a. Nick Destri) who cowrote several of Lady Gaga's hit songs. Listen to more of his collaborations at the base of this page.

Lady Gaga has always been an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality, joining the call for full civil rights protections for LGBT people at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. last October and declaring her opposition to all homophobia and sexism in the music industry. “I am honored to be able to continue to raise awareness and money for this cause and these outstanding organizations,” she said. “Organizations like these are in the trenches every day working on behalf of all of us, whether you are LGBT or straight. Equal and full civil rights are supposed to be for all of us.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of this event,” Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan van Capelle said. “Lady Gaga has been a passionate, outspoken ally to LGBT people, and she’s a great example of how celebrities can use their popularity to help secure equal rights for millions of Americans. We also thank Harrah’s Entertainment, which is clearly setting the bar high in its industry by being a model employer for LGBT people and by taking a public stand in support of legislation that improves the lives of LGBT Americans.”

Polaroid photos of Lady Gaga. In case you missed the news, listen to an Associated Press video report at the bottom of this post on Lady Gaga being named Creative Director for the new Polaroid. January 2010 picture montage.

In addition to the famed pop star, fans and supporters will be able to take to the dance floor as DJ's Micheal DeCero and Vito Fun will rock the decks at Club Worship. Doors will open at 10pm, with admission being a minimum donation of $20 at the door.

Most importantly, one hundred percent of admission to the event will benefit Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality Pennsylvania, Garden State Equality, and The Power, four organizations whose mission is to advocate and empower the LGBT Community and Marriage Equality efforts in the Tri-State region and beyond.

Picture of Lady Gaga posing with her Little Monster fans at a Detroit bowling alley outside a Motor City mall. 1-12-10 photo

The Power has been at the forefront of pushing for full equality for LGBT people, spearheading a petition at www.ThePowerOnline.org to include LGBT people in the Civil Rights Act. People in all 50 states and 36 countries have signed the petition, with more signing every day.

Harrah’s Entertainment participates in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates Fortune 500 companies in offering equal benefits, training, and protections for LGBT employees. They are the first and only gaming entertainment company to achieve a perfect score, which they’ve done twice–making Harrah’s a “Best Places to Work for LGBT” company.

Outtake photo released 1-6-10 by Meeno from last year's "Paparazzi" video shoot featuring Lady Gaga in a braided cone/beehive hairdo. Archival picture.

Additionally, Harrah’s is the only gaming entertainment company to endorse the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on a Federal Level. Harrah’s also maintains long standing partnerships with organizations such International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association(IGLTA) and National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and Harrah’s Foundation has supported GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for several years now.

PR-Inside.com reports that Lady Gaga’s debut album The Fame has celebrated its first anniversary on the 2010 European Hot 100 chart in the top spot, scoring a second week at number one. Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. and Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream are number two and three respectively. Michael Buble’s Crazy Love and Reality Killed The Video Star by Robbie Williams round out the new top five.

Picture of Lady Gaga as a brunette, when she was "punked" on the MTV show Boiling Point. 2005 photo

The Daily Tribune in Detroit wrote a rave review of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour Concert on Jan 12, 2010, along with a nice interview of Lady Gaga, portions of which follow:

Lady Gaga has some advice for the millions of fans who have glommed on to her rocket of a career. Pay attention!

“It’s almost like I grow more rapidly as an artist than people can keep up with, if that makes any sense,” says the 23-year-old pop provocateur. “So by the time you’re reading an interview or you’re watching a television performance, I’m already, like, years beyond, creatively, in the world somewhere.

“That can be confusing for people, I think,” Lady Gaga said. “There can be a slight disconnect from what I proclaim about my music and what people are hearing and seeing. But that’s OK; I’d rather be ahead than behind, and people seem to be keeping up, which I’m very grateful for.”

Photo of Lady Gaga and her shirtless dancers on The Monster Ball Stage in Chicago. Gaga always has a treat for her gay male fans! 1-9-10 picture.

There’s no question Gaga—who ranked No. 3 on Billboard’s list of top artists for 2009—has been in the front car of a nonstop thrill ride for the past year-and-a-half. Her debut album, The Fame, has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide—just more than 2 million of those in the U.S.—since its August 2008 release and launched a pair of No. 1 singles, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” The latter was the most downloaded song in Great Britain since the Official UK Charts Company began measuring five years ago. Meanwhile, Gaga’s The Fame Monster, a re-release of The Fame with eight new tracks, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in November.

She won three MTV Video Music Awards in September, including Best New Artist, received a Rising Star prize from Billboard and was among Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2009.” And though blanked at the American Music Awards, Gaga is nominated for five Grammys, including Album, Record and Song of the Year.

The success makes her feel “a little bit like a pop music miracle,” but Gaga isn’t necessarily shocked that things have gone so well. “I’m very, very grateful,” she notes, “but I’m not surprised, ’cause it’s a good album.”

Another recently released photo by Meeno. I'm not sure who the band is, but they're all mighty pretty! Archival image.

The Gaga phenomenon is about more than just the music, however. Her notoriety comes from both what she does and how she does it. Like Madonna and other chameleonesque pop culture heroes before her, Gaga specializes in creating mystery and sensation, with a parameter-pushing fashion sensibility (which landed her on People magazine’s Best and Worst Dressed lists) and an avant-garde performing style.

“What I’ve learned is that you really don’t need to be a celebrity or have money or have the paparazzi following you around to be famous—you just declare your own fame and go with it,” explains Gaga, who wrote songs for Britney Spears, Fergie, the Pussycat Dolls and New Kids on the Block before releasing The Fame.

“I think that’s always what drew people to me. I think what made it difficult for people to get and still makes it difficult for people to get is the theatrical nature of the work and the fact that, truthfully, my music doesn’t exist without the performance art element—and performance art is notoriously nerdy and uncomfortable, but it makes people pay attention.”

Photo of singer Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo on guitar peforming a medley of Lady Gaga hits. His YouTube video is getting a lot of buzz on the Internet. Scroll down to watch it! Video capture picture.

She doesn’t deny her sources in that regard, either.
“It’s always been a result of people around me saying, ‘Oh, that’s so very (David) Bowie of you. That’s very Queen of you. That’s very Warhol of you. That’s quite Madonna of you,’ ” acknowledges Gaga, who’s also parried away a slew of rumors, including one that she’s a hermaphrodite. “Then I say, ‘Ah, Warhol … ’ and I go into my Warhol file and I do research and then I make more music and I design more shows.“It’s like a constantly feeding your brain kind of thing and using that to get new ideas.”

“I look at music-making and becoming an artist the same way an infant becomes a toddler,” Gaga explains. “A baby learns to refine its abilities and get older and mature, and so does an artist. And at some point, I thought that the smartest way to think about writing music and designing a stage show is to say to myself, ‘What do I want to listen to?’ and, second, ‘What would I go out and see or hear that would make me really jealous if I didn’t think of it first?’ Those are the two paramount questions that I follow.”

Picture of one of the high shcool students in a new Lady Gaga parody video of "Bad Romance" called "Badder Romance," which Lady Gaga took notice of. She tweeted the YouTube address and said simply, "Holy shit!" Watch the video at the bottom of this page. Video capture photo.

The future is on Gaga’s mind these days, too. She’s been writing songs for the next album — “It’s not smart to wait until the world is hovering with breath that is bated and you feel the pressure,” she says—but there are ventures beyond music that are commanding her attention, too. “I would move into directing at some point, and more fashion design,” says Gaga, who now resides in Los Angeles because “the music industry’s dead in New York. I know that Hollywood was the place where I could really move mountains.”

But the mountains will stay in place for the time being. “I’m really focused on this (tour) right now,” Gaga says. “But I’m always thinking of things and hatching crazy ideas, so I’m sure I’ll come up with something that pushes the envelope again. You can count on it.”

Read the entire article at The Daily Tribune.

Check out this Interscope Tweet Poll commissioned by Lady Gaga’s record company that asked “Which is Your Favorite Lady Gaga Video?” Our favorite, “Bad Romance.” came in first with 68%:

Picture of Semi Precious Weapons lead singer Justin Tranter and fans. Watch two video interviews of the singer at the base of this post. 1-10-10 photo.

If you’re a Lady Gaga fan, you’ve heard of the Monster Ball Tour’s opening act, Semi Precious Weapons. They are the most filthy glamorous band to ever come out of New YorkCity, and they are about to become global superstars. After signing to Interscope/Haus of GaGa/Streamline/Cherrytree Records, they are about to release the album that they have always dreamed of making, which will include a duet with none other than Lady Gaga herself, called “Leave Your Pretty.”

Semi Precious Weapons has a new EP of music coming to iTunes on January 19th, and there are new songs to listen to RIGHT NOW on their MySpace page, which you can access at www.myspace.com/semipreciousweapons. Scroll down to watch a couple of interviews of lead singer Justin Tranter, as he talks a lot about Lady Gaga. Read more about Semi Precious Weapons here.

Photo of Lady Gaga on the red carpet at last year's Brit Awards 2009 in London, where she performed with the Pet Shop Boys and Brandon Flowers. Watch the peformance and two video interviews below. 2-18-10 picture.

The Brit Awards 2010 website announced today that Lady Gaga, JLS, Robbie Williams, and Kasabian are among the acts who will perform at the upcoming “The Brit Awards 2010 with MasterCard” show—the biggest night in the UK music calendar—February 18th. In addition the musical group Dizzee Rascal will team up with Florence & The Machine to sing a tune “mashed up especially for the show entitled ‘You Got The Dirtee Love.’”

One top of that, Lady Gaga is up for three big awards! Brit Awards 2010 posted the following on their site this afternoon, January 18, 2010: “Reflecting diversity, the line-up is led by US sensation, the uncompromising and unpredictable Lady Gaga plus pop chart toppers JLS and UK rockers Kasabian bringing their highly acclaimed new sound to the BRITs stage. One of the most anticipated moments is sure to be the collaboration between grime-master Dizzee Rascal and last year’s Critics’ Choice winner Florence Welch (aka Florence & The Machine). Add to this amazing line-up 2010’s ‘Outstanding Contribution To Music’ winner Robbie Williams, who will close the show with his usual panache, and the BRITs-30 show piece is shaping up to be one of the most exciting nights yet. More acts performing on the bill will be announced shortly.”

Promotional picture of Lady Gaga at the UK's 2009 Brit Awards, her first awards show. 2-18-09 photo

The 30th Annual Brit Awards post continued, “Having conquered the US, Lady Gaga stormed the UK, producing 2009’s biggest selling single of the year – ‘Poker Face.’ The single, along with ‘Just Dance’ were number one hits around the world earning Lady Gaga numerous coveted Grammy nominations and securing her debut album The Fame at the top spot in four countries. Capping a breathtaking year, Lady Gaga will make her solo BRITs appearance on Tuesday 16 February following last year’s featured appearance with Outstanding Contribution to Music Award recipients, the Pet Shop Boys.”

As noted above, 2010 will mark a second appearance at the Brits for Lady Gaga. In 2009 she accompanied the Pet Shop Boys who won Outstanding Contribution to Music. Lady Gaga took the stage with electronic dance music duo Pet Shop Boys. Also joined by The Killers' vocalist Brandon Flowers, they did a medley of several songs that included Dusty Springfield's 1989 single "Nothing Has Been Proved.” You can watch Lady Gaga’s collaboration performance at the 2009 Brit Awards Show in a video at the base of this page, along with interviews of the rising star before and after the broadcast! When she plays at Earls Court in London this year, she will perform solo, as the English seem to have learned she warrants their full attention!

Watch this 2010 Brit Awards Report from the UK network, itn, which will air the show on February 16, 2010:

Although Lady Gaga fans are ecstatic about her three nominations for the 2010 UK Brit Awards, the Facebook page for the Brit Awards is filled with angry messages from Take That fans, upset that the band was completely snubbed. I guess it’s kind of like the way we felt when out lesbian Jane Lynch was robbed of best supporting actress last night on the Golden Globe Awards! Another performer who won’t be celebrating is global star Susan Boyle, who was also shut out in the nominations. There is a rumor floating around the Internet that Gaga wants to perform a duet with Boyle, but so far no confirmation has been forthcoming.

Photo of Lady Gaga performing with Neil Tennant (left), Brandon Flowers (center), and Chris Lowe (right) at last year's 2009 Brit Awards. 2-18-10 image.

Visit the 2010 UK Brit Awards website for a complete list of nominees.

Visit Lady Gaga’s official website, go to her MySpace page, become a fan on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter for all things Gaga.

Enjoy the following videos. Please note we have gone to a lot of trouble to upload most of them to Blogger to insure they won’t be deleted. Although we love her, Oprah’s henchmen are notorious for blocking content from her show after a few days on YouTube. Apparently, they don’t understand the value of free publicity. We like to keep our archives in order for our readers’ continued pleasure!

UPDATE! January 20, 2010. Blogger video problem! The following "Blogger Status"announcement appeared late last night from Blogger.com: “Users are experiencing problems playing videos in Blogger blogs. We are investigating and will send an update when fixed.”

Wouldn’t you know this would happen right after I publish an article with “Intact Videos” in the title! I am placing YouTube videos above my Blogger vids until this problem is fixed. Please be aware they may be deleted at any time by Harpo Productions. I apologize for this horrible inconvenience!

We'd also like to apologize to our subscribers for this video arriving in their mailboxes a day late. Blogger and Feedburner gave us problems yesterday concerning the size of our posts. It seems they like articles to be short and sweet, while we prefer 'em long and hot! In any case, we've ironed out the problem without compromising our commitment to bring you large amounts of unedited information. As my Grandmother and Rosanadana used to say, "If it's not one thing, it's another . . .."

Tomorrow we will bring you Adam Lambert's appearance on Oprah, complete with a bunch of non-Blogger videos and a ton of awesome photos. Thank you all for your patience!

UPDATE! 1-21-10. Blogger videos seem to be working okay again (after a day and a half), although you'd never know it from their Blogger Status Website, where there is no mention of a fix. UPDATE! 2-2-10. Just as we predicted, Harpo Productions has blocked the YouTube videos of Lady Gaga on Oprah, so we are grateful we had the foresight to upload the appearance to Blogger. Enjoy!

Watch this Oprah Promo for Lady Gaga’s 1-15-10 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show:

Lady Gaga Oprah Promo for 1-15-10

Check out this Video: An Oprah excusive: Lady Gaga reveals a secret about the new leg of her tour. A backstage clip from Lady Gaga’s appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show which aired on Friday the 15th of January 2010:
Lady Gaga Backstage On Oprah 1-15-10

Watch this Video: Lady Gaga on Oprah Part 1. 1-15-10. Oprah says, “I just said to James Cameron I’d like to be in his mind for about ten minutes. I’d like to be in yours for about three!” to which Lady Gaga replies, “I’d like to be in your mind for fifty, but then we all would!” Check out Gaga’s new spikey hairdo!
Gaga on Oprah Interview (part 1) 1-15-10

Check out this Video: Lady Gaga on Oprah Part 2. 1-15-10. Gaga talks about her clothes and the horror in Haiti. She announces that all the money from ticket sales and merchandise for The Monster Ball Tour in New York City on January 24, 2010 will go to Red Cross Haiti Relief IMMEDIATELY. And also anything you buy at her website store will go to help the Haitians as well.

Gaga on Oprah Interview (part 2) 1-15-10

Watch this Video: Lady Gaga on Oprah Part 3. 1-15-10. Closing credits. Oprah talks about The Fame Monster album and gives everyone in the audience a set of Lady Gaga’s Heartbeat Headphones!

Gaga on Oprah Interview (part 3) 1-15-10

Check out this Video: Lady Gaga performs a Medley of “ Monster,” “Bad Romance,” and “Speechless” on Oprah. 1-15-10.

Gaga performs Medley on Oprah 1-15-10

Check out this Vintage Video: Lady Gaga’s 2009 UK Brit Awards Pre-Interview by t5m.com on February 18, 2009, filmed just before the show:

Watch this Video: 2009 Brit Awards Performance with the openly gay Pet Shop Boys (2009 Outstanding Contribution To Music Winners) and The Killers' vocalist Brandon Flowers (who told the Advocate in December of 2008 that he’s not gay but ‘a lot of my heroes were and are gay men’), at the Brit Awards 2009 held at Earls Court on February 18, 2009 in London, England. Lady Gaga, Brandon Flowers, Neil Tennant, and Chris Lowe Sing a Medley of Hits, including “West End Girls.” Gaga sings She sings "What Have I Done to Deserve This" Check with the 2010 UK Brit Awards website for more information about this year’s show:

Lady Gaga, Brandon Flowers, and the Pet Shop Boys Sing a Medley at 2009 BRIT Awards 2-18-09

Check out this Video: Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) and Lady Gaga Interview after the 2009 Brit Awards Show. Lady Gaga jokes around with Neil and Chris and says the 2009 UK Brit Awards marked her first awards show. February 18, 2009:

Watch this video: MySpace Music Presents: Get Close to Lady Gaga, Part 1. Janelle of Austin, TX was the lucky winner who submitted her video explaining why she thought she should be the MySpace fan to win a chance to "Get Close" to Lady Gaga by discussing in detail how much Gaga's music has helped her through some tough situations. Janelle, along with one pal, was flown to Boston, MA to interview Gaga, as well as film part of her show featured here. Janelle brought Lady Gaga a teacup that she had thoughtfully made and got a tattoo of the memorable autograph picture she received from the Grammy nominee. Watch as Lady Gaga recommends that fans sneak backstage and says, “Don’t be nervous, Janelle; I only bite journalists!”
Lucky #1 fan wins a chance to Get Close to Lady Gaga

MySpace Hip Hop | MySpace Video

Check out this Video: Get Close to Lady Gaga: Part 2: Interview with Janelle of Austin, Texas, who was the lucky winner who submitted her video of why she thought she should be the MySpace fan to win a chance to meet Lady Gaga. Watch as Gaga talks about how that when she started out “Pop Music was considered a dirty word synonymous with plastic, manufactured, and fake.”

Part 2: Lady Gaga contest winner Interview and Monster Ball

MySpace Hip Hop | MySpace Video

Watch this Vintage Video from June 2009, when “Just Dance” became #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, and Digital Songs charts. Lady Gaga talks about how her success was hard won, as she’s been working since she was 15. She was far from an overnight success, contrary to popular hype. “In ’09 you can expect a lot of Lady Gaga,” the Pop Queen says, “’cause I’m not goin’ anywhere!” Ironic words indeed!

Check out this Video: Lady Gaga performs live at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on New Years Eve in Miami Beach, FL. “This is my second date with Miami, so that means we can have sex and I won’t feel like a slut in the morning!” Gaga tells the roaring crowd. 1-1-10

Watch this awesome rare video from March 11, 2009: Lady Gaga sings "Fooled Me Again, Honest Eyes" - LIVE Acoustic Performance - This is a rare track from "The Fame" Mini Movie recorded and mixed LIVE in the 102.7 KIIS FM Slot Music Studio.

Check out this video: In case you missed it, here’s the AssociatedPress report on Lady Gaga joining Bono and Dr. Dre at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to launch a new line of headphones with proceeds helping to fight AIDS in Africa. Also covered is Gaga’s new partnership with Polaroid to bring back the instant camera. Jan. 7, 2010:

Watch this video with Justin Tranter. What's it like to collaborate with Lady Gaga? The guys of Semi Precious Weapons, Lady Gaga’s opening act, spill for Teen.com. They talk about their coming duet with Gaga, “Leave Your Pretty” and more:

Check out this video: Interview with Semi Precious Weapons Backstage in Atlanta. They talk about the Lady Gaga, the new Queen of Pop, being wild, putting on more eyeliner, etc:

Watch this video: Lady Gaga tweeted “(@ladygaga: Holy shit! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEpj9w1yz64”) about this “Badder Romance” video fan parody: Watch the video Towleroad.com called “Bad Romance on a shoe string budget” now—“Badder Romance.” It’s all in great fun!

Check out this video that is getting a lot of airplay and buzz: Lady Gaga medley vocals by Sam Tsui and guitar by Kurt Hugo. See more Sam Tsui/Kurt Hugo videos, including a fantastic Michael Jackson Medley with several Sam Tsui clones here:

Watch this video: Joe Petrowski’s Chrstimas lights dance to Lady Gaga's song "Christmas Tree"

Watch this TV Guide Special/ Fashion Team 110: Fashion Designers Red Carpet. Some of fashion's hottest names showed up for the 2010 Ace Awards, including Christian Siriano, Betsey Johnson, Alexander Wang and the fashion world's new favorite celeb, Lady Gaga. See what the experts had to say about their styles.

Lady Gaga's DJ pal Space Cowboy (aka Nick Destri) has had a busy year. Not only did he jet around the world for months together with Lady Gaga, he also co-wrote "Monster" and "So Happy I Could Die" with her and RedOne for her latest album CD, The Fame Monster. He also released his own album, Digital Rock Star, a dance party record. As a tribute to some of the people that inspired him, Space Cowboy just released a very special EP that features remixes of songs from "Digital Rock Star." The producer invited some of the mavericks of '80s electronic music, including Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby and Erasure's Vince Clarke, to give his tunes a spin of their own. Listen to their revamps below. After all of those years, these three still have a fine knack for adding an eclectic flair to contemporary pop tunes. We especially like Vince Clarke's bouncy remix of "Falling Down," and we must say the Howard Jones remix of "Devastated" is reminiscent of a Lady Gaga hit. You can tell it comes from the same production house.

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