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February 2, 2010.
Even before the Red Carpet arrivals for the 2010 52nd Annual Grammys began, Lady Gaga scored two Awards, one for Best Dance/Electric Album for The Fame album and the other for Best Dance Recording for her single “Poker Face!” Then she wowed the people working the Red Carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by arriving in a white and lavender Giorgio Armani Privé dress highlighted by glittery rings of sugar-spun boning, long in the front and short in the back, while carrying a sparkling starlight orb. Underneath, she wore a Swarovski crystal-covered flesh-toned body suit and lavender crystal-adorned Armani platform heels. In a word, stunning!

Photo of Lady Gaga arriving at the Los Angeles Staples Center for the 2010 52nd Annual Grammy Awards channeling Tinkerbell, wearing yellow hair styled by Bob Recine, makeup by Billy B, clothes by Georgio Armani Privé, styling by Nicola Formichetti. 1-31-10 image.

In total, Lady Gaga rocked with four unique outfits at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, and as several Red Carpet Correspondents noted, “Lady Gaga did not disappoint!” Her dresses were created by Italian clothing designer icon Georgio Armani, who said, “Lady Gaga is a modern fashion phenomenon whose music is like a soundtrack of our times. I was thrilled to create a series of outfits especially for her.”

Picture of Lady Gaga walking to the Staples Center for the 2010 Grammy Awards, wearing her Armani outfit and carrying her starlite orb. 1-31-10 photo.

Lady Gaga’s second ensemble consisted of a sparkling, sculptured green leotard by Armani, complete with shoulders that could’ve doubled for angel wings. She wore matching rhinestone-encrusted green heels for her on-stage performance. Her face makeup, which was done to perfection by Bob Recine, included pink paint and glitter around the eyes. After falling into a fiery pit, she emerged covered in ashes to do a medley of “Poker Face,” “Speechless,” and “Your Song” with Elton John, who was also covered in ashes. In obvious tribute to Gaga, Elton wore silver Armani sunglasses and a huge orb earring specially designed by Georgio Armani Privé for the occasion.

Image of Lady Gaga on the Grammy Red Carpet posing for pictures in her lavender "cotton candy" dress. January 31, 2010 photo.

By the time Lady Gaga picked up her two Grammy Awards she had changed into a short sparkly silver mini dress designed by Armani and set off by a Philip Treacy-created silver lightning bolt hat, nicely glittered-up to match her outfit.

While sitting in the audience with her father, Joel, Gaga wore a Ziggy Stardust-inspired outfit with lightning-bolt shoulders on a silver crystal jacket with matching winged sleeves, glittered-up hose, sparkling silver heels (all designed by Armani), and pink Billy B make-up around her eyes, which would disappear as the evening wore on.

Photo of Lady Gaga looking like the star she is on the Grammy Red Carpet Sunday night. 1-31-10 picture.

After the Grammy Show, veteran rocker Alice Cooper was quoted by USA Today singing the praises of Lady Gaga, as follows: “I think anybody who takes it as vaudeville as she has taken it is OK by me . . . Lady Gaga sang with Elton John tonight and nailed it. She proved she’s not just a costume freak . . . She’s going to be around as long as she wants.”

Nice closeup picture of Lady Gaga's lavender, Swarovski crystal-embellished Georgio Armani platform shoes and stockings on the Grammy Red Carpet. 1-31-10 image.

Lady Gaga fans were so incensed she didn’t win more Grammys, many took to Twittering #gagawasrobbed so many times it became a popular Twitter Trend topic. Lady Gaga’s first album, The Fame, broke history, changed lives, went platinum a ton of times, had four number one hits, and was downloaded more than any of the other albums that won Grammys Sunday night.

Photo of the Grammy Lady Gaga set, entitled The Fame Factory, from which Gaga is about to emerge dressed as a doll. Actor/Singer/Dancer Elijah Kelly (from Hairspray) is introducing her. 1-31-10 picture.

Even an enraged Peter Rallis, YouTube’s acclaimed movie critic, immediately took to Twittering after Taylor Swift won Album of the Year: @RallisP: “Taylor Swift?!?! No way. She had 2 hits off that CD. @ladygaga got robbed. ROBBED!”

Photo of Lady Gaga emerging as a Fame Factory doll singing "Poker Face" on the 2010 Grammy Awards stage, wearing a long straight-haired blonde wig while dressed in a sparkling lime green Armani leotard with angel wing shoulders and matching Armani heels. January 31, 2010 image.

The new Reigning Queen of Pop (as tagged by Katy Perry on the Red Carpet Sunday) herself made no mention of her losses, choosing instead to focus on the positive—the two Grammys she did win for Best Dance/Electric Album, The Fame, and Best Dance Recording for her single, “Poker Face.”

Close picture of Lady Gaga singing her first mega-hit "Poker Face" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Show on CBS Sunday night. 1-31-10 photo.

Gaga tweeted about her Grammys:

@ladygaga: “woooh little monsters! im going to put these right next to all your beautiful fan art. i love you. xx”

@ladygaga: “Thank you so much to Mr. Armani for making my beautiful fashion”

@ladygaga: “having ‘tea’ during show in philip treacy hat and armani suit”

Nice closeup photo of Lady Gaga as she is joined on the Grammy stage by her dancers. January 31, 2010 image.

@ladygaga: “what a night, my favorite performance we've ever done. piano created by dear friend Terence Koh”

Photo of Lady Gaga belting out "Poker Face" at the 52 Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, dressed in a green crystal leotard by Armani and wearing pink glittery eye makeup by Billy B. January 31, 2010 picture.

@ladygaga: “We won big tonight little monsters,I am so proud to make music 4 you.I hope I continue to inspire u the way u inspire me.You're everything.”

Image of Lady Gaga and her entourage performing "Poker Face" at the 2010 Grammys on CBS Sunday. 1-31-10 photo.

According to Contact Music, Lady Gaga was so excited about performing with Sir Elton John at the Grammy Awards that she broke down in tears just before they got together on stage. The 23-year-old singer said, “I’m just so happy, I can’t say enough and Elton was so amazing and the performance was really truly magical. I had been fantasizing about this performance piece for a while and we got to do it. . . and I’m just really truly floored. I ruined all of my make-up right before the show by crying . . . I was just so happy.” You can now download the medley on iTunes for $1.29!

Image of Lady Gaga performing to the delight of the Grammy audience in the Los Angeles Staples Center. 1-31-10 picture.

About her win, Lady Gaga told Access Hollywood, “This is not an award for me; it’s for my fans. And I love my fans so much. And I wanted them to know that they should believe in themselves. And I wanted to be everything that they hoped I would be tonight, and that’s what we got to do.”

Photo of Lady Gaga and her dancers making Little Monster signs with their hands on the stage of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night. 1-31-10 picture.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards posted the highest ratings for Music's Biggest Night since 2004 with an average audience of 25.8 million viewers, up 35 percent from last year's telecast, and marked increases across key demographics, according to preliminary ratings results from Nielsen.

Photo of Elton John and Lady Gaga performing a medley of two of their hits, "Your Song," and "Speechless." Double piano designed for the Grammy Awards 2010 in honor of Gaga's Little Monster fans by Terence Koh. 1-31-10 picture.

Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John are reportedly planning to sing together for a second time. Digitalspy.com reports, “The 'Poker Face' singer has been confirmed to perform at the AIDS foundation AmfAR benefit gala in New York on February 10, which will honor Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish for their contributions to the global struggle against the disease. AmfAR will also pay tribute to the late Natasha Richardson, a former board member and leader in the fight against AIDS. Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave and AmfAR founding chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim will participate in the tribute. The black-tie dinner and auction, which is now in its twelfth year, will include a performance by Rufus Wainwright.”

Closeup photo of Lady Gaga and her Terence Koh piano, complete with Little Monster arms and hands. 1-31-10 image.

As the new Entertainment Tonight (ET) Grammy Red Carpet Fashion Correspondent, Adam Lambert gave Lady Gaga his special “first ever” Glambert Award, saying she lives on her own fashion planet. Scroll down to watch the video.
On January 29, 2010, just before the 2010 Grammys Awards Show, the Wall Street Journal published a wonderful article by John Jurgensen, called “The Lessons of Lady Gaga.” It reads as follows:

Photo of two top tier gay icons, Elton John and Lady Gaga, taking a bow on the 2010 Grammys stage while receiving a standing ovation for their fabulous medley of "Poker Face," "Your Song," and "Speechless," now available from iTunes. Watch the entire video at he bottom of this page. 1-31-10 picture.

Pay attention to that woman opening the Grammys. With digital dominance, business savvy, a niche-busting sound and 1,001 wardrobe changes, Lady Gaga is a new model for success. At Sunday's awards show, Lady Gaga is expected to play a duet on a single piano with Elton John. She is nominated for five awards, including record of the year, but that's less important than her broader impact on music culture in the space of a year, which has been seismic.

Closeup image of Elton John bowing after his mind-blowing duet with Lady Gaga at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Show on CBS Sunday night. Note the special Armani-designed silver orb earring and sunglases! January 31, 2010 photo.

Lady Gaga's debut album has generated four No. 1 songs. She topped the digital sales chart for 2009 with 15.3 million tracks sold. Her dance hits, including "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi," recalibrated the sound of pop radio with a spacey Euro vibe that's crept into songs by rock and rap artists. She grabbed attention beyond the music world with outfits that make her look like a refugee from a sci-fi film. In concert, on video and at past awards shows she has sported full facial masks, worn planetary rings around her head, and framed her face in what looked like a bird's nest.

"She's very vaudevillian," says an admiring Alice Cooper, the rocker whose history of stage theatrics includes simulated decapitations. But he says Gaga's antics only work because "she can really sing."

Picture of Lady Gaga and Elton John backstage after their Sunday night Grammy performance, looking good despite their ashen makeup by Billie B. Elton's entire outfit was designed by Georgio Armani! 1-31-10 photo.

Gaga may turn out to be yet another fleeting pop novelty, but many other industry veterans see her as the real deal, and her ambitions and skill at navigating the turbulent industry may make her a durable star. Born Stefani Germanotta, she graduated from Manhattan's Convent of the Sacred Heart school, then left a music program at New York University to chase a music career. She was signed and dropped from one label, Def Jam, before uniting with a core team of advisers. She then stormed the media in a year when Michael Jackson's death reminded us how few new music stars transcend narrow genres anymore.

Photo of Adam Lambert, Entertainment Tonight (ET) Grammy Red Carpet Correspondent, who bestowed a special "Glambert" award on Lady Gaga for her "out of this world fashion" on Monday's ET Grammy Show report. Check out the video by scrolling downward and see more of Adam on the Red Carpet here. 1-31-10 image.

Underneath Gaga's haystack wigs is a case study of what it takes to succeed in the music business today. Gaga, 23 years old, has made shrewd use of new digital platforms, while still leveraging the clout of a major label, an institution deemed obsolete by many proponents of DIY culture. She is a product of a new kind of recording contract which goes beyond just selling records to encompass everything from touring, merchandise–even her make-up deal. Though she writes her own material, she is as focused on visual theatrics, fashion, and global appeal as she is on the music.

Picture of Lady Gaga in the Grammy audience with Akon, the man who more or less put her on the map by signing her to his Kon Distribution record label. Watch an MTV News interview of him on the Grammy Red Carpet at the base of this post. 1-31-10 photo

Gaga's actual odds in the Grammy race are uncertain. For instance, the best-album award typically goes to nominees with a long record of achievement, including recent winners Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and Herbie Hancock. This year, the senior slot is represented by Dave Matthews. Another strong contender: Beyoncé Knowles, who at just 28 is a veteran who leads the pack with 10 nominations. The Black Eyed Peas are reliable hitmakers with a bevy of corporate sponsors including BlackBerry. Newcomer Taylor Swift, the 20-year-old country singer, also has a strong shot at awards.

This year, expect the cameras to hover around Gaga, who will be challenged to top the six different costumes she donned at the MTV Video Music Awards. Divining fashion trends from her outfits would be fruitless. Instead, here are three things Gaga can tell us about how the music industry works now.

Close-up photo of Lady Gaga sitting in the 2010 Grammy Awards audience, wearing her silver Philip Treacy lightning bolt hat and silver crystal Armani suit. 1-31-10 picture.

Lady Gaga's towering digital sales, almost all of them iTunes downloads, only tell part of the story. In fact, much of Gaga's audience got her music for free, and legally. They have listened to free streams—by the hundreds of millions—on YouTube and the other online services that Gaga currently leads, according to research firm BigChampagne. On MySpace, Gaga has had 321.5 million plays. By contrast, singer Susan Boyle tallied only 133,000 plays, despite scoring the No. 2 selling album of 2009. A difference (among many) between Gaga and the dowdy Scotswoman discovered on a British talent show: Ms. Boyle's material, including "Amazing Grace," was traditional—and so were most of her buyers. Some 97% of her albums were sold on compact disc.

Picture of Celine Dion and Lady Gaga posing for photographers at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Show Sunday night at the LA Staples Center. 1-31-10 photo.

"That tells you how pronounced the generational divide is," says BigChampagne founder Eric Garland. When it comes to the free streams that dwarf her still-impressive sales, Gaga isn't giving it away for nothing—musicians typically earn fractions of a penny each time a song is streamed on Yahoo, for instance. While most artists stand to profit more from high-margin CD sales, being embedded across the Web can pay dividends in exposure and the loyalty of fans.

Photo of Lady Gaga sitting with her dad, Joel, in the Grammy audience. Note her crystal-adorned Armani body suit, bejeweled Armani heels and pink Billy B eye makeup. 1-31-10 image.

The business needs more Gagas. The upheaval of the last decade has forced the major record companies to cut their work force by 60%, according to a recent report by the Recording Industry Association of America. Within the last week, dozens of Universal Music Group employees were laid off. (Gaga's own publicist took a buyout; his job won't be filled.) Labels have had to change their relationship with artists and lean on new partners, including the talent managers they often squabbled with in the past.

Picture of Lady Gaga kissing her two Grammy Awards on the Red Carpet after the show, dressed in a perky silver crystalline mini-dress by Armani, with a flesh-colored, crystal-embellished body suit underneath. Note that the crystals migrate all the way to her fingers! 1-31-10 photo.

Without the budget and staff to support their once overloaded artist stables, labels have slashed their rosters and doubled down on acts expected to drive hits. They're also going after the money artists generate outside the labels' traditional business of selling music. This has given rise to, in industry parlance, the 360 deal, in which a label invests more money up front (for marketing, for example) in exchange for a piece of merchandise sales, touring revenue and other earnings that artists had long kept for themselves.

Picture of Lady Gaga posing with her Grammys for photographers on the Red Carpet, still wearing her wild Philip Treacy lightning bolt hat. 1-31-10 photo.

The 360 model hasn't launched big stars yet—with a few exceptions, including Gaga. From concerts, including four sold-out nights at Radio City Music Hall this month, a percentage of her take goes to her label, Universal's Interscope Records. The label also gets a cut of her revenue from Polaroid, Estée Lauder's MAC and other corporate partners. Does Gaga validate the 360 model for other artists? While she pockets relatively less money on tour, Interscope puts more muscle behind her than it would have in the old days. "Would she be in the position to play in front of 20,000 people a night if the record company had not put up the marketing dollars?" says Gaga's manager Troy Carter.

Image of Lady Gaga posing with her Grammys. showing her backside to the Paparazzi, exposing a "naughty" uplift to her mini-skirt. Check out the crystalline Armani platform heels! 1-31-10 photo.

On the song "Bad Romance," Gaga chants "I want your ugly, I want your disease." She lovingly refers to her fans as "monsters." On stage, she bleeds from simulated stab wounds. Despite these dark theatrics, she's become a darling of mainstream radio by drawing from Madonna's playbook, with thumping dance beats, a shape-shifting image and a playful obsession with celebrity.

Image of a smiling Lady Gaga at a Grammy after party early Monday morning, dressed in her bejewelled flesh-colored body suit and silver lightning bolt hat. 2-1-10 photo.

While Ms. Swift represents the pretty (but friendly!) girl next door, Gaga's allure is that of a misfit run amok in the system, a role that has helped her cut across disparate subcultures, including teens, finicky hipsters and gays, to whom she sends frequent shout-outs. While Gaga's bared skin and professed androgyny have raised the eyebrows of interviewers like Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters, she isn't shocking, per se.

"That's a tool that's no longer available to pop artists," says Danny Goldberg, the longtime manager and former label head. Since rap music, he adds, "those taboos have been removed and that, to me, makes her that much more impressive. She doesn't have that easy ticket to notoriety."

Photo of Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam, better known by his middle and stage name Akon, a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist, being interviewed on the 2010 Grammy Red Carpet. Check out the Lady Gaga T-shirt he's wearing! Scroll down to watch a video interview of the man by MTV News, wherein he talks about Lady Gaga's phenomenal success. 1-31-10.

She's also determined not to be niche. Last year, the Recording Academy's nominating committees received a record 17,000 Grammy submissions. Many of those hopefuls hailed from what could be called music's growing middle class—made up of acts that carve out niche audiences within subgenres such as indie rock. Only a few artists, including Ms. Swift, have defied that trend as newly minted superstars.

While some acts try to get there with experimental strategies, such as giving music away free, Gaga used an old technique: cementing her image in music videos such as "Paparazzi," in which she hobbles on crutches.

Image of the 2010 Grammy Nominee CD, which includes Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." The 20-song collection is now available from Amazon.com for $9.99 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundations. For more information, go to the Grammy.com website. Album cover photo.

RedOne, Gaga's primary producer, hails from Morocco and has an outsider's take on American music. "The songs have to be lyrically simple and easy to sing along to, even for people in the world who don't speak English," he says. Studio pros like Grammy-winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin are being hired to replicate her chopping synths and densely-layered sound. "Everybody's saying, 'Make it like Gaga,' " he says.

Such a now-trendy sound won't last forever. Gaga's longevity will hinge on evolving before its expiration date. Alice Cooper suggests softening things up: "I'd love to hear her sing a Karen Carpenter song." In fact, before she was Lady Gaga, Ms. Germanotta was a piano-playing singer-songwriter who haunted open mics in New York. Rather than attempt to outdo her own outlandish antics, Gaga may dial back toward that former persona. Next month, for instance, she'll begin pushing the single "Speechless," a stormy piano ballad in the mode of Sir Elton.

Photo of Lady Gaga signing autographs before her first New York City Monster Ball Concert, wearing a yellow wig, a legless white outfit, dark wrap-around sunglasses, and short white high-heeled boots. 1-20-10 picture.

Says Tom Corson, executive vice president and general manager of RCA Music Group, a rival to Gaga's label: "It's not just about great songs. In the best-case scenario, it's a full multimedia package." END

Native New Yorker Lady Gaga’s sold-out New York City Monster Ball Concerts were hugely successful, judging from the reviews we read. Vh1 published an article from MTV on January 21, 2010 entitled Lady Gaga Showered with Hometown Love at New York Monster Ball. Here’s a few excerpts (after the pic):

Picture of Lady Gaga signing autographs for the fans before her Monster Ball Concert in New York City. 1-20-10 image.

For nearly two hours, Gaga put on an eye-popping clinic of perverse dance theatrics in a grand hall that was miles away, literally and figuratively, from the grimy clubs where she got her start playing to a handful of people just a few years ago.

Even with conservatively dressed VIPs in the house like Donald Trump, a quick scan of the glitter-blasted crowd provided definitive proof that you'd entered Gagaland. From the couple rocking Batman wings to lovingly re-created replicas of Gaga's red lace headdress and bow-tied hairpiece, the lobby of Radio City was jammed with a galaxy of girls tottering giraffe-like on impossibly high heels, couples wearing matching silver-spangled tops and hot pants, and enough feather boas to make ostriches fear for their lives.

Photo of Lady Gaga arriving for her New York Monster Ball Concert last weel wearing a hot pink striped body suit, yellow hair, dark round sunglasses, and black boots. 1-23-10 picture.

In Gaga's first show since canceling and postponing a string of gigs due to exhaustion last week, she was seemingly back at full tilt, opening the spectacle wrapped in a suit made of Christmas tree lights and moving mechanically behind a screen covered in a "Tron"-like green grid. Gyrating on the fog-shrouded stage to the strains of "Dance in the Dark," she was surrounded by a group of backup dancers sheathed in white body stockings with throbbing neon green chin guards that gave their faces an otherworldly glow.

"There's a lot of people in the world right now who need our help," said Gaga, who is donating all proceeds from her Radio City finale on Sunday (January 24)—as well as merchandise sales from that night and online merchandise sales that day—to the quake victims. "Sing this so God can hear us. ... Sing this for the people of Haiti!" "I bled to death on domestic television right here to show you how much I love you," she said during her beer-hall version of "Poker Face," recalling that it was at Radio City where she feigned suicide at last year's MTV Video Music Awards. Then, to really show her love, she pointed a machine gun at the crowd and pulled the trigger, emitting a stream of explosive sparks before sitting back down to end the song by shouting, "I love my hometown!"

Close-up image of Lady Gaga arriving for the NYC Monster Ball Concert at Radio City. 1-23-10 photo.

The show ended with Gaga trapped inside her signature spinning set of planetary rings, wearing white pants and a mirrored bra and top with towering heart-shaped shoulder pads, rotating slowly to the Caribbean synth rhythms of "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)." For the finale, "Bad Romance" started out a cappella before going supernova into a throbbing, ecstatic disco inferno propelled by white-clad dancers doing a vogue-y zombie dance in a sea of fog.

It was a dreamlike triumph for the self-proclaimed former freak, who wound up the night center stage appearing on the verge of tears, grimacing and flashing the universal symbol of the Gaga Nation, the monster claw, as her beloved beasties roared right back and held up their gnarled fists in solidarity.
For the entire article, click here.

Photo of Lady Gaga arriving for her final New York City Monster Ball Concert last week, sporting Mickey Mouse sunglasses, yellow shoulder-length hair, a short black suit, and ankle-length black boots. 1-24-10 picture.

Here’s another link to a great review of the New York Monster Ball Concerts by Alex Pasternack on the MotherBoards.com website entitled “Lady Gaga Live: A Ghost in the Machine,” wherein he says a lot of things including, “What’s fascinating to me about the Gaga phenomenon is the way it pushes the bar past our cynical expectations for a super-glossy, multi-media, over-hyped 21st century pop star. She may be a shrewd business woman and stellar multimedia brand, but she’s not just corporate bait: she’s upping the ante, proving the music executives more right (and richer) than they could have ever imagined. The music is an afterthought to the sensational, trans-sexual, trans-humanist performance she keeps up on every front.”

Madonna, Sting and Donald Trump were among the stars who attended the Monster Ball earlier in the week.

Close picture of native New Yorker Lady Gaga arriving at Radio City Music Hall for her final New York City Monster Ball Concert. 1-24-10 photo

According to the New York Daily News, after the last New York City Monster Ball show, Lady Gaga celebrated with fashion designer Marc Jacobs at the city’s 1Oak club before letting a number of fans into the VIP area. “Word spread fast that she was there, and a ton of fans came. Gaga’s manager let some of them come into VIP lounge and hang out with her for a little bit before closing the rope again,” a source said.

Reports are surfacing that Simon Cowell wants Lady Gaga on the upcoming US X-Factor after seeing her perform in a huge bathtub on the hugely popular X Factor UK. Insiders say she has been asked to look at her schedule to see if she can fit in the show, which starts late next year. They want her as a judge–though hectic touring plans mean it is unlikely she would be able to commit to every week.

Photo of Lady Gaga performing in Radio City at her four-day sold-out Monster Ball Concert in New York City. 1-21-10 image.

Other sources claim the 23-year-old songstress is a fan of his and that she would love to duet with Simon’s star act Susan Boyle. “Simon thinks Lady Gaga is great and really likes her energy. Conversations have been happening between Cowell’s US team and her people about what kind of role she could have on the show.”

Billboard.com reports that Lady Gaga has pulled off a European chart double on Billboard’s new composite sales charts, extending her reign on European Albums with “The Fame” to a fourth consecutive week and climbing back 2-1 on Hot 100 Singles with “Bad Romance.”

Picture of Lady Gaga and her dancers performing at the New York Monster Ball Concert last week. 1-21-10 photo.

The Fame, now in its 54th week on the survey, continues at No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, No. 2 in France and No. 3 in Austria. The subsequent EP The Fame Monster, listed in its own right in some markets, climbs 3-1 in Ireland and 4-3 in Italy, and 16-14 on the aggregate chart. “Bad Romance” holds at No. 1 in Spain in Finland, climbs 2-1 in Sweden and now debuts at No. 1 in France, but slips 1-3 in both Italy and Norway.

Top Ten Albums in Ireland 1-30-10
1. (1) Lady GaGa: ‘The Fame Monster’
2. (2) Paolo Nutini: ‘Sunny Side Up’
3. (3) Florence and the Machine: ‘Lungs’
4. (4) Michael Bublé: ‘Crazy Love’
5. (5) Black Eyed Peas: ‘The E.N.D.’
6. (8) Mumford & Sons: ‘Sigh No More’
7. (9) Beyoncé: ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’
8. (6) Susan Boyle: ‘I Dreamed A Dream’
9. (7) Vampire Weekend: ‘Contra’
10. (10) Rihanna: ‘Rated R’

Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball hits Dublin, Ireland February 20th and 21st.

Picture of My Fox NY interviewing a Lady Gaga fan about the singer's return to her native city for the Monster Ball Concerts. Scroll down to watch the clip. January 21, 2010 video capture photo.

Top 10 Albums. And on iTunes, after more than a year, Lady Gaga's first album, The Fame, remains in the top ten. Here is the latest iTunes Chart. If it weren't for the highly important and popular Haiti and Grammy records, The Fame Monster would also still be on the list:

Top 10 Albums
1. Hope for Haiti Now, Various Artists
2. Contra (Bonus Track Version), Vampire...
3. The Fame, Lady GaGa
4. Animal, Ke$ha
5. Transference, Spoon
6. My Dinosaur Life (Deluxe Version), Mo...
7. 2010 Grammy Nominees, Various Artists
8. The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) E...
9. Battle Studies (Deluxe Version), John...
10. Ocean Eyes, Owl City

Lady Gaga is nominated for three 2010 BRIT Awards in the UK for International Breakthrough Act, International Female Solo Artist and International Album. You can now vote for Gaga in the “International Breakthrough Act” category by clicking here. Vote quickly because the poll closes February 8th. She will also be performing at the BRIT Awards Show (which you should be able to watch online here on February 18, 2010), along with Kasabian, JLS, Robbie Williams, Dizzee Rascal, and Florence & The Machine.

Photo of German "gay vampires in bondage" performing to Lady Gaga's "Teeth." Watch the erotic video at the bottom of this page. Video capture image.

Check out who she’s up against in the BRIT Awards 2010 categories she’s nominated for:

International Female Solo Artist:
Lady Gaga
Norah Jones

International Album:
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Black Eyed Peas - The End
Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
Lady Gaga - The Fame

International Breakthrough Act:
Animal Collective
Daniel Merriweather
Empire of the Sun
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift.

On January 23, 2010, France’s NRJ Music Awards named Lady Gaga International Revelation of the Year, which is a fancy French way of saying Best New Artist of the year, as far as I can figure. Click here to see all the winners. To check out all the awards Lady Gaga has won this year, and there are a ton of them, go to Wikipedia.

PerezHilton.com reports that Simon Cowell has joined the fight to help the victims of the Haiti quake through a British CD. Simon is collaborating with The Sun to record a charity single for the newspaper’s Helping Haiti campaign. He’s already negotiated a deal with Prime Minister Brown to waive the tax for sales of the track.

Photo of Perez Hilton tweeted this twitpic of himself sporting a Lady Gaga record hat, which he wore to the 2010 Grammys. 1-31-10 picture.

Beyoncé, Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga and Wyclef Jean are already on board to help Simon with the cause and Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis are rumored to be joining as well. “I wanted to do something for Haiti so when I had calls from The Sun and the Prime Minister asking if I would get involved I agreed immediately,” said Simon. “We are going to do a single.”

Contact Music reports Legendary producer Quincy Jones, 76, is also on the bandwagon. Jones, who gave us Thriller, revealed a new version of the Michael Jackson/ Lionel Richie-penned anthem was recorded Monday, February 1, 2010, in LA. A number of American stars participated in the recording of the classic 1985 charity single “We Are The World” to aid Haiti’s quake victims, including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Barbara Streisand, Pink, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Cole, Justin Bieber, Usher, Wyclef Jean, Josh Groban and the Jonas Brothers. The line-up totaled over 75 artists at final count.

UPDATE! 2-5-10. Lady Gaga told Access Hollywood that it's not true about her being involved with "We Are The World." She says, that although she was approached, she's been too busy with her own fundraising projects for Haiti, along with rehearsals for her European Monster Ball Tour. "We like to work with charities that are specifically based in Haiti . . . We're continuing to work on more projects for Haiti and we're going to Haiti later this year for a show and that is very exciting." As we mentioned before, Lady Gaga has already raised over $500,000 for the victims of the devastating earthquake.

Picture of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé shooting Gaga's “Telephone” video in what is reportedly the truck that Uma Thurman drove in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. 1-28-10 photo.

According to CelebrityMania, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé Knowles filmed the music video for Gaga’s single “Telephone” on January 28, 2010. The story line has Gaga being put behind bars and the “Single Girl” songstress coming to her rescue. The video, supporting Gaga’s second single off The Fame Monster, picks up the theme and concept of women in prison. There’s talk of scenes in a diner and a prison shower scene, as well. At the end, Beyoncé and Gaga are lying on the ground, with hearts in their mouths, connected by a telephone.

Photo of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga in the desert outside LA filming the "Telephone" video. 1-28-10 picture.

It reportedly has Tyrese Gibson as the leading man and features several surprise cameos. One is from Gaga’s Monster Ball supporting act, Semi Precious Weapons (as prison guards), one is by singer/model Tyrese, while another is from comedian Luenell. Filmed in a desert just outside Los Angeles in Lancaster, California, word has it serving as a continuation of her “Paparazzi” music video. Jonas Akerlund, who served behind the lens for “Paparazzi,” directed this new video. Designers Franc Fernandez and Oscar Olima are reported to have created distressed denim pieces for Gaga and Beyoncé. And reliable sources say Gaga is wearing a telephone made of hair on her head!

Image inside Lincoln Heights Jail, where part of the "Telephone" video was reportedly shot. Stock photo.

After working together on Beyoncé’s “Video Phone” video, Lady Gaga shared this: “When I was doing her video with her, she called me and she said, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t want to show up in some frickin’ hair bow and be fashion Gaga in your video.’ I said, 'I want to do you in your video, and I want to tribute you. I want to dress up like you,' " Gaga recalled telling her co-star. "And Hype Williams ... was so excited. He was like, 'Gaga I want no makeup on your face.' It was really stripped down — real Beyoncé hair, and we wore the same outfit in the video, and I [paid tribute to] her. So the whole time I was learning the choreography, they were calling me Gee-oncé.”

The release date for the “Telephone” video is set for the 3rd of March!

Photo of Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga as representatives for the MAC AIDS Fund, a cosmetics charity set up to help HIV victims. New February 2010 poster image. Click to enlarge.

Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga are both scheduled to appear on the Today Show Wednesday February 10, 2010 to promote the MAC AIDS Fund. Cyndi and Gaga were named the newest faces of the AIDS/HIV fundraising service for the “From Our Lips” campaign a couple of months ago. The show airs at 10:00 AM on NBC.

Picture of Lady Gaga performing at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana during her rescheduled Monster Ball concert which came to fruition last Tuesday. Watch two videos from the evening at the bottom of this page. 1-16-10 photo.

At her January 26th performance of "Speechless" at Purdue University Lady Gaga announced that her little monsters from around the world raised half a million dollars for Haiti by purchasing merchandise and tickets from her website and Monster Ball Performance on January 24th, the funds of which Lady Gaga donated to Project Medishare (a non-celebrity Haitian-based group where all the monies go direct to the streets) to aid the victims of the horrendous Haitian earthquake. Watch the video at the base of this post.

Recent photo of Boy George, who will not be singing with Lady Gaga in the UK after all. Read more below. Watch his new video, Amazing Grace, on YouTube. January 2009 picture.

British singer Boy George has dismissed rumors he’s been hired by Lady Gaga to perform on her upcoming U.K. Monster Ball Tour tour, but he insists he would “love” to work with her. Boy George told Britain’s Daily Star Sunday, February 1, 2010, “It’s not true that I’m performing with her, but I would love to. I really like everything about her from her style to her music.”

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Watch this video: Lady Gaga arrives at 2010 Grammys in spun-sugar lavender Armani Tinkerbell dress and yellow hair as reported by E! News and Ryan Seacrest!

Lady Gaga Arrives at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in lavender Armani Dress as Tinkerbell. 1-31-10

Check out this MTV News Video interview of Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam, better known by his middle and stage name Akon (pronounced eɪkɒn), is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist who helped put Lady Gaga on the map by signing her to his Kon Live Distribution label. He tells MTV that seeing her achieve so much in such a short period of time has been incredibly fulfilling. "Yeah, she's under my label. [It's been] nothing but success," he raved about his protégé to MTV News on the Grammy Red Carpet on Sunday night, 1-31-10. "Incredible!"

Watch this undeletable video: Lady Gaga and Elton John performing “Speechless/Poker Face/Your Song” Medley after being introduced by Elijah Kelly at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 on CBS 1-31-10. Download the medley from iTunes:

Lady Gaga and Elton John Perform a Medley of “Poker Face, Speechless, Your Song” at the 52nd Annual Grammys 2010 on 1-31-10.

Check out this video: Lady Gaga chats up TV Guide Network's Alecia Davis following her memorable appearance at the 2010 Grammys! Gaga talks about collaborating with Sir Elton John, her Grammy wins and where she gets her inspiration (“From God and the gays!”).

Check out this video: E! Entertainment channel’s Daily Ten man DJ Clinton Sparks talks about the Grammys' “eventful evening,” and calls the Lady Gaga/Elton John duet a beautiful thing. 2-1-10:

Watch this video as Adam Lambert, the new Entertainment Tonight (ET) Grammy Fashion Red Carpet Correspondent, bestows the first ever Glambert Award on Lady Gaga for her out of this world fashion sense! “She lives on her own fashion planet,” Adam said. “She looks like Fashion on Parade!” Filmed 1-31-10 and broadcast 2-1-10. This clip also includes Adam’s Top Five Best Dressed Women. For more of Adam Lambert on the 2010 Grammy Red Carpet watch for our next Adam Lambert post, when we’ll publish the rest of his Grammy Red Carpet report. UPDATE! The post is now up. Click here:

Adam Lambert On The Red Carpet At The Grammys 2110. Names 5 Best Dressed. Lady Gaga Receives Glambert Award. 2-1-10.

Check out this video: CNN's Kareen Wynter talks to Grammy winner, Lady Gaga. In an interview entitled “Life Changing,” immediately after the 52nd Annual Grammy Show, CNN asks Gaga about her fans, fashion, Beyonce, The Fame Monster, and her future:

Here’s an interesting video: Are Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie Having a Lesbian Affair? Is Angelina Jolie cheating on Brad Pitt with Lady Gaga? CelebTV journalist Ian Halperin has details on their secret hook-ups:
Are Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie Having a Lesbian Affair? Celeb TV Reports.

Watch this cute video: “Lady Gaga's Little Monsters Spoof” KCSCougar created this funny short skit based on Celebrity Tweets, wherein he takes a real tweet and animates the fake story behind it. In this edition: Lady Gaga and her Little Monsters!
Lady Gaga's Little Monsters Spoof.

Check out this homoerotic take on Lady Gaga’s “Teeth.” “Über-Gay 'Teeth' Video with Gay Vampires in Bondage”:
Lady Gaga Teeth German Gay Vampire Video.

Watch this fan video: GaGaNews.com films Lady Gaga arriving at the Radio City Music Hall for her final New York City Monster Ball Concert on January 24th 2010.

Check out this video: NYC Fans Go Gaga for Gaga. Interviews with the fans in New York City 1-21-10. Myfoxny.com reports! – NYC Goes Gaga – New York City’s own Lady Gaga kicked off a four-night engagement at Radio City Music Hall January 20, 2010. She sang in front of a packed, sold-out crowd. Lady Gaga was also joined by opening acts Jason Derülo and Semi Precious Weapons. Hundreds of fans crowded the streets around Radio City, hoping to get an autograph, a handshake, or even a glimpse of the star, who just a short year ago was playing small clubs on the Lower East Side. Here are the fan interviews:

Here’s a video of Barbara Walters talking on The View about her Radio City Monster Ball experience:

Watch this video: NRJ 2010 Music Awards – “Lady Gaga absente” – On January 23, 2010, Lady Gaga won International Revelation of the Year (Best New Artist) at France’s premiere music awards show, but couldn’t be there because she was performing in New York City!

NRJ Music Awards 2010 Lady Gaga wins International Revelation of the Year (Best New Artist) presented by the Kryoman Robot with David and Cathy Guetta 1-23-10.

Check out this video: Lady Gaga returned to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on January 26, 2010 to finish the concert that she had to postpone on January 14th due to exhaustion. She thanked her fans for sticking with her and expressed her love for them. She said that while she doesn’t have sex on first dates, this was the last night of her U.S. Monster Ball, and that she was feeling “extra slutty!” She addressed the monsters she has dealt with – alcohol, death and sex:

Watch this video: At her January 26th performance of "Speechless" at Indiana’s Purdue University, Lady Gaga announced that her Little Monsters from around the world raised half a million dollars for Haiti. She also discussed rehearsing for the Grammys:

Check out this video: Lady Gaga visits an art gallery in Paris. She talks to the gallery owner about her life and how she decided to dedicate herself only to love and art:

Watch this video: LADY GAGA - Making Of the Photo Shoot for ¨Merry Christmas¨:

Check out this video: Lady Gaga at the Maxim Photo shoot:

Watch this amazing animated video: Lady Gaga is a Glamour Zombie:

Check out this video: Lady Gaga provided a link to this clip via Facebook on January 29, 2010, and said this: “reminiscing about the beginning. i directed this almost 2 years ago with the haus of gaga. love.” Lady Gaga - THE FAME: Part One (NOTE: I couldn't find Part Two. I suspect it was blocked by VEVO):

While we’re at it, watch this video: Lady Gaga – The Making of The Fame – May 15, 2008:

And finally, OurScene TV put together this LADY GAGA MEGA MASH UP VIDEO in honor of Lady Gaga’s Grammy win:

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1 comment:

lady gaga love said...

How amazing was that dress she wore on arrival?! Loved it!

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