March 13, 2010.
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’ premiered the long awaited, much hyped “Telephone” video Thursday night on E! News at 11:30pm EST, although VEVO, the unholy alliance of record companies that is systematically destroying YouTube (by blocking/deleting 1000s of videos and fan’s channels on a daily basis), pulled a huge blunder and posted the video on their YouTube channel three hours early. They later made the video “private” but not before thousands of fans had seen it and posted it on Facebook and their websites. We wouldn’t be surprised if E! News sued them for breach of contract. And well they should!
Since VEVO was formed, they have consistently slapped fans’ faces by blocking official videos already posted on 1000s of websites all over the Internet, effectively screwing up the archives of 1000s of fan blogs. They also block their videos from being seen in many other countries, something we find rude and stupid. The VEVO video format is slow and jerky, and although they claim otherwise, the quality is extremely poor on most browsers.
Luckily, MTV and Vh1 posted the “Telephone” video on their own websites via their high quality players. UPDATE! (8-11-10) Universal and VEVO have furthered their conspiracy against the fans. They have pulled all their videos from MTV and VH1, further screwing up blogs and websites all over the country. So now we have been forced to use their poor quality videos. What a rotten shame!
Black and white picture of Lady Gaga shackled in chains on her way to prison. Lady Gaga custom made chain and jumpsuit by Ciktor & Rolf. Cigarette sunglasses and shoes by Haus of Gaga. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video photo capture.
Discussing the video with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM recently, Lady Gaga said: “I feel so bad for the ‘Bad Romance’ video ’cause the ‘Telephone’ video’s so much better."
Gaga continued, "What I like about it is it’s a real true pop event, and when I was younger, I was always excited when there was a big giant event happening in pop music and that’s what I wanted this to be.”
Image of Lady Gaga being escorted to her prison cell by two burly female prison guards in the "Telephone" video. The officer on the right is Ms. Mann from Scary Movie. Only Gaga could command the luxury of a half dozen outfit changes while in jail! Lady Gaga custom made prison stripe outfit by Jean Charles de Castelbajac. Sunglasses by Mercura. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video still photo.
“Telephone” is from Gaga’s new album The Fame Monster, which already brought us the number one hit, “Bad Romance.”
Photo of Lady Gaga in jail cell, naked but for a little police tape. Lady Gaga custom made crime scene tape outfit by Brian Lichtenberg. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video capture still image.
From MTV News comes this article: Does Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Top 'November Rain' By Guns N' Roses? by Kyle Anderson in Music:
Late Thursday night (March 11), Lady Gaga finally unveiled "Telephone," one of the most hotly-anticipated music videos in recent memory. The epic clip runs nearly 10 minutes and features a super-colorful, quick-cutting narrative that follows Gaga as she goes to jail, extracts revenge on a diner full of patrons and goes on a general mayhem spree with the help of Beyoncé and the giant yellow truck from "Kill Bill."
Closer image of Lady Gaga dressed in skimpy police tape while in jail. Lady Gaga custom made crime scene tape outfit by Brian Lichtenberg. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video capture photo.
There's also lots of cursing, all types of wacky fashion, fistfights, a poison recipe, plenty of athletic dancing and a cliffhanger at the end. It's unlike any other music video in recent memory, even surpassing past Gaga efforts like "Paparazzi" and "Bad Romance."
Picture of Lady Gaga in prison wearing Coke can curlers and a leather jacket studded with spikes. Lady Gaga studded jacket by Search and Destroy. Vintage sunglasses by Chanel. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video still photo.
At the same time, it does conjure up memories of Guns N' Roses' "November Rain," a similarly lengthy video that acted as the second entry in a trilogy of cinematic clips. ("Telephone" also acts as a sequel to "Paparazzi" and sets up a third clip at the end.)
Image of Lady Gaga's sister, Natali Germanotta, who made her acting debut with this cameo in "Telephone." Video capture picture.
When Guns N' Roses released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II back in 1991, front man Axl Rose wanted to create something truly unprecedented when it came to music videos. He collected three ballads from the two albums ("Don't Cry," "November Rain" and "Estranged") and crafted something of a narrative.
Photo of Lady Gaga on the prison telephone. Lady Gaga studded jacket by Search and Destroy. Vintage sunglasses by Chanel. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video still image.
Though the story is told out of order, the trilogy casts Axl as a vaguely fictionalized version of himself and the struggles he has with the woman in his life (played by then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour). Over the course of three videos, they have a fight, Axl takes a lot of pills, Seymour dies in the rain (somehow) and everybody ends up sort of sad and depressed at the end.
Closer picture of Lady Gaga on the jail phone. Lady Gaga studded jacket by Search and Destroy. Vintage sunglasses by Chanel. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video capture image.
Unfortunately, while the narrative made a bit of sense through "Don't Cry" and "November Rain," it totally falls apart during "Estranged." It's possible that the sudden unavailability of Seymour (she left Axl before the third video could be filmed) threw monkey wrench in the scenario, though it's also possible that Axl was facing the collapse of his band and simply forgot where the story was going.
Photo of Lady Gaga and her cellies rocking the jail house in studded bikinis. Lady Gaga and dancers studded bikini outfits by Haus of Gaga. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video still image.
Or perhaps he never knew where it was going in the first place. Regardless, the video for "Estranged" does make reference to the other two clips but is mostly remembered as the video where Axl is (apparently) kidnapped by a dolphin.
Picture of Lady Gaga all dressed up in black and white and a huge hat as she leaves jail after Beyonce paid her bond. Lady Gaga vintage hat and outfit by Thierry Mugler. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video capture photo.
So far, the story told during the series of Gaga videos is much more straightforward: Gaga gets involved with a man ("True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard) and kills him in "Paparazzi."
Then Lady Gaga goes to jail for it and breaks out to extract some form of revenge in "Telephone."
Photo of Lady Gaga and Beyonce driving away from jail. Lady Gaga and Beyonce vintage hats and outfits by Thierry Mugler. Hair by Danilo. Makeup by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video still picture.
There are plenty of other references to other Gaga videos in "Telephone" as well (like the cigarettes from "Bad Romance" and the dogs from "Poker Face").
It seems as though Gaga may have better luck in her trilogy than Axl did, but until we see the third one, Rose remains the video trilogy king.
Image of Beyonce liberating Lady Gaga from prison bondage. Beyonce vintage hat and outfit by Thierry Mugler. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video capture photo.
Working with the fabulous Beyonce for a second time, here’s what she had to say about re-teaming up with Gaga: “It was fun to work with Gaga again. This video was a unique opportunity to do something we think will surprise our fans in a creative, edgy way not always seen.” END.
Picture of Beyonce at the diner where she and Gaga plan to exact revenge against their enemies. Beyonce yellow cowboy hat and latex dress by Atsuko Kudo. Sunglasses by Jeremy Scott. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video still image.
Read this article from MTV News: Nicole Scherzinger Talks About Telephoning Gaga:
If anybody has access to call Lady Gaga up and chat for a bit, it’s Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who toured with Gaga in 2009. And if Scherzinger can get her on the phone, she’s got a few specific things she’d like to ask.
Photo of Lady Gaga wearing a blue telephone hat while talking on a blue phone. Lady Gaga blue telephone ht by Fred Butler. Dress by Rachel Barrett. Dancers outfits by Jenny Araskog. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video capture picture.
“If I could call Lady Gaga on the phone and ask her for anything … I would ask her if she could design my next costume for my next music video."
Picture of Lady Gaga preparing to eradicate her enemies with her "Cook 'n' Kill Recipes." Poisons inspired as follows: Fex-M3 from Star Wars Extended Universe. Meta-cyanide from Dune. Tiberium from Command and Conquer. Lady Gaga dress by Rachel Barrett. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video still photo.
"No, I would ask her to do a song with me,” she joked. “Because she is flipping brilliant.”
Image of Lady Gaga wearing a yellow phone made from hair on her head while preparing to serve poisoned food to the bad guys. Lady Gaga hat and dress by Rachel Barrett. Telephone hair piece by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video still photo.
After getting the career-related stuff out of the way, she’s got a question about a little something she gave Gaga a while back. “I’d ask her, you know what I would say, I say, ‘Gaga, you still have those really pretty Vivienne Westwood earrings that I bought you when we were on tour?’ And if she says, ‘Yeah,’ I’ll say, ‘OK, cool, you remember those earrings, right? Yeah, when are we going to do a song together?” she joked.
Photo of Lady Gaga serving revenge at the diner on the "Telephone" video. Lady Gaga hat and dress by Rachel Barrett. Telephone hair piece by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video capture image.
And while Scherzinger is currently in reinvention mode with the Pussycat Dolls, she told us she admires Gaga’s ability to constantly reinvent her own look.
“Already within the year, two years she’d been on the scene, she’s just always inspiring us with music,” she said. “She’s reinvented herself eight times this past week!” END. Check out the official MTV News video interview with Vivienne Westwood at the base of this post!
Picture of Lady Gaga in a patriotic bikini and headband dancing her ass off. Lady Gaga outfit by Haus of Gaga. Boots by Christian Louboutin. Beyonce outfit by Oscar Olima. Dancers custom made denim outfits by Franc Fernandez & Oscar Olima. Leather outfits by Noki, Bess, and Haus of Gaga. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video screen still photo.
From bennyhollywood.com comes this article: Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ Looks: Fashion Experts Weigh In: Kelly Cutrone, Robert Verdi and more give us their opinions on the fashions worn by Gaga in her latest video. By Jocelyn Vena (after the pic):
Closer image of Lady Gaga dancing while wearing an American flag bikini. Lady Gaga outfit by Haus of Gaga. Boots by Christian Louboutin. Beyonce outfit by Oscar Olima. Dancers custom made denim outfits by Franc Fernandez & Oscar Olima. Leather outfits by Noki, Bess, and Haus of Gaga. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video screen capture photo.
After an attempt to decode just what might happen in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video , it’s time to take a look at some of the fashion-forward ensembles Gaga has been sporting in the leaked photos leading up to the video’s Thursday premiere.
She’s worn everything (and nothing) from crime-scene tape to leather and studs and MTV News gathered a few fashion experts to weigh in on some of Gaga’s “Telephone” looks.
Photo of Beyonce in a motel on the telephone. Beyonce jacket and shoes by Jean Charles de Castelbajac. Denim shorts by Franc Fernandez & Oscr Olima. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video still image.
The Telephone Eye Patch Made of Hair Kelly Cutrone, “The Hills” and “Kell on Earth”: “I just love this whole thing. It’s totally insane.” Robert Verdi, celebrity stylist: “It’s interesting that Gaga is inspired by the telephone because it’s almost an object of yesteryear. There’s something really almost nostalgic already about a telephone, particularly in the way she’s using it in some of them. She’s deconstructing it and it’s somehow metaphoric for communication and it’s attached to her head, which is kind of the direction we’re going in.”
Closeup picture of Beyonce in the "Telephone" video. Beyonce jacket and shoes by Jean Charles de Castelbajac. Denim shorts by Franc Fernandez & Oscr Olima. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. Video capture photo.
The American Flag Ensemble Cutrone: “[This look is] a little like if a baton twirler had sex with David Lee Roth and Axl Rose.” Verdi: “She’s wearing the American flag and her hair’s down kind of like a hippie. I think she’s inspired by Jimi Hendrix in that frame.” Richie Rich, Heatherette designer: “It’s a little Guns N’ Roses and it’s cool.”
Picture of Lady Gaga in a leopard pattern dress and hat in front of the yellow "Kill Bill" truck. Lady Gaga leopard outfit by Haus of Gaga. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video screen capture photo.
How the “Telephone” Look Fits Into Gaga’s Aesthetic Cutrone: “I think she’s growing up nicely and starting to bust out on her own. I think she’s making much stronger pop-art statements.”
Richie: “As an artist she’s branching out a little bit more. I think now she’s actually showing herself off more.” END.
Image of Lady Gaga and Beyonce, each dressed in a plethora of cloth that resembles a glamorous Snuggie, while standing in front of the notorious Pussy Wagon. Lady Gaga and Beyonce cowboy hat outfits by Emilie Pirlot. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. "Telephone" video screen still photo.
“There are talks about a 3-D concert and DVD in the near future,” rep for Gaga tells MTV News.
Picture of a sign that pops up at the end of the "Telephone" video saying "To Be Continued," a harbinger of things to come, mainly Part 3 of the "Paparazzi"/"Telephone" videos. Screen capture photo.
Lady Gaga is currently in the midst of the Australian leg of her massive Monster Ball tour — with scheduled stops in Japan and Europe — and, as you probably know by now, she also just put the finishing touches on the much-anticipated “Telephone” video, too.
But neither of those things are standing in the way of yet another ambitious endeavor, a planned 3-D concert and subsequent DVD.
Photo of Lady Gaga arriving at the Los Angeles airport, during a short break from her UK Monster Ball Tour. Lady Gaga asymmetrical sunglasses by Sugarkane. Dress by Jeffery Bryant. Heels by Armani Prive'. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. 3-6-10 image.
On Monday (March 8), MTV News spoke to a rep for her label, Interscope Records, who told us that “there are talks about a 3-D concert and DVD in the near future.” No other information — including just how a 3-D concert would manifest — was available at press time.
Closer image of Lady Gaga arriving at LAX, fresh from England and Scotland. Lady Gaga asymmetrical sunglasses by Sugarkane. Dress by Jeffery Bryant. Heels by Armani Prive'. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. 3-6-10 photo.
Late last week, Gaga fansites began speculating about plans for a 3-D DVD, but this is the first time a concert has been mentioned. In December, Gaga released a deluxe edition of her The Fame Monster album, which included a pair of 3-D glasses that she mysteriously explained would come in handy “for things happening soon.” END.
Closeup photo of the unusual shoes Lady Gaga wore when she arrived in Los Angeles from England recently. Heels by Armani Prive'. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. March 6, 2010 picture.
We are still planning to post pictures from Lady Gaga’s photo shoots with Q and Cosmopolitan Magazines. A whole slew of outtakes were just released by Cosmo and as soon as we finish tweaking them, we’ll publish them along with the unusual outfits Gaga was seen wearing in and about London recently! Our posts take a little time to come to fruition because we are comprehensive perfectionists!
Gaga has been nominated for 2 awards at Nickelodeon's upcoming Kids' Choice Awards! She is up for Favorite Song ("Paparazzi") and Favorite Female Singer - watch the show on Nickelodeon March 27! Fans can now vote at Nick.com, so make sure to do your part in helping Gaga take home the trophies!
Picture of Lady Gaga back at LAX Wednesday, wearing a veil and knee-high boots with a wig attached to the back of one boot, on her way to Auckland New Zealand to resume the Monster Ball Tour. March 10, 2010 photo.
Lady Gaga called a New Zealand Radio station, The Edge, the day of the night her video was released! She talked about how the radio station leaked the name of the hotel where she is staying, how she will go through 16 costume changes at the NZ Monster Ball concert, and a lot more. 3-11-10:
Check out this video of Lady Gaga performing “Telephone” at the Glascow Scotland Monster Ball Tour on 3-1-10. Lady Gaga latex bra and pantie by Atsuko Kudo. Sunglasses by Armani Prive'. Spiked boots by Keko Hainswheeler. Dancers outfits by Keko Hainswheeler. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti:
Watch this video of Lady Gaga at the Monster Ball in the London 02 Arena singing “Bad Romance.” Mirror outfit by Armani Prive'. Dancers outfits by Alun Davies. Hair by Danilo. Make Up by Billy B. Styling by Nicola Formichetti. 2-26-10:
Check out this video, if you can stand it: 8-Year Old Laura Fontana Mimics Lady Gaga on a Brazilian American-Idol inspired television show performing a couple of Lady Gaga songs (“Bad Romance” and “Paparazzi”) along with a wardrobe inspired by the pop singer's outfits. She’s a little flat in places (make that most places), but you’ve got to give her an “A” for effort:
Watch this video: Lady Gaga In Wonderland (Trailer) Fan Mashup:
Check out Alejandro (DAHR) Hernandez' video. He lives in Mexico and wants to be Lady Gaga's designer. HIs work is exciting, original, and excellente!