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Friday, February 26, 2010

WATCH LADY GAGA CYNDI LAUPER HERE ONLINE LIVE BROADCAST MONDAY 3-1-10 SHARON OSBOURNE AN AUDIENCE WITH- LIVE STREAMING USTREAM MAC AIDS FUND VIVA GLAM

COME TO THIS PAGE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 TO WATCH A LIVE ONLINE STREAMING BROADCAST OF LADY GAGA AND CYNDI LAUPER ON THE BRITISH SHOW AN AUDIENCE WITH . . . THE PROGRAM WILL BE HOSTED BY SHARON OSBOURNE AND IT'S FOR THE MAC AIDS FUND VIVA GLAM "FROM OUR LIPS" CAMPAIGN. THE TRANSMISSION WILL INCLUDE LIVE CHAT AND A SOCIAL STREAM! CHECK OUT THE SPRING 2010 V MAGAZINE PHOTOS AT THE BASE OFTHIS POST!
February 26, 2010 (Last update 3-2-10).
On Monday, 1st March 2010, at 2pm GMT (11am EST), Sharon Osbourne will be joined by M•A•C AIDS FUND spokespersons and global superstars, Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper, for an intimate and exclusive "An Audience With . . ." in London, as part of the M•A•C Cosmetics VIVA GLAM "From Our Lips" campaign.


Photo of VivaGlam Cyndi Lipstick on the left and VivaGlam Gaga Lipstick on the right. Stock image.

The exclusive interview will offer fans from around the world the opportunity to have their questions about HIV/AIDS and their participation with the M•A•C VIVA GLAM Campaign answered by Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper. M•A•C Cosmetics also has partnered exclusively with UStream to broadcast the event to a global audience via the M•A•C Facebook page immediately following the event at 4pm GMT / 11am EST / 8am PST.

Image of the official Lady Gaga/Cyndi Lauper Viva Glam poster. Scanned photo.

Led by Sharon Osbourne, the lively and candid conversation will see Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper discuss HIV and AIDS, raising awareness around the subject to get people across the globe to think and act differently about the disease.

Photo of Lady Gaga flanked by VIVA GLAM AIDS Fund executives before the broadcast. Flower hat by Charlie Le Mindu, face mask by Piers Atkinson, lace dress by Jeffrey Bryant, styling by Nicola Formichetti. 3-1-10 image.

International fans can submit questions in advance to Gaga or Lauper via the M•A•C FACEBOOK.

Photo of a page from the current US Weekly Magazine featuring Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper and their MAC AIDS Campaign to educate people (women especially) about safe sex. Click scanned image to enlarge.

“Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper are bringing women’s issues to the forefront of the HIV/AIDS crisis. With one recording artist who hit the music industry at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and another who is explosively popular with young people today, they represent different generations who are equally affected by this disease, with both helping to spread the message of the power of one lipstick,” said John Demsey, Group President, Estee Lauder Companies and Chairman, M•A•C AIDS Fund.

Pictures from the April 10, 2010 issue of OK Magazine with articles about the Viva Glam Campaign ala Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga. The duo has received a ton of positive press for their cause. Click scanned photo to enlarge.

Those who buy a VIVA GLAM CYNDI or VIVA GLAM GAGA lipstick ($14 USD/RRP £12.50/17.50 Euro), available from March 15, will be helping women and girls living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Photo of Lady Gaga at her Liverpool Monster Ball Concert, where she debuted the "Living Dress" pictured here, which was inspired by designer Hussein Chalayan. We are currently working on a special post about this new fabulous Haus of Gaga creation with a ton of photos and videos from different angles. We'll post a link here when it's ready! 2-24-10 picture.

Come to this page on Monday to watch the LIVE Cyndi Lauper/Lady Gaga Viva Glam broadcast on UStream, and don't forget to submit your questions now on MAC's Facebook page. Be sure to begin your question with the preface "Question for Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper!"

Photo of Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga sitting in front of their MAC AIDS Fund VIVA GLAM "From Our Lips" Campaign poster for a Women's Wear Daily photo shoot. February 2010 picture.

For more information, photos, and videos about Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, and their MAC AIDS Fund VIVA GLAM Campaign, visit our extensive post on the subject: LADY GAGA, CYNDI LAUPER for MAC AIDS FUND on the TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, and MTV NEWS 2-10-10! GAGA SINGS NEW SONG "FUTURE LOVE" AT amFAR GALA! 13 VIDEOS 29 PHOTOS!

Picture of Lady Gaga on the red carpet before the VIVA GLAM broadcast. Flower hat by Charlie Le Mindu, face mask by Piers Atkinson, lace dress by Jeffrey Bryant, styling by Nicola Formichetti. 3-1-10 image.

MORE UK TV News! – Lady Gaga will be appearing on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Friday 5th March at 10.35pm on BBC1! Gaga will perform TWO tracks on the show so be sure to tune in if you live in London!

Gaga has been nominated for two 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, 2010! Fans can vote now at Nick.com, so make sure to do your part in helping Gaga take home the trophies!

Photo of the newest VIVA GLAM product. The commemorative touch to the limited-edition VIVA GLAM Gaga Lipstick. A poly/nylon makeup bag featuring two colour-coordinated stripes and Lady Gaga's signature in black on one side, and a digitized image of a lip on the reverse. Size: 8.5" x 5" x 1.5". All proceeds from this purchase go to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. US $25.00. Check it out here.

Big congratulations are in order for Lady Gaga who just landed on the Diamond Highway today (2-26-10). Her debut album The Fame has sold over 10,000,000 copies worldwide since its release in 2008. This is a major compliment for Gaga as in today’s climate music doesn’t sell. It’s mostly stolen. Her new album The Fame Monster is already Double Platinum, so her success continues to grow and grow. Way to go, Gaga!

Picture of a page from
V Magazine featuring an almost naked Lady Gaga in an article about Cyndi Lauper and Gaga's VIVA GLAM M.A.C. AIDS Campaign, entitled, "GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS: This spring Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper are joining M.A.C. as its latest ambassadors of glamour and goodwill." Photo by Ellen von Unwerth from the Spring 2010 (V62) issue of V Magazine, out 2-5-20.

@ladygaga tweeted today, 2-26-10: "Celebrate! Rejoice 2nite little monsters! The album you believed in #TheFame is officially DIAMOND CERTIFIED WORLDWIDE! 10,000,054 copies!"

Photo of Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga at the V Magazine VIVA GLAM photo shoot. "We want women to feel strong enough that they can remember to protect themselves," said Gaga. "To have this lipstick as a reminder in your purse, that when your man is laying naked in bed, you go into the bathroom, you put your lipstick on, and you bring a condom out with you. There are no exceptions. This idea of negotiation before intercourse is this kind of ridiculous thing in the age that we're living in. I would say never, but you must be in a loving, monogamous relationship or married. We're not in an age when you can have irresponsible, condom-less sex." Picture by Ellen von Unwerth from the Spring 2010 (V64) issue of V Magazine, on newstands everywhere March 5, 2010.

Follow Cyndi Lauper on Twitter and check out her cool website.

Photo of Cyndi Lauper blowing kisses at the
V Magazine VIVA GLAM photo shoot. Image by Ellen von Unwerth from the Spring 2010 (V64) issue of V Magazine, on newstands March 5, 2010.

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.

UPDATE 3-2-10! Word on the street has it that Lady Gaga and Beyonce's new video, "Telephone" will be released this coming Monday, 3-8-10! We'll publish it in a new post as soon as it's available!

Photo of a near naked Lady Gaga showing off her flower tattoo at the V Magazine VIVA GLAM photo shoot. Picture by Ellen von Unwerth from the Spring 2010 (V64) issue of V Magazine, on newstands everywhere March 5, 2010.

Image of Lady Gaga during the VIVA GLAM AIDS Fund "From Our Lips" Campaign broadcast. Flower hat by Charlie Le Mindu, face mask by Piers Atkinson, lace dress by Jeffrey Bryant, styling by Nicola Formichetti. March 1, 2010 photo.


Photo of Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Osbourne and Lady Gaga posing for pictures after the VIVA GLAM live broadcast. Gaga's flower hat by Charlie Le Mindu, face mask by Piers Atkinson, lace dress by Jeffrey Bryant, styling by Nicola Formichetti. 3-1-10 image.


UPDATE! 3-1-10: If you missed the live broadcast, watch the video on YouTube below in 3 parts: Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper @ MAC Viva Glam Launch with host Sharon Osbourne [Part 1]:


Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper @ MAC Viva Glam Launch video with host Sharon Osbourne [Part 2]:


Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper @ MAC Viva Glam Launch video with host Sharon Osbourne [Part 3]:


Watch this video (added 3-2-10): Lady Gaga in the UK’s itn Music News: “Kings of Leon to headline V festival - Lady Gaga lends supports to AIDS campaign - Paul McCartney to close Hard Rock Calling.”


Check out this MTV News video (Added 3-2-10): Lady Gaga talks about fashion and being a role model for her fans after the VIVA GLAM MAC AIDS Fund “From Our Lips” broadcast:

Watch the show below on the following MAC Viva Glam UStream TV widget:
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

SAM TSUI ON OPRAH 2-22-10 (10 VIDEOS 12 PHOTOS) SINGS MICHAEL JACKSON MEDLEY! 10 VIDEOS PRODUCED BY KURT HUGO SCHNEIDER! 12 PHOTOS PICTURES IMAGES!

WATCH YOUTUBE SENSATION SAM TSUI SING HIS FAMOUS MICHAEL JACKSON MEDLEY ON OPRAH 2-22-10. 12 PHOTOS PICTURES IMAGES! 10 SAM TSUI VIDEOS PRODUCED BY KURT HUGO SCHNEIDER!
February 24, 2010.
On Monday, February 22, 2010, Oprah Winfrey hosted a show called “Incredible Feats” from an edible set made entirely from pure Lady Godiva Chocolate. Masterful artists Larry Abel and Raymond McAllister used more than 15,000 pieces of chocolate to construct this incredible, delectable design. This feat took more than 1,400 man hours to complete.

Sexy photo of Sam Tsui, a man of many talents, doing some artwork in a black tank top, at Yale University, where he and his producer/buddy, Kurt Hugo Schneider, are students. January 2010 image.

Among the acts on the “Incredible Feats” show was a production of seven Sam Tsui “clones” singing a Michael Jackson medley put together by two tech-savvy Yale University students, Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider. Oprah called the Michael Jackson video “digital magic.”

Nice closeup image of Kurt Hugo Schneider, the man responsible for the special effects in the Sam Tsui YouTube videos. MySpace photo.

What started as dorm room fun is now a raging Internet sensation, with over five millions YouTube hits. It all began one evening when Kurt was planning to record a duet with Sam and a female singer, but the woman chickened out at the last minute.

Picture of Oprah's February 22, 2010, "Incredible Feats" set where everything is made of Lady Godiva Chocolates. No word on who got to devour the goodies!

Instead of canceling the recording, Kurt Schneider suggested that Sam Tsui sing every part separately. Then, they used some digital enhancements to piece it together into a creative illusion. Soon after, Sam and Kurt did a medley of Michael Jackson's hits and the rest is history!

Photo of seven Sam Tsui's singing his Michael Jackson Medley on Oprah. The set is not made of the aforementioned chocolate because the clip was prerecorded. 2-22-10 picture.

In the MJ video, Sam sings the lead vocals, backup and chorus, while Kurt plays the backing instruments and takes care of the special effects and production values.

Photo of Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider performing a Lady Gaga Medley, which you can watch at the base of this post. Video capture image.

Sam Tsui, a classical Greek major, says instant fame has made him better at time management. "I just don't have as much free time anymore, but we fit in making videos into the homework and the class work," he says. "It magically works out somehow."

Image of the Sam Tsui The Covers CD, the new album by Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider. Buy it at itunes.

Thanks to their phenomenal YouTube success, Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider have just debuted a brand new album called Sam Tsui The Covers and it’s now available on itunes.

Picture of Sam Tsui in the lunchroom at Yale University, doing everything but eating! February 8, 2010 photo.

Check out our previous Sam Tsui/Kurt Hugo Schneider post: 7 SAM TSUI CLONES SING MICHAEL JACKSON MEDLEY. It has more videos and photos of the talented duo.

Image of Kurt Hugo Schneider playing the guitar at a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Recent photo.

Visit www.myspace.com/SamTsui, Sam’s Facebook page, and www.myspace.com/KurtHugo for additional information. Also check out Kurt's YouTube Channel for more amazing videos.

Image of seven Sam Tsui clones singing the now famous Michael Jackson Medley in the YouTube video that started it all. Video capture photo with a little embellishment from us!

Watch this video: "Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider Are On Oprah Today!" 2-22-10. The guys talk about their appearance on Oprah and their new album, Sam Tsui The Covers, being available on itunes:


Watch this Blogger video of the Sam Tsui Oprah performance. 2-22-10. Seven Sam Tsui's pay homage to Michael Jackson with a medley of Michael's greatest songs. Backing instruments played by producer Kurt Schneider. PLEASE NOTE: Although the screen appears black, the video works just fine. Simply press the play button!
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7 Sam Tsui(s) sing Michael Jackson Medley on Oprah 2-22-10

Check out the video that put Sam and Hugo on the map: The original Sam Tsui/Kurt Hugo Schneider Michael Jackson Medley Cover video, which has received over five million hits on YouTube. It’s a lot clearer (and better produced) than the Oprah video:


Watch this video: Sam Tsui and 4 Clones Singing “Fireflies.” Backing instruments played and produced by Kurt Schneider:


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 fairly new video of Sam Tsui singing Beyonce’s “Halo.” As usual, musical backing by Kurt Schneider, producer:


Check out this video: Sam Tsui and Allison Williams singing "Breaking Free" from High School Musical. Backing instruments played and produced by Kurt Schneider:


Watch this video of Sam Tsui times five rocking "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston on the Bonnie Hunt Show! www.bonniehunt.com. From September 24, 2009


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Friday, February 19, 2010

LADY GAGA GIANT ANIMATRONIC MECHANICAL MONSTER JOINS MANCHESTER MONSTER BALL TOUR! FULL UK CONCERT! 4 NEW SONGS 34 VIDEOS 37 PHOTOS SET LIST ALPHABEAT

WATCH A FREE LADY GAGA CONCERT IN FULL ALL ON ONE PAGE COMPLETE WITH NEW GIANT ANIMATED MONSTER IN 34 AWESOME VIDEOS FROM THURSDAY, 2-18-10, AT THE M.E.N. ARENA IN MANCHESTER ENGLAND WITH 4 NEW SONGS! VIEW 37 HOT PHOTOS IMAGES PICTURES! CHECK OUT THE SET LIST AND READ THE GLOWING REVIEWS! PLUS WATCH GAGA’S NEW OPENING ACT, ALPHABEAT, PERFORM HOLE IN MY HEART ON THE TOUR AND IN THEIR NEW VIDEO!
February 19, 2010.
We tried to ignore the new Lady Gaga European Monster Ball Tour that kicked off in Manchester England Thursday, February 18, 2010, thinking it was more of the same, but once we saw the giant animated monster and heard her new songs, we decided we had no choice but to publish a new post about the talented volatile star who continues to metamorphose with the fury of a scorned lover.

Enjoy this Lady Gaga Manchester Monster Ball Slide Show. 2-18-10:

It took a lot of work to find the best videos and tweak the pictures, but we think it was well worth the sweat and tears. The result is a free Monster Ball Tour concert with tons of beautiful videos and photos, all on a single page for your convenience!

Picture of Lady Gaga dressed in black and white vertical stripes performing "Money Honey" while playing a key-board during her UK Monster Ball Tour Concert in the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N.) Arena Thursday night. 2-18-10 photo.

The new Queen of Pop completely revamped her Monster Ball Tour for Europe and split the show into four acts. Thursday night there were 15 costume changes as Gaga ran through her old hits including “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Paparazzi,” and “Bad Romance,” as well as some new songs, including “Vanity,” “Telephone,” “Brown Eyes,” and “Glitter and Grease.”

Image of Lady Gaga at her Manchester Monster Ball Concert singing the song from her next video, "Telephone," which is a collaboration with Beyonce. It has already been shot and should premiere soon. We presume the stripes on her body suit represent attire suitable for prison, which is where the video takes place. 2-18-10 photo.

However the concert suffered from a few minor technical hitches on the first night which caused it to run over by 30 minutes. According to reliable reports, Gaga has spent more than £1 million on the stage set, costumes and props.

Photo of Lady Gaga wearing a green sparkly corset and white ankle boots during her Monster Ball Concert in Manchester, playing a burning piano while singing her hit song, "Speechless," a number she wrote for her ill father. 2-18-10 picture.

Earlier this week she spoke to Capital FM about the show, saying: “The show is a musical, it's not just a pop show, there are lines and a score—there's a lot of music that you haven't heard before.” Watch all the amazing videos at the base of this post, ogle all the cool photos, and enjoy the entire concert—free! You’re welcome!

Picture of Lady Gaga at her Manchester England Monster Ball Tour Concert in straight blonde hair and a blue/black corset performing her new song "Vanity" with her dancers dressed in colorful jackets. 2-18-10 image.

Gaga opened with rave reviews from The Sun, The Guardian, The Independent and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Before watching the videos, read a little of what England’s press had to say.

Photo of Lady Gaga performing "Just Dance" with her claws in the air, at the Manchester Monster Ball. 2-18-10 image.

The Independent published this great review: First Night: Lady Gaga, MEN Arena, Mancheste. Lady Shows Why She's the Queen of Pop! By Chris Mugan. Read it below:

It is a brave artist that trashes her stage show between legs of her first arena tour, but Lady Gaga is nothing if not a perfectionist and her gamble just about pays off on the first date of this European run.

Image of Lady Gaga in straight blonde hair with glittered appliques under her eyes, singing "Just Dance" at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, during her first European Monster Ball Tour Concert. 2-18-10 photo.

Over the winter months, the US star's Monster Ball has wowed North American crowds, only for Gaga to try a different tack that she described on MTV as "more of a musical than a concert."

Photo of Lady Gaga singing the ballad "Alejandro" at Thursday's Monster Ball Tour Concert, while wearing long yellow hair and a black corset, under an angel statue with wings on fire. February 18, 2-10 picture.

Not that Stephen Sondheim need suffer any sleepless nights – this has more in common with a burlesque spectacle. Monster Ball is the summation of Gaga's pop confection, extrapolating her outlandish fashion sense into a whole stage show. Her production team, Haus of Gaga, have imposed their own inner stage on the arena circuit, within which a story supposedly unfolds – the star getting lost on her way to the party.

Image of Lady Gaga performing "So Happy I Could Die" during her Monster Ball Tour Concert in Manchester on a raised platform high in the air, wearing billowy cotton-like hair and a leather-adorned brown hoop skirt. 2-18-10 photo.

This, though, is mere window dressing for the core of Gaga's show – her unremitting party soundtrack. Even before she won three Brits on Tuesday night, this tour already had the feel of a victory procession. Garnering most awards at the annual music bash formed just the icing on the many-tiered cake of her success. She has made 2009 her own, shifting four million copies of debut album The Fame while outgunning the already established Lily Allen and newcomers Florence and The Machine and La Roux.

Photo of Lady Gaga singing "Just Dance" in straight blonde hair, black ankle-high boots, and a black leather corset Thursday night at the Manchester Monster Ball Tour. 2-18-10 image.

Gaga has achieved four number ones from her album by sticking to a tried and tested template of r'n'b beats with catchy pop hooks, with little evidence of the performance artist struggling to make an impact in New York clubs. While the hits are instantly recognisable, so has been her penchant for over-sized knickers and costumes that have grown more outlandish as her profile grew. Maybe such instant recognizability has come too easy for Stefani Germanotta, so Monster Ball's aim is to cement her arty credentials.

Picture of Lady Gaga at her Manchester England Monster Ball performing her new song "Glitter and Grease" in a car replicated from her "Telephone" video shoot. February 18, 2010 photo.

Her show is divided into acts, tableaux beginning with polished chrome scaffolding to represent the film set for a post-apocalyptic cityscape where Pamela Anderson might run a bar. Videos between the set and costume changes fail to fill the time necessary, leaving awkward longeurs, though the cast are expert enough to cope. Band and dancers form a constant whirl of New York movement and when one loses his helmet, he reaches down and replaces it one swift movement.

Picture of Lady Gaga singing her new song "Glitter and Grease" during the first leg of her Manchester England Monster Ball Tour Concert Thursday evening. February 18, 2010 photo.

Gaga herself is on imperious form, displaying a powerful singing voice not readily apparent on the album. She is full-throated on the pumping anthems with an underlay of Big Apple grit. A soulful flavour comes through when she sits behind the piano for "Speechless", one of the darker tracks unveiled on the Fame Monster deluxe set of her album that at least provides some reasoning for the new set up. "This is for my father," she says cuttingly, "who loves Johnny Walker more than he loves me."

Picture of Lady Gaga in straight platinum blonde hair, black ankle boots, and a sparkly leather corset, performing "Dance in the Dark" during the opening of her European Monster Ball Tour in Manchester. 2-18-10 photo.

When Gaga finally reaches the Monster Ball, she discovers it is inhabited by a 20ft tentacled monster. An utterly gobsmacking finale, that might even form a commentary on her swift rise to fame. END

From BBC News (the British Broadcasting Company) comes this review: The Monster Ball Meets Manchester, by Mark Savage, BBC News Entertainment Reporter. Published February 19, 2010. Among other things, they said, “A 40-foot animatronic sea monster, 15 costume changes, and a grand piano burning to pieces in the middle of the stage—you certainly get what you pay for at a Lady Gaga concert . . . It was a hugely ambitious, terrifyingly loud show.” Read the entire article below (after the image):

Photo of Lady Gaga singing "Dance in the Dark," swathed in blue light, while showing off her new "Little Monsters" tattoo and outstretched claws. 2-18-10 image.

A 40-foot animatronic sea monster, 15 costume changes and a grand piano burning to pieces n the middle of the stage - you certainly get what you pay for at a Lady Gaga concert.

Image of Lady Gaga and her dancers performing her first big hit, "Just Dance," at the Manchester Monster Ball Thursday. 2-10-10 photo.

The 23-year-old pop phenomenon played the first night of her self-styled "electro opera" in Manchester on Thursday. The tour, which travels around the UK and Ireland for the next couple of weeks, is dubbed The Monster Ball. But there's nothing to be frightened of - except tinnitus.

Nice closeup photo of Lady Gaga at the Manchester Monster Ball Tour Concert doing her newest song, "Glitter and Grease." 2-18-10 picture.

It was a hugely ambitious, terrifyingly loud show, spread over four acts and held together by a "narrative" about Gaga and her dancer friends trying to get to a party. Impressively, the entire spectacle was put together in just four weeks. The singer told fans at the MEN arena: "We were doing another show in the United States... but I got very bored, so I threw it away."

Image of Lady Gaga sitting atop the Rolls Royce while singing "Glitter and Grease" during the first concert of her UK Monster Ball Tour. February 18, 1010 photo.

In fact, the production was so last-minute that the star was still on stage adding the finishing touches just half an hour before the doors opened. Inevitably, then, the first night didn't run entirely smoothly.

Lighting cues were missed, the sound mix wasn't properly balanced and the show over-ran by 30 minutes, leaving some of the audience stranded in a cold and snowy Manchester. But nearly all 23,000 of them stayed on to the bitter end - because, make no mistake, this was a sight to behold.

Picture of Lady Gaga singing another new oh-so-sweet ballad, "Brown Eyes," at the Manchester Monster Ball. Among the lines are, "You selfish mothrf***er and your bullsh*t brown eyes!" 2-18-10 photo.

The show opened with Dance in the Dark - the song she played at the Brits on Tuesday - with Gaga gyrating on a set she appeared to have borrowed from a Gotham City production of West Side Story.

Picture of Lady Gaga premiering another brand new song, "Vanity," after explaining what the Monster Ball Tour is all about. 2-18-10 photo.

Dressed in a futuristic, angular, glitterball suit, she descended the fire escape, poked around in the bonnet of a dilapidated green Rolls Royce and teased the audience with a snippet of a new song, Glitter and Grease.

Image of Lady Gaga at her Manchester Monster Ball Concert singing "Just Dance" in a long platinum blonde wig, black leather corset, and ankle-high black boots. 2-18-10 picture.

But things only really came to life with Just Dance, her first UK number one, and the first big sing-along of the night. From there, the pace never really let up.

Photo of Lady Gaga performing "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" with her colorful dancers on the runway of her Manchester Monster Ball Tour concert Thursday night. February 18, 2010 image.

A pounding, staccato Love Game was performed inside a New York subway carriage, while Lennon-esque ballad Brown Eyes saw Gaga hammering the life out of a steampunk-inspired grand piano.

Image of Lady Gaga at her Monster Ball Tour Concert in Manchester England singing "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich." 2-18-10 photo.

The costume changes came thick and fast, often within the course of a single song. They were, for practicality's sake, more leotard-based than some of the star's more outrageous creations - but there were still a few eye-popping moments.

Photo of Lady Gaga performing "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" with her hot dancers at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester England during her Monster Ball Concert premiere. February 18, 2010 picture.

By their very nature, the garments defied description. But here's an attempt to encapsulate three of them: Muppet Wonder Woman; Joan Collins Jedi Nun; Jellyfish bride humidity disaster area. The problem with the frocks, however, was that they obscured the musician hiding beneath them.

Image of Lady Gaga singing "Just Dance" to a packed Monster Ball house in Manchester England Thursday. Gaga's Monster Ball Tour concerts have been sold out everywhere she's appeared. 2-18-10 photo.

The most electrifying moments of the night came when plain old Stefani Germanotta from New York sat behind the piano and displayed some good old-fashioned musicianship. The emotional high-point was Speechless, a song she wrote for her father - "about how he loves Johnny Walker just a little bit more than he loves me."

Picture of Lady Gaga and her dancers at the MEN Arena Monster Ball Concert in Manchester performing "Teeth." 2-18-10 image.

It was a disarmingly tender performance, and quite at odds with everything that came before or after. But then it is easy to forget that Gaga has only been doing this for 18 months. She has established herself so firmly in the public consciousness that she already has an air of permanence.

Image of Lady Gaga singing "Dance in the Dark" during her Monster Ball Tour Concert in the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N.) Arena Thursday night. 2-18-10 photo.

The expectations for this, her first headline tour in the UK, were up there with Madonna - who has been doing it for 25 years but who, since Tuesday, has one less Brit award. That Gaga's grand, dynamic show lived up to that challenge was testament to her vision and ambition - but surely it must be bankrupting her?

Photo of Lady Gaga performing "Glitter and Grease" while working on her Rolls Royce engine on the Monster Ball stage in Manchester England. 2-18-10 picture.

Take, for example, the folly of the fish creature - a multi-limbed, pneumatically-operated beast from the depths of the sea that appeared for just three minutes, mauling Lady Gaga as she attempted to perform Paparazzi. It wasn't entirely clear why this was happening, or what relevance it had to the song. But it must have seemed like a good idea to someone (presumably not the tour accountant).

Picture of Lady Gaga fighting off a Giant Monster Paparazzo during her performance of her big hit "Paparazzi" at Thursday night's Manchester Monster Ball. Gaga sent this twitpic to her fans calling it a scene entitled, "Battling a Paparazzo." 2-18-10 photo.

Gaga survived the attack by the way, with just enough energy for a stomping, full-hearted rendition of Bad Romance, which sent the audience chanting "Ga, ga, ooh-la-la" into the chilly evening. Except for one fan, who paused to tell the BBC her night had been "dead weird, but nice."

Wonderful closeup image of Lady Gaga's big mechanical "Sea Monster," the new star of her European Monster Ball Tour. 2-18-10 photo.

OFFICIAL SET LIST OF THE UK MONSTER BALL TOUR:
ACT 1: City
Intro
Dance in the Dark
Glitter and Grease
Just Dance
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
Vanity
The Fame

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

ACT 3: Forest
Monster
Teeth
Alejandro
Poker Face

ACT 4: Monster Ball
Paparazzi
Bad Romance

Photo of Lady Gaga in yellow wig, torn hose, and black corset with her well-defined shirtless dancers, peforming "Teeth" at the Manchester Monster Ball Concert in the MEN Arena Thursday evening. February 18, 2010 picture.

MTV.com reports that Lady Gaga Wants You To Wrap Up Your Little Monster With Designer Condom Line, as follows:

Lady Gaga isn't shy about sex. In fact, the pop star is pretty clear in her message: When her little monsters do it, they should be safe about it. Not only has she recently joined forces with Cyndi Lauper and MAC for their MAC AIDS Fund's VIVA Glam campaign (which donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of lipstick and lip gloss to the global fight against AIDS and HIV), she also has found another cause to call her own.

Mockup picture of what a Lady Gaga promo for her new line of condoms benefiting Planned Parenthood might look like. We're sure the final product will have a more creative design! Stock photos.

This news just came off the pike: Lady Gaga is working with designer Jeremy Scott to let her fans know that they should wear condoms—especially ones designed by Scott in association with Proper Attire. "It’s not complicated, just a fashion statement," Lady Gaga said in a press release about the collaboration. "Everybody wrap it up with Jeremy Scott for Proper Attire condoms." The condoms come in three varieties (studded, ribbed and sheer), and proceeds from sales will benefit Planned Parenthood. The condoms will be sold at Opening Ceremony stores and online at Opening Ceremony.com and Proper Attire.

Photo of Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour merchandise table at the Manchester Monster Ball Concert Thursday night. Click to enlarge. 2-18-10 image.

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 vote beginning February 25 at Nick.com, so make sure to do your part in helping Gaga take home the trophies!

Image of a topless Lady Gaga on the cover of the April 2010 issue of the UK's Q Magazine, which contains an article titled, "Move over, Madonna. Lady Gaga Has Risen!" Check out those new claws! Scanned photo.

Lady Gaga’s single “Bad Romance” has topped the 3 million mark in digital downloads! It’s her third song to do this, following “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” Lady Gaga is the first artist in history to have three 3 million-selling singles as a lead artist.

Picture of Lady Gaga on the cover of the U.S. Cosmopolitan, April 2010 issue, which should be in stores soon. She has an article inside called, "Love Advice Only Gaga Would Give." Scanned image.

While Lady Gaga just began her 2010 Monster Ball World Tour, she is also planning to visit Brazil! As for now there are but two dates set for her to perform in June. No ticket sales information is available yet, but more details should be forthcoming soon! Since they are tentative, as are all dates beyond Yokohama, we are not adding them to our constantly updated Monster Ball Tour page just yet:
6/12/10: San Paulo - The Jockey Club.
6/13/10: San Paulo - Cicero Pompeu De Toledo Stadium.

Photo of Alphabeat, Lady Gaga's new opening act for her UK Monster Ball Tour (Precious Weapons continues to open for Gaga, as well, just like they did in the US). Alphabeat is highly popular in Europe. Check out their hot new video, "Hole in My Heart" at the bottom of this page. Stock image.

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.

Check out this video: Lady Gaga opens the show with “Dance in the Dark” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in Europe.


Watch this video of the same song from a different angle: Lady Gaga opens the show with “Dance in the Dark” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in the UK.


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings her new song “Glitter and Grease” during the UK leg of her Monster Ball Tour in Manchester England Thursday night (with Alphabeat in tow. Scroll down for their videos!). 2-18-10:


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Just Dance” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in England. Check out the set with all the dancers!


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. This is Lady Gaga's Opening night with her new stage. Check out her beautiful dancers and the new lightning bolt hat!


Check out this video: This is a short clip of Lady Gaga explaining what the monster ball is! She then begins singing “Vanity” (which continues in the next video) at the Monster Ball Tour at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010 Live From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Listen to what she says. Or read it. One of the reasons we placed this video here is because it has subtitles!


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Vanity” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in Great Britain. This video contains the same footage as the above video (without subtitles) but continues with the full version of her new song, “Vanity.”


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “The Fame” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010 Live From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in Europe. Another new outfit—a red cape with huge shoulders!


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Love Game” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night with her revamped concert.


Check out this video: Lady Gaga says “I love the UK fans so much!” and dedicates “Boys Boys Boys” to “my gay boys” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Watch the next video for the rest of “Boys Boys Boys!” Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage!


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Boys Boys Boys” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010 Live From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Listen to what Gaga says as all the gay boys scream their heads off!


Check out this closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Boys Boys Boys” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010 Live From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in the UK. This video gives a closer view of Gaga than the previous one!


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Money Honey” and ”Telephone” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Gaga says, “I was in prison for awhile and Beyonce had to come and bail me out!” Watch the next video for a long distance view of “Telephone!”


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Telephone” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is a nice long distance view of the set and choreography. Check out all the hot dancers!


Watch this closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Telephone” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is a much closer view. Check out all the hot dancers!


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Brown Eyes” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Some of the words are “You selfish Motherf@@@ker! And your bullsh@t brown eyes!”


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Speechless” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! (The visual is from the big screen so it’s not the best but the sound is perfect!)


Check out this closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Speechless” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This video is from a side angle and shows the piano on fire!


Watch this interlude video: Lady Gaga has a costume change on stage while some beautiful harp music plays, just before singing “So Happy I Could Die” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage!


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “So Happy I Could Die” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in Europe.


Watch this video: Lady Gaga’s fans create a Mexican heatwave at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. This is Lady Gaga's Opening night with her new stage.


Check out this video: Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Monster” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out the hot new outfits (She changes on stage)!


Watch this closer video: Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Monster” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out the hot new outfits! This video is short but gives a better view of Gaga and her new clothes.


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Teeth” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in England. Check out the shirtless male dancers!


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Alejandro” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage!


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Poker Face” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage!


Watch this closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Poker Face” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out all the cute leather-clad dancers! This is a much closer view than that provided by the previous video. Both have their advantages:


Check out this video: Lady Gaga sings “Paparazzi” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! This is Lady Gaga's Opening night in the UK. Check out the giant animated monster! Awesome!


Watch this closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Paparazzi” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out the animated monster! This video has a great closeup of the monster!


Check out this even closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Paparazzi” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out the animated monster! This is a much closer view because the monster deserves more face time, don’t you think?


Watch this video: Lady Gaga sings “Bad Romance” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out the new one-shouldered sky blue sparkly outfit and her dancers’ silver helmuts!


Check out this closer video: Lady Gaga sings “Bad Romance” at the Monster Ball Tour Live at the Evening News Arena (M.E.N) in Manchester, England. Feb 18 2010. From her new exclusive Monster Ball Tour Stage! Check out the new one-shouldered sky blue sparkly outfit! You can see it better on this closer video but the sound is a little harsh. This is the closing song to a fantastic concert!


Watch this itn news video about Lady Gaga’s new opening act: Danish pop act Alphabeat on Lady Gaga, their new single “Hole in my heart,” and their second album The Beat Is…. Itn News video published February 18, 2010. Visit Alphabeat’s official website for more information.


Check out this video. Lady Gaga’s new opening act, Alphabeat, performs their new single, “Hole In My Heart,” live at the Manchester Evening News Arena (18 Feb 2010) supporting Lady Gaga on the UK leg of the Monster Ball Tour. (Watch their very cool official video after this concert vid.) Visit Alphabeat’s official website:


Watch the official video “Hole In My Heart” by Lady Gaga’s new opening Monster Ball Tour act, Scandinavia’s Alphabeat. Visit the official Alphabeat website:


Check out this bonus video from Lady Gaga designer Terence Koh’s official YouTube channel: “88 Pearls!” A video about getting Lady Gaga ready for amFAR. Lady Gaga tweeted “88 pearls: an abstract performance for the internet. TERENCE KOH + LADY GAGA (magical angel)”:



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