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    • Morrissey Shares New Song “Spent the Day in Bed,” Confirms Album Details
      Morrissey is releasing a new album, Low in High School, on November 17 via BMG and his own new label, Etienne. Now he has shared the album's first single, "Spent the Day in Bed." 
    • Strange Peace
      Like II, the third entry from METZ makes no compromises. The Canadian hardcore trio have an uncanny knack for capturing lightning in a bottle. Their sound lays the ferocity and unrelenting power of their live shows onto tape. To sacrifice that for more expansive, appeasing sounds would be to give up what makes METZ, METZ.
    • The Big Sick
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    • Fool’s Paradise
      After two albums, Cold Specks, the stage name used by Canadian singer/songwriter Ladan Hussein, still felt like a talent in search of a sound. Fool's Paradise doesn't do much to alter this situation, but it does allow Hussein to showcase the reason her embryonic style remains worth sticking with.
    • Sigur Rós Announce Initial Holiday Festival Lineup: Jarvis Cocker, Kevin Shields, and More
      Iceland's Sigur Rós previously announced Norður og Niður, a new festival at Reykjavik's Harpa venue from December 27 - 31. The band will perform four shows in Harpa's main hall, Eldborg (which has a capacity of only 1,500 per show), on December 27, 28, 29, and 30. 
    • Watch Madeline Kenney Get Splattered with Green Screen Paint in the “Always” Video
      Madeline Kenney released her debut album, Night Night at the First Landing, at the beginning of the month via Company. Previously "Rita" was one of our Songs of the Week, and we also shared another song from the album, "Big One" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week).
    • Wolf Alice Share New Album Opener “Heavenward”
      Britain's Wolf Alice are releasing their sophomore album, Visions of a Life, on September 29 via Dirty Hit/RCA. Now they have shared the album's opening cut, "Heavenward." Listen below followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.
    • Tegan and Sara Share CHVRCHES’ Cover of “Call It Off” from “The Con X: Covers” Album
      Tegan and Sara previously announced that they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album The Con with a tour and The Con X: Covers, an album due out October 20 (via Warner Bros) in which other artists cover each song on The Con, with all net proceeds going to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which works in support of LGBTQ girls and women. 
    • Goon: Last of the Enforcers
      Goon: Last of the Enforcers attempts to recapture the magic, trying to show more is more, and less is more, while proving neither is more in this instance.
    • Elbow and John Grant Team Up for the “Kindling (Fickle Flame)” Video
      Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. A couple of weeks ago the band shared a new version of Little Fictions' closing track "Kindling." Renamed "Kindling (Fickle Flame)," this version is redone as a duet with John Grant. Now a video for the new version has been shared.
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    • No, The North Doesn't Just Listen To Landfill Indie September 19, 2017
      And the South enjoys its fair share of appalling music...When the winner of this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize was announced there was little surprise that it came from London. After all, the metropolis dominated the shortlist, with South London in particular asserting a kind of creative stranglehold on the final countdown. But, as Clash commented at the time […]
    • Listen: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 'Little Thing Gone Wild' September 19, 2017
      Check it out now...Gone Wild San Francisco rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return with new song ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’ – tune in now. The song is the first output from their new record ‘Wrong Creatures’ due out in January 2018. First, however, the band embark on an extensive UK tour next month. ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’ is the classic cacophony of gnarl […]
    • Premiere: Sweaty Palms - 'Queer Fatwa' September 19, 2017
      Dark post-punk from Glasgow...Sweaty Palms hail from Glasgow, a city with a seedy underbelly. The band seem to take this barely restrained aggression and channel it in their music, a dank, black-clad vision of post-punk bedlam. Antecedants could include everyone from The Fall to 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, a sound that is both violent and hilarious. Debut […]
    • Superfood - Bambino September 19, 2017
      A strutting dollop of funky indie-pop indulgence...Losing a band member has historically sparked chaos for many a well-seasoned band. Like Blur without Graham Coxon or the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the years after John Frusciante departed, their respective band’s output noticeably dipped and missed that vital spark that gave the bands their core identity. Thr […]
    • Jordan Rakei - Wallflower September 19, 2017
      A confident artistic expression from a talent in bloom...New Zealand’s Jordan Rakei has enjoyed a rapid ascension into the spotlight since he first moved to London in 2015. Having released debut EP ‘Franklin’s Room’ in 2013 from the confines of his Brisbane bedroom studio, he began to garner an influential following. Moving to the UK to widen his creative ho […]
    • A Rhythmic Rebellion: Clash Meets THEY. September 19, 2017
      "We don’t chase trends, because we want longevity..."An alternative to artists who follow the industry blueprint, churning out the “same old shit” on a conveyor belt, the ethos of THEY. (producer Dante Jones and vocalist Drew Love) is underscored by an unruly ambition to never sate but always challenge the status quo. “We don’t chase trends, becaus […]
    • Listen: Phobophobes - 'Where Is My Owner' September 19, 2017
      Recorded somewhere beneath the Brixton Windmill...New music is oozing out of South London on a daily basis. A collective of menacing, dirty, demented rock 'n' roll groups are hauling themselves forwards, with the likes of Goat Girl, SHAME, and HMLTD all finding wider recognition. Phobophobes could be next. New single 'Where Is My Owner' s […]
    • Alvvays Announce New UK Tour Dates September 19, 2017
      Canadian band to return in February 2018...Alvvays have announced a string of huge UK shows for February 2018. The band's new album 'Antisocialites' is out now, and it seems to be bowling over everyone who has heard it. Not that singer Molly Rankin is concerned by all the praise - speaking to Clash recently she commented: “I haven't read […]
    • Track Of The Day 19/9 - Gel Set September 19, 2017
      'Don't You Miss Me?'There's a world of difference between Los Angeles and Chicago. Two very different cities with very different atmospheres, multi-media artist Laura Callier found it extremely difficult to move from one to the other. Re-locating to Los Angeles, she found the fragmented structure of the city, it's long, spread out ge […]
    • Great Escape's First Fifty Returns September 19, 2017
      New music extravaganza hits East London...The Great Escape's First Fifty event is set to return to East London this November. Launched last year, it's a timely recap on breaking music, bringing together different genres, different artists, and different continents. Running across November 21st - 23rd, First Fifty will utilise five sought after venu […]
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
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Posts Tagged ‘Lady Gaga’

Video of the Day: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – Anything Goes

Posted by falconi5 on September 24, 2014

tonyTony Bennett is still going after all these years.  His new album, Cheek to Cheek is out now and features duets with Lady Gaga.  This would make a great Christmas present.

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Video of the Day: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga ‘The Lady is a Tramp’

Posted by falconi5 on September 22, 2011

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Video of the Day: Lady Gaga SNL 5/21

Posted by falconi5 on May 22, 2011

From the 5/21 performance on Saturday Night Live.

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Lady Gaga: Born This Way

Posted by falconi5 on May 18, 2011

By Tim Jonz…..from guardian.co.uk

There’s an unnerving moment that occurs when hearing Lady Gaga‘s second album, Born This Way, for the first time. It comes as soon as the plodding keyboard chords ring out on opening track Marry the Night and you wonder if the stage is set for this to be the first of several self-indulgent ballads. It will be a fear familiar to anyone who tuned into Radio 1’s Big Weekend expecting a rapid-fire run through her storming pop hits and was met inexplicably with several minutes of jazz trumpet. Among the madness, the Madonna-comparisons and the meat dresses has Lady Gaga lost track of what made her little monsters fall in love with her in the first place.

If so, it would certainly fit the most recent narrative – Lady Gaga’s rise to the top of the pop tree has landed on a particularly wobbly branch during this album’s promotional campaign. First fans grumbled that the title track bore remarkable similarity to Madonna’s Express Yourself. Then disapproving voices in the gay community complained that Gaga had hijacked their sexuality as a marketing tool. So intense was the chatter around Born This Way, in fact, there was even a backlash over the artwork.

 Such fears on the musical front, however, do not last long – Marry the Night’s softer stylings are soon sent packing by what Gaga had always promised would be “sledgehammering dance beats”. It’s a pattern that holds throughout Born This Way. No matter how a song begins – pizzicato strings, operatic vocals, 80s rawk guitar – it’s soon engulfed in buzzsaw synths and robo-precise rhythms. This is shameless, club-orientated pop that aims for instant impact.

 Gaga has made much of the various themes on offer – religion (Judas, Bloody Mary), freedom (Road to Love), identity (Hair, Born This Way) – and these messages are hammered home rather than hinted at. Nobody expected Born This Way, hyped by Elton John as a “new gay anthem”, to reference post-queer theory texts, but it’s safe to say that subtlety isn’t one of its strong points. Elsewhere, Hair uses follicles as a metaphor for freedom – not exactly a brave new concept for anyone who’s seen the 60s musical Hair (or caught the sermon from Danny in Withnail & I for that matter).

 Trite lyrics abound (“I just want to be free, I just want to be me”) but these weaknesses can also be strengths, and there’s something admirable about the way the aforementioned trio of tracks address confused teenagers in search of their identity. Bad Kids, in particular, is a Vince Clarke-esque stormer listing a series of flaws (“I’m a jerk”, “I’m a bitch”, “I’m a selfish punk”) that places Gaga, like Pink, as a mainstream pop star addressing outsider America. That said, when the music drops out midway, Gaga could have come back with a slightly more hard-hitting line than “I’m a twit”.

 Born This Way boasts a pop vision flexible enough to be both serious (Americano embraces Latino sounds to tackle Arizona’s immigration laws) and surreal (Road to Love is Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ only, er, about unicorns) yet it almost always hits its target. Scheiße might be influenced by the decadent Berlin techno scene but, crucially, it has a ridiculously catchy chorus. Indeed, anyone disappointed with the singles from Born This Way, none of which lived up to Bad Romance or Poker Face, can take comfort in the fact that they are by no means the standout tracks here.

 So relentless is the pace, in fact, that towards the end of this mammoth album (14 songs, plus bonus tracks), when those sledgehammer beats bash you one too many times, you do start to wish for a nice little piano ballad as a breather. That finally comes with the penultimate Yoü and I, which aims for a Hey Jude style singalong but – owing to its determination to have someone playing kitchen sink in the background – ends up as bloated as Oasis’ All Around the World.

 The occasional drift towards indulgence is not a total surprise. With release dates given away as “gifts” on Twitter, gigs that start out in embryonic eggs and the release of the album as a stream with an arguably bizarre choice of newspaper group, Born This Way is by far the most hyped album of 2011. Clearly one to play this down, Gaga told fans last year: “I promise to give you the greatest album of the decade.” This is not that album, even by the standards of a pop star who thrives on stretching the imagination.

 Gaga has surrendered her artier leanings in the quest for a pure pop record, the consequences of which are that it occasionally strays too far into cheese territory. The saxophones on Edge of Glory, for instance, are apparently a homage to Bruce Springsteen but would be equally at home on Take That’s Million Love Songs. Marry the Night, meanwhile, doesn’t quite shake off the feeling that its chorus had a previous incarnation as Dr Alban’s It’s My Life. But then this, perhaps, has always been the thrilling paradox of Lady Gaga – that she can be the most exciting, confounding and mind-bogglingly creative artist on planet pop while still sounding like an early-90s Tampax advert.

To read the original article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/18/lady-gaga-born-this-way-review

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How Does Lady Gaga’s HBO Special Stack Up Against The Live Show?

Posted by falconi5 on May 8, 2011

May 8th, 2011 by Jocelyn Vena at MTV Newsroom
From MTV.com

It’s hard to capture the electricity of a Lady Gaga show. The audience itself is a wealth of energy. Fans are cheering, dressed up in costumes, buzzing about what Gaga will say, how she will say it and wondering if she will play any new songs.

For her two shows at Madison Square Garden earlier this year, Gaga didn’t have many surprises. She kept to the script, only playing the Born This Way tracks she had already played in her previous stops on the Monster Ball tour. These shows served as the concerts used in her HBO special “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden.”

Those nights were pretty magical, regardless. I had seen Gaga once before at Lollapalooza the previous summer, but it was hot and there were mosquitoes and I generally hate the outdoors, so the experience was less than pleasant. But that HBO MSG show had a certain cosmic energy. Gaga turned it up to 1,000 (not that she usually doesn’t). She knew the cameras were rolling. She knew these shows meant something.

So how does the special stack up against the real thing? Well, nothing can compare to the real thing, but the special does a pretty great job of taking a bit of the fairy dust that is a Lady Gaga show and sprinkling it on film. The tears, the speeches, the over-the-top stage spectacle — it’s all there. It’s all perfectly boiled down during the two hours.

There’s nothing like being at a Lady Gaga show, but if you haven’t been to the Monster Ball, I definitely suggest you watch the special. The outfits are fun, the performances are great and Gaga is at her best. And I suggest, after you watch it and you’ve magically become a Little Monster, you buy a ticket to the next show in your town. Then you’ll really get why she’s such a big deal.

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Lady Gaga’s HBO Special

Posted by falconi5 on May 8, 2011

Along with unreleased Born This Way track, Gaga gives Little Monsters an inside look at the Monster Ball.

By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212from MTV.com

Lady Gaga’s first-ever HBO special is nearly 120 minutes of Gaga onstage and giving fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. A mixture of concert footage in color and backstage shots in black-and-white, HBO’s “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” is a love letter to her hometown, fans and her roots and also puts viewers in the front row at one of her shows.

The special opens with Gaga greeting her friends on the Lower East Side in Manhattan and buying a coffee at a local deli decked out in a biker jacket, bodysuit and heels. She struts through the neighborhood and into an SUV. She pulls up to Madison Square Garden. From the car, she greets her fans. “You know how many times I came to this arena? And now they’re opening up these gates for us,” she marvels to her team.

Now viewers are backstage as she puts on makeup andconfesses, “I start to think about all the people that have tried to stop me, and I get this super-intense fury. … I just sometimes feel like a loser still.”

The biggest reveal in the special is watching Gaga backstage singing a few lines of her still-unreleased Born This Way track “Marry the Night.” It happens fast, but Little Monsters are sure to eat up footage of her singing the track to herself.

“I’m gonna marry the night/ I won’t give up on my life/ I’m a warrior queen/ Live passionately tonight,” she sings to herself, waiting for her show to begin. This moment marries her pre-show life with her stage life. And just like that, fans are now at the Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden. The concert footage was shot earlier this year during two nights at MSG.

The Monster Ball itself has been edited with a constant stream of Gaga-isms about her fans, adversity and individuality, along with quick frenzied backstage shots, song changes (old and new) and, of course, costume changes (many of which are documented in those backstage moments). It gives anyone who hasn’t been there in person a good idea of what the show is all about.

The set list includes: “Just Dance,” “You and I,” “Born This Way,” “Alejandro” and many other Gaga favorites that are highlighted by Gaga’s ferocious presence and over-the-top staging. After the concert wraps, fans are once again backstage as Gaga, her team and her family celebrate the show. In a particularly touching moment, she hugs her dad. Gaga is seen leaving MSG in a feathered jacket as the special ends. During the credits, fans are treated to one last treat: Gaga practices “BTW” with her backup singers a cappella.

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Video of the Day: Lady Gaga ‘Judas’

Posted by falconi5 on May 5, 2011

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Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Posted by falconi5 on April 26, 2011

On the heels of the leak of latest single “Judas,” Lady Gaga revealed the cover image for her forthcoming album Born This Way in a series of tweets yesterday and today.As you probably expect, the image, shown here, is one clearly intended to make you think and, maybe, wonder a bit: It depicts Gaga as something of a metal minotaur, part human and part…motorcycle? Yup, part motorcycle.It’s a striking collage, and maybe not one that was very expected. But then again, what is the one thing you can expect with Gaga? Exactly: the unexpected. A follow-up tweet this morning revealed the cover for the deluxe edition of her album, too, which is basically just a close-up on Gaga’s face from the minotaur photo. It seems to project the idea of: Rarrr!

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Lady Gaga at 25: Her 25 Craziest Moments

Posted by falconi5 on March 31, 2011

 

Lady Gaga at 25: Her 25 Craziest Moments

Posted Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:42pm PDT by Chris Willman in Stop The Presses!

Lady Gaga has had so many individual pop culture “moments,” you could almost start to imagine she’s older than Madonna. But in fact, the lady turns a mere 25 on March 28. Has any artist in pop history provided such an extreme ratio of provocative moments per career-month?

You can go back almost two years and find commentators assuring everyone that Lady Gaga’s shock tactics would soon tire the public, but there’s no sign of that yet, as her “little monsters” and little haters alike can’t stop relishing every new surprise. In honor of her quarter-century on earth—and her mere two and a half years in the public spotlight—we provide you with this handy guide to Lady Gaga’s 25 most gonzo moments.

1. The meat dress. With apologies to Morrissey: Meat is couture. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga had what appeared to be raw meat fashioned into a dress, boots, hat, and even accessories (“I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse”). The outfit was a devastatingly topical statement about… what, again? Oh, gays in the military. Of course! “It is a devastation to me that I know my fans who are gay… feel like they have governmental oppression on them,” she said. “That’s actually why I wrote the meat tonight.” For once, PETA and John McCain were on the same side. 

2. The meat bikini. The VMAs weren’t the first instance of Gaga dressing up in meat. Earlier, she’d put on a meat bikini for the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan magazine. For Lady Gaga fans, there could be no greater shock than seeing her wear the same outfit twice. 

3. The egg. The yolk was on us when Gaga arrived at this year’s Grammys being carried aloft in a transparent egg, suggesting some sort of unholy cross between David Blaine and Spinal Tap. The idea was that she would be “Born This Way” later in the evening (rendering the entire two previous years of her career prenatal, apparently).

4. The shoulder horns. When she sang “Born This Way” after emerging from said egg, it was with flesh-colored, bony-looking appendages on her shoulders—just the kind of evolutionary mutation that the long-dormant shoulder pad industry has been waiting for.

5. The blood spurting. At the 2009 VMAs, her performance of “Paparazzi” concluded with blood dripping from her abdomen, which she then proceeded to rub on her face before collapsing in a heap and then rising—lifelessly dripping—above the stage. This was her social commentary on gays in the mili—… oh, sorry, the predatory media. (The climax of Black Swan could only aspire to this level of guignol.)

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6. The machine gun bra. Make love and war? Those of a certain age remember the “bullet bra,” but Gaga brought out the heavy artillery when she posed for the cover of Rolling Stone last June—popularizing the “I dreamt I liberated Poland in my Maidenform bra” look. 

7. The rosary beads. Okay, there are other examples of Gaga adopting the same look more than once, since she wears a machine gun bra in the video for “Alejandro.” But that was the least of that video’s provocations. The foremost: Catholic-baiting scenes in which, adorned in nunnish garb, she got mouthy with a set of rosary beads and sported a red cross on her bikini bottom. It was like “Like a Prayer”… squared. Among the offended: Katy Perry!

8. Simulated dog poisoning. There is an old show-business saying that goes, “The public will forgive you for anything except killing a puppy.” (Or maybe there isn’t, but it’s, you know, understood.) But Gaga proved the fallacy of this non-existent maxim by offing a dog with rat poison in her “Telephone” video. Let’s hope that wasn’t the corpse she was wearing at last year’s VMAs.

9. The get-up at her sister’s graduation. When her li’l sis graduated from high school last June, Gaga came out to support the cause in a bodysuit that was part lacy, part flesh-colored… topped by a black veil and hat that looked like a cross between a beekeeper’s protective headgear and funeral garb.

10. Dressing as a dude. In another photo shoot for Vogue Hommes Japan, Gaga transformed herself into a guy, rather convincingly. Granted, cross-dressing may be the least shocking thing she’s done in the past two years.

11. Nearly naked crowdsurfing. At Lollapalooza, Gaga came out and played drums during a set by friends Semi-Precious Weapons, then leaped into the audience to crowd-surf, while apparently wearing nothing but a fishnet bodystocking. Or, as it’s otherwise known, getting in touch with a different demographic.

12. The bubble dress. Gaga wasn’t even yet known for her outlandish outfits when she made the fresh-out-of-the-bubble-bath look part of her first headlining tour in 2009. The original dress now resides in a museum in London, where, presumably, visitors are carefully searched for pins.

13. The Kermit-the-frog dress. She went on a German talk show covered in nothing but Kermit dolls. Hey… at least it wasn’t raw frogs.

14. Biting the head off a Santa doll. In a likely nod to the Ozzy vs. bat legend, Gaga used her teeth to sever Santa from the rest of his body, which she then stomped on, at a London arena show. “I hate the holidays,” she explained, probably in jest. “I’m alone and miserable, you [expletive] stuffed little toy!”

15. Gaga goes Gershwin. At a New York jazz club show at the Oak Room, Gaga surprised the audience by showing up to sing “Someone to Watch Over Me”… and well. (See video, below.) Shocking!

16. The Michael Bolton connection. Perhaps making the ultimate statement about tolerance, Lady Gaga teamed up with the none-too-hep crooner to write a song called “Murder My Heart.” 

17. The celibacy announcement. No one saw this coming… but no, you didn’t miss the abstinence ring amid all that fashion. Her sexlessness is “because I don’t have the time to get to know anybody.” Earlier, she’d announced she’s bisexual—so she’s turning down the entire human race, not just half.

18. Lobbying the GOP. Wearing a suit and tie, Gaga spoke at a Maine rally in support of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, hoping to influence the state’s Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Because GOP politicians know that nothing gets out the Tea Party vote like announcing that Lady Gaga has changed your mind. 

19. Flammable pianos. Gaga has been known to perform at a flaming piano, the best known of these appearances being at the 2009 American Music Awards. Jerry Lee Lewis’ corrupting influence on the nation has continued well into the 21st century.

20. Incurring the wrath of Seinfeld. “I changed my mind, I hate her!” Jerry declared after learning that she’d been moved to his private box at a Mets game after giving photographers the finger earlier in the game. “You give people the finger and you get upgraded?” said the aggrieved comic. 

21. Incurring the wrath of the Yankees’ management. Gaga’s uneasy relationship with major league baseball continued when she went to the Yankees’ clubhouse and, according to the New York Post, drank whiskey and grabbed her chest while wearing a half-unbuttoned Yankees jersey. The team’s general manager explained that her main offense wasn’t her attire or attitude but her insistence on visiting the team right after a loss.

22. Dancing rights for the handicapped? Gaga stirred a discussion on “the politics of disability” when, in the “Paparazzi” video, she performed a dance routine in a wheelchair, crutches, and neck brace (following a scene in which her boyfriend throws her off a balcony).

23. Corrupting Beyonce. Jay-Z’s better half had shed her once wholesome image a while ago, but not quite to the extent that she did costarring with Gaga in the “Telephone” video, which included mass murder, an unprintable Kill Bill homage, and a theme that the Daily Beast referred to as “lez-ploitation.”

24. Type 0 perfume. Gaga reportedly put drops of her own blood in the mix for her upcoming perfume—possibly in homage to the members of KISS supposedly once putting their own blood in the ink being used for a comic book. “The perfume smells like an expensive hooker!” she promises. 

25. Gaga goes country! Just days ago, she released a country remix of her latest single, “Born This Way.” It sounds a bit more like balladic Southern rock than country, but it’s the perverse crossover thought that counts. 

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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way: New Single

Posted by falconi5 on February 12, 2011

It’s one of the most tweeted, blogged and hyped pop singles in recent memory. The title was announced more than six months ago, with the lyrics leaked piecemeal by the lady herself. Elton John has claimed it’s “the new gay anthem”, Justin Bieber and James Blunt tried to predict what it would sound like, while others have criticised the racial terminology in the lyrics. It was due to premiere on US radio at 6am EST, but has since been shoved online by Perez Hilton.

So what does it sound like? Well, a lot like Madonna’s Express Yourself, so much so that those two words are currently trending on Twitter. There’s also some spoken-word bits a la the Material Girl (as no one calls her any more), but it doesn’t sound copycat, more a knowing nod and a cute wink.

Born This Way is a thumping, almost disco anthem that stomps along until the chorus crashes in with the weight of a discarded meat dress. Lyrically, it’s all love yourself whoever you are and “don’t be a drag, just be a queen”. Within the ridiculously camp musical context, the lyrics sound a lot less heavy-handed than it would suggest. One suspects it will probably shift a few copies.

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