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By Chris Tanasoff and PDLM
When we say “the American mainstream media protects Lady Gaga” some people have the nerve to say we are exaggerating.
Take a look at this article by Billboard, a pro-Gaga article trying to explain that cancelling the
Born Flop This Way Ball was a major loss for all, and alluding to the fact the cancellation had nothing to do with low ticket sales. [Click here to go to the article]
Now, please, take a look at this passage:
“In total, 22 shows were cancelled, forcing the refund of roughly 200,000 tickets worth approximately $25 million in gross ticket sales, Billboard estimates.”
I don’t think the poor things realized that while writing a pro-Gaga piece, they actually provided the empirical evidence we needed to say with confidence that the Born This Way Ball, was a commercial failure in North America as well.
Don’t understand why?
Do the math:
Roughly 200,000 tickets sold for the remaining 22 dates that were cancelled due to a hip injury (!).
200,000 / 22 = 9,090 tickets sold per show.
Yup! You read that right.
In an article written to suggest Lady Gaga’s tour was a success and cancelling the remaining dates was a loss for everybody, Billboard inadvertently revealed that Lady Gaga sold an average of 9,090 tickets per show.
If you have any common sense, you would agree that this is more than enough of an excuse to cancel those shows due to poor ticket sales. But no, here’s the excuse Lady Gaga’s team and Live Nation are giving:
Now please check the venues Lady Gaga was supposed to play before cancelling her shows.
Now check the full capacity of those same vanues:
Now compare those numbers:
Lady Gaga sold an average 9,090 tickets per show for venues that have an average 19,278 people capacity.
That’s roughly 50% of those remaing 22 dates that, coincidently, were cancelled due to a “hip injury”. It’s such a lucky and happy coincidence! It’s like getting sick right before a school test you haven’t studied for.
Note that even with her stage built in those venues, the capacity of most of those arenas still is above 15,000 people. Add to that, the fact that Lady Gaga’s shows do not have assigned seats on the floor, it is always general admission - which means it fits nearly double the number of people on the floor than at Madonna’s MDNA arena shows in North America.
So, thanks Billboard, for inadvertently revealing this info while trying to convince the world that Lady Gaga’s tour was doing just fine.
You can read my theory on why Lady Gaga’s tour cancellation is an awesome decision on her part on here.
On a light and humorous note:
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…and blames it on growing chronic pain.
Her concerts in Chicago on Feb. 13 and 14 (tomorrow and the day after), in Detroit on Saturday and Hamilton, ON on Sunday have all been postponed. The new dates have not been announced yet.
An interesting thing (and that goes for those who are into speech analysis) is that when Lady Gaga revealed what her problem is (through her own personal Twitter account), she spoke in third person. Third person!
Yes. She broke her usual Twitter “speech” tone (a personal and accessible pattern) to take on an impersonal, distant, third-person speech about herself:
Yup! That’s how contrived and fake this girl is.
She even changed her “speech” pattern on Twitter hoping to achieve a more “professional” and “serious” tone to the news broken. Here’s what it is, folks:
When you change from ”MY doctor has ordered ME to postpone” such and such (which is her usual “voice” on her personal Twitter account) to “Gaga’s doctor has ordered her to postpone” such and such, she is giving a seriousness to the issue she’s talking about. This way it’s impersonal, it’s not a joke, it’s not her whining about it, it’s not because she wanted it. In third person, she is not to blame. It’s someone else’s fault. It’s her doctor’s fault. But she doesn’t even acknowledge it in first person. It’s impersonal. Passive-aggressiveness at it’s best.
By the way, her previous tweet was “I hate doing this [postponing a show] I love you”. That way: in the first person.
Lady Gaga really is a psycho. Seriously.
It’s kind of hard to imagine her joints suffering from severe inflammation - it’s not like she dances, or anything. In fact, the only reason her joints might have gotten bad is because of her weight problem (which was more of a PR stunt, than a real weight problem).
Besides that, doesn’t it take months (sometimes years) to recover from severe synovitis? These fours shows in a week won’t do a thing, so..
It sounds fishy…
Especially considering that none of her shows in North America were really sold out, and she had to give out unsold tickets to fans visiting her tailgate party to avoid bad press.
Speaking of bad press, you all know by now that members of the press cannot enter her shows to take pictures. Only the ones released by her people are supposed to reach the media.
The Montreal Gazette informed us that last night’s show was not sold out anyway:
Tell me what you think:
Is she really injured, or is she
cancelling postponing shows due to poor ticket sales?
What Culture published back in November 2011 an amazing article on why Lady Gaga doesn’t matter. It could have been written today, as just like they predicted, Lady Gaga is declining in front of our very eyes. I reproduced part of it here, but make sure you click on this link and read the full article on their page:
"Some say she’s a genius; others say she’s contrived, but generally nobody is saying much anymore. It seems that Lady Gaga’s stranglehold over pop culture news has all but evaporated.
Stefani Germanotta’s Lady Gaga persona really gained popularity in 2009 as a sort of poor man’s Gwen Stefani, neither as talented as Madonna or culturally significant as Britney Spears, but not without a modicum of entertaining ability. Most importantly, she was just average enough to feel different without it being the entire reason for her being.
At some point, around the time she performed “Paparazzi” on the MTV Video Music Awards, she really raised the stakes in terms of ridiculous attention seeking behavior. She went from dressing relatively normally (yes, the outfits were revealing, but no more than you’d expect from a woman in the pop music profession) to faking handicaps and dousing herself with artificial blood.
Lady Gaga went from musician to performance art, an easily digestible image for the public to consume without further interpretation, containing as much depth as a Facebook profile picture and the same amount of artistic merit. From then on it was a parade of pseudo inspirational sound bites and clothing made from decapitated muppets.
From her first album “Fame” to “Fame Monster”, she was still singing generic love songs, but now her music videos and public appearances provided her with opportunities to dress in provocative ways, thus making her entire catalog FEEL more complex, but without actually deserving it.
On top of that, her popularity amongst the gay club culture offered a loyal and passionate fan base to be exploited. It was after she realized this that she was suddenly an outsider, imploring her fans, whom she dubbed “Little Monsters,” to be themselves and never let the oppressive mainstream culture keep them down.
The idea that Lady Gaga could pass herself off as an outsider is laughable, especially considering that at the very beginning of her career, a pudgier, brunette Germanotta played soulful piano ballads akin to Vanessa Carlton. All of which were completely abandoned in order to become a dance music sensation.
Lady Gaga gives us the ostentatious outfits and bizarre headgear, but she no longer engages the audience. She has become a special effect, empty and meaningless, providing no nutritional value for the mind.
And just like most movies, we will move on from Lady Gaga as soon as the next shiny object catches our attention.”
Since then, the Born this Way Ball tour, which according to Gaga was going to “revolutionize live performance" failed to be among the top 5 tours of 2012. Her latest album sold less copies than the previous one, and most music and video music awards ignored her latest music and video efforts —- talk about being absolutely right What Culture!
I personally can’t wait for
ARTPOP FARTPOOP. Lady Gaga has already announced a documentary a la Madonna's Truth or Dare, a music app llike Björk's Biophilia, and she already promised the best album of her career (just like she did with Born This Way). So I can’t wait to start analyzing this new era. Will she survive one more over-hyped album?
The most interesting thing here is the fact that there is the possibility that 2013 will be a good year for her:
But even if FARTPOOP succeeds, there is one thing Lady Gaga will not be able to avoid: FARTPOOP will be her comeback album after only 5 years in the business. And that, like I said, IF it succeeds. katy Perry will also be releasing new music this year, by the way. And when it comes to touring, we know who is ruling 2013 as of now.
After several unsuccessful shows around the world and a complete commercial failure in Latin America, tickets for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball in the United States are not moving either.
The Examiner reports that “StubHub, the official partner site of Ticketmaster, began showing tickets for the Born This Way Ball tour as cheap as $23 this morning, even though regular tickets on Ticketmaster sell at $60 to $200”.
When I checked it out, I found 1,872 tickets for sale for $25:
Remember: tickets for that concert used to cost between$60 to $200!
Her North American tour starts in 13 days and not even the first show in the US is selling out!
In fact, I checked Ticketmaster's website for her tickets a few minutes ago, and guess what?
Close to high availability for every single section around the stage and on the floor - where Gaga will still try to squeeze more little monsters in general admission (instead of having less people in designated seats).
Even high profile shows in cities like Los Angeles and New York are NOT MOVING, forcing Ticketmaster to push them below face value on its official secondary seller.
As of right now, if you check StubHub, you will find 2,580 tickets available for the Los Angeles concert for $19.
You will also find 2,303 tickets for the New York concert in the brand new high profile Barclays Center in Brooklyn being sold for $20:
Talk about the tour that would “slay your faves" little monsters!
Speaking of slaying, Taylor Swift will play at the Tacoma Dome in August (seven months from now). Tacoma Dome - that’s the same venue Lady Gaga plays in less than two weeks.
Check and compare the availability for Swift’s tickets for that show seven months in advance:
Lady Gaga is caught in a bad romance with the box office!
Madonna’s MDNA TOUR, of course!
Billboard has just published their end-of-the-year lists and, as I have been saying for months, Madonna’s MDNA Tour is the highst grossing tour of the year - and she still has some more shows to go. Madonna also ranks at #3 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and #5 on the Dance/Club artists chart.
Our beloved Lady Gaga, poor thing, #2?
What the heck?
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball ended up at #6!
And just like I have said before, Lady Gaga would not report all of her shows because many of them flopped.
Remember when I said Lady Gaga would pretend her entire tour was “sold out” by hiding the commercially flopped concerts and acting like they never happened?
Check the number of shows Billboard says she performed: 65. Billboard says “65 sold out shows out of 65."
Except that Lady Gaga has already performed 80 shows with theBorn This Way Ball to date - NOT 65.
Until the end of November, Lady Gaga had performed 76 shows - not 65.
Why have only 65 shows been reported to Billboard Boxscore?
You know why!
Coldplay (#5 on the list) didn’t have a problem revealing that not every single show was sold out - they are still ahead of Lady Gaga on the list.
Cirque Du Soleil, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen… they are all ahead of Lady Gaga and they still did not have a problem revealing the real numbers of their tours - not every single show was sold out.
Only Lady Gaga, who has her own head far up her own ass could not deal with the fact that she flopped in many markets. Only Lady Gaga and her big inflated ego lied about selling out all of her shows.
The saddest thing is seeing that Billboard decided to help Lady Gaga hide the fact that her tour was NOT sold out.
- Ask them what happened to Lady Gaga’s shows in Mexico City, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Santiago, Lima, Asunción?
I’ve been saying this forever: the mainstream media protects Lady Gaga. Does anyone still have doubts?
You can reach Billboard.com’s Managing Editor, Jessica Letkemann, on Jessica.Letkemann@billboard.com, Billboard’s Charts Manager, Gary Trust, on Gary.Trust@billboard.com, and Billboard’s Research Manager, Gordon Murray, on Research@billboard.com.
You can also ask them on Twitter: @billboard
Billboard Bizz has an article that talks about the highest grossing tours and the artists on the list. It’s interesting to see that Gaga’s people still over-hype her. It’s even more interesting to see that Gaga’s booker reveals they envision her longevity like Madonna’s and the Rolling Stones’. But again, Billboard failed to expose Lady Gaga and the fact that she is hiding the numbers of her flopped shows in some markets:
“Lady Gaga has yet to play to North American fans on her “Born This Way Ball” tour, but international audiences drove Gaga’s gross to $124.9 million, with 1.1 million in attendance to 65 shows. The run is produced by Live Nation Global Touring, and Gaga is managed by Troy Carter and booked by WME’s Geiger.
"The strategy on this run was to use this album cycle to go into marketplaces she left untapped in the first cycle, [knowing] she was a huge cultural force in those places," Geiger says. ”We really tried, as part of this plan, to ‘crop rotate,’ and it has worked, because you have to lay down roots if you’re going to be a global superstar everywhere.”’
"Gaga added stadiums to the mix internationally, but will play primarily arenas in North America next year, which could be considered an underplay. "We look at it as, 'We have a real artist here' — we always did — and this is just part of artist development,” Geiger says of the strategy. "Her measurement of success is, I believe, to be a brilliant, interesting artist for 25-30 years, or longer. The Stones and Madonna have shown you can do this for a long time and do it well, and we’re still in the early stages [with Gaga]."”
» I think they failed to realize that the Stones and Madonna were not selling less albums within their first four years in the music business. They were getting bigger at that stage of their career. The same stage Gaga finds herself now selling less records than before, covering up empty seats and half empty stadiums and with a tour that will not be bigger than the previous one. Talk about the huge cultural impact she has had in those places, huh, Geiger?
“As was the case for her tours in 2009 and 2004, Madonna emerges as the highest-grossing touring act for the year with “MDNA” still under way and putting up huge numbers. (…) Madonna joins the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Bon Jovi among the only acts to be the highest-grossing tour twice in a three-year span, according to Boxscore. (…)
Though she still had numbers to add to the tally when the chart period closed, Madonna’s $228.4 million gross from 72 sellouts and 1.6 million in attendance is tops for the year by a wide margin. “MDNA” is Madonna's fifth tour with Fogel's team, a run that marks the artist's surge into the elite ranks of touring acts and inarguably makes her the top touring female artist of all time, a designation that Fogel readily embraces.
"It seems like I have said this a number of times following Madonna tours — five times to be precise: The overwhelming global success of the “MDNA” tour proves yet again that Madonna is the greatest female touring artist,” Fogel says from Medellin, Colombia, where, following a turnout of 85,000 paid attendees in Mexico City, Madonna was poised to play to another 80,000 ticket buyers. “As this tour takes its place as one of the most successful in history, I can’t help but enjoy the fact that it is the millions of fans who determine that."
» Very well said, Fogel. I guess millions of twitter followers do not fill up stadiums worldwide.
News of Lady Gaga’s recently flop in Russia just keeps coming - and it gets better and better!
Now, it’s time to talk about Moscow.
Even though Lady Gaga sold more tickets for her concert in Moscow than in Saint Petersburg, she still couldn’t sell out the venue. However, a performer’s worst nightmare was stil ahead, it happened during the show:
The Born This Way Ball is so bad and boring that people walked out on her - during the show!
Yup! Those rumors are TRUE.
People were walking out on Gaga during her show in Moscow!
And no, it’s not one or two people walking out a door - it’s entire groups of people walking out from every side of the venue, leaving the floor and leaving the pitch seats.
Also, pay attention to the amount of empty seats in the arena:
Can’t wait to read all the new excuses little monsters will create this time.
Look at this lovely picture, there’s more empty seats than people there:
So above we have Gaga on stage in Moscow. Below we have a picture of the venue before Madonna started her show - oh, that’s the same arena:
Remember that image I posted in which you can see an entire section covered in black fabric?
Note that you can see several empty seats in between people in the center of that picture too:
The picture above was taken before the concert started. But do you remember how the floor (general admission) looked like a few minutes before the show started?
They had to do something about it.
So guess what Lady Gaga’s team tried to do to cover up that emptiness?
They moved people from the cheaper seats in back of the arena (where allegedly no one could see) and put them on the floor to make it look full-er.
But there is one problem: we could still see the empty seats in the back.
Compare them for yourselves: during the concert, the seats area is even emptier than before the concert started.
Why? Because the concert’s organizers moved all those people to the floor to make it look full:
Nice try, folks.
Special thanks to Alexander for the video and the new pictures.
On a side note:
In Oslo, Norway, Lady Gaga played at the same arena Madonna played with the MDNA Tour. The difference?
MDNA Tour in Oslo: 18,631 people.
FLOP This Way Ball in Oslo: 11,000 people.
SAME ARENA, folks! Same arena!
Note that the information and the numbers included on both (the Examiner and Digital Spy) have been reported on my blog first, but neither is referrencing to this blog. Oh, the perils of being an underground blog!
Anyway, I am just glad people are starting to talk about Lady Gaga’s commercially flopped Latin American tour.
Did you guys notice that besides not reporting to Billboard the numbers of her flopped concerts in Latin America, Lady Gaga actually skipped one date in the reports?
Gaga’s only concert in Mexico flopped (it happened on October 26th), and she did not report it to Billboard Box Score. However, her concerts in Puerto Rico (which happened days after Mexico, on October 30th and 31st) have already been reported.
She literally skipped and hid the numbers of her flopped concert in Mexico, but revealed the numbers of the successful concerts that happened days after!
She needs to change her name to SHADY GAGA!
Here’s what Digital Spy just reported:
NME is also reporting Lady Gaga’s failure in Latin America:
"Madonna concerts in South America outsell rival Lady Gaga by three to one, according to latest statistics.
The statistic is even more embarrassing to Gaga as Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ tour tickets are also three times more expensive than briefs for her ‘Born This Way’ world tour.”
Read the full article here.
Singer Lady Gaga attracted only 17,000 fans during her concert last Friday at a stadium in Lima, which had a capacity of 52,000 people, according to figures released by the Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers (APDAYC).
17,000 people in the audience in a stadium for 52,000.
Note that these are numbers given by the APDAYC - Asociacion Peruana de Autores y Compositores (Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers), and it has been reported by the Peruvian press:
Remember when Lady Gaga said she was playing for 50,000 people there?
What is really sad and pathetic is that her little
monsters morons always take her word over official numbers given by companies who are responsible to measure those things, such as the Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers - which are not related to Lady Gaga or any artist in particular.
I wonder if this little moron knows that 100,000 people in Gaga’s world is NOT 100,000 people in the real world.
Gaga might have said she sold 100,000 tickets in South Africa when she was butt-hurt by Die Antwoord, but as far as we are concerned, the equation is:
Not to mention that she is playing TWO dates in South Africa. So what she alleges is 100,000 tickets sold will actually be around 34,000 people in her concerts there. You will see I am right (again) very soon. Try again little moron Rebecca.
While Madonna has already disclosed her numbers from her most recent shows - Lady Gaga is still covering up the failure her Latin American tour is.
Why hasn’t Lady Gaga’s team disclosed the attendance and revenue of her shows in Mexico, for example? It happened way before Madonna’s Atlanta show (which I attended). Atlanta’s numbers are already out.
In fact, the only Madonna shows that have not been disclosed yet are the last two shows in Miami, which happened less than a week ago.
I assume Lady Gaga’s manager is trying to figure out a way to inflate the number of attendance, without having to pay more taxes. But hey! Thousands of FREE tickets will not increase their taxes.
But that’s the problem, right? They do not want to admit that half the people in the audience (or more than that) were there for free. This double-edged sword is sort of embarrassing.
Last night, Lady Gaga performed in Lima, Peru. And boy, that was another embarrassing show!
El Comercio even tried to be nice, making complements to the show, but those
bought positive comments could not cover up the fact that the show in Lima, Peru, was a commercial failure. Numbers cannot be ignored, and thankfully, they did not ignore them:
El Comercio mentioned how “Lady Gaga did not meet expectations”. They also reported that “Lady Gaga played for no more than 20,000 people at a stadium with capacity to 52,000”.
Promoters expected at least 40,000 for her show in Peru. But how many people showed up? According to the press: between 15,000 to 20,000 tops - that’s (less than) half of what was expected.
Not to mention that Gaga’s Lima tickets ended up being sold 80% off.
El Comercio also mentioned the hashtag #IdeasParaQueLadyGagaLleneElEstadio, which became a Twitter trend last night.
That hashtag means #IdeasToFillTheStadiumForLadyGaga, mocking the fact that more than half the stadium was empty.
Here’s a video filmed at 10.30 pm - right before the concert started:
Definitely, Lady Gaga is a major flop in Latin America.
Here are some pictures of Lady Gaga’s concert in Lima. Note that, even though the show had not started yet, all those pictures were taken minutes before it started (she was almost an hour late):
But this is what Lady Garbage tweeted about her concert in Peru:
I think we should start a new twitter trend:
Lady Gaga is the new Queen of Pop that never was.
Now that the Brazilian leg of Lady Gaga’s
Born Flop This Way Ball is over, it’s even clearer it was a big commercial failure.
UOL just published an article with the headline:
They go on saying:
“Neither the ‘buy one ticket, get one free’ deal, nor the ‘pay for your tickets in 10 installments with no interest’ deal worked. 43% of the tickets for all three Lady Gaga concerts in Brazil were not sold, according to the numbers given by Time for Fun, company responsible for her shows in the country.”
“The biggest seller was Sao Paulo: 50,000 people of the 64,995 tickets available. That’s 77% of the stadium capacity. The biggest failure was in Rio. Of the 90,330 tickets available, only 40 thousand were sold, that’s 44%. In Porto Alegre, Lady Gaga sold 16,000 of the 30,000 tickets offered.”
They also compare Gaga’s weak performance in Brazil to the performance of other music stars, such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Madonna and U2 - they all have been to Brazil with their latest tours. Read the full article here.
It’s important to remind you that hardly anyone paid full price for her tickets.
There were 50,000 people in Sao Paulo, but there, the “buy one, get one free" deal was offered to everyone. So, in reality, she sold 25,000 tickets of the 64,995. That’s actually 38%. She sold only 38% of the tickets.
But as we stated before, the free tickets were given out officially with every ticket bought, they are counted as “sold” too. And that’s how they mask her failure. I wonder what kind of “math” they will do to tell Billboard Box Score the concerts were “sold out”.
Same applies to Rio de Janeiro. There, at the day of the event, the deal at the window/box office was: buy ONE, get TWO tickets free. So who knows how many tickets she actually sold and how many were given away freely?
And what about her show at the parking lot of FIERGS? Only 16,000 people showed up after all those deals? This is an embarrassment. They had a “buy one, get one free” deal too.
Too bad the English-speaking media does not talk about this. But we will report these numbers and facts on the comments section of every Lady Gaga related news, aren’t we?
Do I have any reader from Argentina to report what is going on down there?
As we have reported many times, Lady Gaga’s last concert in Brazil, in Porto Alegre, will be held at a PARKING LOT.
That’s right, at a PARKING LOT!
Unlike Madonna, who will be playing at the Monumental Olympic Stadium in Porto Alegre in a few weeks, the venue for Lady Gaga’s show in the city is in the parking lot of FIERGS.
Here’s a picture of her stage in Porto Alegre - you can even see the demarcation of parking spaces on the ground:
Live Nation did not use Madonna’s MDNA Tour stage structure for Lady Gaga’s show in Porto Alegre because it is, allegedly, on its way to Argentina.
However, Lady Gaga is still riding Madonna’s coattails:
The stage set up for Lady Gaga in Porto Alegre was Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour structure.
Here’s a picture of Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour stage being built in Tel Aviv in 2008:
Thanks Renan Souza for the contribution.
Picture of Lady Gaga’s crowd at the parking lot of FIERGS a few minutes ago (the show will start at any moment):
says the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. They add:
Another news outlet, Peru 21, says
And don’t forget, in Peru, her tickets have been distributed in different deals for a long time. Remember the Buy Three Tickets, Get One Free deal I talked about weeks ago? It’s on here.
In Brazil, Gaga’s team reported 50,000 people at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.
That means I was right about the claims I made last week that only half the tickets for her concert in the biggest city in South America had been sold.
As it’s also been reported by Rolling Stone magazine: “In São Paulo, where the demand was higher, Gaga hasn’t sold more than half the total Morumbi Stadium’s capacity for a show this Sunday, November 11."
Now her team reports 50,000 people in the stadium.
The Morumbi Stadium holds concerts for up to 60,000 people.
Don’t forget: Sao Paulo was the first city to have the BUY ONE TICKET, GET ONE FREE deal officially announced by the show’s sponsor, Riachuelo:
So do the math:
25,000 tickets sold + 25,000 tickets for free = 50,000 people in the audience.
It is quite funny how little monsters are reporting 50k people in her audience in Sao Paulo as a success, when in fact, it shows that not even when Gaga offered a free ticket for every ticket bought, she managed to sell out the stadium.
Forget about your feelings towards Gaga and analyze the numbers coldly and logically: I assure you there will be only one word in mind: “flop”.
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