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One cannot talk about the Born This Way Ball and not think of attendance. And speaking of that, even the new pope gets full capacity. Poor Lady Gaga:
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.
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For those claiming that Lady Gaga has a lot to lose by cancelling the remaining dates of her Born This Way Ball tour at this point, let me point out some other possibilities that are valuable arguments that might change your mind.
The truth of the matter is, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball was not a commercial success - it did NOT make enough money. At least, not enough for what a money-making machine like Live Nation expected.
It is very naïve of people to ignore the fact that Live Nation (the tour promoter) takes the biggest chunk of the money when it’s all said and done. They are the ones promoting the tour worldwide, after all. The artist (Lady Gaga) only gets a small chunk of the dough.
Now tell me, what happens when the tour promoter doesn’t think the tour is making enough money? Or when the tour is not making enough money? Well, the less money the tour makes, the less money the artist will receive at the end of the day.
By finishing all the 119 dates originally scheduled for this tour, Lady Gaga would have received a small check from Live Nation, from a tour that did not make enough money (in the eyes of this huge corporation).
But let’s say she got injured doing the job…
If you know anything about the business side of entertainment, you know that you cannot start filming a movie, or running any show on Broadway, or any play, or going on the road on a tour without having the members of the production covered by insurance.
And how does one get insured?
Well, first you go though several physical exams before you start the tour. A team of physicians and psychologists will examine you to make sure you are physically and mentally fit to endure a tour of 119 dates around the world, close to a year away from home, jet lag - and all the physical and mental stress that come with it.
No insurance company would have allowed Lady Gaga to embark on a 119-date worldwide tour if she was not in perfect health. Joint problems? She surely did not have any when she started the tour in early 2012.
With a tour that is barely covering its own expenses and barely making enough-money to a mega corporation like Live Nation, Lady Gaga would end up getting an abysmally small paycheck at the end of the tour.
Except that she got injured right before the tour ended (there’s 21 shows left).
Her injury? Repetitive movement done on tour. Yes, of all people, she, Lady Gaga, got injured because of her dancing, performing on stage, doing her job - insured in millions of dollars, obviously.
[Gaga’s physically strenuous dance steps that caused her hip injury]
Have you guys heard of worker’s compensation?
Yes. Famous people also receive compensation in case of injury on a movie set, on stage doing a play, and guess what? On stage doing a musical show too!
Remember when Halle Berry received a big paycheck when she hurt her eye filming James Bond?
Once you get hurt doing your job, you are the one who receives the paycheck - not the company you work for. That’s why it’s called worker’s compensation. I have a suspicion that Gaga’s paycheck from Live Nation would be smaller than the paycheck she would receive from her insurance company had she been injured doing her job.
Maybe that’s Lady Gaga’s new schtick for the FARTPOOP era: her own version of “Italians do it better”, performed as a member of the NY/NJ Italian mafia making money on insurance fraud.
On a related note: I can’t remember seeing Lady Gaga going to Starbucks to buy herself some coffee when she was able to walk and dance (!). I’ve seen Britney Spears doing that in several different occasions, not Lady Gaga. But now that she can’t walk (?), she is out and about in her wheelchair. Talk about someone in desperate need for attention.
[“A venti Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino for the mermaid, please”]
Watch out, Bette Midler! The “mermaid on a wheelchair” is getting ready for her comeback!
What do you guys think of this theory?
#LittleMorons make fun of #Madonna’s age, but who needs medicine for bones and joints in real life? @LadyGaga! Oh, Karma!
…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?
First Facebook reveals their 2012 trends list and Gaga doesn’t even appear on the top 10 most talked about public figures (while Madonna is at #6). Then Miss Germanotta loses her crown as the most followed celebrity on Twitter to Justin Bieber. Then YouTube decides to clean its closet, revealing that over 156 million views Gaga had on her VEVO channel were fake. Now this:
“When we consider how busy Lady Gaga has been over the course of 2012, her fall in online popularity is astonishing and even more so if we consider the influence of the internet in launching her career. In April 2012 she commenced the Born This Way Ball and then in August she launched her own fragrance, appearing in cities across the globe to promote this. She also lost and gained weight controversially, after admitting to suffering from an eating disorder, openly discussed her use of drugs and appeared at London Fashion Week.The declining number of searches, which is lingering dangerously close to the level it was when she burst onto the scene in 2008, indicates that we are all a little bored with Lady Gaga’s antics!”
Does it come as a surprise?
Of course not. I’ve been saying this for a long time: Lady Gaga is on her way to Lauper Land. These charts and lists only prove what I have been saying on this blog since I started it a year ago.
We can also point out that Lady Gaga has fallen not only on the Internet, but also in real life. her current tour, the Born This Way Ball, had its ass kicked by Madonna’s MDNA Tour, her latest album (Born This Way) sold less than both her first and second releases (Fame and Fame Monster). And even Jennifer Lopez toppled her from the top spot on Forbes‘ Celebrity 100 last year, as Queerty points out.
In my opinion, Lady Gaga will do better if her next album/singles also underperform on the charts. It will be a huge embarrassment for her to have a hit album/single being considered a comeback only after 4 and a half years in the business with two and a half albums under her name. Embarrassing! But that do you think about it? [comments section below].
Funny, yesterday some little
monster moron said Madonna was hiding her numbers from Chile as if revealing them would change the fact that the MDNA Tour is the #1 tour of 2012. I guess he supposed the show was a disaster:
But hey, lucky Luc, Billboard Box Score was updated today, and guess what?
Despite the heavy rainfall in Santiago the day of the MDNA show causing accidents, chaotic traffic, fallen trees, power outages, and a shorter MDNA set (which we discussed here), Madonna still had a greater attendance than Lady Gaga in Santiago.
By the way, the night Lady Gaga performed in Santiago, there was no heavy rain, or power outages, or floods in the city. So what’s her excuse?
This is how the weather was in Santiago, Chile, the day of Madonna’s concert there:
And still, when it was showtime, this is how the stadium looked:
The numbers of Madonna’s show in Santiago, Chile under those circumstances are:
The numbers for Lady Gaga’s Born to Flop Ball are:
Yes, you read that right:
Under heavy rain and a chaotic day, Madonna played to 5,209 more people than Lady Gaga in the same venue (even though Gaga says her show was sold out too).
But that’s not all, this 5,209-more-people difference at the Madonna show means Madonna made US$1,017,894 more than Gaga.
Oh, and before you little morons say “that’s because Madonna’s tickets are more expensive”, let me point out that the average price for both concerts are not that different: Lady Gaga’s average ticket price for that concert was $296 and Madonna’s $330.
Anyway, Madonna’s third visit to Argentina, with multiple shows there, was also more successful than Lady Gaga’s first and only show in the country:
MDNA Tour: Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina December 13, 15, 2012
Total gross: $10,820,041
Price range: $328.01, $51.25
MDNA Tour: Estadio Chateau Carreras, Cordoba, Argentina December 22, 2012
Total gross: $5,566,393
Price range: $244.70, $30.59
Even though Madonna had three shows in Argentina, her average attendance per show was 45,786 people in the audience, while Lady Gaga’s only show in Argentina had 45,007 people in the audience.
That means the MDNA Tour 2012 is now the 9th most successful tour in history. It also is the 2nd most successful tour by a solo artist. Who’s #1? Madonna, of course.
Madonna, 30 years in the music business and still kicking the competition to the curb.
Not all of you know this, as the mainstream media is trying to hide this from you, but Lady Gaga has already cancelled one show of her North American tour:
The show in Atlantic City, NJ, scheduled to March 2nd, has been cancelled. Right now, only Yahoo! Sports is talking about it - and that is because they are discussing about a sports event that was re-scheduled because of the Gaga concert that now is NOT going to happen anyway.
Do you have any idea of how alarming this is?
Atlantic City is in the Tri-state area. It’s like two hours from New York in a bus. It’s a casino town. And not even that was enough to make the Born This Way Ball a success in that city. Ticket sales were so poor and so low, that they cancelled the entire thing.
It is truly alarming when you cannot sell out a show in NJ, in a casino town like Atlantic City, a couple of hours away from NYC. But that is not a surprise. Lady Gaga’s tour is suffering so much, that not even her Los Angeles shows were sold out.
Even the Los Angeles Times, which published a positive review of her show in the city, couldn’t lie about it:
“Unlike her last visit to Staples, in 2011, Sunday’s gig didn’t feel packed to the rafters. (At press time, tickets for Monday’s show were still available).”
When you cannot sell out a show in NYC, Atlantic City, or LA; you know you’re in deep trouble. Those are high profile cities. She failed to sell out both of her shows in Los Angeles (as reviews attest). What will happen in NYC and Atlantic City’s bigger sister, Las Vegas (also, a high profile city and a casino town)?
[Lady Gaga performing to a not-so-packed Staples Center, Los Angeles, January 20th]
Little monsters are desperately saying Lady Gaga “moved” her Atlantic City show to a different venue, to Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA.
Seriously. They are actually saying that this was just a change of venues.
Yeah, sure… Lady Gaga simply changed venues to accomodate more people, right?
So she moved the show to a completely different city and state, over four hours away from Atlantic City.
No, my beloved little monsters. That was no change of venues to accomodate more people. That was simply a show being cancelled, and another one being added on the same day as a cover up.
Had the ticket sales for her show in Atlantic City been successful, she would not have cancelled it at all. Lady Gaga would have either rearranged dates, or simply added the PA show to one of the several free days she has in between shows in late February / early March - just like Madonna did:
Madonna pushed back the day of her concert in Rio, so she could add a second show in Medellin, Colombia. Madonna rearranged dates to perform more shows. That’s NOT what Lady Gaga did. Lady Gaga cancelled one show due to low ticket sales, and scheduled another on the same day as an excuse.
You can check all the free dates Lady Gaga has in between shows that could have accomodated both. Including between her performances in Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC. But the problem was not “not having free days” to add a new show, the problem was POOR TICKET SALES.
Deal with it.
Born Flop this Way Ball starts its US leg tonight in Tacoma, WA. And guess what? Not much has changed since I last talked about the Tacoma show, two weeks ago (here).
In fact, there are still several thousands of tickets available on Ticketmaster - the primary official concert ticket seller. As of now, January 14, 3:23 pm (a few hours before the concert), this is the ticket availability for Gaga’s tonight show in Tacoma:
[Cick on image to see details on a different page]
pathetic interesting thing about the current state of the Flop This Way Ball is that Lady Gaga’s fans, the little monsters, still deny the alarmingly low rate her tickets are selling. Look at what this little monster moron told me on Twitter:
Bless your heart, @ZackFraser. But no, if there was “ONE single seat [available] in a section”, that section would NOT be shown in those tones of blue, which go from medium, to medium-high and high availability (of seats).
I know, I know, it’s still too dificult of a concept for little monsters to understand, so let me help you with an image:
As of now (and I mean right now), there are only 6 “sold out” sections at the Tacoma Dome: sections 5A, 19A, 1B, 2B, 3B, and 17B. Note that they are all far from the stage, the nose bleed sections. In other words: the only sold out seats at the Gaga’s concert, hours before the event, are the cheap ones.
All the other sections have medium to medium-high availability of tickets, including the floor (medium-high availability). And worse: this is Lady Gaga’s ONLY concert in the city.
On the other hand, Taylor Swift’s concert in Tacoma is already sold out - seven months in advance! Taylor Swift’s RED Tour hits Tacoma on August, 31 2013, and you won’t find any tickets available on Ticketmaster:
This is highly embarrassing for Gaga - I mean, it would be embarrassing for Lady Gaga if the mainstream media reported the truth about her flopped tour. But don’t worry, little monsters, the media will lie about her numbers and say she “sold out” arenas and stadiums anyway - even when she clearly did not sell out any venue.
Here are two classic examples: Lady Gaga had 5,000 or 10,000 people less than Madonna in the same venues, but Billboard still reported Gaga’s shows as “sold out”:
Shady Gaga has the mainstream media on her side, over-hyping her generic music and hiding the facts about her declining career.
If you live in Tacoma, WA and want to attend Lady Gaga’s concert, go to the venue around 7.30pm and wait til last minute. They will be selling her tickets for only $15 at the box office tonight (close to showtime) - just like they did in Vancouver two nights ago.
And speaking of Vancouver, even though they officially sold tickets for $15 at the box office on the night of her shows in the city, Gaga still couldn’t fill up the arena! Check out this pic: Lady Gaga in the middle of her runway and thousands of empty seats on the second level:
But hey, I might be wrong, who knows?
Maybe Lady Gaga did indeed “sell out” her Vancouver show. Those “empty seats” might not be really “empty”. They must have been taken by a couple of thousands of her ghost followers on Twitter. Oh, gee, I’m so funny!
Can’t wait to see the doctored press pictures of tonight’s show in Tacoma, WA.
Ever wonder what Lady Gaga and her team will do to make sure they put more people inside the venue?
Lady Gaga announces on Twitter that you “don’t have to have a ticket” to visit her Psycho Bus.
Once you’re there, and they still have thousands of unsold tickets on Ticketmaster (her official and primary concert ticket seller), they will distribute them to those people visiting her bus.
As of 6.32 PM (Eastern time), thousands of tickets were still available on Ticketmaster:
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!
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