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Live Nation just announced the first dates for Lady Gaga’s next tour. And as I predicted, ticket prices were lowered. This time, Gaga’s average ticket price is on pair with her adversary popstars, like Miley Cyrus.
Actually, Gaga’s tickets are cheaper: her floor tickets cost $85.00 now. Obviously, her shows are general admission again, so she can have more people on the floor of arenas than if she had tickets with assigned seats.
Last time Gaga went on tour, her concert tickets were almost as high as Madonna's (known for expensive tickets and a high production value): the average low ticket price for each of the Born This Way Ball concert in North America was $110.
But the Born This Way Ball forced tour promoters to offer different deals to move tickets in different parts of the world:
In France, tickets for her concert in Paris were offered on Groupon with a 70% discount. In Nice, she had to downgrade a stadium concert to a theater with 9,000 seas. In Brazil, the deal was “buy one ticket, get one free" in all of her shows. In Rio de Janeiro, on the day of her concert, the deal was buy one, get TWO free. In the US, unsold tickets were given away for FREE at her “Born Brave” bus stationary outside the venues she was playing.
Gaga’s low ticket sales the last time also forced Live Nation to “travel light” with her equipment to cut production costs, forcing her to use Madonna’s MDNA stage structure in most of her concerts in South America. And when Madonna needed her stage back, Gaga borrowed Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet stage structure instead!
This time around, Gaga will most likely have to extend her tour to around 201 shows again if she wants to keep the artificial notion that she is a big touring act (any other famous pop star would be seen as a big touring act if they go on the road with the same tour for three years, and perform 201 shows). If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to pull in the big numbers charging $85 dollars per ticket performing less than 150 shows.
Oh well, at least she has offered “reserved seats” for $200 (and $35.00, $49.50, and $85.00)… does the “expensive” one include a meet and greet? I wonder how many crappy seats will be sold as expensive ”reserved” so she can
steal make a few more bucks off of her retarded special fans…
I just wish she would try to bite more than she can chew (she usually does it anyway). It will be even more embarrassing if she needed to borrow Miley Cyrus’s or Katy Perry’s stage structures this time.
Two years ago, Lady Gaga had a Thanksgiving special to help promote her Born This Way album. Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving episode, however, on its 38th rerun in 2011, beat the crap out of Gaga.
Fast forward two years, and here comes Lady Gaga with a Thanksgiving special on ABC again (this year, with guest appearances of
Sir Diva Elton John and Ru Paul). And there goes Charlie Brown again, with his Thanksgiving special, now, being rerun for 40 years.
And the results are:
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving had 5.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in demo.
Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular had only 3.6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in demo.
What is worrying (for Gaga), is that the ratings for her 2013 special were almost 80% lower than her 2011 special:
Two years ago, ABC’s A Very Gaga Thanksgiving attracted 5.4 million viewers and a 1.6 rating.
Her latest album,
ARTPOP ARTFLOP, released three weeks ago, only managed to be #1 in six countries (Austria, Croatia, Japan, Russia, the US and the UK). In all of them, second week sales suffered an embarrassing steep decline, including the US, where sales dropped 82% on its second week (read more about it here).
What is even more embarrassing, is that you can sum up the sales of Gaga’s latest album on its first and second week together, that it still does not surpass Madonna’s MDNA debut week sales, which Gaga fans called a “flop” a year ago. As the icing on the cake, MDNA’s second week sales are also still higher than Gaga’s album.
This is hilarious:
Lady Gaga just blocked one of her biggest little monsters on Twitter just because he congratulated Taylor Swift.
@LGMonsterFacts is one of the nastiest and most annoying little monsters in Twittersphere: a true uneducated bully who spreads more ignorance than facts (unlike what his user name indicates).
Gaga used to love it though. She used to approve it - she has even tweeted him in the past a couple of times. But now something has changed. I guess being an out and proud little monster and supporting Taylor Swift is an insult, especially at a time like this.
Being the cold hearted bitch that she is, Gaga completely dismissed the guy and blocked him.
But don’t you feel sorry for him. In good old Gaga fashion, he’s going on and on in full-on monster mood: “poor me, I was blocked, I always supported her. I’m deleting this account” type of thing.
The account, however, has not been deleted yet (I doubt it ever will). You know it damn well: a little monster playing the victim card? That’s impossible [insert sarcastic tone here]!
Gaga must be really pressed these days:
First, her embarrassing performance on SNL did not boost her album’s second week sales (you can expect a very good post about it coming your way this Wednesday/Thursday). And now, her American Music Awards performance proved to have had little to no impact at all on the charts.
As we published last as the award show went along, Gaga’s collaboration with accused pedophile R. Kelly was at #24 on iTunes song sales chart minutes before her performance:
But 3 and 1/2 hours after the award show, the song had moved up only one spot on the sales chart:
Is Interscope spending more money on payola to save artFLOP's second single from complete disaster? Maybe Lady Gaga is spending her own (after all, she is the one who has publicly cried bankruptcy twice).
AMERICAN MUSICS AWARDS 2013:
Did you guys watch the American Music Awards? What did you think of it?
Katy Perry opened the ceremony with an oriental themed performance (looking flawless, as usual).
I love it how she is on Madonna-mode full throttle this year - and she doesn’t hide it (which makes us love her even more):
POP CULTURE EDUCATION FOR LITTLE MONSTERS:
Madonna first showed us her love for Asia at the American Music Awards in 1995:
Wearing a red oriental silk dress, Madonna performed TAKE A BOW along with Baby Face.
The oriental theme was brought on stage by Madonna following her geisha/warrior campaign for Takara Pure Legend in Japan (shot by Pierre et Guilles):
Katy Perry’s performance also had some elements of Madonna’s iconic 1999 Grammy’s performance of Nothing Really Matters (especially with the silhouettes at the shoji screens).
Back to the AMAs: Christina Aguilera killed it with her vocals, Miley Cyrus showed us her pussy power, and Justin Timberlake, personally, bored me to death.
What’s your take on the show?
Remember when Lady Gaga fans celebrated that
ARTPOP ARTFLOP's second single debuted near the Top 10 last week?
Knowing their ignorance, we
taught explained to them that the song debuted high on the charts only because the track was automatically downloaded with the album pre-order (not because of the individual song sales).
Well, in case you needed any more evidence of that, here’s how it steeply dropped on its second week:
From #13 to #58 in a week!
Yup! Those album pre-sales only pushed the song up to #13.
But when only the sales of the song per se, audio track views on YouTube/VEVO, radio, and other forms of streaming were taken in consideration, it plummeted to #58.
Lesson to be learnt:
Do not celebrate front-loaded sales, little monsters!
And just in case you little
monsters morons did not learn your lesson, remember: the same is happening with Venus Penis now, and will happen with Dope Nope next week in the charts, by the way.
Gaga is performing in space in early 2015, hahaha lol, when will Madonna? The first ever. Kill urself, ur life is over lol
Oh, God! Why are you little
monsters morons so stupid?
First of all, this monster obsession you Gaga fans have with Madonna is not cute! I understand that it is impossible not to think of her - she is totally gorge in every way! But seriously, you guys don’t have to make it all about Madonna all the time. Really! This just emphasizes how stupid and limited you little
monsters morons are!
You see, when Gaga finally announced something that would not be compared to Madonna (a trip to space), you idiots kept talking about the Queen of Pop. Other than Lady Gaga’s constant copying, you little monsters are the reason why she is constantly compared to Madonna. That’s how relevant she is to your lives (that explains why Gaga’s singles are flopping, while the MDNA TOUR DVD is set to be the best selling concert DVD of the year). How dumb and useless can you guys be?
You just missed an opportunity to let Gaga “shine” on her own, without the overshadowing presence of Madonna’s name, image and aura around. But, nope! Little monsters’s obsession with M is bigger than your admiration for Lady Gaga.
And speaking of her (finally the focus go to her), after all this Madonna-talk (thanks to you), here’s a little newsflash for you:
There goes your “the first ever" comment out the window!
In case you were wondering, Sarah Brightman’s trip to space will happen in 2014, a year before Lady Gaga’s.
But, anyway, are you sure Lady Gaga will go to space? Will she pass the tests? Will she pass all the physical exams? What about psychological exams?
I mean, she will go on tour next year, right? If her tour flops as hard as the last one, she might end up with another broken hip! You know, with Gaga, poor ticket sales = injury. You know her, right?
Plus, considering how her latest singles (both official and promotional) have been underperforming, I bet her next tour’s attendance will be even worse! Not to mention her other problems! Did you forget about her L-U-P-U-S?
Lupus was the first of the many illnesses Lady Gaga has used to gain public sympathy:
"Poor little girl, she has lupus, but she’s a fighter! Traveling all around the world for a couple of years, on a 201-date tour, making millions! Look at her on stage now! She looks tired, she’s crying for the third time tonight, and now she’s talking about the conversations she has every night with her aunt’s ghost, that aunt who died of the same disease: lupus. Poor girl! Hopefully, she won’t die soon.”
Is Gaga’s lupus gone? Is Gaga cured? I mean, lupus is a serious thing, it attacks your nervous system. I don’t think anyone with lupus (and a history of drug addition, drug abuse, and emotional instability - like Gaga) can pass all the physical and psychological exams to go to space… do you?
Honestly, I don’t think the woman who gained 25 lbs during a world tour has the discipline, psychological strength and determination to go through all this. Maybe she’ll ask Madonna for Sarah Brightman’s number. Then she will get all the deets on what happens up there.
[I attended Sarah Brightman’s concert a month ago and took this pic].
Here, baby, sit down and watch Sarah Brightman going through some crazy-ass training to go to space - as the first female singer ever!
Sorry Gaga fans, Stefani Germanotta, once again, is REDUCTIVE!
When you think of Lady Gaga, what words come to your mind?
I think delusional, hypocritical, desperate, stupid, hateful, unoriginal, try-hard, wannabe.
And what adjectives come to your mind when you think of her fans - the little monsters? I think delusional, hypocritical, desperate, stupid, hateful… basically the same things I think of Gaga.
In case you don’t understand why that’s what I think of Lady Gaga fans, here’s a few examples of how delusional, hypocritical, desperate, and stupid they are:
Earlier, I reported that Gaga’s new
song plagiarism had already dropped from the top position after only 24 hours in the market (being replaced by a song that’s been out for several weeks - Lorde’s Royals).
A Gaga fan then decided to tease me by asking a question he assumed he knew the answer:
“When was Madonna in the top ten for US iTunes?" he asked.
Those two singles off of Madonna’s latest album (MDNA) entered the “Top ten US iTunes,” I informed the little monster who asked the question. But I bet he didn’t know it. He didn’t expect that answer.
I also informed him that Give Me All Your Luvin’ became a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100. That was Madonna’s 38th Top 10 hit - more than anybody else (including Elvis Presley and the Beatles). I know, I know… he didn’t ask about it, but knowledge is power. And I wanted to give knowledge and power to a Lady Gaga fan who desperately needs it.
However, not satisfied with the answer he got, and determined to “make Madonna look bad" (LOL, it seems it has become Lady Gaga fans’s goal), he insisted:
"How about Turn Up the Radio?”
Exactly! Just like that, this Lady Gaga fan ignored the answer to the question he asked, just to mention a Madonna song he already knew did not enter the Top 10. Desperation, ignorance, hypocrisy, hatefulness, or all of the above?
You see, Madonna’s “Turn Up the Radio” didn’t enter the top 10 iTunes US, but it came out 30 years after her debut and did not receive any promotion. So I asked him back:
What about Marry the Night?
Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night" came out only three years after her debut and received massive promotion (performances on TV and awards shows including the Grammy’s announcement ceremony). The single also failed to enter the top 10. But I bet this little monster had forgotten about it. Selective memory.
By then, other little monsters joined the conversation, desperately trying to convince me that Gaga is (somehow) better than Madonna (priorities, people, priorities). So what did they do?
They shifted the conversation from “when was the last time Madonna had a top 10 song on iTunes? Oh, last year she had two," to "Gaga has won more awards than Madonna." I kid you not!
“Whenever we have valid points, they have to think about what to say!" claims this little monster. Really!
I mean, you have to be a Lady Gaga fan, a completely delusional and hypocritical try-hard little monster to change the subject in a conversation, then blame others for it. I don’t think these stans live in the same planet as we do.
But if you’re still waiting for the icing on the cake, here is something a very active commentator in this blog (Luigi Germanotta) wrote about Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga the other day. Keep in mind that mother monster’s newest
song plagiarism is R&B influenced and is in collaboration with an R&B singer - the accused pedophile and rapist R. Kelly:
"It’s pathetic how Miley Cyrus is stealing and using the black community to becoma a superstar. She’s a thief. She’s stealing from the black culture, from twerking to R&B. She’s a wigger with no ass, making black girls look like sluts. Why not be original? Why not do country music? Those are her roots. That’s why I love Lady GaGa, she doesn’t try to be what she isn’t, she’s true to herself and her Italian roots. Boycott white girls who use the black community for money and fame."
All the first 500,000 copies manufactured CDs to hit the market in a few weeks are being called “limited” by Lady Gaga.
You read that right:
The first batch of records manufactured - HALF A MILLION COPIES - is (in her mind) “limited edition.”
LIMITED EDITION = all of the first HALF A MILLION CDS MANUFACTURED.
Understand why we call Lady Garbage “desperate”?
But, listen Lady Gaga: there’s help! We might have found the solution for your ongoing obsession with fame and applause:
On another note:
Considering that Lady Gaga sorta copied what I jokingly proposed as the artwork for her CD on the cover of Flopplause (click here to remember), here’s a new idea for the cover artwork of her next single:
Well, two years later, the world still is NOT goo goo for her (as her comeback single’s performance indicates), so What Culture decided to publish yet another great article on why we STILL are not goo goo for Gaga:
“We will move on from Lady Gaga as soon as the next shiny object catches our attention.” This is where we left off at the end of the last investigation of Stefani Germanotta, better known to the world as Lady Gaga, back in 2011. Gaga has maintained relative radio silence up until recently, when she released “Applause.”
“Applause” itself is undeniably a well-polished ear worm, but hampered by Gaga’s annoying roar in certain parts and lyrical content that once again shows how shallow the message actually is. Whereas previous Gaga singles at least attempted to divorce themselves from her overwhelming public persona (simple songs about girls in clubs who get drunk), this new song is unmistakably about the Lady herself. Lyrics like “I live for the applause/Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me” draw Gaga’s narcissistic obsession to center stage, as if such sentiment is more than anything to be ashamed of. Almost twenty years after Kurt Cobain made hating fame cool, Gaga positions herself as desperately seeking attention – without which, she’ll die.
Another line is very telling: “Pop culture was in art now art’s in pop culture in me.” Here, it seems that Gaga believes she has replaced conventional “art” from which pop culture used to be derived and now packages and delivers it herself out of the kindness of her heart. This from someone who seconds later provides instructions on how to clap: “Put your hands up, make ‘em touch, touch.” Marvel at Lady Gaga’s brilliance.
Despite the fact that songs like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” are little more than sonically pleasing candy with no nourishment for the brain, they at least had some level of depth. “Paparazzi” is a song full of metaphor, with the camera waving vultures representing the fierce determination of an unrequited lover. “Applause” is simply about Gaga appreciating attention. There’s no way Greyson Chance could perform a cover of this newest song; it would seem ridiculous.
It’s ironic that Gaga performed the song at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards before being promptly upstaged by (and completely abandoned as a topic in favor of) Miley Cyrus’ gyrations. It seems that the pop culture Gaga purports to be the embodiment of has moved on without her. At this point, Gaga’s elaborate costume changes, colorful wigs, and intricate choreography are no match for a giant foam finger stuffed between legs. Gaga’s performance may have been technically better, but Cryus’ got everyone talking, the new shiny object for the masses to obsess over.
Gaga has been playing the long con: performing bubblegum pop while positioning herself as a figurehead of the downtrodden, outsiders of the world. While Miley Cyrus’ appropriation of “black” culture is blatant, Gaga’s is much more surreptitious. Cyrus surrounds herself with black girls to appear to be like one of them; Gaga heads to the front of the pride parade to seem like she IS one of them.
After listening to Gaga’s personal philosophy in interviews and seeing her activism (which, admittedly, is very nice of her), you’d expect her catalogue to be full of the same topics, but Gaga has demonstrated time and again that she has no interest in singing about what she talks about. You would think the purveyor of pop culture would be a little more responsible. Imagine how much she could further her causes if she actually wrote songs about them!
(Although, judging by the relative obscurity of Janelle Monáe, whose numerous concept albums deal with themes like racism, societal oppression, and class inequality, Gaga’s approach is much better for gaining mainstream attention.)
Gaga spent so long away and “Applause” is what she gives us? A song about how much she needs our attention. She’s made being an attention whore into a badge of honor. Why does Gaga do the things she does? She’s telling us the exact reason, herself: for the spectacle, for the praise. This isn’t news, Stefani. We knew that a long time ago.
It’s actually very interesting to see how shallow and detached from her own beliefs Lady Gaga is. The woman you hear talking in interviews definitely is not the one you hear in her albums.
In [almost] four albums, the central theme of her work seems to always revolve around fame. And even the few attempts she has made to take a step beyond this tired topic ended up being contrived and formulaic, rather than visceral and honest. Lady Gaga is just one of those who talk the talk: an uneducated little twat who talks too much, but can’t ever deliver.
In contrast, we have Madonna, whose personal life - or the little we know of her personal life - is always reflected in her music, in her artistic output. No wonder she’s such a great admirer of Frida Kahlo, who once said: ”I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." Madonna definitely walks the walk. And she’s built a catalog of songs that reflect whatever the tabloids were publishing on her personal life at a particular time - giving hints as to what was real or not. Personally, that’s what I look for and admire in an artist.
Speaking of that, Madonna’s film in collaboration with Steven Klein #SecretProjectRevolution will be available for download for free tonight, after 9 pm PST. Just click on the image to go to the website:
For the past 48 hours, they’ve been bringing revolution to the streets, projecting the film for the public in several cities around the world. Described as “an honest, raw look at human rights, circa now: a protest against censorship and complacency, and a call to action,” the film will be available for all of us tonight on this link.
Art for the masses. Art for everyone. Art for free. That’s what Madonna is offering the world - which completely goes against Lady Gaga’s elitist idea of art: remember when she embarrassingly claimed that art was better and more enjoyable when only “the most highest class people" had access to it? Yep. She said it a few weeks ago (click here).
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga enjoys appearing on the news for yet another public argument with a celebrity (Adam Levine) on Twitter. Five years in the business, and the girl who sings about being “a strong female" still cannot take any criticism. If she spent as much time learning about art, instead of looking up her own name on Google or Twitter, this would not happen…
Thanks Allana for the tip.
I’m having an awesome week in South Beach and in the Tampa Bay area. I attended a few concerts (Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode), saw the one and only Stuart Price DJing, and even got a glimpse at what happens inside Cazwell's ice cream truck.
Too bad I did not have time to go to Haulover beach… But I did see what happens when you play Applause next to a statue:
I guess this is part of the promotion for her MDNA DVD/BluRay. As you know, I’m not satisfied with it, just like I wasn’t satisfied with her MDNA studio album promotion over a year ago.
However, it’s always great to see the Queen interacting with her fans, and she always has interesting things to say, so make sure you follow this conversation at 5pm EST on reddit.
Work Bitch! - Britney’s new song is hot! It’s an instant club hit, and I am sure it will do well on the Hot 100 chart too. I can hear Lady Gaga crying in the studio right now:
First, her fourth album in only five years is already considered a comeback. Then she was gonged by the critics and the public when
Flopplause Applause came out. Then Katy Perry’s Roar won the first round. Then Miley Cyrus’ wrecked her with her Wrecking Ball. And now Britney Spears comes back with a bang!
I guess Gaga will have to work harder on remaking her songs before November. But hey! When you’ve been working on an album for over a year, and is forced to go back into the studio two months before your record comes out to remake tracks based on the current competition on the radio, you know something is definitely wrong. She’s “an artiste," she says… Britney knows better: you’d better work, bitch!
When will TV Networks learn that Lady Gaga tanks in the ratings?
If Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving special being beaten by the 38th rerun of Charlie Brown’s special was not enough to convince you, if failing to succeed while dropping the ball and performing at New Year’s Eve in NYC did not convince you, if tanking on her highly promoted “last interview in a long time” with Oprah did not convince you, will Gaga’s over-hyped ExtravaGaGanza on Watch What Happens Live work?
Andy Cohen's highly promoted ExtravaGaGanza also tanked BIG TIME in the ratings. Despite promoting the hell out of it for a couple of weeks on TV and on the Internet, Gaga’s appearance on the Bravo show was the least watched episode of the week! Even Danielle Staub had higher ratings than Gaga!
Despite having Top Chef Masters as the 10pm lead-in attracting 952,000 viewers (437,000 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.30), only 552,000 stayed on at 11pm and of those, only 294,000 were aged 18-49, which is just 0.20 in that demo. See detailed information on last week’s ratings here.
It’s time for TV Networks to learn one thing:
Lady Gaga’s inflated numbers from the Internet do not repeat on TV. She is a major turn off - as all these ratings stats prove. She’d better go back to GagaVision. That’s the only place people (her fans) will pay attention to her without the public embarrassment.
And speaking of her fans, someone brought to my attention that she has stopped calling her fans “little monsters" cold turkey. I won’t put myself under the torture of watching her PigFest on iTunes again to make sure of it, but I don’t recall seeing her calling them “little monsters” there either. What do you think?
I feel sorry for those +25-year olds who have “little monster” tattooed on their bodies, realizing that each one of them are nothing but a mere consumer that has been ditched by a company, which is going to focus their product’s ads onto another demographical market. I repeat: she says she’s “an artiste.”
Remember when I used to have to explain why I called her fans little morons?
Billboard reports that Lady Gaga is going on trial over former assistant’s lawsuit.
They failed to mention Lady Gaga’s uncontrolled and disrespectful verborrhea during her deposition - calling her former assistant a “hood rat.”
They also left out the parts Lady Gaga claimed to be “the queen of the Universe,” how it was a privilege to work with her, and how she was (is) nice to everyone that works for her. Just ask Laurieann Gibson…
Billboard did, however, repeat that Jenniffer O’Neill had been Gaga’s friend and roommate more than once (they wanted to ensure you got that). But not mentioning Lady Gaga’s choice of words about this same girl, a former friend, roommate and employee is quite telling. But maybe it’s their policy to describe former employees as “hood rats” too, so I understand that it wouldn’t seem a big deal to them. But for me, it is a big deal.
Especially since Lady Gaga is the head of a foundation that has established the fight against bullying as one of its goals. It’s quite interesting that Billboard ignored Gaga’s uncalled for insults against a former employee during a deposition, while in front of the cameras, she screams “breed compassion" to her fans. Above all, from a journalistic perspective, it’s like reporting about Zimmerman’s wife calling the cops for being threatened by him with a gun, and failing to mention his involvement in the Trayvon Martin case.
But speaking of the Born This Way Foundation, I have got to give credit where it’s due:
If you had any doubts the Born This Way Foundation has had a deep impact in the lives of little monsters, doubt no more. Just watch the following video to witness the incredible work the foundation has developed with Lady Gaga fans.
Stop the drama, start the music!
Remember details of the O’Neill Vs. Germanotta case on here.
A few days ago, we wrote about how uneducated Lady Gaga is, after a cringeworthy interview with Larry Flick, where she spilled her ignorant, elitist, and erroneous concepts of art and Shakespeare (read it here).
Today, BBC Breakfast published an interview with the singer who, again, proved how much of a complete idiot she is. The ever “so artistic” Lady Gaga seems to know nothing about ART at all:
She mistakes "Venus de Milo" with "The Birth of Venus" - two completely different works of art (stylistically and visually), from two completely different periods of time, by two completely different artists.
Little monsters, keep following Lady Gaga and your already low IQ will get even lower.
Watch this video and see what we are talking about:
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