Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New Lady Gaga Single Beaten to Number 1 by Katy Perry on iTunes, amazon


UPDATE SATURDAY MORNING: “Applause” is now number 4 on iTunes, 8 on amazon. I’m surprised. Where are all the Little Monsters?

EARLIER: Not much applause for Lady Gaga‘s comeback single “Applause.” Rushed into release this week, “Applause” didn’t make number 1 or number 2 on the iTunes chart. It finished 3rd, with only about 225,000 downloads so far.

Number 1 is Katy Perry’s “Roar,” an anthemic, sort of banal offering. But its success is fueled by her romance with John Mayer, and their constant tabloid publicity. Mayer also has a new album coming, and there’s a duet from the two popstars.

Perry is also ahead of Gaga at, with “Roar” at number 2 and “Applause” at number 4.

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Meantime, Lady Gaga is taking a very different kind of marketing path– going very artsy, edgy, and dark. She’s released an art video of her naked (no one seemed to care). She’s making strange declarations about pop being dead, etc. It’s a downer for teen fans. Is Gaga becoming Yoko?

The other problem is so many Gaga tracks “leaking” all at once including one this week called “The Greatest Thing” with Cher. Gaga seems disorganized. Perry is focused. The charts are the result.

The difference between the two songs? As my old friend Michael Zilkha of Ze Records used to say, a hit single has the sound of triumph. And that’s the Katy Perry. Lady Gaga’s song might be better, but it doesn’t have that feeling to it. Her Cher song does. She re-consider not making it a duet.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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