Friday, April 12, 2024

Lady Gaga: Will ArtPop Benefit from Flying Dresses, Drug Confessions, Jeff Koons?


ArtPOP is here. Or ARTPOP. However you capitalize it, can Lady Gaga capitalize on all the noise surrounding it? Yesterday she introduced the world’s first flying dress. In the last few weeks she’s been naked, played different characters, and admitted she became addicted to drugs and alcohol during her hip surgery recovery. She’s also dragged contemporary artists Jeff Koons and Marina Abramovic into the mix.

And now it’s time for ArtPop. The album is released officially today, and it’s already number 1 on iTunes, of course.

Along the way Gaga has essentially dumped the manager who made her number 1, Troy Carter. She’s out on her own. If ArtPOP sinks or swims, it will all be Gaga’s vision.

She already has to overcome the huge debut of Eminem’s new album, which will the charts tomorrow with between 700 and 750K albums sold. Can Gaga beat that number? It’s unclear what will happen. She hasn’t had the out of the box hit Eminem had with “The Monster.” (And isn’t ironic that Gaga’s fans are “little monsters”?) In the Eminem hit, Rihanna sings that she’s made friends with the Monster under her bed. Is that monster Lady Gaga?

I’ll say this: Gaga has a great great voice. Just watching her on the live stream last night of her Brooklyn concert is elucidating. Her voice is full of power and melody. I can’t wait for her duet album with Tony Bennett. When you watch the live stream, you’ll see it’s all her. Unlike most pop stars right now, there does’t seem to be a lot of augmentation.

Now if she can just get a real hit single to drive that album. Let’s see what happens this week.

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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