Wednesday, April 17, 2024

UPDATE Lady Gaga Pulls Off a Renaissance As “Joanne” Album Surges Back on iTunes


A lot of albums were released on October 21st. They came, they went. Indeed, a slew of new music was released since then, and not a lot stuck.

Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” was a case in point. It didn’t have a radio hit. Her label released three tracks, and they did not make the top anything. “Million Reasons” was the closest to a hit, but even it failed to crack radio. Where were all those Monsters, the fans who idolized the former wearer of the meat dress?

Well, a little patience has paid off. “Joanne” the album is back up to number 11 8 on iTunes. The album, more introspective and reflective of the changes in Lady Gaga’s career, has settled in. Today’s appearance by Gaga with Lee Cowan on “CBS Sunday Morning” should help, too. It came at the right moment. I’ll post it when it becomes available.

Gaga told Cowan she didn’t care if all her success went away right now. She’d be happy going bar to bar, singing her songs. I believe her.

Viva Lady Gaga! Now if only radio would start playing those singles!

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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