Thursday, November 14, 2013
Album review: Lady Gaga’s Artpop further cements her superstar status
The title suits it well: It's a work of art.
This week in music the high-profile release is Lady Gaga’s Artpop. When it comes to Lady Gaga, I know what to expect before pressing play. I know that her album is not going to sound like any other album.
I have tremendous respect for Lady Gaga, and I want you to understand why. Forget any of your favorite pop stars, because they are nothing but puppets. This is Lady Gaga, who is able to pull off superior pop status while doing questionable and experimental music. She does not fit the image or the sound of a pop star. She is a true individual. This is not just my opinion, for this is fact. When a label develops talent or signs an artist, they are not looking for people who are so outside of the box or individual.
They are looking for someone who is marketable, can be sold and most importantly not doing something different. A record label wants something proven, something they can sell. This is why if a boy band sells 10 million records, every label will release a boy band the following year. If a producer produces a smash hit, he will produce a song on every high-profile artist over the next year. It’s proven, it works. This is also why Lady Gaga was released from Interscope Records before she ever truly got started. No one believed she could sell. She was and still is way too artistic.
Artist Akon saw something in Lady Gaga and signed her to his label, which was also a division of Interscope. Akon was a smart man, because Lady Gaga is one of the biggest pop stars on earth. Lady Gaga’s single “Just Dance” was the most downloaded song in iTunes history, that record was smashed by Lady Gaga herself with her single “Born This Way.” “Born This Way” still remains the fastest selling single in iTunes history. Her Monster’s Ball tour is one of the highest grossing tours in history. She has sold closed to 25 million albums and 65 million singles. The most impressive of feats is the fact that she has 20 million Twitter followers. This is more followers than any other Twitter profiles. She has more Twitter followers then anyone in the world.
Her new album Artpop is odd, unique; it’s funky and artistic. It spells originality and art. It says, “I’m Lady Gaga and I don’t care how you feel about it.” This does not come as a surprise especially if you listen to her last album Born This Way. The new album features guest spots by R Kelly, Twista, T.I. and Too Short. The title Artpop suits it well. It is a work of art and I respect it.
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