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Lady Gaga premiered her new single, “Applause,” this week after an early leak. The song wasn’t supposed to be released until August 19, a week before Gaga’s scheduled performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, NY. “Applause” is the first single from “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga’s forthcoming studio album, slated for release on November 11.

However, Gaga’s new single doesn’t come without it’s share of controversy. When I first heard the song, I thought the first ten seconds sounded very familiar. I knew it was from a Madonna song, I just couldn’t think of which one. Then, I realized it was the beginning of “Celebration,” Gaga’s song is just sped up a bit. Some Madonna fans are also saying it sounds like “Girl Gone Wild.” I agree, and I also hear elements of the Benny Benassi remix of “Celebration” in there as well. Now, this would be all well and good if only Gaga gave credit where credit is due. If you ask Gaga about her influences, she will never voluntarily say Madonna’s name. She has to be asked about Madonna in order to talk about her. And while it was nice of her to mention Madonna in the “thank yous” of her debut album, it’s just not enough. Lady Gaga does her best to ignore Madonna. Britney Spears always talks about how Madonna influenced her, and she remains a successful icon over a decade after her first single was released! Saying Madonna is an influence of her’s won’t hurt her, so what is Gaga’s problem?

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Last night was a big night for Little Monsters, especially in Springfield. Lady Gaga came to town and attempted to cheer up the depressed citizens. Mother Monster is portrayed as an intuitive creature who can sense when someone isn’t feeling happy. And Gaga does everything in her power to make them happy. In last night’s season finale of “The Simpsons,” that person was Lisa Simpson, who gets ridiculed by her school for posing as an anonymous user on a message board who posts nice things about her. All of this, after Lisa won the “Least Popular Student” award, slips her into a depression, of sorts.

So, Gaga arrives in Springfield on, what can only be described as, “The Gaga-mobile,” and tries everything she can think of to cheer Lisa up. However, Lisa just wants to be left alone. Her rage comes to ahead when Gaga visits Lisa at school where she is getting brutally teased on the playground. Lisa yells at Gaga and accuses her of doing good for others just to get attention. This makes Gaga cry tiny diamonds, which she claims “hurts like hell.” After thinking the incident over in her treehouse a bit, and some insignificant advice from Homer, Lisa discovers Gaga did help her after all. She catches Gaga’s train as it takes off, and explains to her that she is feeling much better after unloading her suppressed anger onto Gaga. Gaga tells her there’s one more thing left before she can be a Little Monster… sing. So, the episode ends with Lisa and Gaga doing a duet in front of Springfield, highlighting who Lisa is and why she is special.

After watching the episode, I felt utterly pleased. My hats go off to both Lady Gaga and the team behind “The Simpsons.” The script was a funny one, but one with a message. It also had plenty of memorable moments. Highlights include Gaga showing Ned Flanders her pyro-bra, kissing Marge, and Homer eating Gaga’s meat dress. The fact that Lady Gaga would do a show like “The Simpsons” shows that she doesn’t take herself too seriously and is able to take a joke. It also puts her in the company of stars such as Michael Jackson, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Britney Spears. All of whom, to some degree, have played themselves on the iconic show.


The video (it’s really a short film, if you ask me) for Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” premiered last month on the “E!” Channel. In my opinion, the television premiere for a film like this is appropriate, because of the amount of effort Gaga has put into the video. These videos deserve more than a simple YouTube upload. It is a 13-minute opus that provokes a strong sense of perseverance in the face of struggle. The film is about the day Gaga got dropped from her first record label, Island Def Jam. The video starts with a scene of Gaga getting whelled into a psychiatric hospital on a gurney. She is narrating during the first two minutes explaining the film’s union of reality and fantasy. The interesting aspect of this, is that it works to Gaga’s advantage. Here she is, telling a story that is so personal and dark. According to her, it really happened. But did it happen the way we see it in the video? Did Gaga really go to the hospital? Maybe, maybe not. The point is, it doesn’t matter. The privacy of celebrities is something that isn’t in existence anymore. So, Gaga is defying the current laws of celebrity by creating her own private life while being very public about it at the same time. She is telling her story through her work. And, because she says it’s told through a surrealistic lens, the actual details of that story is protected by the artist herself. She’s a smart girl.

She also provides her fans with a special gift. Because Gaga insists on the reality of her life to be told through the surrealistic, fantasy, imaginative landscape, her army of Little Monsters can mirror this video onto their own lives. As with any art piece, an artist’s work can be identified with by many different people for many different reasons. However, when Gaga explains her philosophy behind the video’s way of telling the story, it’s like she’s giving her fans pemission to interpret the video however they wish. As Gaga always says, everything she does is for her fans.

So, if you haven’t already seen the video, you can watch it above. The criticism the video is getting about being too long seems hypocritical to me, since Michael Jackson did films that were much longer and they didn’t seem to had a problem with that.

The universe (yes, UNIVERSE! We are that large…) of Little Monsters should rejoyce in celebratory happiness today. The pop music powerhouse, better known as Lady Gaga, has released, “Born This Way: The Collection.” It is a collection of 2 CDs and 1 DVD. The Monster Ball tour is chronicled in the DVD, “Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden.” It features the concert special that aired on HBO in May. It also contains some never-before-seen footage from the backstage goings-on. Liza Minelli was at the Monster Ball show in New York and greeted Gaga backstage prior to showtime. Gaga told Minelli how inspirational she was to her when she was a theater student at New York University. Minelli’s words of advice for Gaga: “Concentrate and fuck ’em up.” The bonus material also featured a touching moment between Gaga and one of her Little Monsters. He told Gaga that she helped him come out. Gaga gave him a hug and an autograph. This is one of my favorite moments of the whole DVD. Not very many people give to their fans the way Gaga does. That’s something to be applauded.

The concert itself is an extravaganza. The singing, dancing, playing. It is amazing how much talent exists in Lady Gaga’s being. She is the real deal. No lip-syncing, either. When you pay money for a ticket to Gaga’s show (or even the DVD), you’re getting your money’s worth. Another part of the backstage bonus material features Gaga warming up her voice before the show. The hard work and effort she puts into her work is also to be commended. She takes good care of her voice and makes a great role model for aspiring singers.

The entire 17-track album, “Born This Way,” is also featured in the set. The album is filled with pop anthems, incredible vocals, and amazing production. The opening track, “Marry The Night,” talks about Gaga’s love of her hometown, New York. The title track is an anthem of acceptance and love. Regardless of the external (or sometimes internal) factors that seperate us, we’re all born this way. So, any form of hate and judgement can be forgotten. “Judas” is a song that’s about forgiving your betrayer and accepting your past mistakes as a part of your identity. Songs like “Americano” and “Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)” discuss social issues such as same-sex marriage and immigration. While “Hair” and “Bad Kids” tackle the turbulent and tough years of adolesence. A time when you’re growing into yourself and figuring out how to be an adult. Songs like “Electric Chapel” and “Black Jesus † Amen Fashion” seem to celebrate art as a religion. “Yoü and I” showcase Gaga’s true talent as a singer, songwriter, and pianist. A guitar solo from the legendary Brian May only enhances this already outstanding song. The late Clarance Clemons played on “Hair” as well as the album’s final cut, “The Edge of Glory.” It’s a song Gaga wrote about her Grandfather who passed away recently. It’s a dance-pop anthem that speaks about facing your fears and recognizing that there is another world after this life is over.

The third and final installment in this powerful set is, “Born This Way The Remix.” It contains 14 club-ready remixes that put an interesting new spin on some of the tracks on “Born This Way.” The most impressive of the mixes is the “Wild Beasts Remix” of “Yoü and I.” The original is almost unrecognizable. It truly takes on a life of it’s own. It’s original and that’s what a good remix has to have, in my opinion.

So, Little Monsters should not pass this up. It will surely be a collector’s item in the years to come! It also makes a great gift to open on Christmas morning. No, I’m not trying to advertise this product, but you’ve got to admit that this would make any Little Monster’s holiday more festive!