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Wednesday
May302012

Madonna Covers Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ During Rehearsal

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Marc Jacobs(NEW YORK) -- Pop icon Madonna may have fired another salvo in the ongoing musical feud between her and Lady Gaga.

The Material Girl reportedly may be using her upcoming concert tour as a forum to perform a Material Girl/Mother Monster mash-up.

During a recent concert rehearsal in Israel, Madonna was caught on video performing her 1989 composition, “Express Yourself,” before transitioning into Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” complete with the sound of a revving motorcycle that is Gaga’s trademark.

Madonna seamlessly flipped back and forth between the choruses of both songs to further illustrate the similarities.  She ended with a drum-driven remix of “Express Yourself” and chanted chorus of “Respect yourself … she’s not me.”

Whether it was an homage or a pointed dig went unstated, but Madonna told ABC News Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden in a January interview that Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way”  felt “reductive” of “Express Yourself.”

Lady Gaga has made her mark with a unique style of dress and music that many say is reminiscent of Madonna’s iconic style and attitude.

And it’s no secret that the “Poker Face” singer admires Madonna. She has spoken of her regard for the pop icon, but the admiration apparently is not mutual.

Last year when a Belgian magazine’s reporter asked Madonna about her fans, including Lady Gaga, the singer replied, according to the magazine,  “I have no comment on her obsessions related to me, because I do not know if it is based on something profound or superficial.”

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Thursday
Jun092011

Lady Gaga CD Stays on Top, But Experiences Historic Sales Plunge

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(NEW YORK) -- Last week, Lady Gaga wrote her way into the record books thanks to the massive first-week sales of her album Born This Way. This week, she rewrites the record books for experiencing a historic sales drop-off.

Billboard notes that while Born This Way retains its number one spot on the chart, sales in the second week plunged 84 percent, the largest sales drop-off for any album that sold over a million in its first week.  The previous record for biggest sales drop after a million-plus week was held by 'N Sync's 2001 album Celebrity.  That album's sales plunged 76 percent after selling 1.8 million copies in its first week.

Adele's 21, the first album so far this year to sell two million copies, is at number two this week, but given the rate of Gaga's declining sales it could return to number one next week.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Album Banned in Lebanon

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(LOS ANGELES) -- Lady Gaga's Born This Way album has been banned in Lebanon, despite the shout-out Mother Monster gives to the Middle Eastern country in the album's title track.

The Los Angeles Times reports that boxes full of Gaga's new album were intercepted during shipment last week and have been confiscated by police.  An official from Lebanon's Office of Censorship said, "We collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion.”

A variety of sources are guessing the ban has been placed because of the tracks "Judas" and "Bloody Mary," which both contain references to Christian religious figures in their lyrics.  The country is well-known for being very sensitive to material that contains controversial religious references.  As of last April, Lebanese radio stations have been banned from playing "Judas."

However, reports indicate that the album's ban is temporary until Lebanese officials decide on further action.

This isn't the first time Gaga's music has been banned overseas.  The song "Born This Way" has been banned in Malaysia because of its pro-gay lyrics.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' Tops One Million in First Week Sales

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's Born This Way album has topped over one million sales in its first week and has earned Mother Monster her first number-one album, debuting in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Born This Way has sold 1,108,000 copies, scoring platinum status right from the start.  That's the highest sales week for an album since 2005, when 50 Cent's The Massacre sold 1,141,000 in its first week, according to Billboard.com.

It also makes Gaga only the fifth female artist to sell over one million albums in a first week of release.  Britney Spears holds that record with Oops! I Did It Again, which sold 1,319,000 in its first week in May of 2000.  The all-time record for most sales in a week is held by 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, which sold 2,416,000 copies that same year in its first week of release.

Born This Way is also the first million-selling release week since Taylor Swift's Speak Now bowed at number one last November, with 1,047,000 copies.

Despite the big numbers, Born This Way still didn’t do as well as some expected.  Billboard.biz projected it would sell 1.15 million copies in its first week, powered in large part by Amazon.com selling Born This Way for 99 cents for two days.

Even so, it's now the 17th album to sell a million copies in a week since SoundScan started tallying album sales in 1991.  It also totaled 662,000 digital downloads, which marks the biggest sales week for a digital album in SoundScan history.

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Tuesday
May312011

Lady Gaga Poised for Biggest First-Week Sales Since 2001

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's album Born This Way was initially projected to sell just under a million copies in its first week of release.  Now, those sales figures have been revised upward -- way upward.

Billboard.biz reports that Born This Way will likely sell a staggering 1.15 million copies in its first full week of sales, making it the biggest debut since 'N Sync's album Celebrity sold 1.88 million copies back in 2001, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Why were the figures revised upward?  Three words -- Amazon-dot-com.  The online retailer started selling Born This Way for just 99 cents on Monday, the day of release, but the huge demand caused technical glitches that prevented them from fulfilling their orders.  So on Thursday, Amazon.com put the album back on sale for 99 cents.

All told, both days of the 99-cent sale counted for well over 400,000 copies of the album's total sales figures.  On top of the Amazon bonanza, sales were further boosted by the fact that the album was also made available in over 20,000 non-traditional outlets, like CVS, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

Some brick-and-mortar music retailers complain that the 99-cent units of Born This Way shouldn't be counted in compiling this week's chart.  Regardless, Billboard is going to do so, leading to yet another chart record for Gaga.

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Thursday
May262011

Adele's '21' Still on Top, But Lady Gaga Will Take Over Next Week

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Adele's album 21 spends yet another week at number one on the Billboard album chart.

All told, it's been on the top for nine non-consecutive weeks.  In the history of the Billboard album chart, only 11 other albums by female artists have logged that much time at the top.

But 21 is not expected to be on top for much longer.  Lady Gaga's new album Born This Way is expected to blast onto the chart next week with projected first-week sales of 800,000 to 850,000 copies.

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Tuesday
May242011

Amazon.com Jams Up After Offering New Gaga CD for 99 Cents

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(SEATTLE) -- The demand for Lady Gaga's new album, Born This Way, on Monday was especially high on Amazon.com, which was selling the digital version of the album on its first day of release for just 99 cents.

Many customers who bought the digital version experienced significant delays in downloading the MP3s due to heavy traffic on the site.  Amazon says anyone who took advantage of the one-day-only offer on Monday but was unable to successfully download the album will still be able to do so, without forking over additional money, once the website resolves the problems.

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Monday
May232011

Lady Gaga Officially Releases 'Born This Way'

Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(NEW YORK) -- It all started back in September, when Lady Gaga announced the title of her second album at the MTV Video Music Awards: Born This Way.

Ever since then, Little Monsters worldwide have been dying to get their hands on the disc that Gaga boasted would be "the greatest album of this decade."  The hype was amped up when, at the stroke of midnight this past New Year's Eve, Gaga confirmed the album's release date: May 23.  And that day has finally arrived.

By now, most Gaga fans have heard the album -- it leaked last week, right before she was scheduled to stream it online for European fans.  She's also officially released about half the tracks, either on iTunes or via her deal with the online game FarmVille, including "The Edge of Glory," "Fashion of His Love," "Electric Chapel," "Judas" and the number one hit title track.

After performing on the season finale of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Lady Gaga will continue her media blitz with appearances on The View and The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday. She'll also appear on the finale of American Idol on Wednesday, and will be the focus of an MTV special called Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, which will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

On Friday, she'll perform on ABC's Good Morning America as part of the show's summer concert series.

In addition, to maximize Born This Way's sales, Hits magazine reports that the disc will be sold in 21,000 non-traditional retail stores, including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Nordstrom, Hot Topic, Mandee's, Starbucks, and Radio Shack.

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Thursday
May192011

Lady Gaga Books One-Hour MTV Special

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's media blitz promoting Born This Way continues.

MTV has just announced a one-hour special on MTV called Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside.  The special, which airs May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, features Gaga talking about her rise to fame, and goes into detail about "the moments that shaped her as an artist," according to MTV.

At one point in the special, Gaga recalls being bullied as a child and says, "I went to meet some friends for some pizza, and [some] boys [that I knew] picked me up and threw me in the trashcan on the street on the corner of my block, while all the other girls from school were leaving and could see me in the trash and everybody was laughing."

She adds, "I remember I didn't tell anybody.  I remember I didn't want to tell my parents because it was too embarrassing."

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Wednesday
May182011

Lady Gaga Debuts New Song in FarmVille

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- It's less than a week before Lady Gaga's album Born This Way arrives, and the songs are coming fast and furious.

On Tuesday, Gaga unveiled yet another new track from the disc, this one called "Marry the Night," via the online game FarmVille.  She's got her own area in the game, too, called GagaVille, and from now through Thursday, you can unlock and stream various songs off the album there.  After "Marry the Night," the songs "Fashion of His Love" and "Electric Chapel" will be made available.

In addition, fans who buy $25 Zynga Game Cards through Best Buy stores and online through June 11 will get a free download of the entire album with exclusive bonus tracks, a limited-edition "virtual unicorn" to add to your FarmVille stable, and a chance to win a day "On the Set with Gaga" at her next music video shoot.

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