More rumors of Lady Gaga
‘s demise! This time, there are claims across the Web that her artRAVE: ARTPOP Ball Tour
is shaping up to be a flop and huge loss for Live Nation, but an executive for the company called the rumors “ridiculous.” Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Live Nation’s Global Touring division, says 80% of tickets in North America and Europe have sold, and that the 29 shows that are on sale in North America have already grossed $26 million in ticket sales.
“The run with Gaga over the last two tours has been incredibly successful, and this one is shaping up no differently,” Fogel told Billboard. He also addressed specific reports that her Milwaukee show was underselling: “When something like Milwaukee specifically comes up, that show has sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it’s at the end of June. I just don’t know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework.” More »
After Lady Gaga
was reportedly denied a permit to perform on Doritos’ giant vending machine stage at SXSW
, she has announced she’ll be headlining a show at Stubb’s in Austin on March 13 as part of the festival. Stubb’s holds about 2,200 people (though it feels much smaller than that), so it’s one of the bigger venues at SXSW, but it’s still a rare chance to catch an intimate show from the ARTPOP
So how does one get into the show? Well, she’s still partnering with Doritos, and they’ve conceived various challenges (“Bold Missions” to go with the brand’s “bold flavors”) that fans must complete ahead of the concert. The first such task is called Bold Bravery, which Gaga described thusly: “I want you to share a picture or a video that expresses your individuality through a bold action. What bold thing have you done that makes you stand out?” She’ll pick a winner from each mission who will get VIP access. As for industry attendees or swanky Platinum badge-holders? They won’t get to circumvent this nonsense, and still have to perform a Bold Mission at badge pickup in order to have their credentials entered into a raffle for tickets.
Further challenges will be revealed on Doritos.com and the brand’s social pages (as well as Gaga’s, presumably). Check out Gaga’s announcement for the first mission below. More »
and Kelly Osbourne
have ended their longstanding beef, posing together for the above photo at an Oscars after party Sunday night (March 2). Osbourne posted the pic to Instagram with the caption “peace at last,” and you can see Elton John
in the background, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the veteran hatchet-burier
had a hand in the truce.
The Osbourne-Gaga feud started back in 2012 during the Grammy episode of Fashion Police when Osbourne criticized Gaga. Gaga’s Little Monsters immediately went on the offensive against Kelly on social media, allegedly even sending her death threats. Osbourne called Gaga’s fans the “worst in the world,” Gaga penned an open letter saying Fashion Police promotes negativity and bullying, then Osbourne called Gaga a hypocrite on the bullying issue. And now Little Monsters can take up a new cause like, say, figuring out just what is going on with that Real Housewives shoot.
Check out Kelly’s Instagram post below. More »
South By Southwest is not what it used to be. That is undeniable. Some people say you can chart out how it’s gone from indie showcase to corporate sponsorship orgy, and that the exact tipping point was when Doritos constructed a 56-foot vending machine stage
in 2012. Those people would probably be right. This year, in a move that makes total sense when you think about her purposeful conflation of art, pop and commerce, Lady Gaga
was gunning to play on said Doritos stage. However, in a move that makes even more
sense, Austin’s Music And Entertainment division nixed the idea, according to Austin 360
She’s just too big a name for that venue, which is essentially a parking lot in the middle of the city, so the throngs of people would be unmanageable. The decision was made based on public safety concerns, and the organization said a show hosting a star of Gaga’s caliber would require “the necessary permanent infrastructure.” More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! This week sure came at us like a dark horse, right? In fact, Katy Perry
(err, Katy Patra) did
come at us like a “Dark Horse” with her new music video! Kylie Minogue
kept us spinning around with the album sampler for Kiss Me Once
, and Lady Gaga
continued to redefine the meaning of her ARTPOP
with her first live appearance of 2014 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The 2014 BRITS took place in London (as did some fancy footwork in a DJ booth by Lorde, Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding), and Beyoncé kicked off her 2014 tour with all new songs. Plus, TLC‘s FanMail turned 15! As always, you guys had plenty to say this week. Check out some of the best comments below! More »
unveiled a rare live performance of ARTPOP
‘s title track for the second episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Tuesday (February 19). The performance marked Gaga’s return to the spotlight after a couple months spent opening up about betrayal
, and working on more ARTPOP material
No surprise, it was like she never left. Mother Monster began on a modern grand piano for a quiet rendition of the first verse. Then that trance beat kicks in and by the end she was down on the stage doing her faraway-look art freakout dance. I don’t know about you, but the live take gave me a new appreciation for the track.
Check it out up top. More »
‘s “Do What U Want”
has been chopped and changed more than any other pop song in recent memory. After swapping R. Kelly
for Christina Aguilera
, Mother Monster gave the song to Barcelona-based DJ Steven Redant
for a batch of killer remixes
. But don’t worry, fans. She’s not done with the original.
The top 20 hit just got overhauled by the ever-reliable Chew Fu. His house remix of “Do What U Want” deconstructs the song — creating something completely different for clubbers to digest. The New Yorker’s version is quite minimal and takes a couple of listens to fully compute but it’s a lot of fun. Listen after the jump. More »
Sometimes-depressed nudist Lady Gaga
has been busy collaborating on future projects with Britney Spears
and the Real Housewives cast
, but a piece of her past has recently surfaced online in the form of an unreleased song snippet. The track in question is “Brooklyn Nights,” which is said to have been recorded during sessions for Mother Monster’s most recent LP, ARTPOP
In fact, we turned to the ever-reliable Gagapedia for info on this mysterious track, so why don’t we just let them do the talking and post the music below? Good? Good. More »
Happy Valentine’s Day, Idolator readers! We hope you’re having a romantic night with your special sweetie — and if you’re riding solo, then you better be getting super turnt up with your friends. Or enjoying a nice night at home. Whatever, as long as you’re having fun!
All week long, we supplied the V-Day spark with our special Sapphic “Ladies Who Duet” playlist, pop star-themed cards, as well as our top artist-producer break-ups round-up.
And things heated up in pop world, too! Mariah Carey got our hearts beating with “You’re Mine (Eternal),” Katy Perry unveiled Katy Patra in her “Dark Horse” trailer and Nicki Minaj got downright vicious on “Lookin Ass Ni–a.” As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »
covers the March issue
of Harper’s Bazaar
and opens up about her battle with post-ARTPOP
depression in the accompanying interview but there’s yet another reason to pick up the magazine when it hits newsstands. Mother Monster poses for Terry Richardson
in the glossy spread and that obviously means losing some clothes.
In comparison to his eye-popping work with Miley Cyrus, the sleazy snapper takes a more restrained approach for this shoot. The raunchiest image finds Gaga posing naked with only a boombox for coverage. It’s actually a pretty cool shot, bringing back memories of The Fame era when the diva pushed boundaries but left a little something to the imagination. See the full pic after the jump. More »