Ava Max Addresses Lady Gaga Comparisons: “It’s A Huge Compliment”
You can’t read an article about Ava Max without at least one reference to Lady Gaga. (And, in all fairness, “Sweet But Psycho” wouldn’t have sounded out of place on The Fame). A situation that isn’t lost on the rising star. “She was one of the biggest — and still is one of the biggest — pop divas of our time,” the 25-year-old explains in an interview with Gay Times. “She’s been around so long and she doesn’t disappoint ever. Gaga also thinks out of the box and that’s what the best artists do. No one can do it like Gaga. So it’s a huge compliment to me.”
Ava even sees a geographic connection. “She’s Italian and I’m Albanian, so we’re like neighbors!’ The “So Am I” diva also opened up about the direction of her much-anticipated debut LP. “In general, I love dance-pop music with some soul and a dash of R&B,” the budding hitmaker reveals. “I can’t escape that because I grew up singing along to a lot of R&B singers like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin… but the album will have different elements for sure. There’s no features on the album, I can tell you that.”
The songs will have one thing is common, however. “If it doesn’t make me dance, I don’t want to put it out,” Ava says. Read the full interview here and click through picks from the disco-tastic photo shoot up top.