These days it is nearly impossible to go anywhere without hearing or seeing Lady Gaga. Since Stefani Germanotta announced her arrival in late 2008, she has exploded into the stratosphere raising eyebrows and causing numerous jaws to drop. It seems futile to try and escape her presence which has permeated pop culture through her music, fashion and outrageous live performances. But is she here to stay for the long haul or just to merely burn bright for a brief period before fading away into oblivion?
The 24 year-old performance artist from Manhattan has obtained that elusive kind of fame that hasn't been achieved since the 80's when Madonna burst onto the musical landscape. They both have that unexplainable X factor which causes fans to rabidly follow each and every move they make. However, the real question seems to be if Gaga will be able keep it up and maintain such a fever pitched career over a long term basis in these days of illegal downloading and short attention spans.
The statistics are impressive and seem to be in Gaga's favor when realizing what she has accomplished in such a short time. In just over one year's time she has amassed seven top-10 hit singles, sold millions of albums, become the most downloaded artist is history. In addition to all of this, she has sold out concerts around the world and broke an all time attendance record during her recent concert on the Today Show. Lady Gaga has attained all of this and still has yet to release a proper sophomore effort, which is expected in early 2011.
Gaga has already stirred up her own lion's share of controversy with her live musical theatrics demonstrated on television and during in her sold-out Monster Ball Tour. And let's not forget the religious imagery and animalistic sexcapades projected in her music videos, which include deep throating a rosary, beastiality and copious amounts of homoeroticism. With all this, it is impossible not to draw comparisons to Ms. Ciccone, but Gaga differs with her deep, husky vocals with which she belts out her lyrics with a reckless abandon which Madonna seems incapable of delivering.
Another notable difference between the two pop icons lies in the technical qualities of their musicianship. While Germanotta is a classically trained pianist and vocalist, Madonna is mostly self taught, which gives Gaga a leg up in terms of musical credibility.
Although Madonna has certainly earned a permanent place in music history with her long term career which is nearing its 30 year mark, these days it seems Lady Gaga is giving her quite a run for her money. It will be interesting and highly entertaining to watch as these two pop divas battle it out for the ultimate prize when all is said and done. Will Madonna have another number one hit at this point in her career? Will Lady Gaga be able to sustain her massive success in the long run? Who knows, but there is no denying the eternal impact these two unique and highly successful women have had and will have on the eternal landscape of popular music.
After Madonna's musical disaster that was "Hard Candy". While it was a fun album, there was nothing brilliant about it. I'm sure she's gonna step it up for her next album now that she's got super talent Lady Gaga on her tracks. They're both incredible intelligent ladies. But only one of them possess the true musical talent, although Madonna is a legend and a great performer, her career has been a sucess due greatly to her formidable ambition, drive and determination has carried her down this long road. Madonna is a very intelligent person but her legendary career is more the creation of her hard work and controversies and much less of her actual talent capabilities. She's incredible nonetheless.
Lady Gaga however is in it for the long haul. Just in her 1 year in pop music Gaga released "The Fame" and "The Fame Monster". The type of albums it normally takes artists decades to be able to achieve. Britney's decade long career has even failed us to show us anything remotely consistent and ground-breaking as those albums.
There is deffinately no stopping Gaga. She's growing rapidly and is becoming more unstoppable with each passing day, and if anyone ever attends The Monster Ball they will see why. Lady Gaga presents herself and performs in the likes of Michael Jackson, She's not a person you go see in concert, she's an event unto herself. Just 2 years into her career and she's already packing stadiums all around the world that sell out to 20,000 people in less than 10 minutes. This spectacle is expected to gross nearly $200 million by the end of it's run next year, and like i said, if you attended this incredible show the tought "why?" wouldn't even dare cross your mind.
There's millions of "Little Monsters" all across the planet who adore and look up to Lady Gaga not just for her music, but for who she is and what she represents to them. She's the magnum opus of music in their generation. The only chance of ever getting all of these millions and millions of super fans to forget about Lady Gaga is through exorcism, and i hardly even doubt that will work.