Posts Tagged ‘Madonna’


January 15, 2012

Madonna must be laughing at us.
Do you think that maybe, just maybe her insinuation that Lady Gaga imitated her with ‘Born This Way’ was a calculated ruse – again – to get us talking about Madonna? That’s her history isn’t it? The religious imagery for ‘Like A Virgin’. The nude book. Dropping the “F’ word on Letterman. The Britney Spears kiss. It’s the way Madonna works. Guess who’s got a new album about to be released? If you didn’t know before the Lady Gaga quote you know now.

But who is Madonna to accused Lady Gaga of being derivative? Was or is Madonna SO original? No. She rode the dance disco wave without taking too many chances, making too many inovations. Where Madonna WAS different was the WAY she presented her songs, not the songs themselves. We weren’t left wondering what she’d do next musically. We were left wondering what she’d look like, what her video would be like, what she’d say. There’s no doubt Madonna was a groundbreaker, but not with what she did on record. She exploited the media like no-one before, and obviously still does. Madonna gave birth to the Pop Tart. It’s Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Rihanna who must bow to their “creator” Madonna, not Gaga.

Where Lada Gaga IS the same as Madonna is that she is also a groundbreaker, and not musically, but as a packager of music. Gaga has opened the door to the next generation and closed the door on Madonna and her offspring – and that’s why Madonna needs to bring Gaga down a peg or two. Look at the web reports and you’ll see that we’re all singing Madonna’s tune perfectly. She must be laughing. I hope Lady Gaga can see through Madonna and is laughing too.

Gaga has a new album coming out too. Whose will be more relevant? Whose will you be more intrigued to hear?



November 30, 2009

The contrast couldn’t be greater, between the two women currently dominating music– Susan Boyle and Lady Gaga – one a retiring fragile latecomer who epitomizes hope and sympathy performing safe evergreens, the other a vibrant bold pacemaker outrageously imagining something totally unique. Susan Boyle has already shown that fame could crush her. Lady Gaga craves it. Both are an inspiration, but in very different ways.

But why would you buy Susan Boyle’s album? Millions have already of course. We’ve heard most of the songs before. There’s nothing the least innovative about it, nothing new at all. Just HER, and while she’s obviously a more than average singer Boyle’s not THAT talented.  She’s filling a NEED. And she’s part of the phenomena of the 2000’s where being famous is all that matters. We don’t particularly want Susan Boyle to entertain us. We want to encourage her fame, while all SHE wants is to sing, at the cost of fame.

Lady Gaga is another matter entirely. Yes she’s grabbed fame with both hands, and everything else, but SHE is also determined to entertain us, challenge us, surprise us. Lady Gaga is more than a singer. If Madonna was a leap forward in entertainment, Lady Gaga is the next leap. She’s the “new” Madonna and suddenly Madonna is yesterday.

Lady Gaga is a phenomena. Every song, every video, every appearance is an event. She’s innovation overload. How is she possibly going to keep up the pace she’s set? It’ll be fun to watch every moment as it unfolds. She’s the best thing to happen to music in years.