InLady Gaga`s album, evidence of a new order
LadyGaga’s popularity is very evident on the sale of her second albumentitled “Born this Way.” Her second album was released on May23, 2011 and in just the span of one week, she was able to sell 1.1million copies just alone in the United States. About 60 percent ofthe number of copies sold or roughly 662,000 of them were digitallysold by Amazon which is also the top grosser digital downloads in aweek of that year. The sales skyrocketed because Amazon had a 99-centdeal which was grabbed by fans and supporters of Lady Gaga thathelped the sales pass the one million mark. Though Gaga had goodpromotional campaigns that included promotional appearances and mediatie-ins, Sisario believed that the Amazon deal was the one who playeda big role in the success of this album. The author here just wantedto show how famous Lady Gaga is and that she was pretty lucky sincethe release of her album was just in time for Amazon to test theirnew Cloud Drive application whereas in order for many music fans toavail or use it, Amazon chose Gaga’s album to be sold in adiscounted price.
BenSisario of The New York Times is an American writer who likescovering music and culture. He also writes journals and blogs.According to the Tisch School of Arts Faculty Biography, Ben  isalso a contributor to Blender, NewYork, RollingStone, Spin,New York City public-radio station WFUV and TheVillage Voice`sannual Paz & Jop music critics` poll. He is also an instructor ofthe Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches courses on RockMusic in Historical Context and Writingfor Popular Music.In this article of him I can say that it contains facts since Ben,judging from his background, is a very credible writer.
Inhis article, he is not concerned about the importance or the messagethat Lady Gaga wants to tell through her music, he is just concernedabout the output that Lady Gaga has done brought about by her fameand music. If Wills and Turner were in the same room with him, hewill argue that the substance or message behind Gaga’s music isirrelevant as long as you make good money out of it.
Beyond ABCs of Lady Gaga to the Sociology of Fame
Author:KatharineQ. Seelye under Mathieu Deflems POV
Thearticle points out the plan of the University of California to offera new course called “LadyGaga and the Sociology of Fame.“This new course was made thru the inspiration of the great fame ofthe pop singer Lady Gaga. The formation of this course wasspearheaded byMathieuDeflem who is a 48 year old sociology professor in the University ofSouth Carolina at Columbia who is also planning to teach the course. This is also the only course in to be offered in college that talksabout Lady Gaga as a subject for fame. The course objective is tolearn more about the relevance of fame in our culture and how do wedefine fame nowadays. Though the author of this article is KatharineQ. Seelye, we can clearly see Mathieu Deflem’s point of view andinsights here on how we wants to cite Lady Gaga as an example of astep by step process in the acquisition of fame.
Accordingto the site of Harvard University Institute of Politics, KatharineSeelye or also called as Kate Seelye is a Washington-based politicalreporter for the New York Times. She is considered to be a first ratejournalist and most of her articles are printed on the first page ofThe New York Times. She was also able to cover three presidentialcampaigns while “on the bus” with them. She received herbachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College, M.S. in Journalism fromColumbia University, and a fellowship from Columbia to work with TheAssociated Press in East Africa.
Thisarticle for me is good but I don’t agree with the idea of Mr.Deflem because for me it just show how obsessed he is about Lady Gagaafter finding out that he had gone to the 28 concerts of her and heowns 300 records of her song both in vinyl and CD. You can also makea course on how or what makes people famous without patronizing onlyone person. Obsession and fame are two connected links that Sisaroand Seelye will agree upon. Due to people’s obsession to artistslike Lady Gaga, they are helping her make a profit out of it.
Lady Gaga Explains Herself
LadyGaga is not just famous because of her songs, how she dances and“blasphemous” approach to some things. What made people admireher even more is her unique and bizarre way of dressing. Her way offashion does not fail to surprise us every time we see her perform inTV or live on stage. Her outrageous style has been an inspiration tosome people and it will be also a good topic of choice if you willwrite about her.
Regardingthis matter, Eric Wilson was surprised after hearing that Lady Gagaannounced that she will be writing in a fashion and art column in VMagazine. Wilson thought that Gaga was incapable of doing it since hewas quite sceptic on whether Gaga knows anything about fashion. Whenthe first issue was released, Eric thought that Gaga’s designs werejust copied from fashion trends that were made couple of years ago.Many people also saw that so when the time that Lady Gaga was askedabout it, those sceptics including Eric Wilson were somehow convincedafter Gaga gave an explanation. “Art gives birth to new art,”shewrites. “There is no chicken or egg. The past undergoes mitosis,becoming the originality of the future.“
EricWilson according to Fashion Institute of Technology is a fashionreporter for TheNew York Times.He finished journalism and fine arts at New York University, he beganhis writing career at NewYork Newsday and InstitutionalInvestor magazine.In 1997, he joined the staff of Women’sWear Daily.He also wrote the "Month In Fashion" news column for Wmagazine untiljoining the Times inJanuary 2005. From those credentials, he can be really a good criticand juror about fashion stuff and I somehow agree in him regardingLady Gaga’s capabilities with her writing a fashion column but herfashion is what makes her on top of other artists so maybe she canalso pull that off. ThoughWilson’s claim is about Gaga’s incapability to write a columnthat talks about fashion, Walls’ claim is her incapability tocreate music with a soul. For them there are better artists who cando more than just wearing fancy weird clothes that can sing very wellwith a song that is substantiated.
The Blah-Blah of Gaga
SethColter Walls believe that Gaga’s music can hypnotize you and bringyou into another dimension where the only thing that’s happeningthere is just dancing or partying. Her songs can put you in a lastsong syndrome for quite some time. Though Seth knows that Lady Gagahas a catchy music, he considers her music to be empty or it lackssubstance, good meaning and synthesis. He views Lady Gaga as justanother John Lennon, Eddie Vedder or Madonna wannabe but there is alarge different on how they make their music. For Walls, all thatGaga wants is to take up a big crowd and idolize her in order for herto be famous and make it to the scene. It is like Gaga wants us tothink that she wants to convey or say something but when we analyzethe words or lyrics, she fails to add values.
Inmy opinion, I feel like the author is closed-minded. There is ageneration gap between his time and this modern era where he was notable to bridge. Music evolves because the taste of people alsochanges and in order to understand it, you should adapt to thechanges it brings. This article was written way back in 2009 and I’mpretty sure that by now Walls might be reconsidering his thoughts andmight gave Lady Gaga a shot. Wilson and Walls are two of the authorsin this annotated bibliography that are questioning Lady Gaga’scapabilities. So they might be on the same side arguing againstTurner and Seelye who patronize Lady Gaga.
SethColter Walls has written for Slate, LondonReview of Books,and the NewYorker‘sCulture Desk blog. He also writes reviews about artists and authors.
Lady Gaga and the Civil Religion
Theauthor is known as a sympathizer of Robin Fox, who is an author of abook that talks about world unity brought by preconditioning, worldsecular religion, end, peaceful world of justice, equality andrational negotiation. Turner is impressed on how Fox integrated theconcepts of thymos, communitas, evolutionary psychology, etc. Turnergave example of the orgiastic communitas Fox is trying to convey thruLady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert that was held in New York.
TheMonster’s Ball is a good example because Lady Gaga structured thebasic ingredients of Fox’s views in a more compressed form. Shecalls her fans “little monsters” and believes that each and everyone of them is a star and all of us are exceptional. When Gagaallowed a Canadian girl in Filipino descent to perform with her inone of her tours, she crossed the barrier of ethnical indifferencesand individuality. Gaga’s song Born this Way is a manifesto ofFox’s evolutionary civic religion. The song rejects the determinismof social constructionists insisting that everyone can rise abovetheir social constraints, which we are free on what we want to be andwe are the ones who are in charge of our own fates.
Itis actually a good read because this essay showed the real meaning ofwhat Lady Gaga wants to convey on her music and contrary to SethWalls’ claims that Gaga has no substance. If Walls and Turner wereto talk about the meaning and value behind Gaga’s music, I thinkthat they would just try to outsmart each other and won’t be ableto meet their ends because they have opposite views regarding thisissue. Fox and Lady Gaga’s similar advocacies can be a goodsubject to write.
FrederickTurner is an American poet andacademic. He is the author of two full-length epic science fictionpoems, TheNew World andGenesisseveral books of poetry and a number of other works. He has beencalled "a major poet of our time" and "auniversal scholar – a rare find in a world of over-specialization -whose work transects and borrows from several rather disparatefields.
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