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Paparazzi Cover – from greyson97

So I’ve never done this before, but I had to share this with the blogging world. A 12 year old, named Greyson Michael Chance, posted his cover of Lady GaGa’s Paparazzi on YouTube (greyson97). Now, I hate people that are younger than me who can, single-handedly, trample all over my singing, but I can’t hate this kid. I was in awe of him. Please, please, please listen to this kid, it’s the best cover I have ever heard. YouTube profile link: here.


Lady GaGa – The Fame Monster

After the phenomenal success of The Fame, Lady GaGa was everywhere, her songs heard over every music channel, television adverts, you name it. She had catapulted herself into the spotlight, creating her success almost single-handedly. With record sales over 10 million, The Fame went to #1 in over 7 countries, going multi-platinum worldwide. A lot to live up to. But Lady GaGa wasn’t phased, having many potential hits already written, hiding up her sleeve. In a sense, The Fame Monster is a kind of re-release, but GaGa didn’t want to just cash in by contributing to an addition 2 songs along with the original, she basically wrote and recorded a whole new one on top of the previous one, which also comes as a second disc. The Fame Monster was released November 18th 2009.

The very first song, the lead single from The Fame Monster, begins with a different feel to the whole of The Fame. Bad Romance is still an electro-pop song, but it has a more mature, almost operatic feel to it. Of course, the vocals aren’t that of a soprano, Lady GaGa has her own sound, and that sound appears to have improved. GaGa sticks vaguely to the formula that sprung her previous hits, but opposed to Poker Face, Bad Romance is more melodic and the chorus feels slightly gospel, due to the “oh’s” in the background. Alejandro is something completely different, although the electro baseline can be heard quietly in the background, so can a set of strings instruments. It still has that huge instrumental feel that Bad Romance had, which I greatly enjoy. Alejandro, for me, is one of those songs you miss the quality of, because it’s overshadowed by other songs on the album, but it’s a really decent song when it comes down to it. Monster feels a more dancy song, although there has been an electro-pop song, it has a dancefloor-filler feel to it. The lyrical melodies in the chorus are catchy, the dance baseline makes you want to get up and it’s just a feel-good song, even if you’re singing “he ate my heart”. The first ballad, a power ballad in fact, on the album is Speechless, a song about GaGa’s father, the phone calls she had when he underwent open-heart surgery. Even though GaGa is best writing and performing fast-paced, electro-pop songs, she can actually pull a ballad out of the bag, her vocals have improved incredibly. Dance In The Dark brings back the faster-tempo to the album, during the verses, her lyrics are echoed behind, even though it’s not necessarily distracting from the song, it doesn’t really add anything to the song. The chorus is big and bold, definitely a sing-along one. I have to admit I really enjoy the breakdown towards the end, with a rapped bridge. One of my favourite on the album is Telephone which features Beyoncé Knowles. It’s a match made in heaven, GaGa and Beyoncé bring the song to such a standard it’s incredible. The chorus is catchy, the vocals are fantastic and Beyoncé’s bridge halfway through is filled attitude. They need to collaborate again in the future. Onto probably my favourite on the album, So Happy I Could Die. It’s got all the makings to be a success on the dance floor. There isn’t especially anything I can mention as to why it’s so great. It has one of those “Je ne sais quoi’s” that I can’t describe. It has a fantastic beat to it, the melodies are soft and flowy, and it’s a happy song, as you could guess from the title. The final song on The Fame Monster is Teeth. It has an eerie starting feel to it, with quiet squeals of pain, and the feeling the GaGa’s whispering “Don’t worry, I’ve done this before” in your ear. It has a punch to it, it has attitude, which has kind of been lacking before, not that it’s a bad thing. It just brings a new dimension to the album, showing the various sounds that Lady GaGa can bring to an album. The song is a brilliant way to bring the “little monsters” listening to the end of their auditory pleasure.

I just love The Fame Monster, I really do. She has chosen quality over quantity, which she sort of did on her debut, and it really worked this time. It shows Lady GaGa actually cares about her fans, rather than shoving out a half-hearted re-release as a way to get more money. The album is pure quality, and with an extra 8 tracks in your musical library, Stefani Germanotta is generous. Her vocals are improving dramatically, her lyrics and sound is maturing and she will, I have no doubt, produce a third album that will rival the first two. 9/10

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Lady GaGa – The Fame

Lady GaGa, real name Stefani Germanotta, was no stranger to the music scene before she emerged at the beginning of 2009. Before releasing her first record, she was writing songs for the likes of Britney Spears, Fergie, The Pussycat Dolls and New Kids On The Block. She was then heard singing by Akon, as she demonstrated a melody for one his songs, and was signed up to his label. The Fame was released on August 19th 2008, and, to date, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, going multi platinum in over 10 countries. With albums sales like that, The Fame was certified Diamond, the highest record certification category given to an album or single. I’m looking at the UK edition.

Just Dance, the first single released by Lady Gaga, spawning #1’s in many countries is the perfect way to start an album. Her voice sounds pure and soft in this song, with the electro-pop beats underneath, it serves up the perfect summer anthem. The “Da da doo doo”s in the chorus are perfect for singing along to, and the semi-rapped bridge adds a new dimension to the song. Next, LoveGame, a controversial song, banned in some countries for its use of the lyric “I wanna take a ride on your disco stick”. The dirty electro bass is brilliant, the chorus is another sing-along classic, and you’re only two songs in. Paparazzi, the first slower song in the album, fits in well with the album title. It’s smooth, almost trance-like chorus melodies lure you in and keep you hooked as she transfers to the verses. As soon as the electronic bassline starts, and the “Ma ma ma ma’s” start, you know you’re in for a real treat. Poker Face is a worldwide sensation. A song that was everywhere. The monotoned rap verses, into the melodic choruses, with the deep backing chants mould into a genius, catchy, love-to-hate pop song. I Like It Rough brings a breezy change to the chart-topping Poker Face. It’s a kinky little mellow pop song about the confusion of “liking it rough”. Singing about sexual subjects comes a second nature to GaGa, although she does it with such a casual manner. “Cherry cherry boom boom” introduces you into the next song, Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say). It has a palm-tree, beach, umbrella-drink-in-your-hand feel to it. A continued light airy feel to the album, which is a nice change. Starstruck, which features Space Cowboy and Flo Rida, has a more autotuned sound to it. Unfortunately, with autotune,  you don’t actually get to hear the “real” vocals. And that is a shame, because Lady GaGa actually has an impressive voice. Luckily the autotune didn’t say around for much long, as Beautiful, Dirty, Rich, switches the albums dimension once more. The chorus is decent and catchy, but I can’t say it has the wow-factor that previous songs have had. The Fame has a simple guitar riff as the main chord pattern, which is good. I like the variety in instruments. The title track is another song to add to the long list of “catchy chorus” songs that Lady GaGa seems to throw into her album. Money Honey has another one of those “dirty basslines” that I enjoy on a record. It’s a sound that will be most enjoyed on a dance floor. From the three previous songs, this is definitely a step up, as those 3 were heading downhill. I’m all for variety, just when it’s done right. The next song, Boys, Boys, Boys, was originally a mash-up of Girls Girls Girls by Mötley Crüe and T.N.T. by AC/DC. The song is upbeat and filled with hand claps and choral backing up vocals, making the song a solid entry into the album. A piano intro begins Paper Gangsta, until the bass kicks in. It’s got an urban feel to it, but Lady GaGa doesn’t mess about with her vocals. It’s just solid singing throughout. I do actually like this song quite a lot, more than I used to. I think it’s a “grower”. Brown Eyes brings down the tempo, we’re treated to a piano ballad from Lady GaGa. With the added addition of guitars in the chorus, this ballad is one of the better songs on the album, not including the chart topping hits. Summerboy has a similar sound to Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say). I say that because it feels summery and light. Not just because of the lyrics throughout, but the arrangement feels like it belongs on a sandy beach. Now for the bonus tracks, Disco Heaven. I can’t say this would be missed if it wasn’t included on the album. There isn’t really anything outstanding about the song. It’s kind of just “there”. The final track, Again Again, starts with a little giggle from GaGa, before an acapella, bluesy line, which leads into a piano chord sequence. It’s got a multiple-genre feel to it. It started off bluesy and jazzy, before sounded soul-ey and singer-songwritery. This is a song that is more than a bonus track, it’s a great end to the diverse album.

The Fame sort of speaks for itself. It’s multi-platinum status shows how popular it is, you don’t need me to tell you that. However, for the huge hits they deliver, there are a few misses. Something that can be allowed on a debut album, for sure, but, however popular you are, there is always room for improvement. 7.5/10

Never before in my experience have I, and what feels like any pop culture enthusiast, felt such anticipation for a music video. If you decide to bookmark it in that genre of the media, that is. Because Lady GaGa’s nine minute masterpiece feels more like a short film, as opposed to just your typical everyday music video. With the unlikely pairing of GaGa, real name Stefani Germanotta, and Beyoncé, arguably the two biggest stars of 2009, you can’t not feel that the pairing would create something special. Having already taken part in a remix of Beyoncé’s single Video Phone, Lady GaGa’s song Telephone gets the star treatment and more than outshines the rather unimaginative video for Beyoncé’s form of communication device.

Continuing on from her Paparazzi video, where she was jailed for poisoning and killing her boyfriend, GaGa is dragged towards her jail cell by two interesting looking officers. What I love about Lady GaGa is summed up as she is stripped of her garments and left by the guards, with one of them saying “I told you she didn’t have a dick”. Having had huge speculation about her gender, GaGa pokes fun at herself and the rumour which sums her character up to a tee. The other guard replies with “Too bad” before leaving her naked in her jail cell.

Now this video probably isn’t suitable for children, with swearing, fighting and a bit of nudity featuring throughout the duration of the video, along with a lesbian kiss between GaGa herself and a rather butch looking inmate.

With a massive 9 different outfits, Lady GaGa more than lives up to her eccentric persona, making the bizarre outfits work, like only Lady GaGa can. Ranging from a bondage-esque chain outfit with a pair of sunglasses made out of smoking cigarettes, the studded jacket/underwear combo pictured above, police tape covering very little of her body and a cat suit.

From watching the video, I feel that there will be difficulties cutting it down for television, because of the detail and the suitability for younger viewers. Although the dialogue breaking up the vocals adds to the time, it really brings the motion picture feel to the video, and I feel that if the dialogue is taken away from the music channel cut, the video wouldn’t really make sense as a whole, it would just look out-of-place. At first when watching it, although I was in awe at what I had just seen, I was confused to the meaning of the video. Why would the setting of a jail have anything to do with the lyrics?

How did singing “Not that I don’t like you, I’m just at a party.” fit in with the jail theme, if you were on the phone in your cell? In my opinion, after watching the video a few more times and thinking about the lyrics, I feel that the meaning of the song is much deeper than what it first appears as. Rather than just a song about a club and ignoring a love interest because they cannot be bothered with them, what if it is a little darker. What if it’s about hiding a secret? Masking it with singing about a club and giving the wrong impression, but instead she is in jail and doesn’t want to let anyone know? Behind the theatrics and costume, it could just be about keeping certain things to yourself, but leading others to believe differently.

However you perceive the video, you can’t deny its unique appeal. Going from poisoning her boyfriend by herself to joining forces with Beyoncé and plotting mass murder, also from poisoning, before dancing amongst the corpses and fleeing the scene, GaGa does a pretty good job of getting away from trouble, or does she? The helicopter

shadow following their Pussy Wagon, the car from the Kill Bill movies by Quentin Tarantino, suggests that they might not be home and dry after all.

I feel that with Beyoncé’s previous roles in films, she outshines GaGa in the dialogue scenes. Knowles looks more relaxed in front of the camera, although I don’t know if GaGa’s character is supposed to be not quite so calm. Again, maybe perception plays a part here. What I do know, is that “Honey Bee” and GaGa are a perfect match in this video. And who would have thought the two could have worked so well together? It seems like we won’t have to wait long before seeing these two on-screen again.

That we do know, as the dreaded words “To Be Continued….” are shown on the screen, meaning we’ll have to wait to find out what happens next. You just can’t fault this video. It’s a work of pure genius that definitely deserves the recognition it will get in the next few weeks. The video is below, I’ve said enough. Just sit back and enjoy the video that will more than likely go down in history.