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Monday, August 10, 2009

Lady Gaga Deconstructed

Lady Gaga graces the cover of the latest issue of Billboard, wherein this interesting info about her single sales is revealed:

She has the Nos. 3, 4 and 26 top-selling digital songs of the year, with "Poker Face"selling 3.6 million, "Just Dance" moving 2.6 million and "LoveGame" selling 1.4 million. In total, she has sold more than 10.7 million tracks.

She also has the Nos. 2 and 8 best-selling digital songs of all time: "Just Dance" (4.4 million) and "Poker Face" (3.8 million), respectively. "The Fame" is also the fifth-best-selling album (1.1 million) for the year and the best-selling set from a debut artist for 2009.

Also, whether you're a fan of Lady Gaga or not, you might get a kick out of my pal Alex Cho's thoughtful piece he wrote on her over at Flow TV, called "Lady Gaga, Balls-Out: Recuperating Queer Performativity."

Below is an excerpt:

...there is another, deeper reason to spend time thinking about Lady Gaga. While it may be simple to dismiss her outright as a bit of normative pop fluff, this, I argue, misses the point. In fact, Lady Gaga makes a very explicit attempt to shrewdly, purposefully—even politically—expose the nature of our fascination with pop icons by making it her mission to foreground the artifice of her own performance. As opposed to those pop stars to whom Lady Gaga is often (and erroneously) likened such as Madonna and Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga in fact makes it her chief purpose to expose pop’s artificiality; her performance is the performance of fakeness.



  • At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Chris P said…

    part of her skill is she allows space for others to over analyse her schtick. At essence she remains a writer of catchy pop songs who likes dressing up. Reading anything more into it risks a trip to Pseud's Corner.

  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger Robpop said…

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  • At 5:02 PM, Anonymous oPaul said…

    Why is this happening? Is this real life? Is it always gonna be like this?

  • At 7:41 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Alex's article is brilliant!

    And I'm curious to read the Billboard article, if only to find out why she doesn't wear pants.

  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger John said…

    No matter what critics want to say, she knows how to instigate and she knows how to perform. Isn't that what people want at times when things need a bit of shaking up?

  • At 10:35 PM, Anonymous oPaul said…

    Moogaboo declared:
    "And I'm curious to read the Billboard article, if only to find out why she doesn't wear pants."

    I read it, and it said that apparently one of her major childhood influences was Donald Duck.

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