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Friday, December 2, 2011

Lady Gaga Launches Born This Way Foundation

Lady Gaga Launches Born This Way Foundation:

Mother Monster taps her own mom, Cynthia Germanotta, in push to fight bullying and inspire young fans.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga has always made it her mission to empower her little monsters. On Wednesday (November 2), Mother Monster announced she's launching the Born This Way Foundation, which aims to further inspire young people. The pop superstar is even getting some help from her very own Mother Monster, Cynthia Germanotta.

"My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the Born This Way Foundation," Gaga said in a statement about the foundation, which takes its name from her hit single and album. "Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment."

The foundation will work with a number of partners, including the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. According to the statement, the foundation will focus on "youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change."

Gaga has been a leader in shedding a light on the issue of bullying. She met with President Obama at a fundraiser in September to talk about the bullying epidemic, after she was touched in particular by the suicide of bullied 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer.

"The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling," she tweeted when news of the teen's death broke in September. "I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone's life." She went on to post Rodemeyer's "It Gets Better" video, urging that bullying "must become illegal. It is a hate crime."

Lady Gaga isn't the only pop star using the public spotlight to give back. On Tuesday, Justin Bieber announced the creation of his Believe Charity Drive and noted that partial proceeds from the sale of his brand-new Under the Mistletoe album will be donated to charitable organizations.


Lady Gaga To Host Thanksgiving Special

Lady Gaga To Host Thanksgiving Special:

Singer will perform eight songs on ABC's 'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' on November 24.
By Gil Kaufman



Lady Gaga
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It's going to be "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving." No, that's not some joke about your Aunt Frannie showing up in a turkey dress for the annual family gathering. It's the actual name of the 90-minute prime-time Lady Gaga Thanksgiving special that will air on ABC on November 24.

The show, which will team Gaga with veteran TV news announcer Katie Couric, was, of course, conceived and directed by Mother Monster herself and will feature the singer performing eight songs in front of a small audience of her friends and family, according to a press release announcing the show. Couric will also sit down for an interview in which she asks Gaga about the inspiration for some of her songs as the two chat at Gaga's New York alma mater, Sacred Heart Catholic School.

"We all know Lady Gaga is a phenomenon," Couric said in a statement. "This is a chance to see more of who she is beneath the wild costumes and staged musical numbers ... Lady Gaga as a high school student still bruised by being excluded from the party, Lady Gaga as a devoted daughter and caring sister, Lady Gaga as a 25-year-old woman embracing fame and fortune that seemed to come overnight. She will impress you, delight you and surprise you." 


In addition to her new single, "Marry the Night," and other songs from Born This Way ("You and I," "The Edge of Glory"), Gaga will perform "White Christmas" and her duet with Tony Bennett, "The Lady Is a Tramp." Chef Art Smith will also drop in to share some recipes on the special, including his holiday classic, deep-fried turkey and waffles.

The always busy Mother Monster has other plans cooking up this month. She'll hit the U.K. "X Factor" for a performance on Sunday, November 13, where'll also sing "Marry the Night."


Lady Gaga Wins Big, Guys Rule At MTV EMA

Lady Gaga Wins Big, Guys Rule At MTV EMA:

Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and a team-up between Queen and Adam Lambert were just some of the night's highlights.
By James Dinh



Lady Gaga performs at the 2011 EMA
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

It was an evening of surprises at the 2011 MTV Europe Awards that included a takeover by the nominated men, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, a streaker, and, of course, an out-of-this-world performance from Lady Gaga.

Broadcast from the halls of Belfast's Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland on Sunday, the Selena Gomez-hosted ceremony kicked off with two-time nominee Coldplay, who performed their latest hit "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." Frontman Chris Martin danced his way from the arena catwalk to the main stage as a spiral of lights spun around the band, igniting the arena.

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Shortly after, cameras panned to the center of the venue where the night's host, Selena Gomez, stood prominently in the middle of an onstage circle of fire. It was only a taste of what was to come from the former Disney starlet's hosting spectacle, which included a string of outfit changes, an appearance from her rap alter ego and mingling with pop peer Katy Perry.

"Jersey Shore" stars Snooki and JWoww were on-site to deliver the first award of the night: Best Live. "What's up Belfast? 'Jersey Shore' is in the house!" they screamed simultaneously, before announcing Katy Perry as the award recipient.

"This is probably my favorite award because my fans mean so much to me," the pop superstar told the crowd. "I'm so tired, but it's all worth it. Thank you. I love you."

LMFAO brought their wild antics to the EMA with a performance of their summer smash "Party Rock Anthem." The electro/pop duo proved their hard-partying ways with a life-size zebra float and a dance-off with America's Best Dance Crew winner Quest Crew.

Lady Gaga took home the award for Best Female, which was presented to her by David Hasselhoff. Pitted against Adele, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, the pop diva beat the competition and walked up to the podium in a WTF-worthy metallic ensemble. Emotions overcame the singer later on when she nabbed the Best Song and Best Video awards for her mega-hit "Born This Way."

"I knew that this song was very special when I wrote it," the three-time EMA winner told the screaming crowd during her second award speech. "This is the single most important song that I've ever written, the single-most important album and until now, the single most important moment."

One of the night's surprises came courtesy of a streaker, who interrupted Hayden Panettiere as she was presenting the Best Song award.

Alongside his quartet of backup singers/band, Bruno Mars kept the momentum going with a performance of "Marry You." The stage looked as if there was a wedding going on, with its heart-filled backdrop set and confetti that spewing into the air.
Like the 2011 VMAs, MTV dedicated a special presentation and award to industry legend Queen. Presented by Katy Perry, Brian May and Roger Taylor of the group accepted the Global Icon of the Year award, thanked the network and even gave the California Gurl a shout-out.

"How wonderful, because we here at the birth of MTV. How wonderful for us to be here 40 years later and to be honored in this way," May said.

While Jesse J brought some soaring vocals with a performance of "Price Tag," it was Gaga who treated her Little Monsters to outstanding theatrics with her performance of "Marry the Night." Dressed in her orbital getup, the pop titan danced atop a gigantic onstage moon while she belted out the dance track. She later joined a slew of dancers back on Earth for some hair-whipping and a choreographed routine.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol assisted in the EMA takeover with audience-packed performances outside of the show's venue from the stages of Ulster Hall and Belfast City Council.

Midway through the show, it seemed the 2011 EMA were all about the guys when both Linkin Park and Eminem appeared via pre-recorded telecast to accept their awards for Best Rock and Best Hip Hop.

Despite his current public controversy, Justin Bieber appeared positive when he walked up to the podium to accept the award for Best Male. To his surprise, Biebs was also presented the award for Best Pop by collaborator Ludacris backstage.

In a presentation introduced by Jessie J, the late Amy Winehouse was honored with a short video montage that included commentary from fans.

"It saddens me that I never got to thank Amy for breaking boundaries as I genuinely believe that without her, I wouldn't be standing here today," Jessie shared.

After his smooth performance of "Marry You," it was a good night for Bruno Mars, who took home the award for Best Push Act from MTV News' own Tim Kash during backstage interviews. He later appeared onstage to accept the award for Best New Act.

Gomez took on double duty at the show when she performed "Hit the Lights" alongside her band the Scene. But it was her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, who really got into the festive spirit when he performed a medley of his tunes "Mistletoe" and "Never Say Never."

It wouldn't be a show without some onstage pair-ups. David Guetta brought his string of collaborators together to perform their respective team-ups from his Nothing but the Beat LP, including Taio Cruz, Ludacris and Jessie J.

And that's not the only surprise collabo the Europe Music Awards had in store. "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert joined Queen for the show's concluding medley performance of "The Show Must Go On," "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." Decked out in an oversize black trench coat and matching black ensemble, Lambert showcased his over-the-top vocals alongside the iconic group.

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Lady Gaga Bested By Charlie Brown In Thanksgiving Ratings

Lady Gaga Bested By Charlie Brown In Thanksgiving Ratings:

'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' couldn't overtake the classic 'Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.'
By James Montgomery



"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Photo: CBS

Lady Gaga's "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" special may have been a triumph of overly-glammed performances, cooking segments with celebrity chefs and craft-time activities with third graders, but none of that was enough to overtake a time-tested Turkey Day classic, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

Yes, Charlie, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy et al. bested Gaga in the Thanksgiving ratings battle, though the race was much closer than you'd probably expect. (Both programs aired on ABC.) "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" — first broadcast in 1973 — was watched by some 5.8 million viewers on Thursday night, while "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" was seen by 5.4 million, according to the Nielsen ratings. Both drew roughly the same audience share in the 18-49 age demo, though neither could compete with the big Thanksgiving-night winner: a repeat of CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," which was watched by more than 11 million viewers.

Fox's "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" was the most-viewed holiday special, watched by some 7.1 million folks.

And though it couldn't beat "Big Bang" or the animated "Ice Age"
critters, "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" did perform rather solidly. In fact, it managed to beat a whole lot of competing prime-time Thanksgiving programming, including NBC's re-airing of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (3.7 million viewers) and another Charlie Brown special, "Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown," which was watched by 5 million viewers.

In the days leading up to her big Thanksgiving debut, Gaga took to Twitter to announce the release of a specially priced holiday EP, A Very Gaga Holiday. Then, again, Charlie Brown had her beat there, too: A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack was first released in 1965, after all.


Lady Gaga 'Doing Prep' For Tour, Next Album

Lady Gaga 'Doing Prep' For Tour, Next Album:

'She's always doing 25,000 things in a row,' DJ White Shadow tells MTV News of Gaga's 2012 plans.
By Jocelyn Vena


Lady Gaga
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

Lady Gaga is hard at work. The Mother Monster is already coming up with ideas for 2012's Born This Way Tour and even thinking about her next album. When MTV News caught up with pal and musical collaborator DJ White Shadow, he talked about what the Haus has in store for Gaga.

"She's doing prep for the next round of touring, and she's always doing 25,000 things in a row," he told MTV News last week when he stopped by to chat about the opening of Gaga's pop-up holiday shop at Barneys. "But I think the main focus for her after this season is going to be prepping up for the show, touring new songs for the record."

Gaga has hinted that she'd like to get Elton John on this next record, but, right now, anything goes. White Shadow — who has worked with Gaga extensively on Born This Way, including on the tracks "Born This Way" and "Americano" — is ready to drop everything to collaborate with Gaga again.

"I want to try and be as close to it as possible, that way I don't have to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning and fly to L.A. or wherever or Japan or wherever she's starting to do stuff," he explained. "Maybe when the tour starts, she's working all the time. I send her stuff and she sends stuff. She's always working on something. It just depends. I know she likes to write when she's on the road, [so maybe she'll make a] new album during the tour."

Given the pair's track record, expect across-the-board sounds on the next project. "The kind of stuff that I send her, some of it is so crazy that I don't know what you'd call it," he said. "When I make stuff ... I know what's for her and what's not for her. Some of it's structured as songs and some of it is structured as madness, and she goes through it like a gold miner."

What are you expecting from Gaga's next album? Let us know in the comments below!

Lady Gaga To Debut 'Marry The Night' Video Thursday

Lady Gaga To Debut 'Marry The Night' Video Thursday:

Autobiographical clip, shot in various New York City locations, will premiere on E!
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
Photo: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images

On Thursday, Lady Gaga will officially "Marry the Night." The singer announced on Twitter that she'll premiere her highly anticipated video for the song on E!

Directed by Mother Monster herself, it marks the first time she's ever directed a video completely on her own. Gaga previously directed clips in collaboration with her Haus or former creative director Laurieann Gibson.

Shot at various locations in New York City in October, including the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, Gaga weaves an autobiographical tale in the new clip. At another NYC location, Gaga was spotted rolling around on the roof of a car.

In a preview released earlier this month, a "Girl, Interrupted"-type story line was teased. In it, Gaga is rolled on a gurney through a mental ward. She goes on a long monologue about the nature of memory and art: "When I look back on my life, it's not that I don't want to see things exactly as they happened, it's just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way."

In her Thanksgiving Day TV special last week, Gaga teased another part of the "Marry the Night" video. The clip references films like "Fame," with Gaga donning leggings and a tube top and practicing a dance routine at a studio.

During a trip to India, Gaga opened up a bit about shooting the clip and being a first-time director. "It has been a wonderful experience. I worked alongside director of photography Darius Khondji, who is an absolutely amazing DP, and I worked with Gideon Ponte, who is an incredible art director," she explained. "So I'm looking forward to sharing this autobiographical video with the world. I'm very excited. It's my favorite song on the album."


Lady Gaga Pulling Double Duty At Grammy Noms Show

Lady Gaga Pulling Double Duty At Grammy Noms Show:

'I am so excited to open and close the Grammy Nomination concert!' Gaga reveals via Twitter.
By James Montgomery



Lady Gaga
Photo: Getty Images

Much like the pair of exclamation marks inexplicably attached to its title, Lady Gaga will pull double duty on Wednesday night's (November 30) Grammy Nominations Live!! telecast, serving as both the opening and closing act.

That's according to the Mother Monster herself, who took to her Twitter account to break the news following rehearsals, and, in the process, also revealed that one of her two performances was going to be a collaborative effort.

"I am so excited to open and close the Grammy Nomination concert tomorrow night!" Gaga wrote. "What a blast rehearsing with Jennifer [Nettles] and Kristian [Bush]. Sugarland!"

Gaga and Sugarland will share the stage with a host of other big-name acts, including Rihanna, Usher, Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris and country crooner Jason Aldean. The event will once again be hosted by LL Cool J, who this year will also take part in a special tribute to the classic hip-hop track "The Message," joining Common and members of the Furious Five.

Of course, aside from all of the performances, the telecast also serves as the official kickoff to Grammy season, with nominees in several categories to be announced on air Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. Gaga is expected to be in contention for a slew of awards, including Album of the Year for Born This Way, and Record and Song of the Year for "Yoü and I." She'll face stiff competition from this year's Grammy fave, Adele, not to mention fellow females Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.

Catch the special performance — along with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Usher, Ludacris, Sugarland and more — at 10 p.m. ET/PT tonight on CBS.


Lady Gaga's Barneys Workshop Is 'Essence Of Her'

Lady Gaga's Barneys Workshop Is 'Essence Of Her':

Little Monsters gush to MTV News about Gaga's holiday-themed workshop and windows at famed Madison Avenue store.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Brian Phares



Lady Gaga premieres the Lady Gaga Workshop at Barneys New York

Photo: Getty Images

Lady Gaga is taking fans inside her world at the holiday-themed Gaga's Workshop at Barneys New York. Mother Monster-inspired products like head-shaped candles, leather jackets, her favorite books and chocolates shaped like shoes hit the shelves last week, and it's exactly the kind of stuff a Little Monster would ask Santa for.

MTV News caught up with some of the pop star's devotees as they were admired the Gaga windows outside the famed New York City department store. They gushed to us about the chance to pick out items hand-selected by Gaga and her stylist Nicola Formichetti.

"I think Gaga's Workshop, it's the essence of her," Hollis Gehrett said. "You walk in and you feel like you're in her apartment. I came to see her cut the ribbon, which was really cool, and she looked fabulous."

Fan Catherine Lloyd was also on hand when Gaga, decked out in a big white gown, cut the ribbon two Mondays ago at Barneys. "It's in her hometown. It's decorated to the nines, it's completely beautiful," she said. "The unveiling was beautiful — when she came out she looked like Glenda the Good Witch. There was just a lot of celebrities and fashion people walking around, so it was just a fun event in general."

Laura Donnelly said "the first thing I thought was 'fun,' like the colors and all the statues. I just thought it was a lot of fun."

"Kids can come and enjoy it. Adults can come and enjoy it [and] teenagers," Kyle Larkins noted about the in-store pop-up shop. "It really appeals to everyone."

Erin Sebestyen enjoyed how the workshop and windows show off Gaga's whimsical side: "It shows her holiday spirit, and how many celebrities really do that?"

After Gaga opened the store with a ribbon-cutting, her friend and collaborator DJ White Shadow, stopped by the MTV News offices to talk about the event and share his favorite item.

"I just was perusing the goods ... and there were some books that were her favorite books, and they have a special Barneys cover. I was trying to grab small things," he recalled. "But there's these hulking giant candles [in the shape of Gaga's head] that you light from the top. It's like you light the candles in the back and then the wax drips down through the eyes of the candle. So I was pretty impressed with it. I definitely procured one."


Have you checked out Gaga's Workshop yet? Tell us in the comments!


Lady Gaga Doubles Up At Grammy Nominations Special

Lady Gaga Doubles Up At Grammy Nominations Special:

Gaga opens and closes the show, with an assist from country duo Sugarland.
By James Montgomery




Lady Gaga opens the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!"

Photo: Lester Cohen/ WireImage

Anyone who has ever seen Lady Gaga is aware that she knows how to work a look. And on Wednesday's (November 30) "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!," she worked two of them, both about as different as could be.

As she announced earlier, Gaga served as both the opening and closing act during the telecast, and, of course, those two roles required two totally different sides of the Mother Monster. She started things off with a steampunk-y version of "Marry the Night," opening the song on a stage littered with smoking pipes and scattered bits of scrap metal. Her face done up like a skeleton (or perhaps Zombie Boy?), wearing a black cloak, she solemnly sang the song's opening lines, as a group of gothed-up dancers cavorted around her.

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As the beat kicked in, she shed her cloak (revealing a sport coat, matching underwear set and, of course, thigh-high boots) and hit the harmonies hard, while guitars wailed and those dancers posed and popped. Then the whole thing gave way to a particularly fierce dance segment, which brought the performance to a close and earned a standing ovation from the industry-heavy crowd (David Guetta seemed particularly pumped, it should be noted).

And after the nominations were revealed, Gaga was back to wrap things up, and she did so in true Grammy style, joined onstage by country duo Sugarland for a husky, musky version of "Yoü and I." Seated at the piano, she traded verses (and a whole lot of suggestive glances) with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. Gaga changed a couple of the song's lines — "With your high cowboy boots on," "Oh Sugarland, it's been six whole years" — to fit the occasion and pounded on the keys as the song built to a bluesy guitar solo from Sugarland's Kristian Bush.

The whole performance wound down with Gaga and Nettles swapping extended vocal runs, and as the audience gave them another standing O, the three embraced and laughed mid-stage. All in all, it was pretty much the kind of night we've come to expect from Gaga: She worked two seemingly disparate looks, brought together some equally disparate musical genres and, oh yeah, even picked up an Album of the Year nomination for Born This Way. And, as always, she made it look pretty effortless.

What did you think of Gaga's performance? Let us know in the comments!


Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Video Will Be 'Perfect'

Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Video Will Be 'Perfect':

Little Monsters outside the new Gaga window displays at Barneys tell us what they expect from the clip, which debuts Thursday (December 1).
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Brian Phares




Lady Gaga

Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/ Getty Images

Have you RSVP'd for Lady Gaga's wedding yet? On Thursday (December 1), Gaga will make it official with all things nighttime when she premieres her self-directed video for her track "Marry the Night." Shot in Gaga's hometown of New York City in October, previews have shown that in Gaga's world, anything can happen, including vintage-feeling trips to the psych ward and "Fame"-esque dance numbers.

When MTV News caught up with some of Gaga's Little Monsters outside of Barneys in New York City, they weighed in on what they thought might go down in Mother Monster's latest video.

"I had some inside info ... lots of explosions, lots of hair, lots of makeup, lots of symbolism, lots of Gaga," Catherine Lloyd dished. "It's gonna be perfect."

Kyle Larkins has no doubt that the video will be all Gaga all the time. "I have no idea what to expect from the 'Marry the Night' video. It's Gaga," he said. "She's crazy in all wonderful ways, so I'm looking forward to see what she's going to come up with."
"My expectations are that it's going to be over-the-top," Alisa Lopez added. "She derives most of her inspiration from, well, her videographical inspiration — from Michael Jackson's videos, Madonna's videos — so I'm expecting it'll be longer than 10 minutes."

While no one but Gaga knows what will happen in the video until it drops, Vanity Fair was on set during filming, and Gaga described it as "autobiographical," adding that she's "getting ready to relive the worst day of my life" in the clip. Shot on the day when Gaga was wheeled through a hospital on a gurney, she added that "it's chaotic and sad. But I don't want it to be safe." The scene reportedly is based on a situation in her real life.

Fan Amy Guerra made this guess about the video: "I'm expecting Gaga to reveal some stuff that we don't know about her. ... I am really excited to see it because I'm a big fan of her and I know she'll just meet my expectations."


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lady Gaga Cuts Ties With Laurieann Gibson

Lady Gaga Cuts Ties With Laurieann Gibson:

Gibson had been Gaga's creative director for several years.
By Gil Kaufman


Lady Gaga
Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

After a long and fruitful creative partnership, Lady Gaga has broken ties with creative director Laurieann Gibson. MTV News confirmed the split on Monday (November 14), which came after reports that the two women had a serious falling out.

Gibson has been part of Gaga's inner circle since well before the singer became an international superstar, beginning with the choreography for the 2008 "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" video and continuing through the soon-to-be famous steps in clips for "Just Dance," "Poker Face," "Love Game," "Paparazzi" and "Bad Romance."

The pair were closely associated throughout Gaga's rise to fame, with Gibson providing the choreography and artistic input on such landmark videos as "Telephone," "Alejandro" and "Born This Way." Gibson, who previously appeared on MTV's "Making the Band" with Diddy and the "Starmaker" reality show, has been stepping out on her own lately, including a starring role in the BET dance competition show "Born to Dance" and another dance reality series, E!'s "The Dance Scene."

Gibson co-directed Gaga's Judas" video and directed "Yoü and I, "but the women reportedly clashed on the set of the former, with Gibson expressing discomfort with the religious imagery in the clip. According to the Reporter, the tension was already showing during the filming of the "Judas" video, during which Gibson told the magazine, "At one point, there was two completely different views and after the third glass of wine, I was like, 'Listen, I don't want lightning to strike me. I believe in the Gospel and I'm not going there."

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She was less adamant when talking to MTV News about the controversy, expressing pride in the final product. "I think the concept stuck with this one because, ultimately, there was a place where we wanted to leave the interpretation up to each individual and not take away [Gaga's] power as a performer, as a dancer, as a star," Gibson explained, alluding to the creative clashes the pair had about the "Born This Way" video. "And to leave the moments for you to interpret and be inspired by the fact that everyone has a Judas in their life and that there is a place of deliverance. For me, I interpret differently than her, and for someone else, they'll interpret it differently."

A spokesperson for Gaga confirmed the split for MTV News.

Gibson also spoke out after she and Gaga failed to see eye-to-eye on the concept for the "Edge of Glory" video. After reports that video vet Joseph Kahn would be directing, Gaga instead went for a simpler cityscape treatment that drew some fire from fans. "Listen u disrespectful f--k they had an issue on set I don't lie!!!!!" Gibson tweeted at the time. "Creative Changes happen always educate ignorant Monster's!!!"

The Reporter noted that relations between the two continued to fray this summer over disagreements about the "Yoü and I" video and Gaga seemed to confirm the end with a November 6 tweet in which she announced that Gibson's former #2, Richard Jackson, is her new choreographer.






Lady Gaga Loses Head On 'X Factor UK'

Lady Gaga Loses Head On 'X Factor UK':

Singer performs 'Marry the Night' in gown that makes her appear headless.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga performs on "X Factor" UK
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Lady Gaga lost her head on Sunday night when she took the stage on "X Factor UK" to perform "Marry the Night."

Gaga, decked out in a gown that made her appear headless, emerged from a crypt as torches burned around the stage. Her dancers did most of the heavy lifting in the movement department, while Gaga let all the action happen around her, standing in the middle of the stage donning the unusual costume. As the song closed out, Gaga went back in the box and came back out in just a black bodysuit, finally getting in on the dancing for the gothic performance of the Born This Way track, an ode to her hometown of New York.

After the performance, Gaga confirmed that she was deep into the planning stages for her next tour. "I'm gonna be here [in Britain] next year for my next tour. I just finished designing the stage and it's bigger and better than ever," she said on the show. "I'm so happy. I can't wait to see you all there."

In addition to tour plans, Gaga took to Twitter to confirm that she's near completion on two upcoming projects, her video for "Marry the Night" as well as her forthcoming Thanksgiving special.

"Been up all night editing my first TWO films as director!" she wrote.
"Marry The Night Video + 'A Very Gaga Thanksgiving' the 2nd airing on thanksgiving!" She teased the "Marry the Night" clip last night in a still photograph, in which she appeared to be rolled down a hallway on a gurney.

Gaga made other headlines Monday (November 14) when it was announced that she had split from longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson. MTV News confirmed the split between the longtime collaborators. The singer noted on Twitter that she is now working with Gibson's former #2, Richard Jackson.


Lady Gaga And Laurieann Gibson Split: Experts React

Lady Gaga And Laurieann Gibson Split: Experts React:

'It's shocking and it's not,' one music writer tells MTV News.
By Jocelyn Vena



Lady Gaga
Photo: WireImage

After spending nearly her entire career working with Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga confirmed Monday (November 14) that she and her creative director had decided to part ways.

It was a move that may have been surprising to Gaga's Little Monsters, considering how closely the two have created some of the Mother Monster's most-memorable visuals, but did the split surprise music-industry observers?

"On the one hand, I get why [they split], because it seems like Laurieann's been doing a lot outside of the Gaga universe," Entertainment Weekly's Kyle Anderson told MTV News, referring to Gibson's starring roles on the BET dance-competition show "Born to Dance" and another dance reality series, E!'s "The Dance Scene." "On the other hand, it's a little bit strange, because Gaga's circle of people is so small, and all those people have been with her since pretty much the duration. She's really, really loyal, so it's a little bit strange to me, because I think she has this circle of people she trusts with her work."

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As a key member of the Haus of Gaga, Gibson was never afraid to share her honest opinion about Gaga's work. Most notably, she spoke out publicly against Gaga's Jo Calderone performance at the VMAs, as well as her Nick Knight-directed "Born This Way" clip.

That unbridled honesty could be behind the Gaga/Gibson split, according to Us Weekly senior music editor Ian Drew.

"It's shocking and it's not," Drew told MTV News. "They were extremely close, and she let Laurieann have an unprecedented amount of control in her camp. Let's face it: Laurieann is very headstrong, never holds back what she thinks, and that tends to rub people the wrong way. I'm not totally surprised; it was only a matter of time.

"Look, I love Laurieann, and as a journalist, she's an interviewer's dream, because you'd catch her and she'd always just say what was going on," he added. "Laurieann would just say it. She would give you that perfect sound bite. She tended to be a little bit loose-lipped. But on the other hand, I can see why that maybe ruffled Gaga's feathers, because Gaga's all about the performance piece and not giving away too much. Laurieann really liked to take credit — not that that was bad, [and] maybe it was due, but maybe Gaga didn't want everyone knowing that. In the end, I do tend to think it was something to do with creative differences."

The big question is how the duo's severed partnership will impact Gaga's future endeavors. Will Little Monsters notice Gibson's absence?

"It always puts a really, really heavy focus on whatever the next project is," Anderson explained. "With stars like these, people become curious to know: 'Well how much do these individual cogs play into what we see in front of us?' These two have been together [for years], so we don't yet know what Gaga is like without her. So we don't know exactly what part of that personality plays into her projects."


Lady Gaga Reads To Her Fans From Photo Book

Lady Gaga Reads To Her Fans From Photo Book:

Gaga does a little story time, reading the intro to her Terry Richardson-shot tome in a new video.
By James Montgomery



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Photo: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic

Lady Gaga's Terry Richardson-shot photo book hits stores in less than a week, and as such, she's decided to give her fans a sneak peek — with a little Mother Monster Story Time.

In a new video posted on her YouTube channel, Gaga reads the intro she penned for the book, an essay about her relationship with Richardson that's long on literary flourish and also serves as an examination of self, not to mention a rallying cry for those on the fringes of society. It is, to say the very least, very Gaga.

Reclining on a couch in a black, sequined outfit (with matching chapeau), LG cracks the tome — which, she notes, is "dedicated to the Little Monsters, naturally" — and pores over her prose. And somewhere, Terry Richardson is undoubtedly blushing.

"Sometimes it seems as though I've waited my entire life to be photographed by Terry Richardson. With Terry, the relationship extends beyond the photograph, and if you're lucky, he will teach you something truly profound about yourself," she reads. "I have discovered through him that shame is an obsolete notion and apology is an injustice to any performance. ... To say he is a free spirit is a tremendous understatement and to say that he, or I, make people uncomfortable is spot on.

"Terry finds beauty in the most intricate and unassuming of places. His photography beckons the question over and over again: 'Should there ever be limitations in art?' Because when he captures me in a moment of such tandem and artistic human purity, I'm convinced the answer is that we must push the boundaries of culture through love and acceptance," she continues. "There is no moment too strange, no angle unflattering ... and never a time that I feel embarrassed or unsafe. Awaked in me is a perverse liberation inspiring me to feel that it is OK to view yourself as hyper-human. This is how Terry views me. I am so real, he says, that I am unreal."

Those seemingly "hyper-human" moments include unfiltered photographs taken over the course of 10 very hectic months, that feature of Gaga in dispose, including "waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, in the bathroom, in the bathtub, in the shower," as she explained to MTV News earlier this year.

"The thing about Terry, if you know anything about his photography, is that nothing is staged; I mean, that's sort of what he is renowned for. He can get you to do things and he can capture things that no one can ever capture," she explained. "He could come backstage and he would say, 'Oh my God, the fans!' And I'd say 'I know ...' And he'd say, 'Baby, wow!' And then he'd film me, like, peeing in a cup and, like, ridiculous things."

What are you expecting from the Lady Gaga photo book? Let us know in the comments!