Friday, August 12, 2011

Lady Gaga Revives Male Alter Ego On 'You And I' Art

Lady Gaga Revives Male Alter Ego On 'You And I' Art: "

Singer appears as Jo Calderone in tweeted pics.
By Jocelyn Vena

Lady Gaga

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Over the weekend, fans got one tweet closer to the release of Lady Gaga's video for 'You And I' when she released the gender-bending artwork for her latest Born This Way single.

"You will never find what you are looking for in love, if you don't love yourself," she wrote of the song's and images' message. "#You&ISingleCover." The photos are of Gaga as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. One shot features her/him wearing a blazer and white T-shirt, head down, smoking a cigarette. The other image is of Jo in silhouette puffing out a cloud of smoke.

This is not the first time fans have had the pleasure of meeting Jo. Gaga did an entire photo spread and interview as the fictional Italian car mechanic for Vogue Hommes Japan. In the issue, Calderone revealed some details about his relationship with the singer. 'I met her at a shoot Nick Knight was doing,' he said. 'She's f---in' beautiful, and funny, and interesting. I was a little nervous for Nick to start shooting. She said, 'Don't be baby, you were born this way.' I took her out after. The rest is private.'

Gaga promised last week that she would drop the video when she reached her one-thousandth tweet. Gaga previously teased that the video would include another one of her alter egos, that of her mermaid incarnation, Yuyi.

Gaga shot the video in Nebraska last month and explained that it is about taking a journey to win back the one you love. 'And the [video is about the] idea that when you're away from someone you love, it's torture,' she said. 'I knew I wanted the video to be about me sprinting back and walking hundreds of thousands of miles to get him back.'

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Pop The Throne: Could Britney And Gaga Team Up Too?

Pop The Throne: Could Britney And Gaga Team Up Too?: "

MTV News asks pop-music experts to weigh in on the likelihood of a joint album between pop divas, à la Jay and Kanye.
By Jocelyn Vena

Britney Spears

Photo: Splash News Online

With so much talk about the epic matchup of Jay-Z and Kanye West on the just-released Watch the Throne, we wondered whether something similar could ever exist in the pop world. Sure, the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys managed to rekindle our love of boy bands with their joint tour this summer, but could two pop divas get together and drop an album in the way Hova and Yeezy have?

There have been hints of Throne-like pop collabos over the past decade thanks to ladies like Madonna and Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, but nothing as extensive as a full-length album like WTT. So, could something like that ever happen?

Well, it would take the right combination of factors.

Us Weekly Senior Music Editor Ian Drew noted that history is important. "You've got to understand that the reason this is happening is because this is a very, very long friendship — they're like brothers," Drew said of Jay and Kanye. "We've gotten tastes of this all along. This is a deep personal friendship and a labor of love between two people. I think that needs to exist first."

Get a sneak peek of the Throne's 'Otis' video, and tune in to MTV, MTV2, mtvU, or BET tonight at 8:56 p.m. ET/PT to watch the world premiere.

Perez Hilton, however, said it doesn't have to be that deep. But there does have to be a certain something between the two artists to make it work.

'I don't know if there has to be a friendship, but there definitely has to be a mutual respect, admiration and history of kind words for each other,' the entertainment blogger said. 'It needs to make sense and it needs to happen at the right time in their careers.'

Kyle Anderson, a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly, said the only obstacle to a pop version of WTT would be the logistics of getting two pop stars, like Britney and Gaga for example, in the same place at the same time.

'Hip-hop lends itself more to collaboration because it's part of the culture,' Anderson said. 'Jay and Kanye have known each other for quite a while. They've had a friendship that is both professional and personal,' he added. '[Pop stars'] camps would also cause a weird logistical problem ... there's so many elements' needed to make this happen.

What do the critics think of Watch the Throne?

So, who would Perez like to see try their hand at a joint album? "Someone like a Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera could probably do something like that together because they're well into their careers and that collaboration would make sense," he said. "You can't just throw any two people together. Another collaboration like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga would make sense, but I don't think that Gaga is at a point in her career yet where she would want [to]."

Like Perez, Anderson thinks a Gaga/Beyoncé album is the most likely pairing. Why? "Their aesthetics sort of mesh, they both kind of work, so I would be very interested to hear that," he said. "I think they could really put a concept together. To them, it's a two-person planet and they're the only two people on it."

Which pop stars would you like to see team up for a joint album? Share your wish list in the comments!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Lady Gaga: Straight, No Chaser

Lady Gaga: Straight, No Chaser: "

We observe Gaga in her natural habitat, with a good bottle of whiskey, in Bigger Than the Sound.
By James Montgomery

What is Lady Gaga's blood doing on the floor? We'll find out soon ...

Photo: James Montgomery/MTV News

Lady Gaga is sitting down, which is probably a good thing, considering she's wearing 6-inch heels and has spent roughly seven hours drinking whiskey with dudes who look like they were roadies for Bang Tango.

Drinking wasn't the only thing she did, of course. She also danced, vamped, sang, bled and underwent more costume changes than Evander Berry Wall — all over the span of one very long day on one very big soundstage in New York City. I'm not allowed to write about exactly what she was shooting (at least not yet), but suffice it to say, Gaga certainly deserved a few minutes of rest. Especially since she had spent the first part of the day filming a wearing an outfit that could only be described as 'houndstooth overdrive.'

And yet, throughout the day, as the top-secret shoot went on and on, I never heard her complain — not even close. At one point, during a performance setup, when the director asked if she'd be willing to film another take, she joked, "My voice can only last for another hour and a half ... the rest of me can go all night."

Everyone laughed, and not just because it was a funny line. There was an air of astonishment mixed in too. Simply put, no one seemed to believe that a star of this caliber would be this willing to work. And then work some more.

While it was certainly amazing to watch Gaga come to life when the camera was rolling, her work ethic isn't exactly breaking news. In a way, it was even more fascinating to observe her in the moments when it wasn't. Last year, I followed her every step at the Video Music Awards and discovered that, beneath the 35 pounds of Argentinean beef, she was actually a pretty normal person. That was only amplified Monday, on this soundstage in New York, in the rare moments she wasn't wowing everyone in attendance. Surrounded by her closest friends — all of whom were extras in the shoot, and some of whom came dressed in their Steel Panther finery — she was decidedly down-to-earth. Shockingly average, even.

She cracked jokes, held hands, poured drinks. She danced and cooed with her old friend Lady Starlight while 'Heavy Metal Lover,' a standout track on her Born This Way album, blared overhead. She whooped for joy whenever someone she hadn't seen in a while (and given her schedule, that was pretty much everybody) appeared on set. In fact, she seemed very much like every 25-year-old you'd meet, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Getting to be a fly on the wall is certainly one of the perks of this job; it allows you to see the mega-famous at their least guarded — for better or (as is sometimes the case) much worse. But it's the few instances I've been able to hover around Gaga's inner circle that remain the most revelatory, mostly because, as I wrote last year, her public persona is somewhere along the lines of "a pneumatic lion tamer with a penchant for creative haberdashery, or a fire-breathing neo-Shiva in sunglasses." To see her unwind with her pals, well, let's just say it's the kind of thing you don't forget, mostly because it's the most normal thing imaginable. Which, given pretty much everything you think you know about her, is downright unimaginable.

So while I can't tell you what I watched being filmed, I can tell you that Lady Gaga enjoys Jameson and has excellent comedic timing. And that told me more about her than any of her videos ever could. To a certain extent, we all think we know who Gaga is, even if that's not really the case. At ease, with a glass of strong booze, enveloped by her confidants — that's the girl few of us get to meet, which is a shame. She seems like a really fun person to hang out with.

What do you imagine Lady Gaga is like behind the scenes? Let us know in the comments!

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Lady Gaga, Jean Paul Gaultier Link Up For TV Special

Lady Gaga, Jean Paul Gaultier Link Up For TV Special: "

'Gaga by Gaultier' will air September 12 on CW before fall previews.
By Jocelyn Vena

Lady Gaga

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

Lady Gaga will sit down with Jean Paul Gaultier in the designer's Paris studio for an upcoming special set to air on the CW this September, during which she will talk about her control over her image and her beloved Little Monsters.

The channel announced that the singer and the designer will appear in the interview special, called 'Gaga by Gaultier,' airing on September 12 from 8 to 9:15 p.m. The program will be followed by 'The CW 2011 Fall Preview Special,' hosted by 'Nikita' star Maggie Q and 'Ringer' star Kristoffer Polaha, Reuters reports.

Gaga recently shared that her highly anticipated video for 'You and I' will drop as her 1,000th tweet. As of press time, Gaga had written 991 tweets, making her nine away from the video's premiere.

The video was shot in Nebraska, and Gaga shared that it's about the lengths one goes to when he or she is in love. 'It was actually kind of perfect the way it worked out 'cause the premise of the video is that I've walked all the way from New York City to Nebraska to get him back,' she said. 'I'm walking with no luggage and no nothing, and it's just me and my ankles are bleeding a little bit and there's grass stuck in my shoes and I've got this outfit on and it's real sort of New York clothing and I'm sprinting.

'And the [video is about the] idea that when you're away from someone you love, it's torture,' she continued. 'I knew I wanted the video to be about me sprinting back and walking hundreds of thousands of miles to get him back.'

What do you expect Lady Gaga and Jean Paul Gaultier to talk about in their CW special? Share your predictions below!

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Lady Gaga Sued For Allegedly Copying 'Judas'

Lady Gaga Sued For Allegedly Copying 'Judas': "

Chicago-based singer Rebecca Francescatti claims Gaga's song is similar to a song she recorded in 1999 called 'Juda.'
By Kara Warner

Lady Gaga

Photo: Michael Loccisano/ Getty Images

Relatively unknown Chicago-based singer Rebecca Francescatti has filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga for alleged copyright infringement on her hit single 'Judas.'

According to TMZ, Francescatti claims that "Juda," a song she recorded in 1999 with her band Rebecca F. & the Memes, has multiple similarities with Gaga's track, chief among them the fact that Francescatti's former bass player Brian Gaynor is now employed by a music company that wrote 17 songs for Gaga's Born This Way album.

NBC Chicago reported that Gaynor was open with Francescatti and admitted that he was writing for and working with Gaga.

Francescatti's lawyer, Chris Niro, told TMZ that his client is seeking proper recognition for her original work.

'Though the songs are different styles, the composition is the same and the chorus is the same melody,' he told the site. '[Rebecca] is seeking recognition for what she created.'

By 'recognition,' Francescatti means money she believes is owed to her.

In the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by the Huffington Post, Francescatti names Gaga, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, DJ White Shadow and sound engineer Brian Joseph Gaynor as participants in creating the single 'Judas,' a song that bears 'a substantial similarity' to 'Juda' in that Gaga allegedly 'copied and incorporated substantial, original portions' of the work, though it was previously copyrighted and recorded with Gaynor. Francescatti is reportedly seeking a cut from the profits 'Judas' has earned.

Do you think the two songs are similar? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cage The Elephant Aim For 'Gaga Moment' At Lollapalooza

Cage The Elephant Aim For 'Gaga Moment' At Lollapalooza: "

'Maybe this is our year to blow up like Gaga did,' band tells MTV News before hitting bigger stage pop star did in 2007.

Cage The Elephant

Photo: MTV News

Chicago: They tell you to 'act like you've been there.' And Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant have been to Lollapalooza before, two times, in fact. And just hours before they were set to take the stage for their third go-round, they told MTV News that they hope it might be their 'Lady Gaga moment.'

You see, back in 2007, a then little-known Gaga played the same small side stage as Cage, and last year the new megastar returned to headline one of Lolla's main stages, her career universes beyond where it was back when they were both under-the-radar acts.

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'This is our third time, it feels really good,' said singer Matthew Shultz, who was still a bit groggy after having just woken up around noon. 'We haven't really been able to analyze all the information yet, but it definitely feels good to be back here playing on a bigger stage.'

With news that more then 26,000 people have pledged to go see them on the official Lollapalooza page, the Bowling Green boys were in awe of the potentially huge audience, but trying to not let it go to their heads. 'I try not to get my hopes up, because when it happens then you'll just have five people there,' said a humble Shultz about their latest trip to the festival where they made a big impression in 2009. 'Because if we don't expect that and five people show we'll be super-satisfied and happy that five people came to see our band.'

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With his band earning accolades for their Nirvana-like punk rock explosion, what's weird for Shultz is that he clearly remembers Gaga playing just before them in 2007, and look at her now. 'Maybe this is our year to blow up like Lady Gaga did,' Shulz deadpanned, as guitarist Lincoln Parish joked that maybe his singer could take the stage inside a giant egg.

'I'm gonna come out in a Cadbury egg with blood all over me,' he said, 'shooting sparks out of my nipples. and that might get us more votes for the VMA's as well,' he added of the band's nod for Best Rock Video nomination at the upcoming August 28 show.

Hell, for a second, Shulz even considered going back to the bus and maybe trying to put together his own meat outfit. Although given the scorching temperatures on the Chicago lakeshore on Sunday afternoon, chances are it would be a well-done steak suit by the end of the band's five o'clock set. Now that might get them the attention they're looking for.

MTV News is in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2011! Stick with us all weekend as we cover the bands you love and the bands you will love soon.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lady Gaga Calls Terry Richardson Book 'Completely Unfiltered'

Lady Gaga Calls Terry Richardson Book 'Completely Unfiltered': "

'I didn't hold anything back,' Gaga tells MTV News about upcoming photo book.
By James Montgomery

Lady Gaga

Photo: MTV News

Late last month, Lady Gaga announced she was teaming with photographer/provocateur Terry Richardson to release a hefty coffee-table book, one that features more than 350 photos of the singer taken by Richardson over the course of 10 months.
The two have worked together — with appropriately pulse-quickening results — several times in the past, most notably a September 2010 cover shoot for Vogue Hommes Japan that served as a sneak peek of the now-infamous meat dress she wore to the 2010 VMAs, and a clothing-optional campaign for Supreme in February 2011.
But if you thought those shots were shocking, well, get ready for the duo's book, which, as Gaga told MTV News on Monday night in New York, will push things even further.
'Terry was with me for [almost] a whole year, and, gosh, I didn't hold anything back from Terry ... he was with me every minute, every moment,' she said. 'It's completely unfiltered. He has photographs of me waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, in the bathroom, in the bathtub, the shower. And 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.
'What I love so much about Terry is that he thinks everything is so beautiful. I'm always, 'Oh Terry, get out of here,' and he's like, 'Oh, it's so beautiful, let me just shoot it,' ' she continued. 'I felt so comfortable with Terry. I love him so much. He's a really close friend, and I feel really honored that he traveled [with me].'
Gaga said the self-titled book (which hits stores November 22) not only showcases her whirlwind life — it follows her from the main stage of Lollapalooza to her Maine rally to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' to the final shows of her Monster Ball Tour in Mexico City — but the lives of her ultra-dedicated fans too. That was as much a goal as the unfettered access was. And, from the sound of things, the book manages to accomplish both.
'My favorite thing, honestly, is that [Richardson] loved the fans. He shot the fans the same way he shot me: with no pretense. No 'Well, she's put out records and they haven't.' None of that. The music was all of ours,' she said. 'He would come backstage and he would say, 'Oh my God, the fans!' And I'd say, 'I know ... I know what you just photographed.' And he'd say, 'Baby, wow!' And then he'd film me, like, peeing in a cup and, like, ridiculous things.'

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Lady Gaga Dishes On New Music Video

Lady Gaga Dishes On New Music Video: "

Clip, likely for 'You And I,' is about how 'when you're away from someone you love, it's torture,' Gaga says.
By Jocelyn Vena

Lady Gaga

Photo: FilmMagic

Lady Gaga is giving her little monsters some juicy details about her forthcoming music video, which she just shot in Nebraska. While she never confirms or denies that the video is for her track 'You And I,' reading between the lines gives it all away.

'Well, I shot my new music video here,' she dished to Omaha radio station 94.1, hearing the track on the radio for the first time. 'I've got to tell you, I don't think there's anything hotter than being in a cornfield in Nebraska.

'It was so sweet, and I looked out and it's so beautiful, that tall corn. ... Then all of a sudden you start to see these monsters pop up.
I love this place so much, and it really comes from a genuine place.
The person who I wrote this song about has been my buddy and my best friend since I was 19 years old, and he's from here,' she added of her pal Luc Carl. 'And I love this state so much.'

While not revealing whether a previously promised mermaid will make a cameo, she did share quite a lot about the plot for the video.

'Well, it was actually kind of perfect the way it worked out 'cause the premise of the video is that I've walked all the way from New York City to Nebraska to get him back,' she said. 'I'm walking with no luggage and no nothing and it's just me and my ankles are bleeding a little bit and there's grass stuck in my shoes and I've got this outfit on and it's real sort of New York clothing and I'm sprinting.

'And the [video is about the] idea that when you're away from someone you love, it's torture,' she continued. 'I knew I wanted the video to be about me sprinting back and walking hundreds of thousands of miles to get him back.'

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Photos | A Day In The Life Of Lady Gaga

Photos A Day In The Life Of Lady Gaga: "

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Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga Support Berry Family After Tragic Accident

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga Support Berry Family After Tragic Accident: "

Uncle of orphaned, injured Texas children calls outreach 'amazing.'
By Jocelyn Vena

Justin Bieber

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ WireImage

On July 3, the Berry family suffered an incredible tragedy. Parents Joshua and Robin Berry were killed in a car crash, while brothers Peter, 9, and Aaron, 8, were paralyzed, possibly for life, and remain hospitalized. Their younger sister, Willa, 6, was also injured, but suffered only broken bones. In the weeks since the crash in Texas, celebrities have been doing their part to help raise money for the care of the three young children.

Using the power of social media, everyone from Justin Bieber and Britney Spears to Lady Gaga and Usher have asked their fans to 'Show Your Hearts' with donations at and via text message (texting BERRY to 85944 donates $10). Their call to arms has meant the world to Matt Berry, the kids' uncle.

'My wife had this family member in the Justin Bieber camp, and when the accident happened ... they reached out to us and asked how they could help,' he told MTV News on Thursday. 'So, it's been pretty much organic from their reaching out. Right after the accident, he was asking for their names and praying with his mom for the kids. It's not something we expected would happen, obviously.

'So, my understanding is that he wanted to do something to help, and the best way they could help was to create awareness,' he continued. 'They have a lot of friends and contacts. And then, of course, once their campaigns started going, it looked like a lot of people joined it because I think everyone had some sort of feeling of empathy.'

The family is still mending: Peter and Aaron's 'lifelong conditions' have been amplified by the loss of their parents; meanwhile Willa is still trying to come to terms with the incident.

Matt Berry said of all the public support they've received has 'definitely helped.' 'Anything that goes to help the kids in their predicament [helps]. I don't know how long it will continue. I'm not someone who likes to be in the public eye, so it's a little bit awkward, but it's amazing.

'It's a little bit overwhelming,' he added, but he said that right now, the family is taking it 'day by day' as they deal with the aftermath of such a tremendously tragic turn of events.

'If it was up to us, we'd pray that they were able to stand up in a couple of weeks and walk out of the hospital, but the likelihood of that happening is low,' he said, adding that the boys are readying for rehab to try to heal in any small way. 'There's been a lot of people supporting us, and that's huge. The ultimate dream is if in their lifetime, there's enough momentum to figure something out and fix spinal-cord injuries. We've got two of them that need something special.'

Show your support at and the Berry Children's Trust Facebook page.

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Lady Gaga To Release Photo Book

Lady Gaga To Release Photo Book: "

'Lady Gaga' will feature more than 350 pictures by fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
By Gil Kaufman

Lady Gaga

Photo: Getty Images

Move over, Oprah. Lady Gaga is truly the new Queen of All Media. Mother Monster announced on Thursday that she will be releasing a hefty coffee-table book on November 22 featuring more than 350 pictures of her taken over the past year by controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson.

According to Publishers Weekly, 'Lady Gaga' will feature never-before-scene images of the singer taken during a 10-month period in which Richardson followed Gaga on the road, in the studio and everywhere in between as he was given complete access to her everyday life. The pictures range from the Lollapalooza festival in August 2010 to the final shows of this year's Monster Ball.

See photos of what Lady Gaga may be up to in her new book!

Gaga will write the foreword, and Jamie Raab, executive vice president and publisher of Grand Central Publishing, which is issuing the book, said in a statement, 'We are proud to be publishing this remarkable collaboration between Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson and anticipate that it will be one of the most stunning, provocative and coveted books of the 2011 holiday season.'

A limited edition of the book will be released next year.

Some of the images Richardson has been taking of Gaga over the past year have already raised eyebrows. Richardson, who is known for his provocative, often explicit images, took some topless shots of the singer in February for a Supreme ad as well as the instant classic shots of Gaga draped in a bikini version of her infamous raw-meat dress for the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan, which also featured shots of her male alter ego, Jo Calderone.

He also collaborated with Gaga for the May issue of Harper's Bazaar, in which he captured her on all fours in just fishnets, a nude bra and white boots on top of a mirror-covered piano.

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Lady Gaga Finally Confirms 'You And I' As Her Next Single

Lady Gaga Finally Confirms 'You And I' As Her Next Single: "

Gaga performed the song twice on Thursday, on 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
By Jocelyn Vena

Lady Gaga on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Photo: ABC

Perhaps it wasn't that big of a secret to begin with, but on Thursday night when Lady Gaga stopped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' the singer finally confirmed what everybody already presumed: 'You and I' will be her next single from Born This Way.

When asked what she planned to perform that night in addition to 'The Edge of Glory,' Gaga replied, 'I'm going to sing my brand-new single 'You and I.' ' She recently shot the video for the track in Nebraska.

Gaga also performed those two tracks on 'So You Think You Can Dance' on Thursday night, following her appearance on the show the day before as a guest judge.

Before taking the 'Kimmel' stage and pounding the keys on her piano for the track, she joked around with the host about her killer cooking skills, her five Emmy nods for her HBO special and, of course, her nomination for the Bowling Hall of Fame.

'I am a good bowler pre-Budweiser,' she laughed. 'And then once the beers start loading up, I become worse and worse, which is really great for whoever takes me out on the date, 'cause I'm a good, cheap date and a terrible bowler.'

So, does Gaga ever don bowling shoes? 'Absolutely not!' she said. 'What if one of my fans walked into the bowling alley and saw me in flats? They'd have a heart attack.'

When Kimmel asked if one day she planned on actually creating any Little Monsters of her own, the always forthright Gaga shared that she does plan on starting a family someday. 'Do I want to have kids? Someday ... long, long day from now,' she said. She joked about whether or not she'd love her kids even if they didn't turn out to be gay, telling Kimmel, 'No, I actually don't even like you 'cause you're not.'

Gaga also just announced the planned release of a coffee-table book, called 'Lady Gaga,' the photos for which are by fashion photographer Terry Richardson. The book is due out in November.

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