Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lady Gaga Wrote -Bad Kids- For Extraordinary People Producer Says

Lady Gaga Wrote 'Bad Kids' For 'Extraordinary People,' Producer Says: "

In latest edition of MTV News' Track by Track, Fernando Garibay breaks down ninth song on Born This Way.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Kara Warner









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The ninth track on Born This Way, 'Bad Kids,' is unapologetic Lady Gaga at her fiercest.


The metal-tinged disco anthem about embracing yourself includes a line that has Gaga singing, 'I'm a twit, degenerate, young rebel and I'm proud of it / Pump your fist if you would rather mess up than put up with this.' Like so many of the anthems on Born This Way, which officially dropped on Monday (May 23), the song is about accepting and celebrating perceived flaws.






If you don't think anyone else gets you, Lady Gaga does, and when she sat down to write the track with producers Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow, she had some bad kids in mind. " 'Bad Kids' is something that we all collaborated with — Gaga, White Shadow [and me]," Garibay told MTV News. "Gaga came offstage one night, I remember, and she said, 'I have this idea for a song, "Bad Kids," ' " he recalled.


The song is tough and in-your-face, but also soft and heartwarming, with Gaga singing on the breakdown to the disenfranchised rebels of the world, 'Don't be insecure/ If your heart is pure/ You're still good to me/ If you're a bad kid, baby.'


That sentiment, Garibay said, perfectly reflects what Mother Monster and all of her little monsters are about. 'Just because you're a bad kid growing up, doesn't mean you're a bad person,' he said. 'And a lot of bad kids end up being extraordinary people, like Lady Gaga, and she wanted to make people who had a rough start or maybe not the most ideal circumstances have a voice and a message. And it's basically about staying true to yourself and if you're bad, so what? You can still be great. There's good, bad and I think that's pretty much what it's talking about.'


What do you think of 'Bad Kids'? Tell us in the comments!


Don't miss MTV News' hour-long, exclusive interview 'Lady Gaga: Inside The Outside' airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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Lady Gaga-s -Bloody Mary- Is Bold Born This Way Producer Says

Lady Gaga's 'Bloody Mary' 'Is Bold,' Born This Way Producer Says: "

'It's a beautiful song,' Fernando Garibay tells MTV News about the new Gaga track.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Kara Warner









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Lady Gaga has mixed up a 'Bloody Mary' for her fans on Born This Way, which was released on Monday (May 23). The song sits at #8 on the album's track list, sandwiched between "Scheiße" and 'Bad Kids.'






The track is a dark, electro-pop tune about religion and art, putting into context a relationship Gaga is in where she plays the part of Bloody Mary, a character based in both urban legend (a ghostly figure that might appear if you say her name three times while looking into a mirror) and history (England's Queen Mary I, who burned religious radicals at the stake during the Marian Persecutions).


Born This Way musical producer Fernando Garibay recently chatted with MTV News about how Lady Gaga and her team recorded 'Bloody Mary' while in his Los Angeles recording studio, where Mother Monster put the finishing touches on many of the album's tracks. According to Garibay, the synthy tune infused with lyrics in French was developed from a track that was put together by Born This Way co-producer DJ White Shadow.


'Another super cool record. This is another one that started on a White Shadow track,' he recalled. 'I remember [Gaga] played this to me in Australia and we sat down and ... opened up the track and she started singing [the melody and lyrics] to it.'


From there, he, Gaga and White Shadow put their stamp on the song. 'We came back and added a few more parts to it and facilitated with the production of the record,' he explained. 'Again, it stayed pretty much intact as the original demo. It's a beautiful song. It's very personal to her. It's pretty bold.'


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Lady Gaga Recalls Buying Green Day Album In MTV Special

Lady Gaga Recalls Buying Green Day Album In MTV Special: "

In MTV's upcoming 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' special, Gaga reveals that the band's Dookie was the first album she ever bought.
By Jocelyn Vena









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Lady Gaga's songs certainly sound like they take inspiration from all forms of music, including disco, pop, industrial, metal and even punk. In an hour-long exclusive interview, 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' set to air Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, the pop superstar opens up about the music she listened to in her youth, and how it helped shape her and make her the artist she is today.






'It was Green Day, Dookie, with my own money,' she recalls in the special when asked about the first album she ever bought. 'But my parents got me Stevie Wonder, Signed, Sealed [and] Delivered, and the Beatles when I was younger — A Hard Day's Night. Yeah, they were two CDs and they were given to me with [a] little boom box for Christmas when I was young.'


She continues, 'Just good choices, Mom and Dad. They could have chose anything, but Stevie Wonder and the Beatles? I mean, it's totally their fault. Don't spoon feed me the Beatles and Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and Elton John and expect for me not to turn out this way. Nobody made you do that.'


During the intimate chat, Mother Monster opens up about her rise to fame — from being bullied by classmates during her school days to the moment she decided to pursue her dream of pop stardom. She speaks in depth about the moments that shaped her as an artist, including working on her highly anticipated just-released album, Born This Way.


'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' also focuses on the pop superstar at home, spotlighting her close relationship with her family and her life growing up in Manhattan before she made the decision to move out on her own to New York City's Lower East Side. Fans will get to intimately know the girl that became Lady Gaga.


Don't miss MTV News' hour-long exclusive interview, 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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Lady Gaga-s Born This Way: The Reviews Are In!

Lady Gaga's Born This Way: The Reviews Are In!: "

'It's a storming collection of high-concept pop brilliance,' says one critic of Mother Monster's brand-new album.
By James Dinh









Lady Gaga


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Little Monsters, the wait is over! After almost a year since Lady Gaga first dished out details about the project, her Born This Way album has finally arrived.






With endorsement deals from Starbucks, Google and Zynga's 'FarmVille,' Gaga and her team have crafted an over-the-top marketing plan to make sure everyone under the sun knows that the LP has hit stores. As one of the year's most anticipated releases, Born This Way is expected to debut with high sales ranging from 450,000 to 750,000 copies, according to Billboard estimates.


Much like her costumes, performances and everything else that is Lady Gaga, critics have noted (and mostly praised) the immensity of Born This Way, while name-dropping Madonna every other review. For a deeper look at what the press says Mother Monster has to offer on the new album, read on.


Lyrical Content/Themes

'All over Born This Way, she takes on the big topics dear to her heart: sex, religion, muscle cars, her hair. She sings in French, German, Spanish and whatever language wants to claim 'punk-tious.' She seduces men, women, deities and dead presidents. ('Put your hands on me/ John F. Kennedy' — hey, it rhymes.) And in 'Heavy Metal Lover,' Gaga purrs the immortal pickup line 'I want your whiskey mouth/ All over my blond south.' " — Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone


Production

"Enthrallingly, though, the album never lets up, as her producers chuck entire studios at her fulsome vocals. Many songs here are crafted from radically different tunes all stitched together for an attention-deficit generation: A song may start with an intro from one genre, segue into a verse from another, switchback into a surprise pre-chorus, follow that with a fist-pump major-chord chorus, before inserting a hard-edged clubby middle eight." — Kitty Empire, The Guardian


Choruses

"Choruses seem to be the problem with all of the album's singles so far. And what's a pop song without a good hook? The speed metal-meets-'Bad Romance' knock-off 'Judas' is lyrically more interesting than 'Born This Way,' but its Aqua-esque chorus is too sweet and poppy for a torch song dedicated to one of the Bible's greatest villains. The electro-rock ballad — and accidental third single — 'The Edge of Glory' isn't retro so much as retrograde, starting off with some crafty Art of Noise synth tones before morphing into what sounds like the theme song to an early-'90s sitcom, or an inspirational sports flick, as sung by Bonnie Tyler." — Sal Cinquemani, Slant Magazine


Influences

"The album has abundant echoes of the 1980s: not just Madonna, Lady Gaga's obvious predecessor in many things, but also the heft and piano pounding of '80s heartland rock. Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band plays saxophone on two songs, and for the rafter-raising power ballad 'You and I,' Lady Gaga turned to Mutt Lange, who produced thickly layered tracks for Def Leppard in the 1980s. (Mr. Lange, in turn, brought in Brian May, the guitarist in Queen, the band whose song 'Radio Ga Ga' gave her a name.)" — Jon Pareles, The New York Times


The Last Note

'This is not quite the revolution, and certainly not the greatest album ever made. It's a storming collection of high-concept pop brilliance designed to soundtrack every preposterously tremendous Gaga moment for the next 18 months. If there's a gripe to be had, it's regarding the length: At an hour long, Born This Way initially feels more like an assault than an event, and it could easily lose a couple of tracks. However, if she is planning on releasing nine singles from it, then nobody can come away feeling ripped off." — Ian Wade, BBC Music


Have you listened to Lady Gaga's new album? Share your reviews in the comments below!


Don't miss MTV News' hour-long exclusive interview, 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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Photos Lady Gaga Joins Her Little Monsters At Best Buy Signing

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Lady Gaga Wanted To Go -Full Mexicano- On -Americano

Lady Gaga Wanted To Go 'Full Mexicano' On 'Americano': "

Born This Way producer Fernando Garibay says song was inspired by Proposition 8 ruling.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Kara Warner









Lady Gaga


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Lady Gaga dabbled in Latin-sounding music on Fame Monster with 'Alejandro,' but for Born This Way, Gaga took that sound to a whole new level on 'Americano,' a charging, no-holds-barred statement about love of all kinds, played up against the chugging backdrop of Spanish guitar, horns and a disco-ready beat.


'The song was directly inspired by events that happened that day. It was in August, in the middle of summer, last year, and it was when Prop 8 was overturned in California,' producer Fernando Garibay told MTV News of the controversial ruling that banned gay marriage in the state. 'And there was a lot happening with immigration and the border issues and she pushed, she said she wanted to make this song really Mexican, with the struggle the Mexican people have gone through for freedom, for a better life, and so those ideas are directly implemented in the song.'






Gaga, a Proposition 8 opponent, tweeted shortly after the ruling that she was inspired to write music. 'At the moments notice of PROP 8 DEATH I instantly began to write music,' she wrote in August. 'REJOICE and CELEBRATE gay communities and straight all over the world. Our voices are being heard! Loud! SCREAM LOUD AMERICANOS!' The 'Americano' lyrics directly address that momentous occasion. On the song, Gaga sings, 'If you love me, we can marry on the West Coast/ On a Wednesday, en el verano, en agosto.'


Garibay explained that while she might shed light on gay rights lyrically, she's hoping to bring attention to immigration laws in the United States sonically.


'I remember her saying, 'Yes, I want mariachi, I want Latin percussions. I want to go big.' I'm so used to people in the industry saying, 'Latin: It's a little bit cheesy,' ' he said. 'But she was like, 'F that! Let's go full Mexicano.' We started with me on guitar and her on piano, kind of wrote the lyric on the spot, and she sang it all the way through, and that's how the song was born.'


Share your thoughts on 'Americano' in the comments below!


Don't miss MTV News' hour-long exclusive interview, 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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Lady Gaga Talks Eggs- Eats Paper On -Late Show With David Letterman

Lady Gaga Talks Eggs, Eats Paper On 'Late Show With David Letterman': "

Singer suggests Letterman try coming to work in his underwear sometime.
By Gil Kaufman









Lady Gaga chews paper on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'


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If there's one thing Lady Gaga is great at, it's making an impression. And the singer clearly did that on Monday night when she stopped by 'Late Show With David Letterman' to chat it up on the day her Born This Way album was released.


Wearing a black mask, barely there black boy shorts, knee-high lace-up leather boots, a black jacket over a black rubber bra, and another of her Morticia Addams-style black and blonde wigs, Gaga clearly put the late-night legend on edge with her odd behavior. She began by reaching out and complimenting his orange tie while stroking it, prompting the unflappable Letterman to quip, 'Why stop?'


But Dave, who is used to being provoked by everyone from Madonna to Joaquin Phoenix and Courtney Love, took it all in stride and asked Mother Monster to explain why she came out wearing a mask. 'You have a mask on. Does this represent something or we don't care what this represents?' he asked her.


'I'm Batman,' Gaga shot back, humming a bit of the Dark Knight's old-school TV theme. 'What are you wearing, I mean, what aren't you wearing, I mean it's great, don't get me wrong,' he stammered when asking about her revealing get-up. Gaga explained that she only liked the jacket, so that's the part she chose to wear. 'You and I are very different in that way,' Letterman responded. 'I have never thought to myself, 'I'm just going to wear my underpants.' '


'Why not, I'm sure you'd look nice,' Gaga said, taking off her mask. 'You'd be surprised,' she added, to which he cracked, 'Yes, I'd be very surprised ... and you'd be surprised also ... and so would the local authorities.'


Later in the interview, Gaga claimed that she found the outfit in the garbage on her way into the studio.


The pair continued their friendly banter, talking about Gaga's days as a bad waitress (she flirted too much with guys who were on dates), which progressed to Gaga shamelessly flirting with the host while trying to avoid answering a question about whether she currently has a boyfriend. She revealed that she spent the previous night chatting with fans on Twitter and drinking a bottle of wine to celebrate the midnight release of the album.


When conversation turned to Gaga's famous egg, which she busted out of again on 'Saturday Night Live' this past weekend, she wondered what it would be like to get the funnyman in one of her oval creations. 'I don't think I'd fit,' Letterman demurred. 'Maybe we could get in together,' she replied. 'You could be the yolk.'


The infamous egg, which made its debut in February at the Grammys, is a spiritual place, the singer said. 'How much time do you spend in it? Is it tough to get insurance?' Letterman wondered.


'Well, no, because for me, it's a place where I can meditate and experience rebirth,' Gaga explained. 'So I just get inside of it and close it and then when I feel that I have been reborn spiritually, I just, woo, come out.'


In keeping with the regeneration theme of the album, when asked how long this rebirthing process takes, Gaga said, 'It depends. ... I just really believe that you can be reborn over and over and over again until you find that part of you that is the best you that you can be, so I encourage everyone to be that way. I wonder what would happen if I put you in an egg?'


After a series of inane questions, including one about whether it's true she relaxes by fly fishing and whether it's true she once ate a Barbie doll's head during a concert (actually, she said, it happens 'all the time'), Gaga grabbed Letterman's sheet of notes and ripped it up. 'I'm just so fed up with all of this,' she grumped before handing back on half of the sheet and stuffing the other in her mouth to chew up.


Don't miss MTV News' hour-long, exclusive interview 'Lady Gaga: Inside The Outside' airing Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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Lady Gaga Greets Fans At Born This Way Promo

Lady Gaga Greets Fans At Born This Way Promo: "

Little Monsters jump at the chance to meet Mother Monster herself at Best Buy in New York.
By Vaughn Schoonmaker









Lady Gaga at Best Buy in NYC on Monday


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NEW YORK — Hundreds of screaming Little Monsters lined the streets surrounding Best Buy in New York City Monday night as they not only celebrated the release of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, but also waited to meet Mother Monster herself.






With gear in tow, many fans camped out for the opportunity to meet their idol, some waiting two nights just to get a wristband granting them access to the meet-and-greet album-signing event.


'Being a Little Monster is about letting out your inner freak,' explained Jen Finnegan, an aspiring musician. '[It's letting out] everything that you are and everything that you want to be through Lady Gaga and her music.'


(Check out photos of Lady Gaga and all of her Little Monsters.)


The album was enthusiastically received, to say the least, by all 500-plus fans waiting outside the store behind barricades.


'It's the anthem of our generation and many generations to come,' exclaimed Stephanie Currie, who came all the way from Vermont.


The influence of Gaga on her fans goes far deeper than an appreciation for quality dance music.


'I honestly believe that Lady Gaga has changed my life and ultimately saved my life,' admitted Stephanie Picher of Boston, who said she went through a period of deep depression and issues of being comfortable with her true inner self until she first began to hear Gaga's universal message of self-acceptance in 2008. She's been to 14 Lady Gaga concerts since.


When Lady Gaga finally took the stage to begin signing, she was greeted by deafening screams of adoration from the fans, none of whom she intended to overlook during her visit.


'I just wanted to thank you guys for coming today!' Gaga beamed in a very revealing leather outfit that covered only about 5 percent of her body. 'And I can't wait to kiss every single one of you.'


She exchanged words and shared her lipstick mark with all of the fans over the next few hours, smiling for photo ops with each and every one of them.


Little Monster Margaret Michels was more than satisfied with the experience. 'We waited in line overnight and we got to meet Gaga,' she said as she showed off a dark red lipstick mark on her cheek. 'And it was freakin' amazing!'


'She just signed my arm!' Brian Kapolka exclaimed. Having journeyed all the way from Chicago for the experience, he was unable to contain his excitement. 'I've got to go get it tattooed after this!'


Don't miss 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' to hear Mother Monster open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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Lady Gaga-s MTV Documentary Gets Emotional

Lady Gaga's MTV Documentary Gets 'Emotional': "

Pop-culture journalists weigh in on 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' airing Thursday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
By Jocelyn Vena









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Lady Gaga gets personal in the exclusive MTV documentary 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' airing Thursday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The hour-long special delves into the moments, people and anecdotes that shaped Gaga in her formative years as Stefani Germanotta in New York City.






On Tuesday (May 24), press gathered to screen the documentary before it airs, and even the biggest Gaga experts said they learned so much from the revealing sit-down with the leather-clad star.


'She kind of had this meteoric rise to fame, so being able to see that she worked for it [and] it wasn't just an overnight thing. ... I think a lot of us at this point, 'cause she is everywhere, just assume it was so easy, and it really wasn't,' Julia Rubin of Stylite told MTV News after the screening.


NewNowNext's Kate Bennert felt the special expanded on the mythology of Lady Gaga and revealed more about the star than even the most die-hard Little Monster knows. 'Honestly, a lot of Gaga fans have heard the stories kind of briefly through other interviews, but I think one of the biggest things was her actually going into depth and you can see her get emotional,' she said. 'You felt like you were actually with her in that room, having a conversation, like you were asking the questions.'


Fellow Gaga expert Zac Stackell of The Shout magazine was impressed by how much information he learned about the woman who worked so hard to become Lady Gaga. 'The biggest reveal, I think, in terms of Lady Gaga, was the Stefani before Lady Gaga, the Stefani of New York City,' he said. 'How she became the Lady Gaga of 2011. I think it gives some real definition to her path; it gives a humanity to it.'


In a sneak peek from the documentary, Gaga recalls the first albums she had as a kid. 'It was Green Day, Dookie, with my own money,' she says. 'But my parents got me Stevie Wonder, Signed, Sealed [and] Delivered, and the Beatles when I was younger — A Hard Day's Night. Yeah, they were two CDs and they were given to me with [a] little boom box for Christmas when I was young.'


Don't miss 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.





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American Idol- Finale Reportedly To Feature Lady Gaga, Beyonce Performance

'American Idol' Finale Reportedly To Feature Lady Gaga, Beyonce Performance: "

Carrie Underwood, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez also rumored to be taking the stage.
By Gil Kaufman









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As 'American Idol' fans sweat out the final hours before they find out whether Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina will be crowned the new people's champ, more details have emerged about who will perform on the season 10 finale on Wednesday night (May 25).


As always, producers have kept a tight lid on what surprises are in store for the two-hour finale — and a spokesperson for "Idol" did not return requests for comment at press time. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, a pair of this year's mentors will be back to celebrate the coronation.


Citing unnamed production sources, the trade magazine reported that in addition to U2's Bono and The Edge performing with castmembers from the troubled Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,' Beyoncé and Lady Gaga will take the stage.


The story claimed that both pop divas, who helped mentor this year's finalists, will team up with all-time 'Idol' champ Carrie Underwood to perform a group medley with judge Steven Tyler and title contenders McCreery and Alaina. There is also unconfirmed talk that fellow judge Jennifer Lopez will also take the stage for a command performance.


In addition, bearded season 10 growler Casey Abrams will take the stage with 'Kung Fu Panda 2' funnyman Jack Black.


Don't miss a special edition of 'Idol Party Live' Thursday at noon on MTV.com for analysis, finale red-carpet coverage and the last 'Idol in 60 Seconds' of season 10. Get in the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #idolparty! In the meantime, get your 'Idol' fix on MTV News' 'American Idol' page, where you'll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.





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Lady Gaga Calls New York Her-'Husband- In MTV Documentary

Lady Gaga Calls New York Her 'Husband' In MTV Documentary: "

Singer goes into detail about her love for NYC during 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' airing Thursday at 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
By Jocelyn Vena









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Throughout her career, Lady Gaga has proudly proclaimed her love for her hometown of New York City. Little Monsters know that Gaga's whole Monster Ball Tour was an homage to the great underground parties of her beloved city. In the MTV documentary 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' the pop superstar goes into more detail about her connection to New York and how it has not only shaped her music, but also her sense of style.






'This is how I get home. My leather jacket is like my Dorothy slippers,' she explained, referencing the magical ruby-red slippers worn by the leading lady in 'The Wizard of Oz.' 'That's why I changed when we sat down. You said, 'I want to ask you about New York.' I said, 'You'd better get my leather.' '


The strong sense of home also appears on her latest pop opus, Born This Way, especially on the track 'Marry the Night,' a swirling anthem about living it up in her hometown and how greatness can be found around every street corner. 'I wrote so many songs on this new album about New York. I mean, every song on all my albums has some relationship to New York City, but one in particular, 'Marry the Night,' ' she says during the special, airing Thursday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. 'That record was about my husband, New York.'


Even before cameras started rolling, Gaga paid homage to the city she calls home. Davi Russo, who directed the documentary and interviewed Gaga for the special, recalled the moment that Gaga shared the significance of that leather jacket.


'I just remember kneeling down next to her ... and I said, 'I want to talk to you about New York. I want to take you back.' And she looked at me, I remember, and she said, 'I need to change.' ... Fifteen minutes later, she comes out in this amazing leather jacket, just total New York City punk rock. I just saw that person transform.'


Don't miss 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, followed by a live stream on MTV.com hosted by MTV News' James Montgomery and featuring special guests Lady Starlight, Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons, documentary director Davi Russo, producer Fernando Garibay and Gaga's biggest Little Monsters.





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Is Lady Gaga-s Born This Way Launch The Biggest Ever?

Is Lady Gaga's Born This Way Launch The Biggest Ever?: "

Singer has blanketed airwaves, newsstands and Internet to push her latest album.
By Gil Kaufman









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If it feels like Lady Gaga has been everywhere lately, that's because, well, she has. In the run-up to Monday's launch of her eagerly anticipated Born This Way album, the chameleonic pop superstar has pushed into hyper-drive to get the word out about the disc. In the process, she's set new high-water marks for album promotion by blanketing the airwaves, newsstands, billboards and the Internet with images and stunts aimed at making it impossible to avoid hearing or reading about her second studio effort.






'Her quote to me was 'I want to penetrate pop culture,' ' said senior writer Brian Hiatt, who wrote the upcoming Rolling Stone magazine cover story on Gaga after spending a week on-and-off with the singer a month ago as she was finishing up vocals and playing the last gigs on her Monster Ball Tour. 'Which is why she'll compromise if necessary to get an edited version of her video on 'American Idol.' She' a pop star, so she doesn't come from that punk or indie pose where certain things are anathema.'


What's unusual about Gaga, Hiatt added, is that she's both an uncompromising artist and a pop star, with the latter side allowing for unlimited promotion from the seemingly inexhaustible 25-year-old who is willing to push herself to the limits of human endurance and beyond to get the word out.


That has included a well-received performing (and acting) spot on last weekend's 'Saturday Night Live,' her mentoring stint on 'Idol' (as well as a rumored appearance on Wednesday night's season finale), a drop in to the final rounds of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' time on the couch with David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres, as well as her much-hyped HBO special, an ongoing series of behind-the-curtain 'Gagavision' webisodes, guest editorships of several magazines and a landmark deal with game-maker Zynga for a custom version of its popular Facebook game 'FarmVille' called 'GagaVille' that featured exclusive listens to new songs from the album.


With a one-day 99 cent download offer, Born This Way crashed Amazon.com's new cloud service's servers, and Best Buy reported strong response to a deal in which it is giving the disc away to anyone who buys a mobile phone with a service contract. You can find it at Starbucks (which is hosting an online Gaga-themed scavenger hunt), in a touching Google Chrome commercial and a $4.99 version of 'Tap Tap Revenge' called 'Born This Way Revenge' that give fans access to the whole album.


She's even squeezed in time to do an old-fashioned in-store appearance in New York this week to greet fans at a Best Buy store. Gaga also sat down with MTV for 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' a one-hour documentary that airs Thursday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.


'I don't know if it's the biggest push ever, but it's definitely big, and she's definitely giving it her all,' said Ian Drew, senior music editor of Us Weekly, which just released a special edition of the magazine dedicated to Gaga. "Beyoncé has had some huge ones and Madonna back in the day ... so it's not bigger, but just different. Gaga's success is built on her incorporating new technologies. She was the first one to take over Twitter and Facebook and use those mediums, and that's why she's so big. ... She's been a risk-taker, and that's what it takes to be successful.'


That focus on technology has clearly paid dividends during the Born This Way push. According to online media measurement company BigChampagne, Gaga's weekly number of new Twitter followers and Facebook 'likes' has nearly doubled since the beginning of the month, and views of her music videos on YouTube tripled between the first and second weeks in May, from around 6.7 million to 21.7 million.


The blitz has also included the release of elaborate, high-concept videos for 'Born This Way' and 'Judas' and a splashy visit to the Cannes film festival, where she stole the spotlight from some of the world's biggest directors thanks to a waterfront performance as part of a nearly constant jet-setting schedule that makes 16-year-old pop machine Justin Bieber look like a slacker by comparison.


While Michael Jackson put up giant statues of himself to promote his HIStory album and the Backstreet Boys raced across six continents in four days to get the word out on Black and Blue, the tireless push by Gaga begs the question of whether her pop peers will now have a new, exhausting standard to live up to. 'I think it will change, but not to emulate Gaga, but to find their own voice and way of doing things,' Drew said. 'If you copy it, it won't work. It works for her because she's the only one doing it.'


While Born This Way has gotten mostly solid reviews so far, Billboard reported that it was on track to sell at least 800,000 copies in its first week. That figure, while gaudy for any artist, is below the numbers put up by fellow young stars such as Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift, who each managed to sell more than a million copies of, respectively, Tha Carter III and Speak Now in recent years.


Is all this running around worth it then?


'Wayne's audience is built in, so he doesn't really have to advertise at all to get them to come out, but Gaga's platform is different,' said Leah Greenblatt, music editor at Entertainment Weekly. 'Artists like Rihanna and Katy Perry can sell a ton of records without doing what [Gaga's] doing, but for Gaga's core fanbase, it's about quality, not quantity. She has a core group she's speaking to, and she speaks so much and so constantly to these fans, but not necessarily to casual fans. She's got that army who will support her, and all those other casual fans will still buy all the other stuff [out there].'


Hiatt said he witnessed Gaga's singular drive during his week in her orbit, including her one day off, which she canceled in order to fly out to appear on DeGeneres' show. 'There is no one in the music industry who can outwork her,' he said, noting that she has, literally, been watching the 'Rocky' movies to get herself psyched up for the sleepless album-release push. 'I don't think she sees it as a promotional push. She still thinks of herself as the underdog. She still feels misunderstood. ... She sees it as a fight to get her message out there and to get her music out there.'


Don't miss 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, followed by a live stream on MTV.com hosted by MTV News' James Montgomery and featuring special guests Lady Starlight, Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons, documentary director Davi Russo, producer Fernando Garibay and Gaga's biggest Little Monsters.





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Lady Gaga Insiders To Chat Live After MTV Special

Lady Gaga Insiders To Chat Live After MTV Special: "

Lady Starlight, Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons and more join MTV News' rock critic for an in-depth convo at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.com.
By MTV News staff









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On Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, MTV will premiere 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' an in-depth documentary that tells the story of the singer's voyage from Lower East Side oddball to the biggest pop star on the planet ... in Gaga's own words, of course.






In fact, those words are so compelling that we've decided to continue the conversation immediately after the doc's premiere, with 'Lady Gaga: The After-Show,' a live stream hosted by MTV News' James Montgomery at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.com. The after-show will delve deeper into Gaga's early days, her creative process and her meteoric rise to fame, as told by those who know her best: Friend and collaborator Lady Starlight, Born This Way producer Fernando Garibay, tourmate Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons and 'Inside the Outside' director Davi Russo will all appear on the stream.


We'll also be unveiling an exclusive deleted scene from the "Inside the Outside" documentary. And, of course, the whole thing will go down before an audience of Gaga's most fervent fans — and viewers can even submit their comments and questions using the hashtag #MTVGaga.


'Lady Gaga: The After-Show' will stream live on MTV.com beginning at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday and will be followed by an encore presentation of the 'Inside the Outside' documentary. If you're looking for your fix of all things Gaga, then MTV and MTV.com are the place to get it! Tune in Thursday for the premiere of 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' at 9 p.m. ET/PT, then switch over to MTV.com to take part in the 'After-Show.'


Don't miss 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, followed by a live stream on MTV.com hosted by MTV News' James Montgomery and featuring special guests Lady Starlight, Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons, documentary director Davi Russo, producer Fernando Garibay and Gaga's biggest Little Monsters.


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Lady Gaga-s -Inside The Outside-: Meet The -Perpetual Underdog'

Lady Gaga's 'Inside The Outside': Meet The 'Perpetual Underdog': "

New documentary reveals early struggles, unyielding quest to prove the doubters wrong, in Bigger Than the Sound.
By James Montgomery










Lady Gaga


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There is a moment during Lady Gaga's 'Inside the Outside' documentary when she refers to herself as 'a perpetual underdog,' which seems like an odd thing for a woman who's sold more than 15 million albums worldwide to say.



But then you listen to her new Born This Way album, you take a look at her rather astonishing career, her never-ending tour, her collection of over-the-top music videos, and that statement begins to make sense. Lady Gaga truly is a perpetual underdog, at least in her own mind, and there's a surprising amount of evidence to support that claim.










Before she was adored by millions, she was a misunderstood kid, then a rebel, and then she struck out on her own, struggling to get noticed as a piano-playing singer/songwriter and a bikini-clad performance artist/party girl. And then, when she finally earned a small piece of recognition — she was signed to Def Jam at age 19 — she was summarily dropped after just three months. No one, it seemed, believed in her or her music, no one "got it" (as she repeatedly says in the doc), and it hurt. Bad.



In fact, you could argue that her entire career — like all great careers, from Elvis and Michael Jackson (both of whom overcame overbearing parents) to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan (who had to force folks to listen) — has been fueled by that hurt, by rejection, by her belief that she is the eternal long shot. It's why she does everything she does, why she works so incredibly hard. She is eternally trying to prove the naysayers wrong.



That's just one lesson you learn in "Outside," which premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV (and then re-airs again at 11 just in case you missed it), but it's an important one. Because it helps you make sense of Gaga's rapid ascent to the top of the pop stratosphere, a rise that was powered by little more than her undying work ethic and that rather sizeable chip on her shoulder — a rise that you begin to realize wasn't really all that rapid.



In her own words, Gaga reveals that she's actually been working toward her fame ever since she was a child, first barely able to reach the keys of her parents' piano, then meticulously working to master the instrument: Hanon exercises, Bach, Chopin until her wrists ached. Then, after her father promised he'd buy a baby grand if she learned how to play Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road,' she spent hours toiling over the intricate progressions. And she got the piano.



As a teen, she longed to play the lead in a production of "Guys and Dolls," but could never warrant consideration because she was a brunette. So she bought a blond wig and she got the part. When she moved out on her own, she haunted the Lower East Side, playing music wherever they'd have her (her first show, she humorously recounts, was 90 minutes long. "I didn't give a sh--," she laughs) and working as a go-go dancer and a waitress to make ends meet. Then she teamed with Lady Starlight and launched the next stage of her career: a theatrical pop star who pissed off local promoters with her homemade pyro. No one got the act, but slowly — by nothing more than sheer determination, it would seem — the duo began to catch on, which eventually led to Gaga inking that deal with Def Jam.



When she got dropped, she was crushed. But, as she says in the doc, she took some inspiration from her grandmother, who allowed her to cry, but only for a day, because after that 'you have to go kick some ass.' And, not surprisingly, if you've been following along here, that's exactly what she did. Six years later, she is one of the hugest pop stars on the planet, an icon and an inspiration to millions. But she's never truly gotten over those past rejections; they have shaped her into the artist she is today. And though they stung, watching her re-live them, you get the feeling she wouldn't have suffered any other way.



And it's that drive, that compulsion, that makes 'Inside the Outside' a truly compelling thing. You learn who Gaga was, and, more importantly, who she is. And in doing so, you even begin to come around to her belief that she is 'the perpetual underdog.' She's certainly put in the work to prove that fact.



Don't miss 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, followed by a live stream on MTV.com hosted by MTV News' James Montgomery and featuring special guests Lady Starlight, Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons, documentary director Davi Russo, producer Fernando Garibay and Gaga's biggest Little Monsters.






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Lady Gaga And RedOne Have 'Great Chemistry' On 'Hair'

Lady Gaga And RedOne Have 'Great Chemistry' On 'Hair': "

Producer Fernando Garibay gives some insight into the new Born This Way track.
By Jocelyn Vena









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It's a new week and that means that there's a new Lady Gaga track set for release. On Monday (May 16), Gaga is set to drop 'Hair,' another tease from her Born This Way album, due next week.


Fernando Garibay, who worked with Gaga throughout the entire BTW process, spoke to MTV News about 'Edge of Glory,' which he co-produced with Gaga and DJ White Shadow, and the appearance of E Street Band member Clarence Clemons on both tracks.


He noted that 'it was her idea' to use Clemons on 'Hair' as well as 'Edge of Glory' and that 'she grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and she goes, 'Can we get Clarence?' And I go, 'Of course we can get Clarence. You're Lady Gaga!' '


'You can see the years of influence and you can see her lighting up when he's playing,' Garibay said.


'Hair' was produced by 'Judas' producer RedOne, and Garibay had only this to say about it. 'I'm gonna leave it up to her to talk about it 'cause, again, these songs are her songs. They're her vision and all I could do is help express her visions,' he explained. ' 'Hair' is a RedOne record and a Lady Gaga record, so they have a great chemistry and I try not to get in the way of that. And I would love it if they would express what the song is about and what it represents.'


As previously reported, fans who buy all the Born This Way singles before the album drops can purchase the entire album at a reduced price on the day of release on iTunes using the Complete My Album feature.





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Sarah Jessica Parker Admires Lady Gaga's Style At Cannes

Sarah Jessica Parker Admires Lady Gaga's Style At Cannes: "

'I think she's in a league of her own,' Parker says while making her own splash on the red carpet.
By Christina Garibaldi, with reporting by Josh Horowitz









Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival


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CANNES, France — Sarah Jessica Parker is one of the most recognizable women in the world of fashion. Even with no "Sex and the City" on the big or small screen this year, she's still a trendsetter wherever she appears. And at the Weinstein Company cocktail party for the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival, it was no surprise that the actress owned the red carpet in a white Dolce & Gabbana maxi-dress with embroidered details, complete with layers of pearl strands.






Unfortunately, Parker had just missed seeing another fashionista who made her way through Cannes, Lady Gaga. That didn't stop us from asking what she thought of the pop star's always-changing style.


'I think she's in a league of her own,' Parker said of Gaga. 'I admire her aesthetic choices.'


Parker, who was at the festival to promote her new comedy 'I Don't Know How She Does It,' recognized that even though both she and Gaga are on top of their fashion game, their styles couldn't be more different.


'I think we have very different silhouettes that we choose,' Parker said. 'I don't mean that in a judgmental way. I mean that she is an extraordinary, and singular and unique person, and I have more of a pedestrian feel.'


As a red-carpet veteran, Parker knows how to dress for any event, but since this was her first trip to the French Riviera, she said she didn't feel like an expert on Cannes fashion.


"Who knows how successful I've been at it," Parker said of her wardrobe choice. "This is my first time — I may have made grave errors. I don't think I'm in a position to give any advice."


What did you think of Sarah Jessica Parker's Cannes look? Let us know in the comments below.





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Lady Gaga Reaches 10 Million Twitter Follower Landmark

Lady Gaga Reaches 10 Million Twitter Follower Landmark: "

'I'm speechless, we did it!' tweeted Gaga, who beat Justin Bieber to the milestone.
By Gil Kaufman









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Another record has been crushed under Lady Gaga's monstrous stilettos. The 'Hair' singer became the first Twitter user to reach 10 million followers over the weekend, beating Justin Bieber to the mark.


Mother Monster reached the 10 million plateau around midnight on Sunday. She celebrated by tweeting a message to fans that included a twitpic of herself in London, in which she is seen in living color exiting a limo while the crush of paparazzi around her are depicted in black and white.


'10 MillionMonsters!' she wrote. 'I'm speechless, we did it! It's an illness how I love you. Leaving London smiling.'


By Monday morning, Gaga had increased her lead over Bieber, racking up 10,052,820 followers while the teen sensation remained just shy of the mark at 9,662,147 as he continued a swing through Japan on his 'Never Say Never' tour.


The Mediabistro.com has been charting the Gaga/Bieber Twitter battle and noted that while the Biebs is currently lagging behind, he's on schedule to take over the #1 spot later this year in what looks to be a continued see-saw skirmish between the two very different pop icons to rule the social media world.


Gaga's eyebrow-raising appearance on 'American Idol' last week, where she mentored the top four contestants, no doubt helped drive up her Twitter numbers. Sporting a Cruella de Vil look that included a giant fake birthmark on her face, Gaga encouraged the various singers to get 'psycho,' treat the microphone like a girlfriend, not to worry about being evil and shake their hips to look sexy.


Who do you follow more frequently on Twitter, Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber? Tell us in the comments.





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Lady Gaga's 'Hair' Embraces Style Freedom

Lady Gaga's 'Hair' Embraces Style Freedom: "

Singer drops retro, fist-pumping Born This Way track on Monday.
By Jocelyn Vena









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In one week, Lady Gaga will officially drop her Born This Way album. Until May 23, she's teasing fans with another track off the highly anticipated release. This time, Gaga is declaring who she is on 'Hair.'


The RedOne-produced song hit iTunes on Monday afternoon (May 16). Much like "Born This Way," "Hair" is an empowering track about embracing who you are. Unlike "Judas," which had a dark, industrial vibe, "Hair" is a fist-pumping, defiant disco track all about having a good time — a good time that's enhanced by getting "The Edge of Glory" sax player Clarence Clemons to blow on this song too.


'Whenever I dress cool, my parents put up a fight/ And if I'm a hot shot, Mom will cut my hair at night/ And in the morning I'm short of my identity/ I scream, 'Mom and Dad, why can't I be who I want to be?'/ I've had enough, this is my prayer/ That I'll die living just as free as my hair,' she sings as the music grows louder. Lady Gaga then goes retro on the breakdown, singing about different hairstyles she's had.


Leading up to the release, Gaga took to Twitter to tease fans with lyrics and show off the single's artwork, a black-and-white photo that features Gaga lying down on the ground, wearing a black leather dress and knee-high black boots. Her hair and the word 'hair' are colored pink.


' 'I'll dye living just as free as my Hair!' Actually the lyric is 'I'll die.' I think these bleach fumes are making me laugh at my own jokes,' Gaga tweeted less than an hour before the release. Earlier, she wrote more about her hair and 'Hair': ' I just want to be free, I just want to be me, and I want lots of friends that invite me to their parties. #Hair. ... I don't wanna change, and I don't wanna be ashamed. I'm the spirit of my Hair, it's all the glory that I bare. I am my #Hair. ... How ironic, head full of bleach + two black Cruella stripes. Scalp burning, Mole drawing, eyeliner dripping. Waiting for #Hair. I could Dye.'


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Lady Gaga Premieres New Track In 'GagaVille'

Lady Gaga Premieres New Track In 'GagaVille': "

MTV News gets the lowdown on the partnership between the star and 'FarmVille' makers Zynga.
By Jocelyn Vena









Lady Gaga


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For her Little Monster gamers, Lady Gaga has hooked up with the makers of 'FarmVille' to create 'GagaVille,' a campy, cotton-candy-colored, Gaga-fied version of the popular online game.






Fans can make their way through 'GagaVille' starting on Tuesday (May 17), where they can unlock and stream a new unreleased Born This Way track every day through Thursday. Then, beginning this Friday through the album release day (May 23), players can start to unlock portions of tracks and remixes of songs off the album.


'Everything we've created has been in collaboration,' Gaga said in a statement about the game. 'From giving players a listen to unreleased songs as a reward for game play within 'FarmVille' to creating daily experiences in 'Words With Friends' that embody the album's messages and songs. We've had a lot of fun developing this program as a unique celebration of the album.'


The first new song Gaga is sharing in 'GagaVille' is 'Marry the Night,' a dance track about the revelry that happens when the sun goes down.


" 'FarmVille' players visiting 'GagaVille' will see a farm like none other," Raquel DiSabatino, director of entertainment and media at Zynga, told MTV News. "From planting crystals, to sheep riding motorcycles and special Lady Gaga unicorns, this farm has definitely been 'Gagafied.' Additionally, this is the first time that Zynga is partnering with an artist to offer exclusive virtual items across 10 of our top games in RewardVille — including a Lady Gaga Gyrosphere in 'CityVille,' a Lipstick Gun in 'Mafia Wars' and a Paws Up Statue for 'FrontierVille.' "


DiSabatino noted that this collaboration is really all about Gaga's Little Monsters and the mythology of the pop superstar. 'It became evident early on that Gaga is as passionate about her fans as Zynga is about our players, and since so many of Lady Gaga's fans already play Zynga games, we knew it was a good match,' she said. 'With the Born This Way album launching on May 23, we found a great opportunity to create something together. Zynga is always focused on inventing new ways to entertain our players, and we're excited to bring them a unique experience in the games they love to play.'





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Lady Gaga Says Born This Way Is 'My Answer To Many Questions'

Lady Gaga Says Born This Way Is 'My Answer To Many Questions': "

Gaga dishes about her album in a lengthy interview in the Metro newspaper.
By Jocelyn Vena









<i>Metro</i> editorial assistant Jeroen Engelen and Lady Gaga


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In one week, Lady Gaga finally releases Born This Way, which she once touted as 'the greatest album of this decade.' In a new interview with the Metro newspaper, Lady Gaga opens up a bit more about what this album means.


'Born This Way is my answer to many questions over the years: Who are you? What are you about? ... The most paramount theme on the record is me struggling to understand how I can exist as myself as someone who lives halfway between fantasy and reality all the time,' she explained in the lengthy chat.


When asked if she uses her personality to market her music, she said, 'It's kind of like saying, 'Are you honest? Do you have integrity? Are you full of sh--?' But listen, my social involvement for equality and gay rights, as well as my music, is completely genuine. But I don't think I ever want everyone to ever know fully who or what I am.'


Gaga further discussed her personal goals and motivations. 'Part of what I'm doing is asking you to look inside yourself, to ask yourself questions,' she maintained. 'I have a close relationship with my family. I'm very close with my fans and I'm in tune with what they want. And I'm in tune with myself, too. At the end of the day, I have to look myself in the mirror and I'm proud of everything I stand for. I have no reason to do or say anything unless it comes from my soul. I work very hard. I don't party very much. You don't see me falling out of nightclubs and buying Range Rovers. Social justice and music are the two most paramount things in my life and I can't put it more plainly.'


In other Gaga news, Metro.co.uk will stream all 14 songs on Born This Way starting on Wednesday in anticipation of the album's official release next week. Meanwhile, Gaga visited the London offices of Metro on Monday, where she served as guest editor of the newspaper.


'Dear monsters, let your identity be your religion,' wrote Gaga. 'Little monsters are not a fan base. They are a culture that exists entirely outside of pop music. They are their own religion. They are a race within the race of humanity.'





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Lady Gaga Goes Beyond The Fame In Exclusive MTV Special

Lady Gaga Goes Beyond The Fame In Exclusive MTV Special: "

'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,' an intimate hour-long chat with the pop megastar, airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
By Jocelyn Vena









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Lady Gaga is giving fans a peek at the girl behind the pop star in an exclusive special titled 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside.' In the hour-long interview, set to air Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, the singer reveals how she went from Stefani Germanotta to Gaga, pop's pre-eminent global superstar, and allows her audience to share her vulnerabilities.






During the intimate chat, Mother Monster opens up about her rise to fame — from her school days of being bullied by classmates to the moment she decided to pursue her dreams of pop stardom. She speaks in-depth about the moments that shaped her as an artist, including the release of her highly anticipated album, Born This Way, on May 23.


'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' also focuses on Gaga at home, spotlighting her close relationship with her family and growing up in Manhattan before she made the life-changing decision to move out on her own to New York City's Lower East Side.


Gaga recalls being bullied by students at school and what impact it had on her. "I remember once, some of the girls from my class, they were hanging out with some boys that I knew also," the "Judas" singer says. "And then I went to meet some friends for some pizza that were at the same pizzeria, and the boys picked me up and threw me in the trashcan on the street on the corner of my block, while all the other girls from the school were leaving and could see me in the trash and everybody was laughing — and I was even laughing.


'I always have that nervous giggle and I just remember, like, holding back the tears and the lip quivering,' she continues. 'And I remember even one of the girls looking at me like, 'Are you about to cry? You're pathetic.' I remember I didn't tell anybody, that's what I remember. I remember I didn't tell anybody. I remember I didn't want to tell my parents because it was too embarrassing. And I remember I didn't want to really bring it up with my girlfriends even though they were there.'


Her parents, as Gaga explains in the special, have always been supportive of her dreams, even if it meant challenging her.






"My dad was really into rock and roll. Bruce Springsteen had such an influence on our home. My dad saw me singing along to his records and he would pick me up and throw me around the room and laugh and cry with me while I would sing Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel records with him. My father gave me — I believe it was for Christmas — it was a Bruce Springsteen songbook for the piano and on it was 'Thunder Road,' which is my favorite Bruce Springsteen song. And my dad said, 'If you learn how to play this song, we will take out a loan for a grand piano, a baby grand.' I didn't know the difference. There was the big one and a small one."


A young Gaga was more than up for the challenge. 'So I remember it was the hardest thing for me. I was playing these huge pieces, like 15 pages long. ... I opened up the book and there was, like, chords, guitar chords. I was so confused, I didn't understand it, so I just started to read it,' she recalls. 'Eventually, I got it down.'


Catch an exclusive teaser trailer for 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' on Thursday at 10:58 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, after a new episode of 'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew.'





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Lady Gaga's Born This Way Album Is Everything To Everyone

Lady Gaga's Born This Way Album Is Everything To Everyone: "

Singer's hotly anticipated album streamed (and leaked) online Wednesday.
By James Montgomery










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On the cover of the current issue of V magazine, Lady Gaga can be seen sporting three heads, a symbolic gesture to the many facets of her personality. But after listening to her brand-new Born This Way album, you'll quickly realize that the V cover is a bit of an understatement: three heads are clearly not enough.



On Born This Way, (which premiered in full on the website of U.K.'s Metro newspaper early Wednesday morning, for U.K. users only, and also leaked online), Gaga proves that she is one of the most multifaceted pop stars on the planet. She takes on roughly 750 different personas on the album — throughout the course of 14 songs, she professes to be "a warrior queen," "a soldier," "a winner" (and, later on, "a loser"), "a selfish punk," "a bad kid" and "a degenerate young rebel" (and proud of it), to name just a few. She is also a messiah, an idol, a down-and-dirty homegirl, a lonely girlfriend, a mother, a martyr, a prostitute and a mother superior. Shoot, she even speaks German and Spanish.



Perhaps she sums it up best on the sumptuously dirty 'Government Hooker,' when she proclaims, quite matter-of-factly, 'I could be anything. I could be everything.'



That quote is a pretty apt way to sum up Born This Way's entire mission statement: It tries very hard to be everything to everyone. From the piston-pumping electronics of 'Marry the Night' and the tarantula tango of 'Americano' to the twitching, 'Transformers'-large techno of 'Heavy Metal Lover' and the Queen-sized balladry of 'You and I' (featuring the one-and-only Brian May on guitar) and 'The Edge of Glory' (featuring the one-and-only Clarence Clemons on sax), there truly isn't a genre she doesn't attempt to cram onto the disc.



And believe it or not, it all works. This is definitely a long player (the shortest song clocks in at a hair under four minutes), but an album this full of songs and ideas should take all the space (and time) it needs. It is epic. It is excellent. It is exactly the kind of album you'd expect the hugest pop star on the planet to make.



But above all, Born This Way succeeds because it is almost always interesting. Politics aside, this is a sonic smorgasbord, packed with forward-thinking rhythms (the eternally building strut of "Schiße," the icy synths of "Bloody Mary," the gnarly electro-guitars of "Bad Kids," the pulsing pump of "Heavy Metal Lover") that make it the most compelling pop album in recent memory. Even at its most indulgent, it's still undeniably real. You get the feeing that there truly isn't as much as a keytar squiggle that Gaga didn't obsess over ... for all the big names that worked on it, and all the all-star cameos it features, Born This Way is, at its core, a handmade thing. A labor of love.



While I'm still ingesting the majority of it, my first impression is this: Born This Way is a great, unapologetically huge album. It is brave and bold and even a little silly at times, but Gaga pulls it all off flawlessly. You will dance to it and take it to the bedroom; you will probably cry and sing along to it, too. It is everything to everyone.



Catch an exclusive teaser trailer for 'Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside' on Thursday at 10:58 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, after a new episode of 'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew.'






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WATCH: Gaga Wears Naughty Shoes On 'American Idol'

WATCH: Gaga Wears Naughty Shoes On 'American Idol': "

Lady Gaga pulled a fast one on 'American Idol' producers this week, wearing a pair of booties with, well, Lucite male members for heels that made it onto viewers' screens.




Various media outlets (who probably couldn't sit through the clip) reported that GaGaloo's phallic footwear was covered up by an 'Idol' logo, however, here at HuffPost Style, we powered through the entire segment -- not necessarily something we're proud of -- and you can see her see-through shafts around the 4:38 mark.




So, what's the deal with Gaga's latest style statement? They're made by Void of Course and reportedly ring in around $4,500.




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A shot of the shoes, courtesy of Void of Course:




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PHOTOS: Three-Headed Lady Gaga Covers V Magazine

PHOTOS: Three-Headed Lady Gaga Covers V Magazine: "

A three-headed Lady Gaga covers V magazine's 'Asian issue,' and inside, the songstress pens her much-awaited, first style column for the glossy. A few key excerpts:





Glam culture is ultimately rooted in obsession, and those of us who are truly devoted and loyal to the lifestyle of glamour are masters of its history. Or, to put it more elegantly, we are librarians. I myself can look at almost any hemline, silhouette, beadwork, or heel architecture and tell you very precisely who designed it first, what French painter they stole it from, how many designers reinvented it after them, and what cultural and musical movement parented the birth, death, and resurrection of that particular trend. So dear critics and bullies: get your library cards out, because I'm about to do a reading.




Okay, so she's better at this/life than we are. Then, the article takes a turn toward the philosophical:





There is no chicken or egg. It's molecular. Cells give birth to cells. To put it more bluntly, the Hussein Chalayan vessel I wore at the Grammys wasn't inspired by a chicken. It was stolen from an egg. But the transformation, the context, and the approach taken to reinterpret the meaning of birth and rebirth in terms of fame on a fucking red carpet -- this is what creates the modernity of the statement. The past undergoes mitosis, becoming the originality of the future.




Can I get that last sentence on a t-shirt, please? Then, there's her epiphany on the set of the 'Born This Way' video:





Accompanied with a side ponytail, it took me back to moments when I was just a little baby monster. When my mother would perch a pony high on my hair and we would dance so hard to the tape deck that the perfectly perched pony she fashioned would fall to the side. I had to take an uncomfortable journey back into high school, where my youth represented tears. Wishing I had a mask. Hoping that I could artistically hide the woulds buried deep from years of being bullied. I have since reckoned with this psychology in my performance art. But this time, the revelation was clear. I still want to wear the mask, but now I wear it proud, and with the same effervescence and innnocence I had when I was 6, dancing with my mom.




And wear that mask she does, on one of her faces, anyway.





Take a look at Gaga in V and for more, head over to Vmagazine.com.













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