Lady GaGa is covering the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar, check out the cover and the cover story description below:
A few months ago, Donatella Versace threw open the doors of the Versace archive in Milan, which contains pieces from the glorious, Medusa’d peak of the Gianni years, for Lady Gaga to plunder at will. “It was me and my friends,” Gaga remembers of this particular fashion moment. “We were all running around this warehouse laughing and putting on jackets and shoes. We started crying at one point. I’ve been dreaming of seeing those outfits my whole life.”
It’s not a secret that Lady Gaga loves to dress up — in Mugler, in Alexander McQueen, in meat. Lately, “there are some amazing emerging kids from Parsons. I’ve been wearing a lot of young designers,” she explains. She wore a custom-made Hussein Chalayan dress in her recent “Yoü and I” video and chuckles that without McQueen, “I’d be naked.” But for this shoot, which will soon be seen in a “fashion film” created in collaboration with photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, a basically barefaced Gaga is very deliberately dressed down.
While this might seem a departure from more theatrical Gaga garb, she doesn’t see the slightest difference. “I don’t really view it as ‘natural,’” she explains. “I think that artifice is the new reality. It’s more about just being honest and sincere to the core of what you do. Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.”
But does she ever look in the bathroom mirror in the morning and think, Here we go again? “Sometimes I do. It all really depends on my mood for the day. But I think the perception that I ‘put it on’ every day is probably not true.”
In Gaga’s mind, “putting it on” is subject to interpretation. “Don’t you think that what’s on the cover of a magazine is quite artificial?” she asks. “There’s this idea that it’s all natural, but everything’s been staged to look natural. It is also an invention. It’s just that my inventions are different. I often get asked about my artifice, but isn’t fashion based on the idea that we can create a fantasy?”
One could suppose that her little monsters might be disappointed, though, if she started wearing jeans and T-shirts. “I try to not focus on what people expect from me,” she says. “I think what has been lovely about my relationship with the public is that they expect something unexpected from me.”
What is expected of Gaga is her love for fashion and her ability to use it, quite literally, as a performance enhancer. For all her love of couture — her custom Armani dresses, her epic love story with stylist and Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti, all those supermodular Versaces — “there’s this one pair of shoes I’ve had for years, and they cost like $25. I have such an emotional attachment to the shoes that every time I see them, I can hear the fans and feel the bass coming through the bottom of the stage.”
Sometimes, of course, shoes are the most substantial part of a Gaga outfit; her body image is as fearless as her fashion. “I’m very free-spirited,” she says, like a Swede in a spa. “Even when I was a kid, I used to run around naked with the babysitter, driving her crazy.” She attributes her body confidence to dancing, and “I do yoga, I do Bikram and I run, and I eat really healthy. You know, my work sort of feeds me. I keep in shape by working hard.”
Even when she’s not touring, Gaga works “about 16 to 20 hours a day. And when I’m alone, I write, I imagine, I create things, and I decide how I want to do my future performances. I don’t take much time off.”
And due to her crushing travel schedule, Gaga spends a lot of time on her own. “When you’re alone as much as I am,” she observes, “you become accustomed to your solitude and embrace it.” Of late, she’s been immersing herself in plays. “I love John Patrick Shanley. And I’ve been reading some books that I loved when I was in theater school, like Bertolt Brecht. Those books really changed my life.”
Gaga has also taken up surfing, which she tried for the first time on a princely two-day vacation to Mexico in August. “I fell off a lot in the beginning,” she says, “but one of the surfers said to me, ‘Now that you can stand up, just look into the future and enjoy the ride.’ I thought that was an interesting metaphor about life.”
Gaga tweeted a picture of herself to her 13 million followers, writing, “Yeah, that’s me. No heels, baby.” She was a natural.
Lady GaGa released via her Twitter account a new “Yoü and I” music video. The singer said this is one out of a total of 5 mini fashion clips.
This should make all the little TV-watching monsters happy: Lady Gaga has recorded a guest spot for an episode of The Simpsons! In “Lisa Goes Gaga,” the singer (seen here recording her lines on Aug. 22) makes a pit stop in Springfield after learning that it’s teeming with low self-esteem, and winds up trying to cheer up a dejected Lisa through the power of speech, song, and a flash mob. The adventurous performer admits that her visit to Simpsons HQ was “a little nerve-wracking.” “I make music, but I don’t do voice-overs every day of the week, and their characters are so awesomely convincing and sincere and wild and funny, I had to remind myself constantly of the sincerity of the humor,” she tells EW. “That’s what I was trying to focus on, not putting on a character too much and really being as sincere as I could with the lines.” And where does this guest spot rank among her professional experiences? “I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” says Gaga, 25, noting: “My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.”
He and the rest of America will be treated to a full-on animated extravaGaganza, complete with a Gaga Express train powered by a giant flame-shooting bustier, ample wardrobe changes, and a kiss with… Marge! “I play a little bit of a slut,” quips Gaga. “The apple doesn’t fall far from my artistic tree.”
The Simpsons producers say they were impressed by her voice-acting range and ad-libbing skills, and are proud to include her in their storied guest ranks. “Since the very beginning, I’ve always wanted to have on the most iconic personalities of our time, and she’s it,” declares series creator Matt Groening. As for the challenge of properly animating such a colorful character, he deadpans, “It’s very hard to top reality with her, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something that is going to be as improbable as her usual wardrobe.” Sums up exec producer Al Jean: “For the first time in the history of The Simpsons, we are honored to have on a show business legend who is younger than our show.”
“Lisa Goes Gaga” airs in spring 2012 as part of the show’s 23rd season, which launches Sept. 25.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Lady GaGa has spent about 10 hours yesterday at a recording studio in Los Angeles. The singer is working on a duet with Cher, titled “The Greatest Thing”, it is set to be Cher’s lead single for her 26th studio album dropping later this year. They were working with Gaga’s longtime friend and producer RedOne. The singer was spotted in a long black dress and with sunglasses (photo above).
Photo: Courtesy of Gagadaily.com/X17Online.com
Lady GaGa has ranked #1 on PopDust 40 Biggest Popstars of the present days. Following her, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Taylor Swift at #2, #3, #4 and #5 respectively, the full list can be seen here. As she’s topping the list, Gaga has granted PopDust an exclusive interview.
Lady Gaga rang Popdust from her record label’s headquarters during yet another wave of promotion for her latest album, Born This Way. The world’s biggest pop star had been dutifully gabbing with media types all afternoon—she yucked it up with radio jocks in Omaha before this interview and with god-knows-who afterwards—and it spoke to her cheerful lust for fame and heroic devotion to show business that she threw herself into our conversation as if Oprah Fucking Winfrey were asking the questions. When she squealed her delight in being named the top star in the Popdust 40, the thought occurred that she might be as good an actor as she is a musical artist. Which is exactly the sort of snoozy dichotomy—art or commerce? pop or rock? meat or dress?–that Gaga seeks to obliterate. Stefani Germanotta is so fully committed to playing the part of Lady Gaga that she’s beyond fake. Podpust can pay no greater compliment.
POPDUST: We’ve just finished putting together our ranking of the 40 greatest pop stars in the world, and you, Lady Gaga, have been named the number one artist in the Popdust 40.
LADY GAGA: I have?
Oh my gosh!
You’re so good at acting surprised!
No, really! Wow! I’m so honored. Thank you.
You’re welcome. So, one of the categories we devised for the Popdust 40 is “third best song.” We said your third best song is “Edge of Glory.” Do you agree?
Well, it’s so very difficult to say. I love all my songs so much.
Of course… a mother loves all her children equally. Let’s start with this: If you had to, could you name your favorite?
Well, “Bad Romance” has a special place in my heart because it meant a lot to the Little Monsters when it came out. I also think “You and I” is one of the best songs I’ve ever written. But the third best song… [long pause] Well, I suppose I would have to say “Poker Face.” But see, I have very different feelings about different songs at different times. I could also say that “Fooled Me Again” is one of the best songs I’ve written, and that was never on any of my albums. I could say that “Marry the Night” is my third best song, or “Americano.” I go through these artistic rebirths where I envision my songs in completely different ways. But I guess I’d say my third best song is “Poker Face.”
The Popdust 40 is a ranked list, and since most artists claim they hate being compared to their peers, I’m curious: Do you consider yourself a competitive person?
I’m very ambitious, very driven. And I’m competitive, based on so many years of rejection, so many years of being told no. I internalized that rejection and turned it into something positive. I said, “I can do this. I can be greater. I know I have what it takes.”
Are you the type of person who studies your contemporaries on the pop chart?
Sure, I like to be aware of the landscape. But I’m really keen on understanding how I can push the boundaries of pop music and still exist outside of it in some way. When I made Born This Way, I looked at underground dance music and the direction it was taking. Then, I thought about where I was in my life and what I was trying to express, and I tried to create this hybrid of underground dance music—which is the voice of my generation—and the spirit of anthemic, rebellious rock n’ roll. That’s what Born This Way is all about.
One thing I thought you shared with Amy Winehouse is that, like you, she was an outsider working in pop music who refashioned the mainstream to her image, and not the other way around. Does that ring true to you?
That’s a fair thing to say. I remember a moment, fondly and sadly, from 2007. I was in a Duane Reade on the Lower East Side with my friend Lady Starlight, shopping for eyelash glue. Amy’s Rolling Stone cover had just come out, the one shot by Terry Richardson. We saw the Rolling Stone, and Starlight looked at me and said, “If Amy can do it, I think you have a real shot.” Amy lived the blues, which is very different from me. There was genuine pain in her voice. She was so vulnerable and yet so strong. I really adore her music. She was the only contemporary artist I looked up to. The only one. At the time, she was the only artist who gave me any hope that I had a shot at being part of mainstream pop music.
How would you assess the current state of pop music?
I think pop is ever changing, and I hope to death it never stops being so. Art is designed to be different from moment to moment, and songs should reflect that. They shouldn’t all be the same. That’s my ambition as an artist. I’m not particularly obsessed with how my career will be viewed when it’s over. I’m much more obsessed with what I create along the way and how dedicated I am to each creation.
What would you say in response to those who disparage contemporary dance-pop and Top 40 as inferior musical genres, especially compared to traditional guitar-based rock?
I rebuke that point of view.
Good word choice!
It’s so incredibly archaic and dishonorable. It puts music in a space where it can’t breathe or move. Led Zeppelin and the Beatles made dance music. When I wrote Born This Way I told everybody I wanted to make a whole bunch of stars and bananas and fish and flags and all sorts of things that don’t fit anywhere, and I wanted to make them fit. I fought to make them fit. The point is, how do we bridge these genres and annihilate the idea that one is more valuable than the other? I don’t view “You and I,” for instance, to be just a pop song or a rock song or an electronic song. Actually, I view it to be cabaret.
What makes it cabaret?
It has this theatrical, honky-tonk pop emotion to it. I imagine myself in a barn with a piano, being filthy. That’s just what I see.
What have you learned about yourself since you started promoting Born This Way?
I learned that to be a great artist, you must be emotionally very thin.
What do you mean by “emotionally thin”?
Your tears and your anger and your happiness must be just under the surface of your first layer of skin.
Is that the same as being vulnerable?
Yes. But I like to say “emotionally thin” because it’s much more dramatic. Vulnerable to me implies only tears.
What’s the downside of being so emotionally thin?
Well, in my mind, to be a great artist you must be both private and public at all times. And yet I’m part of an industry that challenges the pop female head-on, guns a-blazing. I have to be emotionally thin but equally strong and impervious.
And how does the industry prevent that?
The challenge is that what others view as artifice—my wigs, my makeup, my clothes, my love for show business and theater—to me, these are the paint in my palette. These things are not artifice. These things are my reality. But they create a boundary between me and the public that I have to fight through. People wonder, Is she for real? Is it all an act? But my question is, Since when did the act become a bad thing? Show business has always been about the act. Hasn’t it?
Lady GaGa released the covers of her next single “Yoü and I”. There are two versions (one above, the other below), Lady GaGa appears dressed as a man on both. Check them out!
CW is launching it’s fall season with a fashion special featuring pop singer Lady GaGa and french designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. The special consists of GaGa and Gaultier sitting down for a conversation on clothes, Gaga’s overall image and her relationship with fans. The special, titled Gaga By Gaultier, airs on September 12th at 8 P.M.
Lady GaGa will talk about some of her iconic and famous outfits and how they relate to her music, fans and herself, while some of her outfits also represent some other message the singer tries to carry with her.
Check out this video of Lady GaGa singing “Happy Birthday” to Tony Bennett for his 85th anniversary. GaGa has recorded a duet with Bennett, titled “Lady is a Tramp”, which will be available on his upcoming new album hitting retail on September 20th.