Lady Gaga performed seven shows as part of the closing of New York City’s iconic Roseland Ballroom. The venue, originally opened in 1917, sat in its current home on West 52nd until it closed its doors for the final time last night.
Gaga was selected to be the final performer for the venue likely because she has been outspoken about her ties to New York since breaking out in 2008. I was lucky enough to attend one of the shows (April 4) where I got to see Gaga pretty up close, especially in comparison to previous times I saw her.
It’s been three weeks since the release of Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP and many articles have surfaced already deeming it a commercial flop. On the surface, it might seem like an easy conclusion based on numbers comparing the album to others released this year and to Gaga’s own prior releases, but underneath, it might still be too early to tell.
Since the record industry took a hit in the early part of the 2000s, first-week sales of an album have been more important than ever as labels used these numbers as promo points to display how successful a record is. Therefore, an album could be deemed a flop after just a week of release – but it doesn’t always necessarily paint the complete portrait.
Entertainment media has taken a page from Lady Gaga, known for her over-the-top image, by responding critically to her every move in an over-the-top fashion.
Being as in-tuned to pop culture as she is, it’s something she has anticipated and has incorporated into her album ARTPOP where she sings “I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong/to crash the critic saying ‘is it right or is it wrong'” on Applause, the album’s first single.
Today, Lady Gaga revealed the cover for her album ARTPOP as well as indicated that her second single will be called Gypsy. No word on its specific release date but I expect it to be out within two weeks (My best guess might be Oct. 21). As of now, Applause is still doing well on the charts as it has