Lady Gaga

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I don't miss being a teenager, but few things hit the nostalgic part of my brain more than seeing videos, performances, etc. from the first three or so years of Gaga's career. I'm still in awe of the electricity that era of her artistry brought to pop music - that's hard enough to create in the first place, let alone sustain for an extended period of time, but she somehow managed pull it off and consistently up the ante near flawlessly every single time. She never missed the opportunity to make literally anything a moment - just trying to keep up with the amount of costume changes she'd pull just going to and from gigs and interviews in a given week was dizzying. And honestly, as referential as she could be, nobody else could bring it quite the same way, which only became more apparent when the inevitable attempts at capitalizing on her success with other artists started happening - and even now, now that a decade has passed and you have the Ava Maxes of the world trying to recapture it, they still fall flat.

It truly was a spectacular thing to witness in real time, and I'm still grateful I got to see it.
 
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I have a feeling she'll do something for ARTPOP's 10th anniversary now that she feels some retroactive acclaim. Just a theory, but it feels more realistic for her to note this year's virality and dust off a few demos for that anniversary right around the corner. It definitely got brought up knowing the album went viral right as she began commemorating Born This Way.

If it wasn't Lady "We were going to BUT" Gaga, I'd believe it, but by the time ARTPOP's 10th anniversary come, she'll be probably busy with ten other things (And I wouldn't be surprised if we only get new music around that time too).

But it would be iconic. Hell yeah. Especially since there's this real sense of unfinished business after the whole Do What U Want fiasco, the ACT II "promise" and the lukewarm reception.
 
I don't miss being a teenager, but few things hit the nostalgic part of my brain more than seeing videos, performances, etc. from the first three or so years of Gaga's career. I'm still in awe of the electricity that era of her artistry brought to pop music - that's hard enough to create in the first place, let alone sustain for an extended period of time, but she somehow managed pull it off and consistently up the ante near flawlessly every single time. She never missed the opportunity to make literally anything a moment - just trying to keep up with the amount of costume changes she'd pull just going to and from gigs and interviews in a given week was dizzying. And honestly, as referential as she could be, nobody else could bring it quite the same way, which only became more apparent when the inevitable attempts at capitalizing on her success with other artists started happening - and even now, now that a decade has passed and you have the Ava Maxes of the world trying to recapture it, they still fall flat.

It truly was a spectacular thing to witness in real time, and I'm still grateful for that.
Also, as silly as it may sound, and while she's definitely not the first artist to have had a similar impact, her work and presence was... vital to many queer kids such as myself, and I assume many of us here. I was also a teenager during her imperial years, and I've been thinking a lot about how there's a chance my life wouldn't have gone the way it did if it wasn't for her influence, both artistically and personally. Going through gay puberty with the most famous and powerful woman in pop culture championing queerness and otherness at every chance she could get made a huge difference for me, and being exposed to her artistic influences through interviews really opened my mind up to many different kinds of art. I remember being a pre-teen and thinking I would never come out because it wasn't worth it, and I guess there's really no way to know what would have happened with that if she hadn't existed, but her presence was definitely key in many ways - as clumsy as her messaging might have been at times. Sorry for the rant dd.
 
Dddd will it? It'll be fine for die hard fans. But if the hits on a setlist start with the Born This Way album then you've got

Born This Way
Edge of Glory
You and I
Applause
Million Reasons
Shallow
Stupid Love
Rain On Me

Sally McGeneralpublic ain't gonna be here for that. That eliminates about half her hits. She wants Just Dance and Bad Romance. Rather than stop performing them she needs to take a cue from Madonna and Britney and successfully reimagine them.

Add in whatever new singles shed inevitably have for a tour and Always Remember which is basically a hit and it’s way more hits than plenty of successful touring acts have.
 
If it wasn't Lady "We were going to BUT" Gaga, I'd believe it, but by the time ARTPOP's 10th anniversary come, she'll be probably busy with ten other things (And I wouldn't be surprised if we only get new music around that time too).

But it would be iconic. Hell yeah.
If the Chromatica campaign is anything to go by, she can do both in one year quarter.
 
I still find it odd she didn’t do anything for The Fame/The Fame Monster other than a new USB pressing.
I have to admit though, as someone who used to be an avid collector of her stuff, Gaga dropping a repress of that USB was a really niche nod to the start of her career that I loved. Obviously there could have been something a bit more exciting for the fans in general, but being able to complete my Gaga USB set with that was pretty exciting for me!
 
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I actually do kind of want Artpop Act 2 cuz I want the iTunes festival versions of Sexxx Dreams and Swine in studio form and I’d like to believe they’d make their way on there due to fan interest. But Gaga re-recording her albums sounds like an actual nightmare, so she can avoid the Taylor route.
 
And to expand on that last point (yes I could write an op ed about her career daily in this thread), something seems to have finally shook loose inside of her. I don’t know what it is but she seems at peace with herself and the confidence and drive in her eyes is back. It’s been an interesting transition period in her career since ARTPOP, but it feels almost full circle to where she’s righted whatever wrongs she felt, got her vindication (and then some) and is ready to move on.

I hope wherever (and whenever) she takes us with the next project is something she’s put everything into and feels has to be in the world. She’s always been such an instinctual artist - her best work has always come from her soul, however clunky a metaphor it took to be delivered to us, at times. Take us on a journey, Gags. Just don’t let it be delayed halfway.
I feel like we said this during Joanne though. “:/“
 
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I feel like we said this during Joanne though. “:/“

Joanne did seem like a necessary reinvention for her to springboard off of and it led to the highest critical point in her career with ASIB but (seemingly) one of the lowest moments in her mental health. I don’t think we even understood how depressed she had been until much later - which isn’t to say she’s still not fighting demons but she seems to have found some peace within herself to move on to the next stage. On paper, Chromatica was a victory lap era waiting to happen, but that’s not how it panned out for her mentally and is probably one of the reasons why she holds it at arms length.
 
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