This week in music the high-profile release is Lady Gaga’s Artpop. When it comes to Lady Gaga, I know what to expect before pressing play. I know that her album is not going to sound like any other album. I also know her core fan base is the gay and lesbian audience. I have nothing against that I only say that to point out I was clearly not in her demographic.
With all of that said I have a tremendous respect for Lady Gaga and I want you to understand why. Forget any of your favorite pop stars because they are nothing but puppets. This is Lady Gaga, who is able to pull off superior pop status while doing questionable and experimental music. She does not fit the image or the sound of a pop star. She is a true individual.
This is not just my opinion, for this is fact. When a label develops talent or signs an artist, they are not looking for people who are so outside of the box or individual. They are looking for someone who is marketable, can be sold and most importantly not doing something different. A record label wants something proven, something they can sell. This is why if a boy band sells ten million records, well then every label will release a boy band the following year. If a producer produces a smash hit, he will produce a song on every high-profile artist over the next year. It’s proven it works. This is also why Lady Gaga was released from Interscope Records before she ever truly got started. No one believed she could sell. She was and still is way to artistic.
Artist Akon saw something in Lady Gaga and signed her to his label, which was also a division of Interscope. Akon was a smart man, because Lady Gaga is one of the biggest pop stars on earth. Lady Gaga’s single “Just Dance” was the most downloaded song in iTunes history, that record was smashed by Lady Gaga herself with her single “Born this way”. “Born this way” still remains the fastest selling single in iTunes history. Her Monster’s Ball tour is one of the highest grossing tours in history. She has sold closed to 25 million albums and 65 million singles. The most impressive of feats is the fact that she has 20 million Twitter followers. This is more followers than any other Twitter profiles. She literally has more Twitter followers then anyone in the world.
Her new album Artpop is odd, unique; it’s funky and artistic. It spells originality and art. It says, “I’m Lady Gaga and I don’t care how you feel about it.” This does not come as a surprise especially if you listen to her last album Born This Way. The new album is entertaining and features guest spots for R Kelly, Twista, T.I. and Too Short. The title Artpop suits it well. It is a work of art. Once again I personally will not be caught driving down the street jamming her new album, but I respect it. What I do know is that in a dance club or drag show near you, the album will be in heavy rotation. If you want to hear something different that sounds like nothing else on the market. Artpop is it.
Artpop scores a strong 8 in my ratting system.
10 – Instant Classic – must have
09 – Great Album just short of classic
08 – Good Album recommend checking out
07 – Above average more upside then down
06 – Worth the listen, has a few moments
05 – Average, maybe core fan base will enjoy
04 – You’re not missing much if you skip this one
03 – Bad album- let down
02 – Trash- don’t waste your time
01 – Everyone involved in this album needs to reevaluate their lifeGoogle+