By Henna Kathiya and Carly Kilroy
With Rihanna causing a stir in the music world with her controversial outfits and racy music videos, it comes as no surprise that her most recent hit "We Found Love" has been banned from being played in France before 10PM. But she's not the only mainstream artist to have her video banned from television. We spent some time looking through some of other videos that have been banned over the years and came up with a list of our five favorites.
Just make sure you don’t get caught watching these videos on your work computer. They got banned for a reason, after all!
Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"
What list would be complete without resident badass chick Lady Gaga? Lady Gaga has made her fame off of being weird and raising a lot of eyebrows with her fashion and compelling videos. The video for "Alejandro" is no different. Complete with religious and political symbolism, the Grammy Award-winning artist does not make her opinions subtle. As a LBGT activist, this video pays homage to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy with the classic raunchy Gaga twist. The video features a homoerotic military theme, with shirtless boys serving as her backup dancers. The video also shows Gaga wearing a latex nun’s habit. Other than making a blatant political statement, the video shows Gaga gyrating on a bed with one of the scantily clad dancers and openly making sexual gestures while wearing the nun’s habit. The end of the video also shows Gaga ripping off her latex nun’s outfit and having all the dancers grope her body. No wonder some sectors of the public were up in arms about this video.
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Marc Jacobs and Lady Gaga are pals. We’re not gonna lie – that fact makes us a bit jealous, but we digress. The last time we checked in with the fashion designer of our dreams, he revealed how he picks out the celebs he uses as the models in his campaigns and given the fact that Gaga and him are such besties, we’d always imagine her to be a magical muse. Well, whether or not that happens, Gaga does have a 2012 tour to plan wardrobe for, leading us to wonder if she has reached out to Marc yet to design anything for the shows?
“We’re friends. No, no I haven’t spoken to her in a while,” he said when we asked him. “I think the last concert I saw her was in Paris, so I haven’t [spoken to her] in a while since then. Well, I haven’t seen her since then.”
Let's make it happen! Given all the awesome stuff these two have already cooked up together and the fact that they readily hang out with one another (at fashion shows and after parties and the show covers of magazines) we’re hoping to see something Marc Jacobs on Gaga during her "Born This Way Ball."
By Sterling Wong
“Breaking up is hard to do,” sang Neil Sadaka, and Lady Gaga certainly can understand the sentiment. After all, she’s endured a long and tumultuous on-and-off relationship with ex-boyfriend Luc Carl, muse for “You and I,” who she reportedly broke up with for the second time just a couple of months ago. While Gaga the New York City girl may find ending a relationship difficult, Gaga the business mogul, however, seems much more decisive. After a series of clashes over differing visions on a number of projects, Gaga has decided to cut ties with her long-time collaborator, creative director and choreographer Laurieann Gibson.
Gibson, as Little Monsters are well aware, choreographed the iconic dance moves for “Bad Romance” and other Gaga classics like “Telephone” and “Born This Way,” so her absence will definitely be felt in the Haus of Gaga. Not that Gaga is worrying right now, of course. With her status as pop music’s reigning princess, Gaga must have a line of choreographers eager to work with her. But who will be able to mesh with Mama Monster’s creative vision and raise her choreography game to the next level?
We think these five top-notch choreographers will be able to create some magic with the superstar. Read More...
By James Dinh
Pop star collaborations are a pretty common trend nowadays, so there's no doubt that a team-up between Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga would shake up the pop scene (and possibly break the Internet). And while the triple treat duet is only a mere wishful thought, English rock band Kaiser Chiefs’ video for “Kinda Girl You Are” has helped fans visualize what it could be like to see the threesome in action.
Using look-a-likes of each of the pop titans, Kaiser Chiefs’ clip follows the entertainers as they venture on an all-day city adventure. Britney kicks off the all-girl outing when she hot wires a car to pick up her pop peers on the side of the street. Bey and Gaga appeared side by side in a car during in the “Telephone” video in 2010, and it looks like they’re still driving on a path towards rebellion. Whether they’re throwing things out the car, flashing fellow drivers or running around recklessly in an abandoned parking lot, these pop stars are set on letting lose.
Shenanigans continue into the late evening when the look-a-likes hit the downtown city. After passing a couple of loudmouthed men, Gaga approaches one of them, pushes his food out of his hand and licks his cheek. But even pop megastars aren’t immune to jealous girlfriends as an angry blonde confronts Mother Monster and begins a sidewalk brawl. Police appear just in time to break up the fight, but leave it to Beyoncé to steal the officer’s cap and flee away from the scene. “Kinda Girl You Are” closes with a quick scene of the entertainer eating take-out at a bus station.
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Like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria and now Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga is trying her hand at the restaurant business. According to Internet chatter, her proud papa Joseph will hook-up with his superstar daughter on the business.
The restaurant will be named Joanne and will be located on West 68th Street in New York City, where the Germanotta clan resides. Gaga has already invested in the spot, according to Foodista. It's reportedly slated for a soft launch this Thanksgiving, with a full launch in December. Art Smith (who was on "Top Chef Masters" and worked for Oprah) will reportedly be the restaurant's chef.
While right now there is no confirmation on the matter, there is a bit of back story behind the name chosen for the spot. Joanne is not only Gaga's middle name but is also the name of Joseph's late sister, who the pop star has spoken about as her spirit guide. Joanne died at the age of 19 from lupus. Read More...
Today, "Puss In Boots" opens in theaters everywhere. That means that Antonio Banderas fans are certain to flock to theaters this weekend. In case you've caught one of the many commercials for the animated flick, a spin-off of the "Shrek" films, you may notice that Lady Gaga's hyper-political Born This Way track "Americano" is the theme for the family-friendly animated flick.
Earlier this year, as Gaga was prepping the release of her album, MTV News sat down with producer Fernando Garibay, who opened up about the inspiration behind the song.
"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," Garibay said about the song's political inspirations. "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." Read More...
It's easy to compare Lady Gaga and Britney Spears to Madonna and have the two of them vie for her throne. But could it be that there's another pop star secretly working her way to Queen of Pop status and doing it more in the spirit of Madge herself? Well, there's an argument to be made that Rihanna is certainly following in the footsteps of the Mama of Pop.
"I think that Madonna was a great inspiration for me, especially on my earlier work. If I had to examine her evolution through time, I think she reinvented her clothing style and music with success every single time," Rihanna said earlier this year. "And at the same time remained a real force in entertainment in the whole world."
While some of you may be scratching your head at the suggestion that Ri – and not Gaga or Brit – might be the new Madge, we've come up with some reasons why. Follow us here for a second, okay?
Cher is one of the most vocal celebrities on Twitter. She's also one of our favorite stars to follow. The living legend actively responds to questions from her followers and talks about all those things you're not supposed to (hello, politics!). But one thing that's come up again and again that Cher has been stepping around is her duet with Lady Gaga, "The Greatest Thing."
The song was supposed to drop in late-September, but still hasn't seen the light of day, and fans want to know why. For her part, the reason for the delay seems to be the only thing Cher won't address directly on Twitter. Instead, the music legend has been tossing out sarcastic responses when asked and yesterday told fans she is "never telling you guys early again!"
She didn't, however, actually say when the much-anticipated song would be released. Read on for a bit more insight into "The Greatest Thing" and to see what Cher had to say about another music legend on the comeback train. Read More...
In things you never knew you wanted until you heard they were in the works news, casting has reportedly begun for a biographical Lifetime movie on the life of Lady Gaga.
Showbiz 411 reports the film is said to be an adaptation of Maureen Callahan's Mother Monster bio "Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga" and a casting call (below) has gone out for the role of Stefani Germanotta/Lady Gaga:
“[STEFANI GERMANOTTA (LADY GAGA)] is a bright rebellious Catholic school girl who dreams of fame. The story covers her from age 16 to 22. When we first meet her she is a dark haired, off beat, very talented and intensely ambitious teen. She comes from a Italian/American well off, close knit, Upper West Side NYC family. She never felt she ‘fit in’ with her fellow students in high school and was disappointed when her college experience at NYU didn’t meet her expectations. So, with her parent’s reluctant permission at 19, she drops out and moves downtown to the Lower East Side where the artists are. Independent and strong willed, Stefani learns she must be something more than a talented young girl and to really stand out, she must change. The story covers the ups and downs of her amazing rise and eventually to her transformation to Lady GAGA. We are seeking an actress who can physically resemble Lady GAGA (see photo) and who can believably span ages 16 to 22. Singing is preferred but not required.”
After the jump, our thoughts on some young starlets who would be a perfect fit to play Gaga. Read More...
They say all good things come in pairs, and in Hollywood that seems to be the case. For some, even good things come in threes (or more). The Germanottas of Manhattan seemed to have not only created the superstar known as Lady Gaga (real name Stefani G), but also a budding fashion designer, Gaga's baby sis, Natali.
Nats, a 19-year-old Parsons student, recently opened up to Teen Vogue about growing up in the G-clan. "Ever since we were kids, my parents gave us the freedom to be ourselves," she says, later joking, "Whenever I wear something crazy and my dad gives me a hard time, I say, 'Well, at least I'm not walking out on the street with red pasties,' and he'll be like, 'Good point.'"
While she's not as public as many younger sisters with famous older sisters, she has had brushes with fame. She appeared in the "Telephone" video and Gaga performed with her piano art installation on "Oprah" earlier this year. These two gals got us thinking about our favorite sisters in the biz. Read More...