Lady Gaga, unofficial headmistress of Twitter, has reached yet another milestone on the ubiquitous social network. The “Born This Way” songstress now has over 12 million followers. (Justin Bieber is hot on her heels with about 11.3 million.)
So congrats to Mother Monster on amassing one of the biggest fan communities on the Internet. In the spirit of having a little fun, we decided to crunch the numbers and see where else in the larger culture that big total arises.
Gaga’s Twitter following tops the populations of Cuba (11.204 million) and Greece (11.283 million), and there are only six U.S. states that have populations exceeding 12 million (California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas).
While 12 million is a towering number, it represents just 3 percent of the total number of views for her “Bad Romance” video on VEVO.
When you apply the figure to money, you get to have all sorts of fun. For example, when you go back to your tiny apartment this evening to spray cheese out of a can onto a cracker for dinner, think of Nicole Kidman, who was paid $12 million for a two-minute Chanel No. 5 directed by her “Moulin Rouge” helmer Baz Luhrmann in 2004. Take a minute (or two!) and let that sink in.
Lady Gaga is an emotional person. We already know this. And last night on “So You Think You Can Dance,” the pop star did not hold back.
Gaga was so overcome with emotion following a performance by finalist Marko Germar that she had tears running down her face. “I’m just so proud of you,” Gaga said. “There were so, so many things I did wrong when I was younger and so many things that I wish I could take back, and I felt every moment of that through your dance tonight.” For his part, Marko was having trouble keeping it together too.
This is just the latest example of Gaga getting emotional on camera. The pop star has made wearing her heart on her sleeve her calling card, and from the VMAs to her HBO “Monster Ball” special, it seems like Mother Monster is always crying about something. Read More...
By Danielle Genet
Celebrity guest judges are nothing new to the reality television competition world. “So You Think You Can Dance,” no win its eighth season, latched on to the trend this season with the likes of Kristen Chenoweth, Carmen Electra, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Neil Patrick Harris. Tonight they welcome Lady Gaga to the judges’ panel to appraise the top eight contestants.
Gaga is no stranger to “SYTYCD." She made her first major television appearance in 2008 on the "SYTYCD" stage, introducing the world to her eclectic style with her first single “Just Dance.” This past year, she chose “SYTYCD” as the television spot to premiere her video for “The Edge of Glory.” Though the finalists will probably have a rough time staying focused on their routines (we know we would be freaking out if Gaga was watching us dance) and host Cat Deely may for the first time be outdone by someone else’s attire, Gaga will probably offer friendly, inspiring advice just like she did on the past season of “American Idol.”
In honor of Lady Gaga’s upcoming judging stint on “SYTYCD,” we’ve made a list of the top four qualities a guest should come prepared with when judging a dance competition.
Familiarity with Dance
The waltz, krumping and samba! Plies, pirouettes and leaps, oh my! We think familiarity with dance terms and styles should be the first and foremost quality one should have when judging a dance show. Unlike a few of the previous guest judges, Gaga does have a dance background to fall back on. Neil Patrick Harris admitted he didn’t know much about dance and instead put his extensive theater background to use and focused his comments on the emotional connection and performance aspect of the piece. He also wasn’t afraid to dislike a performance and voiced his opinions to a sometimes booing crowd. Kristen Chenoweth also has theatrical training and wasn’t afraid to critique the routines and provide the dancers with insight into the business. Jesse Tyler Ferguson (star of “Modern Family”) admitted he previously danced in a theme park and could “throw around some terms.”
Ed. Note: We are not implying that ALL Little Monsters insulted Adele on Twitter nor that Lady Gaga’s fans are the only people doing so (fans of Britney Spears and Katy Perry are in this particular game as well). The reason we chose to shine a spotlight on certain Monsters insulting Adele is because doing so is so incredibly inconsistent with Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying message.
Listen Little Monsters, we know you’re less than thrilled that Lady Gaga didn’t score as many nominations for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards as you may have wanted or expected, but do you think she’d be pleased that you are attacking the appearance of a singer who did score some nods?
It’s less paws up than claws out. It’s also a pretty poor reflection of the message Mother Monster preaches.
After Adele, whose 21 is top-selling album of the year by far, scored an impressive seven VMA nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Pop Video, and Gaga scored only one major nomination – Best Female Video for “Born This Way” – the pop star’s fans started getting personal on Twitter.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and we totally get not being happy when your favorite artist doesn’t get the love you think they deserve, but Adele’s weight has nothing to do with anything, and insulting it isn’t going to change Lady Gaga’s number of nominations and represents the kind of bullying that Gaga has decried.
Mermaids aren't native to Nebraska, but that doesn't mean that Lady Gaga won't try and find a way to keep one alive in the landlocked state. According to reports and tweets out of the state, Gaga has been shooting something there. We're gonna go out on a limb and say it's her next music video, which we already know will include a mermaid. We're also gonna assume it's for the song "You And I."
Why are we going to make this guess? Well, Gaga has dropped a few hints along the way. First off, the name of her mermaid character in this next video is "Yuyi." Using some keen dissection skills, Yuyi looks an awful lot like the words “you” and “I” mashed together.
Just this week, Gaga sat down with Howard Stern and said that that she thinks “You and I” is the best song she’s ever written. But perhaps the biggest hint of all that she's shooting a video for "You And I" are the lyrics to the song, where she goes on and on about her "cool Nebraska guy."
The nominations for the 2011 MTV video Music Awards just dropped. Katy Perry’s “Firework” leads with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” hot on its heels. Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Chris Brown and Foster the People also scored multiple nominations.
But that’s not what you want to hear about! You want us to break down the surprises. Well, let’s start with what you’re all thinking: Where are Britney and Gaga? Earlier today, you let us know loud and clear that not only did you expect multiple nominations for Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, you anticipated that the princesses of pop would lead all nominees.
Well, they didn’t. Both superstars scored only one major nomination, Britney for Best Pop Video for “Till The World Ends” and Gaga for Best Female Video for “Born This Way.” Both also brought home nominations in technical categories like Best Choreography.
Read on for more and to vote in our poll of the biggest VMA nomination surprises. Read More...
The nominations for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will be announced tonight at 11PM EST during a live stream event. We’re pretty psyched and wondered who you thought would lead the nominations this year.
We asked and boy did you respond. Our “Who Will Lead the 2011 VMA Nominations” poll tallied a staggering 841,711 votes by the time it closed at 3PM EST today, and the results were dominated by your two favorite pop stars: Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
We’re starting to see a pattern here. When we asked who you thought had the best album and song of the year (so far), we received a similarly massive response. In both of those polls, Spears and Mother Monster towered over the competition as well.
So here we are again. Which diva do you want to see score the most VMA nominations tonight? Results are after the jump! Read More...
By Stefan Doyno
I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with world news, but there are some serious issues going on right now. And by serious, I mean mermaids.
Can you believe that Katy Perry had the audacity to steal the "mermaid" idea from Lady Gaga? Yeah well, neither can I. But now the tables have turned, with Bette Midler calling Gaga out for dressing up as the mythical creature as well. The veteran singer even went on a bit of a Twitter rant defending her originality.
"I’m not sure @ladygaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people -- and many of them are still alive….." Middler tweeted on Friday. She later added, "Dear @ladygaga Ive been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker t*ts-mermaid's mine."
Whoa. Let's all calm down.
Obviously mythical creatures are all the rage right now, so here are some original ideas that won't get Lady Gaga into so much trouble!
Also known as the Abominable Snowman. The Yeti is an ape-like cryptid that inhabits the Himalayan region of Tibet, Nepal and India. If anyone can pull this off, it's Gaga. Just imagine a lot of white fur.
Forget the wacky shoes, if it's height she desires, then a Centaur is what she needs. The Centaur is an Ancient Greek creature that has a human upper body while the lower half consists of horse. It can be done. She hatched from an egg. It's not like we're reaching for the stars here.
The nominations for the 2011 Video Music Awards will be announced tonight in a live stream event at 11PM EST on MTV.com featuring special surprise guests. Are you excited? We think you’re excited!
Actually, we know you’re excited. How? Because you have been blowing up our “Who Will Lead The MTV VMA Nominations?” poll. And once again, you are making your feelings about two very popular pop divas very, very clear!
As of 11AM, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears lead by a wide margin. The pop princesses split the vast majority of the vote pretty evenly, leaving Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kanye West and Adele in the dust.
Our poll closes at 3PM EST, so now’s the time to rally for your favorite artist. Are you a Britney fanatic who wants to see the Femme Fatale rule the VMA nominations? Or are you a Little Monster pushing for Lady G? And what about the rest of you? Someone is out there buying Adele’s record … support your girl (and tell your friends to do the same)!
Vote now after the jump! We’ll have the final results for you later today! Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
As U2 begin to wrap up the last leg of their seemingly never-ending 360° tour, they continue to shatter records and cement their place as the top touring act ever. The tour – which began in Europe two years ago in support of their most recent album, No Line on the Horizon – has currently grossed over $675 million during the over 100-show run with each date selling out consecutively.
Anyone who has caught a glimpse of the 167-foot tall “claw” structure that U2 employs as their stage knows just how massive this production is. It has a ridiculous budget of $750,000 a day, a fleet of 120 trucks, and a 400-person workforce. It takes eight days just to set up and take down the rig, and the group has three (at $40 million per “claw”), so that two can be in the process of assembly on the same night they play another gig. This 360-degree stage scenario allows up to 20 percent more tickets to be sold; therefore, further helping U2 slaughter attendance records from South Africa to the U.S.
To put things into perspective, The Rolling Stones’ 2005-07 A Bigger Bang Tour is the second highest grossing tour ever, raking in over $550 million, but selling a paltry 4.6 million in tickets to U2’s 7 million. Similarly, U2’s average attendance of over 65,000 people more than doubled the Stones’ 32,500. AC/DC’s lengthy return to the road – 2008-10’s Black Ice World Tour; their first jaunt in 7 years – is unsurprisingly the third highest grossing tour of all time.
But what about the ladies? Find out below. Read More...