Star plots revenge with monster album success “No one sounds quite like her” Songwriter set to serve up lunchtime tunes
Lady Gaga is back with a new album and hoping for a monster hit
IF YOU think that these days all we hear is Lady Gaga then brace yourself for her next colossal wave of publicity. Thrashist Regime, whose Metallicaflavoured sound has led them to become one of the most popular metal acts in Aberdeen. Support comes from sludge metal trio Absolutist, who deliver bone-crushing riffs, and Stonehaven-based melodic metal-punks Xtreme Machine.
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FROCK HORROR: Lady Gaga in her notorious meat dress.
QUIRKY: Gaga emerging from an egg at the Grammy Awards. “There are a lot of artists who put out number one single after number one single,” she says, in her hotel room hours before going on stage for an impromptu one-off performance of her newest hit single Born This Way. “But they don’t sell any albums,” she adds pointedly, given that her second album, also Born This Way, was released this week. Sales are certainly not a problem for Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Her first album Fame Monster set the record for digital album sales and the LP of Born This Way sold more than 100,000 copies in one day – and that was just in the UK. In challenging times for the music business, Gaga has found a way to make big, bright, pop music with a heart and a soul, and to make people actually buy it. Apparently the secret is simple. “Every single song on this album can be played on the piano,” she says. Lady Gaga learned to play the piano aged four and at 14 was performing at openmic nights in her home city of New York. She walked away from a degree course at the distinguished Tisch School of The Arts three years later and began writing songs professionally for bands such as New Kids On The Block and Pussycat Dolls, before heading to Los Angeles and recording her first album. It can be very easy to forget Lady Gaga makes wonderful music. Just Dance, Poker Face and Born This Way might have been international hits, but she’s more often discussed for wearing meat dresses and turning up at this year’s Grammys in an egg. But while nobody will ever look like Lady Gaga, more importantly, no one else sounds quite like her either. Influences range from Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, to hard German electronic dance music, and the results are quite unique. What’s most refreshing is that in a world of what Gaga describes as “plastic popstars” she’s doing it all her own way. “I don’t have a record label behind me going, ’You have to put this out, you have to put that out’,” she says. While other A-listers are calling in the same, tired old producers and songwriters, Gaga’s been working mainly with comparatively unknown producers Fernando Garibay and DJ White Shadow. Hanging out with the three of them in her dressing room, it feels like they’ve bonded into an incredibly tight unit during the recording of the album,