COVER STORY

Star plots re­venge with mon­ster al­bum suc­cess “No one sounds quite like her” Song­writer set to serve up lunchtime tunes

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Andy Welch

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.

ON WED­NES­DAY, New­bury pop-

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,

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