September 14, 2014

Lady Gaga's concert numbers inflated

Lady Gaga just wrapped up her two dates in Western Asia and is prepared to head through Europe on the final leg of the artRAVE tour. So, how did she do in Dubai and Tel Aviv?

Before the shows, we saw that ticket sales were pretty dismal... but there were many "sources" suggesting she would still sell out after all. And did she? That depends who you ask.

I actually wasn't able to find any reviews of Gaga's Dubai show that included any numbers, but I can say that the number of tickets sold appear to be 20,000+/25,000 (80%), so no, she did not sell out there.

Strangely, the only numbers I could find from Dubai were reports that the crowd in Dubai will be among the projected 900,000 fans (here, and here) that will have seen the artRAVE by the time it's over. Do the Dubai reviewers not know how many people showed up, or is it that 900,000 looks much better than 20,000?


And Tel Aviv is a different story altogether.

According to one source, in Tel Aviv it was "decidedly not packed with fans". It was a "much cooler fan response than [her] previous appearance", and ticket sales were "not nearly as great as had been hoped for". The official numbers look to be a measly 45%, showing ticket sales at 20,000+/45,000.

Sad news for Gaga. But wait! Here comes Billboard to the rescue!

They reported that she brought out "some 30,000 cheering monsters" to her show in Tel Aviv, even though every other source I could find reports 20,000 (though of course they ALL leave out the fact that there was room for 45,000).

Looks like her artRAVE tour numbers are just like her stage: INFLATED.

September 5, 2014

Lady Gaga's artRAVE flops its way over to Western Asia

Lady Gaga and co. tried their best to cover up her struggle in Australia with numerous ticket giveaways (alleged), curtained-off sections, and false/misleading reviews.

This one’s my favourite. It states Allphones Arena has a capacity of over 20,000 and laughs at the low ticket rumors - but of course it doesn’t mention how many tickets were actually SOLD, nor does it mention her ticket availability was capped at 14,500! There's a pretty big difference between the two numbers!

Anyway, despite the shoddy cover-ups, the numbers speak for themselves and here’s the best estimate I could find of the Australian leg, straight from the Little Monsters themselves:
AUGUST 20 - PERTH - Perth Arena - ENDED - 12,000+/15,500 (80%)
AUGUST 23 - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena - ENDED - 11,500+/12,500 (90%)
AUGUST 24 - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena - ENDED - 6,000+/12,500 (50%)
AUGUST 26 - BRISBANE - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - ENDED - 10,000+/12,000 (80%)
AUGUST 30 - SYDNEY - Allphones Arena - ENDED - 12,500+/14,500 (80%)
AUGUST 31 - SYDNEY - Allphones Arena - ENDED - 7,500+/14,500 (50%)
Wow! Two shows with only 50% of the tickets sold? So much for the supposed Queen of Pop! 

So what’s next for the artRAVE?
Well, the tour is about half over, and the second half is shaping up to be the same as the first. Her next stop is Western Asia with a show in Dubai and a show in Tel Aviv.

Take a look at the demand for Gaga in Dubai:

That's right - only 5/17 sections of this show are sold out. If you look at the official page, you can see each seat that is available - personally I found it funny that people are filling up the back of the arena first. They'd rather sit in the stands than get close, even though the GA tickets are nearly half the price. Why? I have no idea!

Even though the demand for her is extremely low in both places - with tickets currently sitting at 12,000/25,000 (49%) for Dubai (Sept. 10) and 15,000+/45,000 (33%) for Tel Aviv (Sept. 13), she’s still managing to have predictions of a “sold-out show” in Dubai and "tens of thousands" of fans in Tel Aviv.  Have you ever seen this kind of media bias before?

Whatever. Guess we’ll see what happens when pictures of the not-so-full arenas show up on Twitter, won't we?

September 2, 2014

Leaked lyrics: true or false?

According to sources like ET Online and the Huffington Post, Madonna has written a song slamming Lady Gaga for her upcoming 13th album.
The Queen of Flop and the Queen of Pop
  The song is supposedly called "Two Steps Behind Me", and the alleged leaked lyrics are:
 "You're a copycat, Where is my royalty? You're a pretty girl, I'll give you that. But stealing my recipe, it's an ugly look."
"Did you study me hard enough? You're never gonna be, you're just a wannabe me." 
"Like a sister all messed-up, who's gonna help you out? In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can't be me."
"You can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you'll always be two steps behind me."
 According to the original source of the leak, Madonna is still choosing the songs that are to be included on the album and this one may not even make the cut. If it does however, the source states that "Gaga's going to be mortified."

Could it be true, or is this just a rumor? Would Madonna really write a song about Lady Gaga? Is she really still seething over the Born This Way/Express Yourself controversy?

August 24, 2014

Lady Gaga snubbed by the VMAs – again!

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are tonight, and not only was Lady Gaga not even nominated for a single award – despite the fact that she released three two music videos from her third album ARTPOP – but she isn’t even scheduled to perform.
Maybe no one understands her art
This is not the first time she was snubbed by the VMAs since her debut as a popstar, and it's also not the first time she hasn't performed (the other year was 2012). Is it because she's in the middle of a tour? Doubtful - she was in the middle of the Monster Ball tour when the VMAs took place in 2010 and she dominated the awards in nominations and wins back then.

So what does this say about Lady Gaga's current status as a popstar?

Well, if you look at how much she's still being hyped from other major music sources - not much. But when the VMAs are consistent in nominating the latest pop acts for awards and having them perform (Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande...) as well as other pop artists that have been around at least as long as Lady Gaga has, if not longer (Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J) - it says a lot. Especially since she has a new album coming out next month and a follow-up album already planned.

With something to promote, the VMAs should have been a priority for Lady Gaga... and maybe they were. But last year, her performance bordered on boring and had next to no shock value - something the VMA audience counts on year after year. Could it be that there was just no demand for her? Or have people simply gotten bored with her antics? 

What do you think? How important are the VMAs for a pop star? Was getting snubbed a big deal?

                                                And just for fun... the last time Lady Gaga won a VMA

August 18, 2014

Lady Gaga's hypocritical "Body Revolution" message makes a comeback

Lady Gaga's been getting a lot of bad press lately over her size. Fingers have been pointed about how much weight she's been gaining lately on her tour, and she's hitting back - just like she did in 2013 with her "Body Revolution"

So proud of her size that she feels the need to suck in her stomach and raise her arms for the photo
"Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15," she said on "But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery. and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION."

Lady Gaga shared a post on Instagram yesterday saying: "A true Venus is beautiful at any size. #BodyRevolution Don't allow Society to tell you what beauty is. back when they first made painting and sculptors of the goddess she was represented as a round and fertile woman. It was in style to be thicker because food was a sign of money. eat up children. Life is too short." 

Great sentiment - too bad she doesn't seem to believe it herself. 

More like: "A true Venus is beautiful with Photoshop"

The reality
Is Lady Gaga truly proud of her size? She doesn't seem to be. Whenever she calls attention to her size (like with the "Body Revolution"), it's either with pictures that are heavily edited/altered in some way (pounds and inches shaved off, smoothed complexion, etc.) or pictures where she's almost completely covered up.

What a hypocrite. She tells others that they should be proud of who they are, then she hides behind costumes, wigs, makeup, and Photoshop herself.

Hey, Gaga - you want to start a "Body Revolution"? Then start one!