Once Again Rolling Stone…Lady GaGa isn’t Good, that’s the Explanation for her Recent Drops in the ChartsPosted: June 15, 2011
Last week I posted something about Rolling Stone being way to obsessed with Lady GaGa given the fact that she’s more of an industry creation that an artist. Rolling Stone had made her their loser of the week for the charts, but acted like they were very sorry for doing so in explaining and still touted her over 1000000 sales in it. The only reason she was loser of the week is because she didn’t sell way more then that. First of all what do you expect in the industry, its obvious the only reason she hit 1000000 anyway is because of Amazon’s obscene sale prices when the album debuted.
They made her their loser of the week again this week since she only sold one 10th of what she sold on her debut week (100000 sales this week). Its great that they acknowledge the fact that she never would’ve gotten the sales she did if it wasn’t for Amazon’s sales, but then in the same loser of the week section you go on to praise her, as if for some reason by virtue of the fact that shes Lady GaGa you have to praise her even when insulting her, they talk about her knowledge of the new music industry?
This so called artist is the anti new music industry, she didn’t even know Amazon did this, she was told after. She was probably told to say that by some one else, since you obviously can’t hate on the only reason your debut album wasn’t a failure. Plus she lost no money from it anyway since Amazon made up the difference in royalties payments. Once again Rolling Stone magazine really needs to stop with this GaGa romance they’ve taken to. Its sad and disgusting. It de-legitimizes them as a serious source music industry news. It makes them seem more like MTV or Billboard. Like an industry run propaganda machine. The music industry is becoming more and more like Soviet Russia. Just spewing propaganda in our faces and brainwashing us into thinking every clone of a pop song they vomit out is good. Its sad, it really is.
“Lady Gaga. You can’t really do more to market an album than Lady Gaga did for Born This Way, and her single “The Edge of Glory” is still near the top of Billboard‘s singles chart (Number Seven), iTunes (Number Four, after Adele, Pitbull and LMFAO) and BigChampagne’s Ultimate Chart (Number Three). But her album sold just 100,000 copies in Week Three. This is the world’s biggest pop superstar? Yes, she sold more than one million in her first week, but she needed Amazon’s dirt-cheap promotion to do it. The Wall Street Journal asked Gaga if she thought Born This Way was worth more than 99 cents, and she responded: “No! I absolutely do not. Especially for MP3s and digital music. It’s invisible – it’s in space. If anything I applaud a company like Amazon for equating the value of digital versus the physical copy, and giving the opportunity to everyone to buy music.” Now that was a smart answer, and one that contradicts what record executives and record-store chains have been saying for years – that drastic discounts cheapen music. No doubt Gaga understands the realities they talk about over at TopSpin, which is that cheap or free music leads to greater connections with fans, whose loyalty leads them to buy more stuff later. (That said, Amazon took the loss on the 99-cent promotion – Gaga, and her record label, still got the royalties they would have received if Amazon had sold the album at full price.)”
“We once spoke with Steve Greenberg, former Columbia Records president, founder of S-Curve Records and discoverer of the Jonas Brothers, and he speculated that Gaga would have sold 50 million albums if she’d only had the foresight to arrive in the mid-Nineties rather than the late 2000s.”
I always thought Rolling Stone was pretty cool. I mean Hunter S. Thompson was awesome, they promote some good bands and they review music. Sick. But their GaGa obsession is disgusting. If GaGa had decided to arrive in the Mid-90s instead of now, the vast majority of the population would call bullshit and Cobain’s shotgun would’ve been pointed towards her face instead of his.
Rolling Stone should get Lady GaGa’s cock out of their throats, recognize their old status as a somewhat rebellious publication, stop comforming to bullshit music and expectations and stop loving Lady I’m a Fake Ass Attention Whore Fucking Over Exploitation of Success GaGa.
Why the fuck would anyone ever believe Steve Greenberg? Major labels run much of the corrupt industry which seeks to exploit even the smallest hints of success until they are far overused. It’s all about money and never about talent. It’s all about fighting evolution. So yeah, this guy knows what’s going on? He found the fucking Jonas Brothers. I’d have a bit more respect for him if he had signed maybe Radiohead? But the Jonas Brothers? All I need to do is find 4 nerds, slap a couple of chastity rings on them, have a couple 40 year old guys write some songs, hand them to the nerds, dress them like idiots and drop them on stage with a Disney banner. Not to fucking hard Mr. Greenberg.
Only reason she sold over a million records is because Amazon sold it ‘Born This Way’ for 99 cents. Someone I work with even bought the album the day it came out it was so cheap. But he still hasn’t listened, and has no immediate intentions of doing so. People just like when things are 10x cheaper then usual. After the whole 99 cents thing ended her album sales dropped by 84%. 84 fucking percent. Her sales depend completely on how she is manipulated by the industry which stands behind her. Stop trying to fuck her shoulder horns and start talking about real music Rolling Stone.
P.S. Hey GaGa, I heard you used to get bullied because you had a fake tan and you were in theater and had a big nose? And thats inspiration for your whole acceptance bullshit? Everyone gets bullied in school its fucking life deal. And you’re upset cause you got bullied because you had a fake tan? You deserve it bitch. You’re one step above fucking Snooki.
Ha, I found this funny. This article seems to tout Lady Gaga and her new album, ‘Born This Way’, as savior of the music industry. The hundreds of millions of dollars she has accrued for her record label is used as evidence.
It’s funny though, considering half of this money is from endorsements, not form music. Saving the music industry by making money off of everything but music? Probably because her music sucks, but her brand is marketable.
As record label execs. and artists like Gaga scramble to find ways to stay rich, by selling the public the safe bet, and by safe bet I mean idiotic publicity stunts and terrible music that all sounds the same, a different savior is emerging. This savior is a musical middle class, in which musicians don’t need a major label to survive, where musicians don’t have to give all their money to labels, sell their soul to the devil and spend their lives on energy draining tours and making music they don’t want to in order to pay back an insurmountable debt to major record labels.
Lady Gaga isn’t the savior if the industry, shes one of the few remaining samples of the old model, which searches desperately for instant cash through mass, in your face marketing and stunts and unartistic, cookie cutter, industry created music.
In order to find a savior one needs to look no further then those who are actually working to make artistically talented , passionate music. Artists like Adele, who says she makes music for the ears, no the eyes, and could care less about her public image, or Odd Future, the rap group who defies the mainstream and raps about never growing up, and living life to the fullest for no one by yourself, albeit through cryptic, misogynist, and violent lyrics.
Lady Gaga represents the downfall, not the savior of the music industry. Dinosaurs will die, a new model will replace the crumbling one we’re currently being force fed.
Recently music industry mogul Steve Stoute took out a $40,000 ad in the newspaper to explain why the Grammys are out of touch. He stated, “As an institution that celebrates artistic works of musicians, singers, songwriters, producers and technical specialists, we have come to expect that the Grammys upholds all of the values that reflect the very best in music that is born from our culture.” I completely agree, but then things get a little weird.
Steve Stoute’s reasoning from then on is all about sales. Giving someone an award for SELLING billions of copies, and giving someone an award for TALENT are two completely different things Mr. Stoute. He is upset because, for example, Justin Bieber lost Best New Artist to Esperanza Spalding. This isn’t some Teen Choice Awards, Billboard Top 40 bullshit, Bieber shouldn’t have even been nominated for best new artist. Gaga shouldn’t have even been nominated, Rihanna, and Eminem, all of them shouldn’t have been nominated. They belong in a contest that celebrates rich celebrities who have people and record labels write music for them and really only exist as attractive packages pushed by labels to make money. The Grammys are different.
They are out of touch true, but Stoute, who called Eminem the Bob Dylan of our time, seems about as out of touch as the Grammys are. Seriously, if you think Bieber, Eminem, Gaga, Rihanna or any of them deserved a Grammy, you’re pretty stupid. The people who wrote their music at the very least should get it, but even then, its not like it takes much talent or effort to write a Top 40 hit, just a lot of good marketing. The Grammys should be exclusively for people who a). write their own music, b). create innovative works of art c). help move the music industry forward towards a better future.
Love the Way You Lie (ft. Rihanna) – Eminem
I Want You – Bob Dylan
The people who Stoute said should’ve won a). are forced by labels to either, sing other people’s songs or write with people provided by their label, so the music is rarely actually wholly created by the “artist” in question, b). you can’t tell me there is a whole lot of variety in mainstream music, its marketing basics, they’re giving the people what they want, not what’s real c). its a much discussed, and pretty well proven idea that the music industry has been running itself into the ground for years. who does the music industry use to power this self destructive process? The very people Mr. Stoute is suggesting should win.