Lady GaGa is the New Madonna

LoveGame

Apparently “LoveGame” by Lady GaGa doesn’t need any extra special marketing strategies (as I suggested in a previous post) to shoot up the charts. After just 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 “LoveGame” is now #6.

This week “LoveGame” is the #4 selling digital single on iTunes behind “I Gotta Feeling” (Black Eyed Peas) at #1,  “Boom Boom Pow” (Black Eyed Peas) at #2, and “Fire Burning” (Sean Kingston) at #3.

Anatomy of a Hit

Let’s briefly examine some of the ingredients that make “LoveGame” a monster commercial hit:

  • Radio-friendly, synthesizer-driven, futuristic dance pop production by RedOne (who also produced “Poker Face” and “Just Dance”)
  • The infectious “let’s have some fun this beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your disco stick” hook line
  • Memorable chorus (always important!)
  • Lady GaGa’s distinct, playful vocals

The question that remains is will “LoveGame” have chart longevity?

“Poker Face” (the single that preceded “LoveGame”) has been on the Billboard charts for 25 weeks and it’s STILL in the top 10. Success like that is going to be tough to top but if anyone is up for the challenge, it’s Lady GaGa.

Put me on the phone with GaGa’s publishers and I’ll demand that they license “LoveGame” for some high-profile ‘reality’ TV dating shows and a few major fitness or sports-related ad campaigns. That kind of exposure would be sure to keep “LoveGame” lingering on the charts and in listener’s ears for months to come. Otherwise, aside from live performances of the song on tour, GaGa’s record labels would be leaving the chart longevity of “LoveGame” up to chance. Why leave something up to chance if you don’t have to?

“Paparazzi” vs. “StarStruck”

I stand by my previous assertion that “StarStruck” would make the best choice for Lady GaGa’s next single here in the States but right now reports indicate that her fourth U.S. single will be “Paparazzi.” It’s not a bad choice by any means but I can’t imagine it doing nearly as well in the U.S. as the three singles released before it (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, and “LoveGame”). Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?

Lady GaGa vs. Madonna

LadyGaGa vs Madonna

Since Lady GaGa splashed on the scene in 2008, there have been frequent comparisons to Madonna. So let me just come right out and say it: Lady GaGa is the new Madonna. Or to put it more accurately: Lady GaGa is the Madonna of this generation.

GaGa isn’t living in Madonna’s shadow, either. Lady GaGa could represent our generation in much the way that Madonna did hers but she has a long way before she reaches that pinnacle. Right now GaGa’s potential is limitless and if fans and the media keep piling on the support, someday the name Lady GaGa could have a legacy attached to it similar to Madonna’s.

Up to this point I think that Britney Spears is the one young artist who came closest to filling Madonna’s shoes in mainstream pop/dance music but Lady GaGa has a personable element that Britney lacks. As sweet a girl as Britney is and as much as I love her music, I usually don’t feel like Britney reveals her real self in her music.

On the other hand the playful, sexilicious personality that comes off in Lady GaGa’s music feels very authentic. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that she writes her own songs (unlike Britney). GaGa’s deep connection with her fans, her songwriting prowess, her originality, and her spectacular theatrical-style live performances are all elements that distinguish her from the mass of pop artists currently making dance music.

My Predictions – the future of pop music:

“LoveGame” is GaGa’s third consecutive top 10 hit–a feat that has only been achieved by a select few artists on their debut album release. Ladies and gentlemen mark my words: we are witnessing the rise of a legend.

In just 3 short years Lady GaGa has become an unstoppable force in pop music, tallying up some impressive songwriting credits (Britney Spears, Fergie, the Pussycat Dolls)  in addition to establishing herself as a superstar solo artist.

For all those haters who think that GaGa is “just another talentless, pretty pop star” and can’t wait for her 15 minutes of fame to pass so she can fade from the limelight: you are in for a rude awakening. This is just the beginning. Lady GaGa has initiated her takeover of pop music and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

The Lady GaGa sound will heavily influence the direction of mainstream pop music in the next few years. So look out for the major record labels to churn out countless Lady GaGa clones in a shameless attempt to cash in on her success. The major labels are always good for that sort of greedy unoriginality.

Don’t expect that nonsense to phase GaGa though because while those clones are imitating her old music she’ll be moving forward crafting a fresh, new sound and continuing to drop back-to-back hits.

Pop music has a new queen and her name is Lady GaGa.

Related posts:

The Fame Monster
Video Premiere: Lady GaGa “Bad Romance”
New Music Monday: “Bad Romance”
The 2009 VMAs: Top 10 Most Memorable Moments

Hit Pick: Lady GaGa “StarStruck”

by:

Dexter Bryant, Jr. (d.BRYJ)
DbryJ Music Media Group

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33 comments

  1. Brian Talks · June 14, 2009

    I love lady gaga

    • DbryJ Music · June 14, 2009

      Lady GaGa is absolutely amazing, I agree 🙂

  2. KL · June 15, 2009

    I think you’re almost all right about LG being a lot like Madonna, even so far as she’s got many yrs. to go to prove it. Bur also, like M and unlike Brit she seems to have the drive, work ethic, smarts, & control going for her. The one thing I’ll argue with is her being a “pretty popstar”- I gotta say it- she’s not very pretty at all. Looks are the one thing she’s lacking that M & B both have, but she’s savvy enough to distract with drama and flair, so good for her.

    • DbryJ Music · June 16, 2009

      I hate to admit it but I agree–by most people’s standards GaGa isn’t very pretty. BUT, she is still my current celebrity crush because she is SO F’ing sexy. My attraction to Lady GaGa is linked to her sex appeal, her charisma, and her fearlessness. She has a lot more going for her than the “pretty pop stars” of the world.

  3. Taylor.! · September 2, 2009

    Yeah the picture of her in the face mask is a little weird/creepy.
    But this is a good article.!
    Lady Gaga is the shit.!

    i love her.!

    and madonna:]

    • DbryJ Music · September 2, 2009

      Glad you like the article Taylor 🙂 I ❤ Lady GaGa!

  4. ugsome · September 22, 2009

    Lady Gaga is plenty good looking, mind you, but look at those who possess conventional Hollywood beauty; they use it as a crutch. In a world where beauty counts more than smarts, it is a powerful thing to supercede your looks with your talent. Go Gaga!

    • DbryJ Music · September 23, 2009

      Great point. There are so many people who lean too heavily on their beauty to be worth anything to society. Like Megan Fox. Lmao. She’s so gorgeous though I can’t be mad at her.

      Go GaGa!

  5. melissa · October 7, 2009

    OOLAA PS MEEE PARESSE QE LAADDY GAGA
    SUPERA A MAADOONAA
    ♥♥♥♥♥LADDDYYY GAGA♥♥♥♥♥
    EESS LOO MAXIIMOOOO….

    • Popmadness · May 10, 2010

      Lo siento pero Lady Gaga no le llega ni a los tobillos a Madonna…ignorante to comentario ya que lady gaga es nada mas que una copia barata de Madonna.

  6. Mellissaaaa · October 7, 2009

    Yes.
    lady gaga is amazing.
    BUT there will never be a ‘new madonna’… ever.
    Madonna is the best.

    • DbryJ Music · October 8, 2009

      Madonna can never be replaced. She is the best at what she does and there will never be anyone quite like her.

      I’m proposing that if there’s any artist that Madonna would “pass the baton” to, it would be Lady GaGa.

      Thanks for commenting Mellissaaa lol ^_^

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  8. Margot · November 12, 2009

    I love Madonna!

  9. Harry · January 7, 2010

    Many artists were referred to as “the new Madonna” but I think Lady Gaga is the only one that can really do it. It is not only about successful, it is a matter of style.

    • DbryJ Music · January 8, 2010

      You’re absolutely right. GaGa has more than just great music going for her, she has fashion, she has ferocity, and she inspires a lot of people.

      My friend Noel made a great point to me: he said that Lady GaGa teaches people acceptance and I think that’s very true.

      The people that hate GaGa (COUGH–Bible warriors–COUGH) feel that way because GaGa supports gay rights and religious folks hate for homosexuality to have any sort of legitimacy and acceptance in society.

  10. Denny · January 10, 2010

    Bravo on a superb article! You are right on!!!!

  11. lucian · January 16, 2010

    i love Madonna.lady gaga is good but she had a good example(madonna).now one can replace the queen.long live the queen!!!

  12. Emma · January 31, 2010

    UM… Major Difference – GaGa can sing, Madonna can’t!

    • d.BRYJ Music · February 2, 2010

      Madonna’s voice isn’t bad, it just isn’t as strong as the Lady GaGas, Whitney Houstons, and Mariah Careys of the world.

    • Jackie · May 10, 2010

      Um MAJOR Differece- Madonna can dance and perform….GAGA CANT DANCE

  13. Heloisa · February 14, 2010

    I’m 31 years old, a keen observer of the pop industry and its vagaries, and I’ve lived the height of Madonna success and polemic, and I’ve gotta say that no other artist ever seemed enough for me to think they would replace Madonna as queen of pop.

    Britney Spears always seemed a joke to me, Xtina Aguilera has a great voice but doesn’t seem to have the ambition, the political drive or enough style, and Beyoncé has it all but is a lot more like a heiress to Diana Ross and Tina Turner than Madonna.

    In comes Lady Gaga and I think this it it.

    • d.BRYJ Music · February 15, 2010

      Your observations are spot-on, thank you for your input.

      Beyonce is a Superwoman there’s no doubt about it. But you’re right, she’s like a Diana Ross heiress and her reign is more on the urban side than anything else even though she has plenty of pop hits.

      However, be on the look out for the moves Queen B makes in these next few years. I think she’s masterminding a more all-encompassing take over of pop music worldwide. If anyone can give GaGa a run for her money its Beyonce. The difference between them though is Beyonce is safe and family-friendly but GaGa is dangerous (so to speak) which gives her a cultural and political edge in my opinion.

      Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear more input from you in the future because I dig your pop analysis 🙂

  14. Heloisa · February 19, 2010

    I hope you are right. A battle between Beyoncé and Gaga can only bring about outstanding works and performances, and we are the ones to benefit. 🙂
    And I totally agree with you, I can’t think of any other name who could pose a challenge to Gaga at the moment but Beyoncé. I foresee a very dismal future for the lip-synchers.

    But wait. Let’s not take Madonna for granted, this has never been a good idea, lol

    I hear Madonna is planning a greatest hits world tour starting late 2010. Let’s see what she comes up with now that there are real players around. Though, if I was in her shoes, I’d be scratching my head…

    Yesterday Lady Gaga kicked off the european leg of her tour in Manchester, and this guy has a lot of HD videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/thibaut81

    Check this out. It’s huge. Superstar kind of thing.

    Thank you for the comment, I bookmarked your website. Cheers! 🙂

  15. John · May 10, 2010

    Sorry but Lady Gaga is Copying Madonna left and right. the only difference is Lady gaga is NOT a Performer like Madonna or Janet she’s very sloppy even Britney could out dance her (back when she could actually dance) and one look at Madonna’s performances and classic hits throughout the years and is clear Lady Gaga is nowhere near. besides she’s fading neither Bad Romance nor the collaboration with Beyonce was able to hit the pop charts and her new single “Alejandro” is rather weak. so if you’re looking for the next Madonna..wait for the new Madonna release GAga keeps repeating herself with the same songs…Madonna’s very trademark was her “re-invention”.

    • d.BRYJ Music · May 10, 2010

      I think I wanna let B.B. respond to this one. You take it from here Mr. Buchana..

    • dynasty86 · June 17, 2010

      Well…it seems you have your facts mixed up becuase all of the singles from the Fame Monster have been top ten Billboard Hot 100 hits and both “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” went to #1 on pop/top 40 radio earlier this year. Nonetheless, don’t think Lady Gaga is copying Madonna but more so influenced by her like other current artists so your statement is unfair.

  16. jr · June 9, 2010

    yeah, l agree with John…gaga was interesting in the beginning, but lately she is just copying Madonna in everything…looks, video-style…she’s falling back…I wish Rihanna would come up harder and claim the throne herself….until then, l will wait for the next Madonna onslaught.

    • d.BRYJ Music · June 23, 2010

      I beg 2 differ. Instead, I agree with @dynasty86:
      “don’t think Lady Gaga is copying Madonna but more so influenced by her like other current artists”

  17. ELISEO · June 27, 2010

    TODO EL MUNDO ESCUCHA A MADONNA .NOSE X Q VIENE A METERSE LADY GAGA O LADY CACA SI LA UNICA REINA DEL POP ES ,VA A SER Y SERA SIEMPRE MADONNA UNICA” !!!!!

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