I am a feminist. I reject wholeheartedly the way we are taught to perceive women…the beauty of women, how a woman should act, or behave. Women are strong and fragile. Women are beautiful and ugly. We are soft-spoken and loud. All at once. There is something mind controlling about the way we’re taught to view women. And my work is, both visually and musically, a rejection of all those things. So perhaps we can make women’s rights trendy.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ music video, which famously snagged a record-breaking 13 nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, has just surpassed 600,000,000 views on Vevo. The 7x VMA-winning and Grammy Award-winning music video makes Lady Gaga the 4th female artist to top 600,000,000 views with a single music video, following Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna (shared with Eminem), and Miley Cyrus, and the 6th artist overall to achieve the feat.
Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ made history earlier this year when it became the first, and currently only, single from a female artist to receive a Diamond Certification from the RIAA after surpassing a total of 10,000,000 sales (sales and stream-to-sales equivalents). To date the hit has sold over 12,000,000 copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Behind the scenes of Lady Gaga by Sebastian Faena for Harper’s Bazaar, September 2014
"Having already debuted at the Louvre last fall, Robert Wilson’s video portraits of Lady Gaga were no less eerily beautiful when they were introduced to American audiences this past Saturday evening at the Watermill Center. There, at the extraordinary annual benefit to support what founder Wilson calls “a laboratory for performance,” Hamptons patrons took in what are perhaps the most muted and also the most interesting of Gaga’s artist collaborations to date. Where the grandiosity of other projects that coincided with the release of her underwhelming 2013 album Artpop ultimately felt flimsy—notably those taking a page from Marina Abramović and with Jeff Koons—the Wilson portraits present something that feels genuinely different, not only for Gaga but also for art.
One, in particular, sees Gaga embody Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, who was in her early teens when Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres painted her portrait in 1806. With the costume and setting of Ingres’ original exactingly imitated, Wilson and Gaga then go off script in a nearly ten-minute video, a portion of which is seen here, that breathes life into its Neoclassical antecedent—quite literally, in fact, as one barely perceives the slow rise and fall of Gaga’s chest as she respires. Steadily falling teardrops, a swan in slow-motion flight, and a violin-based score further differentiate Wilson’s work from Ingres’ painted original, which was clearly just a starting point for his work with Gaga. Perhaps most remarkable here is the global pop star’s ability to completely disappear into a character other than herself. And actually, after witnessing Wilson’s Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, it won’t sound so surprising to hear that Gaga will appear alongside Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba next month in the sequel to Frank Miller’s Sin City.”
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
"Three years after the release of their first collaboration “The Lady Is A Tramp”, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga are back with a brand new collaboration – a full album of classic jazz standards: Cheek To Cheek. Tony & Gaga became fast friends after meeting backstage at a charity gala in early 2011, and the start of their musical love affair was captured in the rousing and vibrant rendition of “Tramp” that appeared on Tony’s Grammy Award-winning album Duets II."
July 28th, 2014: Arriving at the Rose Theater in New York with Tony Bennett