LADY GAGA PERFORMS AT 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

Lady Gaga attended the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the beginning of December with her boyfriend Taylor Kinney. She also performed If I Ever Lose My Faith in You as a dedication to Sting at the event. Watch the performance in HD below!

LADY GAGA GIVES ADVICE TO CHURCH SINGER/SONGWRITER IN LANCASTER

Lady Gaga was at a Sunday service at Grandview United Methodist Church this past weekend with her boyfriend Taylor Kinney to attend a family baptism. Fulmer, a 24-year-old Leola woman, plays piano at the church. But, because she stepped outside for a moment to calm her jangling nerves, the local musician missed her chance to get personal kudos from Lady Gaga.

But apparently Gaga thought Fulmer’s original song, “He is Coming,” is really good. She got a text from the pop star to prove it.

Shortly before the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, she was told that Gaga, nee Stefani Germanotta, and her longtime beau Taylor Kinney were in the church. “I’m a huge fan,” Fulmer said Monday. “So I calmed down, then went to my spot.”

First, she posted a message to Facebook telling friends that she was playing a song for Gaga.

YOU GUYS. TODAY I AM PLAYING A SONG I COMPOSED AT CHURCH. AND LADY GAGA IS IN THE CONGREGATION.

LADY. GAGA.

SEND PRAYERS, PLEASE.

Fulmer’s job is to play upbeat music for the service, which included an original song, “He is Coming”. “I wrote it for Christmas Eve,” she explained. “It’s about how Bethlehem is still pertinent today. It’s not just an old story.”

Fulmer was nervous before and after the service. During, however, her professional instincts took over.

“When I began playing, I was like, hey, work it out,” she said. “During the song, it’s like she wasn’t there. Then I got nervous again when I was done.

“People from the church told me that she whispered to her boyfriend that I was good.”

When Fulmer was done, she stepped outside to catch her breath.

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LADY GAGA TO BE THE FACE OF SHISEIDO IN 2015

Lady Gaga will be the face of Shiseido’s 2015 New Year’s ad campaign in Japan – and she will also be its photographer. The pop star shot 50 different selfies of her famous face, and each one of which will appear in a different Japanese newspaper over the New Year period, which is typically a busy shopping time across the country. Forty-six of the ads will be published on Thursday, January 1, and the remaining four will be published on Monday, January 5. Newspapers that will be running the ads include both national and regional publications, but Shiseido has no plans to use the ads outside of Japan.

LADY GAGA REFLECTS ON 2014 WITH YAHOO

Lady Gaga was recently interviewed by Yahoo in New York City. The singer reflected on the past year and talked about Cheek To Cheek, Tony Bennett, her boyfriend Taylor Kinney and much more.

What a difference a year makes.

“I was doing yoga today,” says the indefatigable Lady Gaga over lunch at Joanne, her parents’ restaurant. “And my yoga teacher was like, ‘What the fuck?’ I had my toe up over my head, I was in some weird fucking position, I was talking to her about some David Lee Roth song—I don’t know what was going on. But she was like, ‘I don’t know what happened to you from before you left for the ArtRave and now. I just know that I need you to stay this way.’”

As 2014 began, it was far from certain how Gaga’s year would go. Her entrance on a barbecue spit at South By Southwest in March played as something of a metaphor for what she’d been enduring in the media at the time—gratuitously vicious roastings of her as “over”, after the supposed “flop” of her album Artpop. And yet here we are. I would venture to say that Gaga has in fact had a more varied and interesting year than any of her peers. The grungy, stripped-down turn of that SXSW set. A historic week of concerts to close Roseland Ballroom, with a Gotham-centric show that mirrored the gritty, faded glory of that fabled venue. The transformation of Artpop into the blissful transcendence of the ArtRave tour, which concluded with a Paris concert whose live stream broke records for Yahoo and Live Nation. And of course, living out what Gaga says was “the dream” of making a jazz record, Cheek to Cheek, with larger-than-life octogenarian Tony Bennett—a collaboration that will continue into 2015 with 35 live dates around the world. This is what “over” looks like? Keep your pop music horse-race numbers, please. If you can make a case for a major music star who’s had a more intriguing year than Gaga, I would love to hear it.

No surprise then, that she’s in great, almost giddy spirits, when I slide into a booth at her family’s Upper West Side eatery. “It’s a wonderful thing when you’re waking up happy,” she says enthusiastically. Over Gaga’s shoulder is a picture of her boyfriend of three years (and currently the subject of a flurry of “will-they-or-won’t-they-get-married?” talk), actor Taylor Kinney. I observe that I’ve always thought her man has eyes so much like Leonardo DiCaprio, the two could play brothers. “Totally”, she concurs. “I want to see Taylor and Leo in a movie together, directed by Martin Scorsese!” Also on the wall—a New York State license plate that reads “LADYGAGA.” (Hey tourism board, want an actual New York girl to be your ambassador? I got your native right here.) “Tony said the other day, ‘Gaga the reason you’ve done so well is because you’re from New York,’” says the Lady. “And it’s true, I’ve got thick skin, but I needed to get myself healthy again. It was like Frankenstein, you know? It was like I was in pieces and all of a sudden I was all sewn back together.”

In a sense, you can trace the eclectic thrills of Gaga’s 2014 through her style. While there were hotel comings and goings, promo appearances, and a performance at a much talked-about Harper’s Bazaar Icons soirée that were all memorable, it’s the images of her live shows that endure the most. And talk about contrast! On the one hand you had SXSW— sporting a rats’ nest of white dreads (a holdover look from her Artpop video by Inez & Vinoodh), a bikini, and covered in performance artist Millie Brown’s vomited paint. On the other, only a few months later, there were the glam outfits of her Cheek to Cheek special with Bennett, filmed at Jazz at Lincoln Center. How could those possibly be the same artist? “That’s Lady Gaga!” she says. “You know, I’m the lady by day, and I’m Gaga by night. And I’m always going to be that way, because it’s a testament to your discipline as a musician. I do like to drink, I like to get crazy, I like to go out with my friends, and I like to sing rock and roll. I used to go-go dance! And I like to be inspired by young artists, people like Millie who are outrageously hard, disciplined individuals. But at the end of the day I’m a classically trained pianist and I’m a singer, and that’s what allows the girl that goes out at night to also go on stage with Tony Bennett at Lincoln Center. Because I know how to do it.”

For Cheek to Cheek’s album cover, shot by Steven Klein, and parts of the special, broadcast in October on PBS, Gaga sported a mane of black curls that recalled “If I Could Turn Back Time”-era Cher. But at other points in the show, wearing a jazz age headdress, she brought to mind another Italian-American gal like herself—Liza Minnelli. There have even been recent rumours that 2015 might include some sort of collaboration between Gaga with a G and Liza with a Z. While Gaga dismisses them as just that—rumours—she does recall the first time she met the icon. “Are you kidding me? She made the most epic entrance of anyone I’ve ever met,” she laughs. “She walked into my dressing room, she threw her fur coat on the floor, her diamond earrings were flapping, and she goes, ‘I’m here!’ It was totally unreal!”

Gaga herself knows how to make an entrance – as she did night after night on the ArtRave, rising up onto the stage in a bejewelled costume outfitted with Jeff Koons’ blue “gazing ball.” This latest mega-show may have connected with fans more intimately than any of her previous tours, she says, something she found especially gratifying considering the sniping around Artpop upon its release that it was a “clinical” record. “With that album it’s like I was creating my own acid. Acid is a synthetically created drug, in laboratories, and I created a synthetic musical drug for myself to survive my life. But then as I travelled around the world I met more and more kids that were fully fucking Artpop to the wildest galaxies of their dreams. Kids whose whole lives were changed by the album. You know, Planet Venus is a place that they go in their minds when they are at home, to escape their family life, their troubles, their depression.”

Gaga considers herself a songwriter, and over four albums she has by her own estimate written “90 per cent” of her songs. But this year, she’s done double duty, alternating between singing her own material on ArtRave and along with Bennett, performing standards from the Great American Songbook—songs written in an era before a premium was placed on singers also being songwriters. Gaga sees a value in both kinds of music, with one caveat: “If you’re not gonna write your own music,” she tells me, “you better be able to blow. Because if you can’t blow, there’s no reason to do the job. But then you think about artists that can’t really sing, that have songs written for them, and it’s like, well why are they artists? Why are companies paying money to promote them? Because they’re beautiful and look good on camera and are kinda-sorta singing along? It’s like karaoke for pretty girls. When you’re a singer-songwriter it doesn’t really matter if you’re beautiful. What matters is that you create a relationship with your fans, and they care what you have to say.”

And Gaga clearly has a lot still to say. Thanks to a mixed bag of projects, the endorsement of a jazz legend, and an approach to touring that didn’t leave her feeling “beaten to a pulp,” it’s been a year of revitalization and rebirth. In fact, she’s so inspired that she’s already been working on new songs for her next project, though she won’t reveal much about it—except with a metaphor. “I want the fans to be surprised,” she says. “But I will just tell you that it’s a wonderful, soul-searching experience. And it’s very unlike the last album in that way. I made that album on the road. Artpop was, you know, the acid-making record. And this record is like—my old self as a cadaver. And I’m just, I’m operating on my old self.”

As they say, what doesn’t kill you…Turns out those nasty epitaphs on Gaga’s career were a wee bit premature. Does she feel vindicated? “I guess I feel more of a personal vindication within myself,” she says. “That I could do it, you know?” Soon she will ring out a very good 2014 in Las Vegas, singing classic songs, maybe with a glass of champagne in hand and most definitely with Bennett by her side. “Everything happens for a reason, and every career goes through ups and downs,” she concludes. “And I think when you’re able to be self-aware, that’s when you can say, ‘Oh wow, everything’s going great now. This is the way it’s supposed to be.’ And that’s how I feel again.”

INSTERVIEW: LADY GAGA FOR H&M

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How did the collaboration with Tony Bennett come about?
We were both singing at the Robin Hood Foundation charity event in New York to help raise money for impoverished people in the city. I had decided to sing some jazz standards that night, with my buddy, trumpet player Brian Newman. I thought the crowd would like the jazz, and I missed singing that way. Turns out Tony was in the audience and wanted to meet me straight away. He asked me that night to make the record. I didn’t even have to think: he barely finished his sentence and I was cheering, “Yes, Mr Bennett!”

Why did you choose It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) in particular for the H&M campaign?
This is a fantastic song, written by the great Duke Ellington, who was one of Tony’s best friends. Swing is a signature of jazz music and musicians – the “swing” feeling is the heartbeat of jazz. It’s a feeling that always makes people happy, it’s full of joy and wild ambition, and we thought this song was a perfect way to spread that to people all over the world during the holidays.

What do you admire most about Tony?
His passion and focus. These are two things I take very seriously on a daily basis myself, and to see them carried out so effortlessly at 88 years old is incredibly inspirational to be around. I feel as though I’m being given an insightful gift at a young age. I feel privileged to be around him and watch his process. It’s beautiful.

Tell us about the hair! It’s very Cher?
Thank you! Since I was really and truly a jazz singer before a pop singer, I wanted to take everything back to my roots. I was born with dark Italian curls, so I decided to bring that back for the album. It felt natural to sing this way, with no fashion or hair getting in the way of the music. Cher is a tremendous talent and icon who made this hair famous in the 1970s and 1980s, when the “do” was very popular. It has meant a lot to me that she loves my take on it. When artists support each other, this is the beauty of our gypsy lives. She called us “twin girls, different decades”. I’ve always felt connected to the past, and it means a lot when the past feels connected to me.

What’s the Born This Way Foundation about?
The Born This Way Foundation aims for a kinder and braver world. We work with people through the Born Brave Bus and website to spread a message of compassion and create a platform for anyone to share their life story. We are currently working on some incredible online and social networking tools to build awareness. We are very excited about this. The internet is used in all sorts of ways, but I believe the best way to use it is to spread love.

Was there a “light bulb” moment when you realised you wanted to set up the foundation?
When I heard that teen suicide rates had increased for young gay people in the United States. It was right before I released [the single] Born This Way. I knew this was my calling. There was never a question, it was just when and how. You can raise a billion dollars for any cause, but what young people in America needed was a voice. Now we want to spread that voice around the world.

Why is it important to you to speak out against injustice?
Because anything that is fuelled by hatred should be stopped. Injustice is an ungrateful violence against the gift of life.

It’s our job to hold one another up as the human race, we are really one body.Lady Gaga

What kind of message do you have for those who want to be involved in charity, but don’t know where to start?
You do not need to be affiliated with an organisation to spread love and compassion every day. Start with small actions, and kindness to those around you, strangers in passing, then allow it to grow like a flower. It’s our job to hold one another up as the human race, we are really one body. It doesn’t matter where you start. Anyone who is living in pain, help them and, slowly, if we all do our part, the whole world will feel better. Spread that message with every invention.

Has anybody in particular inspired you to help others, and how?
My family. My sister and I were raised to appreciate food on the table, and hard work, to be grateful for what we have, and help those who have not.

When do you feel most generous?
When I spend time with children who are living with pain, particularly in hospitals. I choose kids to help personally every year who have an incurable illness and trouble with insurance. These are acts of kindness that are important to me in my life. They also form my work with the Born This Way Foundation, and keep the blessing of my life in perspective. It’s the most important work I do.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be?
I would want to cure all sickness, eliminate war/violence, and have a feeling of peace wash over the universe.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Music.

LADY GAGA APPEARS ON BILLBOARD’S YEAR END CHART

Another year, the prestigious web ‘Billboard’ has published a list in which celebrities and songs that have triumphed over the last year are included.
Then we leave the categories in which Gaga appears:

Lady Gaga- #23 Top Artist
Lady Gaga – #26 on Top Billboard 200 Artists
Lady Gaga – #1 in Dance/Electronic Artists
Lady Gaga – #67 on Hot 100 Artists
Lady Gaga – #24 on Social 50 Artists
Lady Gaga #2 – Jazz Albums Artists
ARTPOP – #34 on Top Billboard 200 Albums
ARTPOP – #1 on Dance/Electronic Albums
ARTPOP – #23 on Top Canadian Albums
Cheek to Cheek- #1 in Jazz Albums
Cheek to Cheek – #41 on Top Canadian Albums
Do What U Want – #84 in Top Singles Lady Gaga
Do What U Want – #58 in Radio Songs
Do What U Want – #48 on Pop Songs
Do What U Want – #44 0n Canadian Hot 100