Lady Gaga has some interesting thoughts about the relationship between music and sales.
If you can count on Lady Gaga for one thing other than a killer vocal it's a candid opinion and her speech at the Hollywood Bowl in LA this Sunday (May 31) marks no exception.
Speaking about the freedom that recording and touring with jazz veteran Tony Bennett has offered her, she also commented on the commercial reception of 2013's 'ARTPOP' which many deemed to be an under-performance in comparison to her earlier efforts.
"You know, people wrote a lot of things about my last album, ARTPOP, which was very controversial. If it didn't grab the whole world the way The Fame Monster did, that's OK, because I know it's good. That's what Tony has taught me, that my intuition is right. When he talks about the 66 albums he's put out, the peaks and valleys, and how it's not about having a hit record - it's the most inspiring thing."
Gaga raises a valid point. We, as consumers of music, are obsessed with record sales right now in a way that we haven't ever been before. Perhaps it's because labels are obsessed with records sales (principally because they aren't really selling any records) or perhaps it's because we live in an age where you can find out exactly how many copies an album's sold with a quick Google search.
Either way, Gaga's right. Although 'ARTPOP' didn't match up to the dizzying heights of 'The Fame Monster', it is a good album (arguably a far better album than people initially gave it credit for) but realistically the "Poker Face" hitmaker was beyond over-exposed when it was released. Chances are her forthcoming project, rumored for release this year, will be far better received now she's taken some time out of the spotlight.
She went on to talk about the experience of working with Tony Bennett:
"When I came into this with Tony, he didn't say, 'You've got to take off all the crazy outfits and just sing.' He said, 'Be yourself'.
And the seemingly constant rumors that she's expecting her first child:
"I'm getting a little older and many people think I'm pregnant but I tell them, 'I'm just almost fucking 30.'"
Check out Gaga's show stopping rendition of French staple "La Vie en Rose" at the very same show last weekend: