Lady Gaga is embarking on her ARTPOP world tour, but there’s a bit of a chink in the armor: people have been saying the whole thing is a flop and no one wants to buy any tickets. There used to be a day when a Gaga tour would sell out within about 3 minutes of tickets going on sale, but those days are gone. But does that really mean it’s a disaster? LiveNation, who partnered with her on the tour, is saying no.
Reports that ticket sales for Lady Gaga’s artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour are struggling are “ridiculous,” according to Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation’s global touring division, producers of the tour.
Ticket sales for North America and Europe are at 80% capacity sold, Fogel tells Billboard.biz, even though the tour doesn’t begin in America until May, and Europe in the Fall. “The run with Gaga over the last two tours has been incredibly successful, and this one is shaping up no differently,” Fogel says. He adds that Live Nation will announce an additional six Gaga shows in North America in the coming weeks (including a second in Los Angeles), as well as more dates in the U.K., including a fourth O2 in London.
The 29 shows that are on sale in North America have already grossed $26 million in ticket sales, according to Fogel, which averages out to a healthy nightly take of nearly $900,000 per show. Referring to published reports that Gaga’s June show at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee was “flopping,” Fogel says, “When something like Milwaukee specifically comes up, that show has sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it’s at the end of June. I just don’t know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework.”
Fogel also laughed off reports that LiveNation has already lost $30 million from Gaga’s tour, insisting that only a “complete fool” would say that because it makes “no sense on any level”. I mean… methinks he doth protest too much here, but whatever.
Here are the facts: concerts are expensive as shit, and audiences want to be entertained. Gaga was entertaining for a good few years because she’s so weird. She came to an awards show inside a fucking egg, for crying out loud. However, now people are used to her. The novelty has worn off and she’s finding it harder and harder to outdo herself. Who could, really? People aren’t willing to pay $100 or $200 to see some bullshit they’ve seen for the past 5 years – especially when the bullshit isn’t even really all that good. Gaga’s gone for style over substance the past few years, and people are realizing it. The end.
March 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Jennifer
WELCOME BACK TO Best and Worst Celebrity Looks of the Week!! What a week for fashion! Check out our Oscars fashion post and last week’s best and worst celeb looks. Now let’s take a look at what celebs wore at Oscar parties, LAX, film premieres, and other outings, and judge them accordingly: pick 3 celebs for BEST, WORST, and WTF look of the week. As always, mine are at the bottom.
March 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Anyway, check out these looks and make your picks for BEST, WORST, and WTF look of the night. Mine are at the bottom. Personally, I felt everyone played it a little on the boring side.
Last year’s Oscar fashion post can be found here.
GO FOR IT!!
March 3, 2014 at 6:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
What a week for fashion! We had a BAFTA Awards post and a Brit Awards post. Now let’s take a look at what non-Brit award slinging celebs were wearing throughout the week in this edition of Best and Worst Celebrity Looks of the Week!
Go through the outfits and make your choices for BEST, WORST, and WTF look of the week. Mine are at the bottom!
February 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Lady Gaga‘s been keeping it somewhat low key lately (or maybe I’ve just been ignoring her), so I wasn’t too exhausted off to bat to see her pop up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform ‘Artpop’. It’s a terrible song and an absolute racket, but this version is actually pretty inoffensive.
I like the start on the piano – Gaga can actually sing and sing well when she’s not lost in her own moronic ego. You sorta have to ignore the lyrics to this song, which are a bit daft and ~anti-establishment~ and up herself (as usual), but seriously, I’ve seen worse. Good to see she’s adopted the Donatella Versace wig as part of her act now. She also has zero rhythm and should never dance, but uh, besides that, right on!
Side note: has she got even MORE plastic surgery in the past few months, or is this just a weird makeup job? She doesn’t look ANYTHING like herself!
February 20, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Lady GaGa has been filming the video for “G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)”, and she hoped to have an exotic theme for the shoot, complete with fancy animals… that apparently bite her. That’s right, everyone’s favourite “artist” got bitten by a slow loris and just the visual of that is the most majestic thing I think I have ever offered you on this site.
From The New York Post:
“The slow loris is the cutest creature on the planet, and Lady Gaga wanted to use it in one scene, but it nipped her,” a source told me. “They put it back in its box and took it away in disgrace.”
The pop star wasn’t hurt. “She just laughed about it,” the source added. “She was a good sport.”
Aw, well that’s nice. The exotic animal person apparently also brought a baby kangaroo and an exotic goat to the set, but none of the were used. Apparently GaGa wanted to use the goat, but was told no by the California State Parks Department. I don’t really get it – how in the hell does the Parks Dept. guy get to tell her what animal she can use, and if she wasn’t allowed to use any, why was a handler even bringing any out to this shoot? Am I taking crazy pills?
So, since exotic animals of one sort were out, she decided to employ another: the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That’s right, Kim and Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster and Carlton Gebbia all get to be in this video. God help us all.