Lady Gaga is rich as hell now, but did you know that even after her breakout hit with ‘Poker Face’, she was close to bankrupt? By choice, of course – she chose to throw millions into her Monster Ball tour in 2009, so it looks like things worked out for her.
From Entertainment Tonight:
In the upcoming EPIX original documentary Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel?, the international superstar explains how she went broke even after hitting it big.
“I had three million dollars in the bank to my name and I threw it all in to make my stage,” said Gaga, explaining that she poured everything she had into her 2009 Monster Ball tour.
Gaga’s motivation behind risking it all was simply to impress one man — Live Nation CEO Arthur Fogel.
“He’s really responsible for breaking one of the first artists to come out of the digital age,” said Gaga.
Well, that sounds… cool. Gaga is right up Live Nation’s ass, isn’t she? Lord.
I do think you need to invest money to earn money, and clearly it’s worked out well for her b/c Gaga has a shit ton of it these days. However, I still wouldn’t pay to see that bullshit in a million years. No thanks!
March 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
Just when you think Lady Gaga may have exhausted every last idea in her brain for weird shit to do, she comes on stage with something new and “shocking” to make you wonder, “Is Lady Gaga fucking SERIOUS with this bullshit?” Not quite the question she hoped to raise, which probably had something to do with whether she’s the greatest artist since Andy Warhol or whatever.
In any case, Gaga showed up to SXSW in Austin for a performance at Stubb’s, during which she hung herself from a human spit-roast that rotated while her cronies picked at her “skin” and she sang ‘Aura’. I mean, have you ever heard of more bullshit in one sentence?
Oh, and here’s one more tidbit of joy. She was apparently not feeling everyone taking photos and videos of the show last night, so she told everyone to put down their phones and have sex with each other instead. UHHHH…???
“Do me a favor and don’t take a picture,” Gaga said, according to NME. “Put your fucking phones down. Fuck your cell phones and your fuck your friends instead.”
Girl, no. She also LET SOMEONE THROW UP ON HER! The girl came up on stage and forced herself to throw up some green sludge. Fuck off, man.
March 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Jennifer
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!