Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour at BB&T with Something to Prove

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Sayre Berman
Almost three years ago exactly, Lady Gaga performed back-to-back South Florida dates celebrating her immensely popular Fame Monster EP. Gaga seemed within reach of Madonna's Queen of Pop crown.

It was hard to argue the contrary. Hits like "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance" dominated the radio, while her wildly creative visuals brought glamour back to the music video format -- which died the day MTV decided it was preferable to give pregnant teens a reality show. She crisscrossed the globe reintroducing the spectacle back into pop music with her three-year Monster Ball Tour.

See also: Review of Lady Gaga's BankAtlantic Center performance in 2011

"The whole thing didn't make a ton of sense. But it was definitely entertaining," New Times said of her American Airlines Arena show back in 2011. And that seemed to define Gaga's aesthetic -- a bit murky on the message but still a whole lot of fun to watch.

But like Icarus, Gaga lately seems to be flying too close to the sun, believing her own star is still shining as brightly as it was three years ago, unaware she just might fall into a sea of her own campiness.

After Fame Monster, Gaga followed up with Born This Way, an album that divided critics and her fans alike. Instead of allowing herself the naturally become an icon to those who feel a bit different, she forced the message down everyone's throat. Still there were gems like "Marry the Night" and "The Edge of Glory." But what killed the album's momentum was a hip injury that ended her Born This Way Ball. And while she stepped away from the limelight, pop culture continued to evolve without her.

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alice
alice

Agree mostly with the article. She certainly isn't as big as she was back then, a lot of her casual fans from the Fame Monster era have moved on to other current artists. But one good thing that did come out of Born This Way was she earned new solid supporters. So she's got that going for her, which is nice. Lady Gaga will still be a pop superstar, not just THE pop superstar.

olvin_sanchez
olvin_sanchez

HAHAHA!!  Poor little monsters!  Their heads are exploding because Lardy Fatga is flopping left and right!!  Like a fish gasping for air!

willisben32
willisben32

ARTFLOP ---> Only a few days to go and there are still a lot of empty seats that have not sold and that is after cutting the ticket prices from the last tour = ARTFLOP

Sophie
Sophie

@willisben32  Live Nation has confirmed this tour is a huge success and new dates even had to be added to meet demand. Multiple shows are already sold out, including a stadium in Japan. As for the Ft. Lauderdale show, new nosebleed tickets by the stage were released because the rest sold out.

Keep telling yourself those lies while Gaga keeps earning her millions, though. LOL.

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