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Gaga's official home on the interwebs; here you can watch videos, Tweet your reviews of her album, watch interviews, read blogs, look at pictures, read her bio, and more. More like a treat for your eyes than a normal site, this Haus of Gaga had some seriously cool web designers.
This is an awesome article from The Independent UK. The journalist seems a bit skeptical of Gaga at first, but later warms to her quirky charms. They discuss everything from her mother chaperoning her to New York dive bars at the age of 14 (in one instance she got naked at the piano because the frat boys in the audience would not shut up) to the Gaga persona and how it has overtaken her. Read it in a British accent in your head, it will not disappoint.
She discusses various bands and people who have been influences on her, as well as the idea that she writes each song "for the dress,"—in other words, she visualizes the entire sensory picture of the music as she writes. Maybe she's synaesthetic? One of the most interesting points she brings up is her experience going to school with Paris and Nicky Hilton: "But, you know, it's impressive to be that perfect all the time, these girls. I was always a weird girl in school, who did theatre and came to school with lots of red lipstick on or my hair perfectly curled, or whatever I was doing to get attention. It's funny as it's almost like they were there to make me aware, because so much of what I do now is that I try to twist my world into the commercial community. So I guess they've been quite an influence on me. Not them in particular, but the idea of the self-proclaimed artist."
This interview is mainly about her experience touring in Japan and the tattoos she got while there. One is a quote by a German philosopher, Rainier Maria Rilke, which states: "Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?" The second tattoo celebrates her fashion house, Haus of Gaga, and its collaboration with a famous Japanese photographer, Araki. "I was bound by Araki's personal bondage artist, by several ropes and Japanese knots, and through a visceral bondage and sexual-torture experience, Araki photographed me, using a series of several cameras. He did not photograph my image; he photographed my soul." Check out all the cool pictures that accompany the article.
A somewhat satirical look at the Gaga phenomenon, both criticizing and praising the pop star. While the guy can't seem to allow himself to flat-out like her, he does admit that she is somewhat of a showstopper, and a big hit with her fans.
An article about Gaga's recent appearance at the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner, The National Equality March, and her loyal support for the gay rights movement. The last several times she accepted an award, she said "Bless God and the gays!"
A music reviewer does not look very favorably on the album.
A journalist provides a funny and witty recap of the music video that skyrocketed "Paparazzi" to new levels. Shot at glamorous LA locales, the video weaves a tale of lies, deception, sex, and murder, all caught on camera by the ubiquitous paparazzi.
The LGBT community has provided Gaga with some of her most loyal fans from the very start, always supporting her through criticism and setbacks. She says of her favorite followers: "They'll always stand by me and I'll always stand by them."