Billboard Cover: Woman of the Year Lady Gaga's Raw, Revealing Interview
12-03-2015, 02:00 PM,
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Billboard Cover: Woman of the Year Lady Gaga's Raw, Revealing Interview
Quote:...“It speaks volumes to me that I’m being recognized as Woman of the Year in 2015,” says Gaga. “This is the year I did what I wanted instead of trying to keep up with what I thought everyone else wanted from me.” Below, she explains in her own words just what following her instinct entails -- and how she hopes to show women and men, artists and industry executives alike how a “hard-core chick” can set about dismantling the status quo.

...I want to show women they don’t need to try to keep up with the 19-year-olds and the 21-year-olds in order to have a hit. Women in music, they feel like they need to f---ing sell everything to be a star. It’s so sad. I want to explode as I go into my 30s.

“Once you start being mindful and really going, ‘Do I actually want that?,’ you start to feel empowered and you find your value. I love being the annoying girl. I was a theater kid. I was in jazz band. I went to the Renaissance Faire. I was that girl who got made fun of, that nerdy girl. I believe in that girl. I believe in the integrity, intelligence and power of people like her, and I want to ignite it.”

...“As soon as the Oscars were over, [former chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M] Jimmy Iovine emailed me something like, ‘That was so f---ing fantastic, and it could’ve been such a disaster.’ He’s Italian and from Brooklyn, so we speak the same comedic language, but I knew he was right. The truth is you can either nail a performance like that or butcher some of the most classic songs sung by an all-time great. I took the gamble because everyone had written me off. It took me a long time to get those notes. I told my manager, ‘I need two months working with my vocal coach every day and to be sober, which means I can’t do other work at all.’ When I work I need to drink and smoke, and I have body pain [due to hip surgery]. But I’m just like any other girl -- there’s a human being in there, and if you can keep the human intact, that’s what you’re going to hear in the music.

“At the end of 2014, my stylist asked, ‘Do you even want to be a pop star anymore?’ I looked at him and I go, ‘You know, if I could just stop this train right now, today, I would. I just can’t. [But] I need to get off now because I’m going to die.’ When you’re going so fast you don’t feel safe anymore, you feel like you’re being slapped around and you can’t think straight. But then I felt hands lifting me. It was like everybody came together to try and put a star back in the sky, and they weren’t going to let me down.”

...“There is nobody more badass than Tony Bennett. That man is a part of the history of music in a way that is extremely powerful, and he taught me to stay true to who I am, to not let anybody exploit me. He is responsible in so many ways for making me happy, and I can say the same for Elton [John]. When the whole industry turned their back on me during Artpop, they were the ones who said, ‘Hey, this is a blip. It’s going to go away.’ On tour, I had people give me war medals and memorabilia just to thank me for exposing a younger generation to Tony Bennett because he changed their lives in such significant ways. I want to be a part of curating a culture where we don’t give credence to anyone who is rude or crass or not good for the world.

“After Cheek to Cheek, everybody was like, ‘Oh, you’re Rod Stewart now.’ I love Rod Stewart, but I would also argue that I’m not doing an adult contemporary jazz album later in my career and I’m not just doing it because I like standards. I am an Italian-American girl from New York who won state jazz competitions in high school for my abilities. I was born to sing with Tony and for him to be like, ‘Yes, you were.’ And so was Ella [Fitzgerald] and so was Judy [Garland] -- we could go on and on listing the amazing women he sang with. It’s a party I’m thrilled to be invited to.”

...“You can’t sell your soul once you make it. It’s a big mistake to just go after the money to try to stay on top. I think that’s what everyone wanted me to do. But I’m a different kind of girl, and when being different is not in style it’s hard for me to function. People think, ‘You can just sit down at a piano whenever you want and write,’ but I couldn’t write for two f---ing years. For Artpop, I was doing beats instead. I didn’t want to be near that damn [piano]. It was too emotional. I would start to play and sing, and my mind would go, ‘You are way too talented for this shit. F---, your voice sounds good. F---, that’s a beautiful chord. F---, that’s an amazing lyric. Why are you letting these people run you into the ground? When did you become the fashionable robot?’ Can’t being an artist be enough? Is talent ever the thing? I think for Adele it is. I think for Bruno Mars it is. But that’s what I learned from working with Tony: If talent isn’t the thing, then you are way off-base.

“That’s why every up and down of my career was worth it -- it has led me to epiphanies. We can’t create without epiphanies. You could have one and not even know it because you’re so high or there are seven models sucking your dick or you’re so intoxicated by the lifestyle. I’m grateful for what I have, but that doesn’t mean I don’t value the gift of life. Because while this house is beautiful, once I cross my property line I’m no longer free; it’s legal to stalk me all over the world. The thing that makes me happy is that piano.”

...“I call on every artist to be kind to one another, and compassionate. Let us purify this industry again and put our finger in the face of every executive and say, ‘If you are spending money, is it on someone who can really sing? Is it on someone who has a perspective?’

http://www.billboard.com/articles/events...over-story
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12-03-2015, 04:43 PM,
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RE: Billboard Cover: Woman of the Year Lady Gaga's Raw, Revealing Interview
I'll always love Gaga for the way she treated Haley when she was on Idol.

But I'll also say, I have a bit of a personal story on Gaga that I don't want to share (because it isn't mine), but Lady Gaga has earned my respect in ways that very few artists can. At least from my knowledge, she truly embodies the compassion and sincerity she talks about here, and I can't possibly say enough good about her as a person.
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12-08-2015, 04:06 PM,
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RE: Billboard Cover: Woman of the Year Lady Gaga's Raw, Revealing Interview
Great Interview! Glad I ducked in and caught it. (LOL I had been accidentally logged out for a while and it took a bit to remember my password... when I'm logged in I push the "new posts" button which lets me catch other topics like this better)

Really there are too many points that meant something to me

I learned so much about her... and perhaps some things that help me connect to her performances..and interviews (you've heard me wax poetic about subtexts of personality I hear in lyrical interpretation). I never was a pop fan enough to buy her songs or anything but I understood them far better after hearing them Acapella a few times in The Sing Off... and went back to hear her.

Almost everyline of the interview was interesting
a few that widen my perspective of the person.
Quote:It took me a long time to get those notes. I told my manager, ‘I need two months working with my vocal coach every day and to be sober, which means I can’t do other work at all.’ (RE Sound of Music at the Oscars.
I was a theater kid. I was in jazz band. I went to the Renaissance Faire. I was that girl who got made fun of, that nerdy girl.
I am an Italian-American girl from New York who won state jazz competitions in high school for my abilities.
Can’t being an artist be enough? Is talent ever the thing? I think for Adele it is. I think for Bruno Mars it is.(interesting mention of Mars and sentence followed others of how she had been sucked into career things she increasingly became uncomfortable with from feeling out of control of her destiny)
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12-09-2015, 09:06 PM,
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RE: Billboard Cover: Woman of the Year Lady Gaga's Raw, Revealing Interview
It was a revealing interview. I think for some of her young fans it will prove very enlightening. They have matured a bit over the last few years (I'm imagining a transition from jr. high to high school) and it's probably beneficial for them to see her reclaiming her identity and being happier for it.
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