What will it take to save Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP?

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Earlier this week, Lady Gaga released an open letter to her fans on LittleMonsters.com explaining the delay in the release of the “Do What U Want” video. In the letter, Mother Monster not only apologized for the late video, she also casted blame on the underwhelming performance of ARTPOP so far.

“Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result,” the self-professed Goddess of Love wrote. “Millions of dollars are not enough for some people.”

Lady Gaga ended on an optimistic note, adding, “Let me be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am, let me show you the visions that have been in my mind for two years.”

This got me thinking—is ARTPOP salvagable? It’s not like it’s selling terribly. It already crossed the 500,000 mark in sales in December. But compared to her peers—in particular, Katy Perry with PRISM and Beyoncé with her visual album—and, more importantly, compared to the Born This Way era, Lady Gaga is not exactly slaying the competition this time.

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Beyoncé releases “Self-Titled” Part 5 . Honesty

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“The glue that ties this record together is honesty.”

That’s what Beyoncé had to say in the latest installment of her “Self-Titled” mini feature. The video features clips from the recording of “Rocket,” which is perhaps the sexiest song from BEYONCÉ. “This song actually is about singing from the heart and harmonies and the ad libs and the arrangements,” says King B in the video.

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Is Billboard bullying Lady Gaga?

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Well, here’s something interesting. Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, but Mother Monster is not having any of it with the haters.

In her latest Twitter rant, Lady Gaga tweets about how she puts “so much love” into her music. She also talks about how the entertainment industry is now about laughing at pop stars instead of appreciating the artist.

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4 good reads about Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance

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Disgusted by Miley’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards? You’re not alone. Miley’s performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines” at the VMAs set Twitter on fire, generating 300,000 tweets per minute.

Predictably the performance generated headlines around the world immediately after the show. But much of the conversation about Miley’s performance has been shallow, usually focusing on the twerking, the grinding, the horrible outfit.

If you want some articles about the performance that are actually thought-provoking, check out the following:

  1. Miley’s dance won’t damage Robin Thicke

People have been quick to slam Miley for the performance, but why is the public reaction to Robin Thicke a lot kinder? This article explores the sexist coverage of this “controversy.”

In the Justin-Janet incident, “you have the man as the aggressor who rips this shirt off Janet, and it’s the woman’s fault,” Werde says. “And now in the Miley-Robin situation, it’s the woman who’s the aggressor and still where all the focus is. America needs to make up its mind about how it feels about the sexualization of women in the pop-music spectrum.” – Billboard.com

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