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When I know i’ve made you happy. When I know it was good.” It’s been quite the year for the 27-year-old, who in February had to undergo hip surgery and took a hiatus from performing until she recovered. “Artpop” comes amid stiff competition from singer Katy Perry , who recently surpassed Gaga in followers on Twitter and on the music charts. Coincidentally, Gaga’s latest effort comes on the heels of her attempt to ramp up her single’s sinking position on the charts. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities The pop star announced a fan contest on Twitter that would award two fans who purchased the most copies of “Applause” a trip to meet her at London’s iTunes Festival, according to the Atlantic . She also linked to a page that would let fans watch the single’s music video 150 times in a row (on a playlist) in a ploy to get the song higher on Billboard’s music chart, which now counts video views in its ranking system. The move prompted Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde, to tweet about the matter late last month. “An artist tweeting out and facebooking a link that enables a fan to hit play and leave their computer is not in the spirit of what we chart,” he wrote , adding , “Tweeting that other artists game the system is like telling a cop other people were speeding. When we catch it we stop it.” “I just hate to see anyone try to game the charts, be it fans or artists. It’s not in the spirit of what we do, celebrating success,” he added . Gaga fans, aptly called Little Monsters, took no time responding to Werde’s words, prodding the editorial director to tweet back numerous explanations. “Just need to keep playlisted data off chart. Gaga fans sending me threats and profanity: don’t you think this is why she deleted that link?” He added her fans were “more or less polite,” then cleared up a few questions on the topic, point by point. “1. It is fine to self-promote, send links to fans, etc.
It was amazing. All in a days work! *flips hair* Nicola Formichetti puts his paws up during an interview with Show Studio. Photo: Show Studio Formichetti stepped away from Gagas day-to-day in July to pursue other projects, but he still credits her as being the living, breathing embodiment of his fashion dream. (Dittos all around.) I just kind of went [into working with Gaga] without knowing what I was getting into, and it was kind of like a crazy rollercoaster It was the first time that I saw my fantasy creation alive, walking down the street. And that was super exciting and she took it to a whole other level. IMHO, Gagaloo took fashion into a whole other UNIVERSE, because honestlywell, the proof is in the pudding Meat Dress . But Formichetti isn’t finished watching his dreams become reality, and he hasnt written off the idea of dressing another person who can become his living fantasy again, either. For now though, hes content as the Artistic Director of Diesel , where hes been busy with a capsule collection (out November 1st) and taking the past and modernizing it by pulling talent from young creatives on Tumblr and Instagram. From here on out, the possibilities are endless, because SRSLY, who needs a resume when you’ve got the HMIC (that’s Head Monster in Charge) as a reference? “You know, all the people that I know, that I admire we just do whatever we need to do, Formichetti says. So, well just keep doing it. Same goes for Gaga, you know. If she wasnt famous, shed still be playing music in some ghetto gay club, Im sure. So theres this thing that drives everyone and Im glad that I have that.
“I wanted to create a fragrance that somebody who makes fragrances says, ‘Well, how did they do that?’ ” Gaga explained to Vogue magazine. Gaga presented her idea to the executives from Coty Beauty. The perfume, to be called Fame, must be black in the bottle, but when sprayed, become clear. Coty balked. It had never been done. But they decided to give it a try, and a few months later, their R&D scientists came through. They invented an opaque-to-clear perfume technology that is now patent pending. She is really pushing boundaries.” What’s your equivalent of Lady Gaga’s impossible perfume? Embrace those daring and innovative ideas. You never know, they just might push everyone in a new direction or land you that dream job. Make an entrance The press, fans and television audiences watched, agape, as a supine Lady Gaga, encased in a translucent egg-like contraption, was carried by four scantily clad male models down the red carpet at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Gaga was to perform her single, “Born This Way,” a song about her vision of transforming the culture into a kinder, braver world where everyone is valued. She captivated everyone’s attention before the show in the egg, or “vessel,” as the fashion houses Hussein Chalayan and the House of Mugler wanted it referred to. Gallery: What top leaders say about success Is there a dramatic way to introduce your next great idea or captivate your audience? What’s the ideal “vessel” for you to transport your idea to its next phase?
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