International pop sensation Lady Gaga stopped by this morning to promote her new album ARTPOP. She opened up her appearance with a heartfelt "Hello World!" and then sat down for a conversation with the King of All Media.
There was so much to cover that the interview and performance lasted two hours, and the Lady talked, sang, and played her heart out.
LADY GAGA'S BEGINNINGS
Lady Gaga famously grew up on the Upper West Side and moved down to the Lower East Side, where she struck it big.
The beginning wasn’t easy – lecherous record executives fill young performers’ head’s with ideas. “There are so many young girls who want to be recording artists and I want to make sure they understand that they're walking into a Lion's den. It's oh, you're amazing and then the hand goes up the leg.”
Gaga says those guys were her first experiences with adults, and it has affected her life ever since – “I've had drug and drinking problems ever since.”
Super-producer L.A. Reid (who was not one of those creepy record executives) singed Lady Gaga on the spot. Later on, after listening to her demos, though, he dropped her and has regretted it ever since.
She wrote many songs for other artists- the Pussycat Dolls, and Britney Spears, but she grew tired of writing songs for “prettier girls,” and, after Bad Romance became a huge hit, she was allowed to keep her songs for herself.
Howard immediately thought that Gaga’s penchant for wild outfits and costume changes must mean she's a great lover in the bedroom – surely she dresses up and plays characters for her man.
She admitted she does enjoy it, but it’s been a challenge in the past to find a guy who will put up with it in real life – the idea is appealing, but the reality of changing outfits becomes a drag.
Gaga is still with her boyfriend, Taylor, despite stories that they split. She said they have a pretty healthy relationship. He’s an actor on Chicago Fire and let’s Gaga do her thing and they’re happy and monogamous.
She was impressed that Taylor came onto her ‘like a lesbian’ – without any nervousness or cheesy pick-up lines. Speaking of lesbians, Gaga said she wouldn’t be with someone else while she’s in a relationship, but she is into women. The idea of bringing another woman into the bedroom is fun, but probably not the best idea.
While she shrugged off the idea of marrying her boyfriend for now, she revealed her dream wedding – just heading to David’s Bridal with a bunch of friends, getting drunk, finding the worst clothes they could and heading to the courthouse.
"I DON'T WANT YOUR F*CKING THRONE"
- Lady Gaga
Howard asked Gaga about her famous feuds with Madonna, Perez Hilton, and Kelly Osbourne, and Lady Gaga said all the feuds are “rooted in Madonna.”
Gaga felt that for a long time, all the talk about her was “Is she the new Madonna? Will she outlast her?” and it was unfair. People acted as if Lady Gaga was eying Madonna’s throne, but, as she put it ““I don’t want your f*cking throne.”
As for her feud with the Queen of Pop, Gaga thinks that it’s true that Madonna doesn’t like her, but she’s “more aggravated that I'm not upset that she doesn't like me.”
Perez Hilton was a little deeper and a little more painful. Perez had been an early supporter of Lady Gaga, writing about her on his popular website when was she was virtually unknown. The two grew close and Gaga admired Perez’s statements that he wanted to change from his controversial beginnings and become nicer and less of a bully.
Gaga agreed to sit with Perez for a two-day interview for a TV show he was working on and, in the middle, she felt he turned on her. He started asking “terrible” questions and putting down her album Born This Way, alluding the Gaga being a failure.
She felt betrayed and didn’t take too kindly to it. She stopped hanging out with him and credits that with his vicious treatment of her ever since.
She even claimed that Hilton tried to move into her apartment, and she felt it was a huge invasion. Gaga admittedly “went crazy” on Twitter, and accused Hilton of “stalking” her. He swore he wasn’t, but she said he put bids on two different apartments in her building the next day.
While she isn’t in a feud with any young pop stars, she is disappointed by some of their outrageous antics, like Miley Cyrus smoking a joint onstage. She’s not offended by the shock-value, she’s upset that there’s no message attached to the stunt. It’s more attention-grabbing than making a statement.
Gaga did drugs in her struggling days, but she also got into them pretty heavily in the past two years. She claimed that, thought she’d become an enormous star, the business left her depressed and she was “filling the void with cocaine, LSD and everything. You name it, I’ve tried it.”
Her marijuana habit took over after a hip injury caused her to swell up and cancel the last chunk of her “Born This Way Ball” Tour. She was using a cane and eventually, confined to a wheelchair. The strenuous dancing had created a crater in her hip, almost to the point of breaking it.
As she lay around and puffed on up to fifteen to twenty joints per day, she also developed a habit for Juvederm injections in her face. Finally, a few months before shooting her “Applause” video, her team sat her down and told her she had to stop so she’d actually look like herself for the shoot.
"[MADONNA'S] MORE AGGREVATED THAT I'M NOT UPSET THAT SHE DOESN'T LIKE ME"
- Lady Gaga
Howard asked Lady Gaga if it’s true that her father gets 50% of the star’s money. It’s not true at all – he actually gets all of her money, if only to watch over it. Gaga trusts her family completely, going so far as to consider her money, the “family’s money.”
She recently had to inform her dad that she was making an odd purchase – Michael Jackson’s tour wardrobe. Gaga really loves and looks up to Michael and didn’t like the idea of his costumes being split up and spread out. She wouldn’t say exactly how much she spent on the wardrobe, but admitted it was in the millions. Someday, she hopes to create a museum for them and give the proceeds to charity.
Howard had a lot of questions for Lady Gaga about her music and he wanted to start at the beginning, with her very first hit.
Just Dance – Howard loved the beginning synthesizer notes of the song. Gaga wrote the song with Red One and though the song was quick and easy, but it had been “a long time coming.” She’d struggled for a while to “find the song that was going to break my career.” She didn’t know that this was that song, but there it was.
Poker Face – Lady Gaga confirmed that this song was, indeed, about fantasizing about a woman while having sex with a man. Gaga claimed that at the time she wrote it, she was in a weird place with men, and “felt safer with girls.”
Love Game – Lady Gaga had a huge crush on her engineer when she came up with this song, which was written while she was writing songs for the Pussycat Dolls. So when she was singing about taking a ride on “your disco stick,” she was directing it at him.
"I WANT TO HOLD ON TO THIS MOMENT. IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL AND BEAUTIFUL"
- Howard Stern
Paparazzi – Gaga wrote this at the beginning of what she saw as a culture obsessed with reality stars and fame. Howard asked if she like the paparazzi and she admitted that she does. She had a good relationship with them and enjoys dressing up and performing for the photographers. It’s not her life, though. “The fame is not the thing.” Performing is the thing. She does love her fans though, and Howard was reminded of a story where Gaga’s fans broke into her house and she let them hang out and eat with her. Gaga says it wasn’t true. She was naked in her kitchen looking for Thanksgiving leftovers, when she heard noises and it turned out that some fans had gathered in her garage. She did not break bread with them.
Telephone – Gaga wrote this one and it was given to the Pussycat Dolls, much to her chagrin. Thankfully the Dolls wanted something more “urban,” so it was handed over to Britney Spears. Britney recorded it, but it wasn’t released. After he smash hit Bad Romance came out, Gaga said, “I got to sing Telephone.” Here hits would be her own from there on out.
"I LOVE PERFORMING FOR YOU"
- Lady Gaga, to Howard
Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for, Lady Gaga got behind the Steinway and played two songs from her brand new album, ARTPOP.
First up was Dope, which was dedicated to her family, her boyfriend, her fans, the music business, almost everything positive in Lady Gaga’s life. It was a message to them that they were more important to her than dope.
Finally, she left us with a song called Gypsy, which was about her love for her vagabond, transient life.
Lady Gaga thanked Howard, and told him that when she heard she was coming on the show, she specifically asked if she could perform for him. “I love performing for you.”
“I want to hold on to this moment,” Howard said. “It was really special and beautiful”
Howard is still wrestling with the decision of whether or not to sign up for a third season of America’s Got Talent. Beth, Gary Dell’Abate and even Eric the Midget all told Howard that they think he likes the show enough to do it another season.
Howard’s father, whose advice he’s always taken into consideration, told him not to do it, because he has a full-time job with the radio show.
NBC has been very nice and patient with Howard, bending over backwards to make it easy as possible for him. He admitted that he had a plan if in fact he did sign up for a third season, but he was having a problem weighing the pros and cons.
Howard had a dream last night that he was in Las Vegas with AGT, in his hotel room and the whole bathtub was filled with shitty water. He ran to another bathroom and it was filled with shit too.
King of All Blacks called up on a brand new phone, clear as a bell, to tell Howard that he shouldn’t do the show.
Finally, Howard asked for Robin’s help. He begged her to make the decision for him. She said there’s no way he was laying that responsibility on her, but if she had to decided, she’d lean toward yes.
Howard groaned and said he still just didn’t know.
Howard heard that Benjy had gotten a buttered roll from the SiriusXM kitchen vending machine and was amazed that a vending machine had buttered rolls in it.
He ran through a list of the items for sale, and was shocked by every one of them.
Beef Char-Broils with cheese
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Pancakes with sausage, margarine and maple syrup
Spicy chicken sandwiches
Ham and cheese sandwiches on potato rolls
It’s amazing that right in the middle of Manhattan, with every type of food at your fingertips, people will still buy a prepackaged beef char-broil with cheese from a vending machine.
Howard can’t believe that China is still protesting Jimmy Kimmel for something a kid said on his show.
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