Song: “Born This Way” by Lady GaGa
Reached #1: February 26, 2011 (her third, 6 weeks)
Lady GaGa did “Born This Way”. Madonna did “Walk This Way”. Coincidence?
Probably, but if you buy the theory that Lady G is Madonna turned up to 11, it’s also not a surprise.
Thing is, Stefani Germanotta would’ve been a star under any other name – now would she have been the tabloid sensation she is now as Lady GaGa? Probably not. But she’d have still made a cubic assload of money and would have been a force in entertainment.
However, she made the choice to become a performance artist as much as a singer, and so she’ll be judged. And I think while it’ll help in the short run, it’ll trivialize her in the long run. After the songs are done, all that’s left is your reputation – and hers is freaking weird.
I’ll leave you with a bonus today. This song inspired my favorite artist, Weird Al Yankovic, to poke fun at Lady G’s far-over-the-top image… here’s his rework of this song, “Perform This Way”:
If you get a chance, Google the story of Weird Al’s parody – and how it almost didn’t happen after Lady G’s management denied permission… without telling her.
Tomorrow, back to Planet Earth – for our second appearance of an English star of Greek extraction…
Other songs that reached #1 on February 26:
1961 – “These Boots Are Made For Walking” by Nancy Sinatra (her first, 1 week)
1977 – “New Kid In Town” by the Eagles (their third, 1 week).