Lady Gaga‘s triumphant return to music is marked with a feature in ELLE magazine.
In the October issue of the magazine, Gaga reveals why she ‘change’ her name, how she handles pressure and more. She even discusses her past struggles in life.
Gaga was photographed by Ruth Hogben for this feature.
Check out some of Gaga’s ELLE interview below.
On how she handles pressure:
“What are you talking about, pressure? I’m great under pressure. I’m a warrior. I’m Rocky, round 12.”
On her past struggles:
“Everyone is so cynical – that I can’t purely love my fans, or share an honest story about my past, without someone asking if I really truly struggled. Do you know how much dirt I ate? Do you know the men I had to crawl through, the people that disrespected my body, my mind, my heart?”
On her return to music:
“I went to look back to myself being 19, with all my Warhol books and all my Yoko Ono and John Lennon CDs, my Rolling Stones CDs and my Bowie… and I said, what would she want me to do right now? Well she’d want you to call Jeff Koons and Robert Wilson and Marina Abramovic and Inez and Vinoodh… and that’s what I did!”
On who and how she is off stage:
“I am – Stefani is – a perpetually tortured artist. That’s why I changed my name. I can’t be her in public. She would be a mess!”
George Michael became a household name after the release of his debut solo album, Faith in 1987. Now almost 24 years after its original release date, this Grammy Award-winning album has been remastered and it’s better than ever.
Faith spent 87 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album produced six chart-topping singles. These singles include “Father Figure,” ” I Want Your Sex,” “Monkey,” “Kissing A Fool,” “One More Try,” and the title track “Faith.” Not only did this album make a mark in music history, but it also thrust George Michael into the spotlight, giving him a massive amount of recognition around the world.
It’s not often that you come across an album that can mesh with the changing times. Although Faith was originally released in the 1980s, Michael’s soothing voice coupled with his heartfelt lyrics make the album’s ability to blend into today’s music seem almost effortless. Some albums from the 1970s and 1980s have a “dated” sound, but this remastered version of Faith is not one of them. The remastered version is much cleaner, and sharper than its original form. All of the songs on the album sound as though George Michael recorded them yesterday.
Faith has something for everyone. “One More Try” is a heartwarming ballad that explores a man’s reluctance to enter into a new relationship out of a fear of being hurt. “I Want Your Sex,” and “Monkey” were two of Michael’s most popular dance songs and they are both still heavily played in clubs and lounges. Jazz enthusiasts will get a kick out of the ballad “Kissing A Fool” due to it’s soft and mellow melodies. If you aren’t big on lyrics, then pop in the album’s second disc and listen to the instrumental versions of “Faith” and “Kissing A Fool”; you will be whisked away to a dream world after listening to those two tracks.
Paying tribute to an artist like George Michael could never be confined to just one CD. So, what better way to show appreciation for George Michael than with not one, but three Faith packages?
The three Faith packages available for purchase include: FAITH: DELUXE EDITION (12”x12” box set), FAITH (Double CD), and FAITH: SPECIAL EDITION ( 2 CD + DVD). Each package pays tribute to Michael and the album that put him on the map. These packages (shown below) can be purchased via George Michael’s official website, and wherever music is sold. Any avid George Michael fan will appreciate this compilation of remastered music, classic videos , a 180-gram vinyl replica of the original LP, and much more.
Music lovers fell in-love with George Michael’s debonair flair, charming good looks and magnetic stage presence, but his voice was the key element to his success. The songs, lyrics and words on this remastered version of Faith have not been altered, instead it has been digitally enhanced for your listening pleasure. If you are a true music connoisseur then one, if not all, of these Faith packages belong in your collection.
Check out the sizzle reel for George Michael’s Faith below:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
For more information on George Michael and his upcoming projects, please visit: www.georgemichael.com.
Nicki Minaj’s fans and Barbies were out in full-force on November 23 to celebrate the release of the emcee’s new album Pink Friday. Minaj held an intimate CD signing at Best Buy in New York City. Minaj fans were lined-up early to catch a glimpse of the “Your Love” singer. Check out Minaj and her colorful hair below.
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