Lady Gaga is sending her fans the self-esteem-boosting message that women do not have to look like supermodels in order to be successful, even as her own once-meteoric career crashes and burns.
Sales of ARTPOP, the new album from Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, were reportedly down 75 percent from the singer’s previous release, Born This Way. The commercial disaster that could cost her record company millions, according to the entertainment industry news web site The Wrap.
Nonetheless, Gaga continues to preach the “Born This Way” message of self-affirmation to her fans. In an upcoming interview to be published in Fashion Magazine, previewed in Britain’s tabloid Mirror newspaper, Lady Gaga tells her fans, “I want to remind everyone that people who win Nobel Peace Prizes and cure diseases are not supermodels. Your legacy does not need to be a perception of beauty that’s not realistic.”
The singer also said that her unusual style of attire, known for its wild, often puzzling costumes and dresses, would be the same even if she wasn’t world- famous.
“There’s this implication that if I wasn’t so successful I would have to stop.” she says in the interview, scheduled for the magazine’s February, 2014, issue. “But I never would have stopped. I would be in some bar, being Lady Gaga.”
According to Spin Magazine‘s web site, however, that day when Lady Gaga isn’t so successful may be coming sooner than she thinks. After a disappointing 260,000 units sold in its first week of release, ARTPOP sold a mere 46,000 in its second week, the site said.
The 82 percent drop was the worst of any charted album in 2013.
Forbes Magazine recently ran a series of articles examining Lady Gaga’s apparent decline in popularity. Looking at reasons for the disappointing sales of ARTPOP, the magazine concluded that the singer who has previously compared herself to artists such as John Lennon and Madonna, spent too much time becoming embroiled in show-business feuds and other backstage drama that helped fuel an internet backlash against her.
“By the time ARTPOP dropped in November, online invective surrounding the record’s release became an unmistakable influence on the actual criticism,” Forbes contributor Nick Messitte wrote, in the second installment of the business magazine’s series on the decline of Lady Gaga, published this week. “Quickly peruse some of the reviews and you can see just how far journalists bent over backwards to mention everything else before the music.”