With global album sales of 27 million, along with 146 million singles sold, pop star Lady Gaga is one of the most successful artists today, but the New York native says it’s been an “isolating” ride to stardom.
“I don’t think I could think of a single thing that’s more isolating than being famous,” she confessed while talking on the “Actor on Actor” series with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Variety reports that the 30-year-old Grammy and Golden Globe-winner explained how making genuine friends is one of the toughest aspects of showbiz.
“It is very hard to not be able to engage with people in a real and honest way because they either want something from me or they see me as something that I simply am not,” she said.
“It’s almost impossible for people even to probably look at my career and the things I’ve done and think, ‘Oh, she didn’t want (that) — of course she wanted to be famous, of course she wanted all that attention,'” she said.
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Gaga’s star power can not only be attributed to her powerhouse vocals, and outrageous outfits, but also for her relentless quest for fame. Her first albums were titled The Fame and The Fame Monster. The Fame album has sold more 15 million copies worldwide, while The Fame Monster has sold over 1.6 million records worldwide.
“It’s just, creative expression is what I am and I would’ve been doing this whether I became famous or not,” Gaga to Curtis. “I am not some goddess that dropped down from the sky to sing pop music. I am not some extra-incredible human person that needs to be told how wonderful they are all day and kissed,” she continued. Despite her complaints about the career path she chose, Lady Gaga knows fame allows her to “make people happy and heal people through music.”
The music video of ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga is one of the most successful and awarded music videos in history. pic.twitter.com/XUrSPByVhx
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The American Horror Story star is the only U.S. artist to have five albums chart on the Japanese iTunes Top 100 simultaneously. Additionally, her music video for “Bad Romance” has reached over 700 million views on VEVO. Back in January, Gaga revealed that she plans to drop a new album later this year, but she was mum on details and the release date.
About three decades ago, music legend David Bowie portrayed the character Jareth, the Goblin King, in the musical-fantasy film Labyrinth, and since his sudden death earlier this year, many have been wondering how a sequel can be made without the man who made the film what it was. After Lady Gaga performed a melody of classic David Bowie hits at the 2016 Grammys to honor the departed icon, many consider her the perfect choice to takeover the role in the sequel.
Speaking of Bowie, his producer, Tony Visconti, says “great” unreleased music will be released in the near future.
“I think it’s logical that, over the next few years, you’re going to hear a lot of stuff that you haven’t heard before. I’m in talks with his management and his label — there’s going to be some great Bowie stuff coming out,” Visconti told The Evening Standard.
“On July 7, I’ll go back to ‘American Horror Story’ with Lady Gaga.” – Leslie Jordan pic.twitter.com/K843tm76cJ
— Lady Gaga Now (@LadyGagaNowNet) June 4, 2016
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way foundation recently banded together with tech companies Intel, Recode, and Vox Media to launch the Hack Harassment Pledge, an initiative that will “provide safer, more inclusive online experiences,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.
“We need to remember that behind every device, game, sensor or network is a real person with real feelings and real needs for safety,” he said.
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