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Saturday
Nov162013

ARTPOP IS POP ART- LADY GAGA RETURNS

ARTPOP - LADY GAGA - SCULPTURE BY JEFF KOONSThe biggest global sensation in pop culture.. aka Stefani Germanotta.. aka LADY GAGA has just released her third album -ARTPOP.  The first single Applause, helped to launch not only the new album, but Gaga's perfected persona - Performance Artist.  Proving the power of her fame she so loudly sang about on her first and second albums, Gaga collaborated with none other than the biggest pop artist of his generation - Jeff Koons.   Koons is having a pretty good year.   He is happily married to a beautiful wife, has a house full of children, a studio full of staff, and a bank account that could make any Wall Street banker smile.  Last week, the sale of Mr. Koon's balloon dog at Christie's for $58.4 Million dollars makes him the highest grossing living artist - ever.   Koons created a living Lady Gaga that reflects his current exhibition of mirrored balls and also a nod to the sculptures that put him on the map.   The artist made his name by immortalizing his first wife, Hungarian born, Italian porn star and then Senator, Cicciolina, in erotically posed sculptures.     The Koons Gaga graces the cover of ARTPOP, in full color.  

I wasn't the biggest fan of Lady Gaga's second album.  I loved her first album and continue to listen to tracks regularly even now, almost 5 years later.   So far, I must admit... I love the latest.   Applause has the hook that makes it a dance and workout classic - more important and valuable than many reviewers acknowledge.  With a nod to the B52's, Gaga continues to master sexy pop references that shaped her first two albums with the second single VENUS.   Madonna continues to be an ever present influence, but with the latest album - the references are more quirky.  I think the hidden gem is the title track.  Artpop had me hooked in just a few seconds.   The sultry beats and her purring voice.. it's Debbie Harry, it's David Bowie, it's Amanda Lear, it's referencing pop music and pop art in the best possible way.

Also, I MUST commend this woman.  To be a beautiful young girl at the top of your career in 2013 and NOT be obsessed with looking sexy at all costs is a bold choice.   It is the RIGHT choice, but a bold choice in a world of trashy Kardashians and young pop singers who can't get past looking as overtly sexual as possible.   Thanks to Gaga for representing the cerebral beauty, and provoking thoughts - the most attractive aspect of all!

Get ARTPOP now.. you'll be enjoying it for months and years to come!  

Click cover art to preview the album.  Watch the video for Applause below.


Tuesday
Oct222013

WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

THE BROTHERS KNOWN AS YLVIS 

Then.. there is this.   The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)by YLVIS is everywhere..  Here at aLIFEofSTYLE we have no words... but the fact it has been viewed 150 million times... what can you say? THE FOX - CLICK COVER TO BUY NOW Actually, this Norwegian duo are comedians - so the joke is not on them!  The single is on iTunes..  click - THE FOX to download now!  What does the fox say?


Thursday
Oct102013

LORDE & HER ROYALS

SINGER, SONGWRITER LORDE - THE HOTTEST 16 YEAR OLD SINGER FROM NEW ZEALAND - EVER!

If you're sick of seeing champagne and diamonds in every music video, hearing  about it in song after song,  then you should love LORDE.   This 16 year old teenager from New Zealand sings about the overkill of luxury that record labels and artists living in the bubble of success assume every kid aspires to.   Born and raised in a working class neighborhood of Auckland, this soulful voice burst onto the scene with her first EP "The Love Club" was released in November 2012, and her first album "Pure Heroine" was just released in September 2013.   Her single ROYALS shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, a first for a New Zealander!   Lorde sings about hanging out, finding your way in the world, and all the wonderful melancholy feelings that go along with being a teenager without a black card!  How refreshing to see a young singer NOT singing about bottle service in the club! CLICK COVER TO DOWNLOAD NOW Clearly this has struck a chord with kids buying music.  Much along the lines of Taylor Swift in her video for 22, and Miley Cyrus in her We Can't Stop, these ladies are bringing house parties back to the people.   Think kegs not Cristal.   Are you listening every RAP act?  You're tired!   **Click the album cover to download now**