Lady Gaga: 'I Have to Make the Music Industry Bleed'

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The singer dismisses critics, saying "Is it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shock's sake, or is it just that it's been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have?"

Lady Gaga is ready to make the music industry bleed.

Referencing Sylvester Stallone's Rocky IV, the "Born This Way" singer tells Rolling Stone she wants to put the human element back into music: "My favorite part is when Apollo's ex-trainer says to Rocky, 'He is not a machine. He's a man. Cut him, and once he feels his own blood, he will fear you.' I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking about the machine of the music industry. I started to think about how I have to make the music industry bleed to remind it that it's human, it's not a machine."

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Gaga also addresses her detractors directly in the interview, saying she shouldn't be dismissed as a mere attention seeker because in the end, she is responsible for all of her music: "Is it that you believe that I am attention-seeking or shock for shock's sake, or is it just that it's been a long time since someone has embraced the art form the way that I have? I'm so passionate about what I do, every bass line, every EQ. Why is it that you don't want more from the artist, why is it that you expect so little, so when I give and give, you assume it's narcissistic?"

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Gaga's new album, Born This Way, was released Tuesday. Billboard said of the disc, "Unlike her more fluffy, see-what-sticks debut The Fame, [it] bears leftfield marks under its pop costume: Heavy use of religious metaphor and repeated mentions of Jesus by name; a hybrid of throwback Euro dance sounds with sweeping rock goddess melodies, and queer-friendly self-affirmation anthems that range from celebratory to predatory."

Gaga appears on the season finale of American Idol Wednesday night.

 

 

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