Scribbled in history books for its fair share of good and awesomely bad reasons, 2017 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments. Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on our favorite happenings that rocked – and to some degree reshaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.
Next, we reflect on Lady Gaga‘s helluva year:
After 2016 heard her hush naysayers with the critically acclaimed, chart-topping album ‘Joanne,’ Lady Gaga kicked off her new year with a rockin’ performance as headliner of the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Stunning viewers with dazzling costumes, high octane choreography, and soaring vocals to match, when the dust settled the showing was cemented in history as the second-most watched Halftime extravaganza ever (approximately 117.5M viewers).
The spectacle not only reintroduced the singer’s catalog of pop hits to the masses, but also served as reminder of her ability on stage. Helping lift her latest album’s cut, ‘Million Reasons,’ to a new peak of #4 on the Hot 100, the exposure also helped the project’s accompanying tour sell out dates around the world.
Though later postponed due to health concerns (click here to read), Gaga was greeted with news the trek’s first leg alone grossed upward of $52M with over 440,000 tickets sold. Elsewhere, the singer/songwriter made money moves by replacing her ‘Telephone’ co-star on not one, but two engagements: Coachella (click to read) and the highly anticipated ‘A Star Is Born’ remake (click to read).
As if the year hadn’t been kind enough, she ended it with a critically acclaimed Netflix documentary (click here to read), news ‘Joanne’ had reached platinum status (click to read more) and earned a Grammy nod, and announcing she’s soon to become Mrs. Christian Carino (click here to read).
All in all, a pretty good year for a pop star so many had written off after the failure of her 2013 album, ‘Artpop.’ And, with word she’s back in the studio readying the successor to ‘Joanne,’ next year may be even better for her.