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How Being Too Socially Conscious Too Soon Caused Lady Gaga’s Demise

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Lady Gaga has always stood as a present day pop anomaly.

As an artist, Gaga – born Stefani Germanotta – has carefully skated on commercial relevance by offering an EDM-wrapped package similar to the radio’s top offerings, yet qualitatively different in its decoration with undeniable vocal talent and stage presence oft-lost on her pop competitors.  These qualities, much like her ever-changing image, saw her inaugural years court as much positivity for her eccentricity as it did negativity for claims of being gimmicky.

Yet, for as meteoric as her rise to pop dominance was, her slide down the slope of commercial relevance has seemingly met similar acceleration.  Indeed, the years that followed her blockbuster ‘Born This Way’ album don’t see her every “hairdo and don’t,” on-stage antic, nor music release greeted with the same level of intense media coverage they once received.  While the cause of this shift has seen many-a-finger pointed toward the allure of “her gimmick fading,” others even argue that her inconsistent choice of sound (i.e. departure from “black music”) is to blame.

I, on the other hand, will argue that neither are the primary perpetrator, but instead wish to place a lens on Gaga’s aggressive social agenda which, in turn, caused the drift of her faithful buying audience.  Full analysis below:

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Retro Rewind: Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson Reflect On Super Bowl 2004

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Broadcast on this very day in 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake closed – what was otherwise an epic Super Bowl showing – with a five second incident that literally changed the face of television forever.  Not only television, but the career of the show’s leading lady.

While Timberlake arose from the media ashes unscathed and enjoying even higher successes some ten years later, the misadventure led Jackson, a pop icon whose catalog and stage presence combined have arguably yet been matched, down a road to blacklist of almost unrecoverable heights.

By now, you know the story of “Nipple-gate,” as it was affectionately coined, in its totality.  So, instead of focusing on the enormity of its backlash – a backlash, mind you, that’s still seeing its repercussion directly or indirectly impacting decisions made today regarding live television – let’s focus on words from the horses’ mouths.

As we prepare for Katy Perry‘s sure-to-be-epic Super Bowl showing, let’s rewind to 2004 to hear Janet and Justin’s thoughts on “Nipple-gate” and the event that birthed the phrase “wardrobe malfunction”:

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Report: Diana Ross & Janet Jackson Confirmed For Respective Vegas Runs?

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Las Vegas is soon to be R&B diva central!

As if it’s not enough being home to some of pop’s top crop of stars, from  Celine Dion and Shania Twain to Britney Spears and Elton John, now it seems more leading ladies are looking to get in on the action.

Weeks before diva Mariah Carey officially announced her relocation to “Sin City” for an extensive residency, her nemesis Jennifer Lopez, “The Boss” Miss Diana Ross, Queens of Pop Madonna and Janet Jackson, and more were rumored to at least be considering a sashay  down to the Strip.

Now, if newly surfaced reports are to be believed, some of those rumors have become fact.  Read more below:

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Hot Shots: Janet Jackson Surfaces In Dubai / Supports Brother’s Show

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The Queen of Pop Janet Jackson was spotted looking all sorts of fierce in Dubai last night.

Flashing her megawatt smile, the superstar was in town to support her brothers, The Jacksons, who were performing at a private event with Chaka Khan and Gloria Gaynor.

We’re still crossing our fingers, toes, and everything else in hope that Janet will make a return to the music scene this year. It’s time. It’s been time!

In the meanwhile, peep more pics of the regal royal below…

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Hot Shots: Janet Jackson Visits Unicef Zaatari Refugee Camp

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Pop queen Janet Jackson made a rare appearance today at UNICEF‘s Zaatari Refugee Camp in Syria.

Together with her billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana, the charitable chanteuse spent time with the children housed there.

Writing on Twitter, the ‘Feedback’ singer said:

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Shots Fired? Did Taylor Swift Just Slam Janet Jackson?

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Taylor Swift is riding high atop of the Pop pack these days thanks to the gargantuan success of her new album ‘1989’.

However, her recent comments about the genre’s reigning queen Janet Jackson have us wondering if the 24-year-old is feeling a little too brazen for her own good.

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Hot Shot: Janet Jackson All Smiles With Wissam In Qatar

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Cop a gander of Janet Jackson!

The queen of Pop was spotted posing it up with billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana At the 5th annual ROTA Gala Charity Dinner in Qatar tonight.

While it’s great to see a happy snap of Ms. Jackson, we wish she’d hurry and quench our thirst for that elusive new album of hers. We’re waiting!

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