Despite arguably being her strongest body of work since 2009’s ‘The Fame Monster‘, there’s no doubt Lady GaGa‘s latest LP ‘ARTPOP‘ is paying the price for sins committed by 2011’s ‘Born This Way.’
Indeed, for an album that sought to celebrate humanity, ‘Born’ stood as anything but human, serving songs smothered in well-meaning but poorly executed themes and production that quite literally stripped the ‘life’ out of the star’s voice. This, forcing the general public into the arms of her ‘simpler’ contemporaries, whose shameless brand of generic proved to be far more appealing than what she had to offer at the time.
Fast forward to day and ‘ARTPOP‘ is under-performing, perhaps struggling to win back the crowd its predecessor’s stifling sound had scared away…but only on album’s front.
For today, after reports that its supporting tour was suffering a similar fate, entertainment company ‘Live Nation’ has come forward to set the record straight.
Chairman Arthur Fogel‘s words below…
“Ticket sales for North America and Europe are at 80% capacity sold, Fogel tells Billboard.biz, even though the tour doesn’t begin in America until May, and Europe in the Fall. “The run with Gaga over the last two tours has been incredibly successful, and this one is shaping up no differently,” Fogel says. He adds that Live Nation will announce an additional six Gaga shows in North America in the coming weeks (including a second in Los Angeles), as well as more dates in the U.K., including a fourth O2 in London.
The 29 shows that are on sale in North America have already grossed $26 million in ticket sales, according to Fogel, which averages out to a healthy nightly take of nearly $900,000 per show. Referring to published reports that Gaga’s June show at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee was “flopping,” Fogel says, “When something like Milwaukee specifically comes up, that show has sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it’s at the end of June. I just don’t know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework.”
As to reports that Live Nation, a publicly traded company, has lost $30 million on Gaga’s tour, Fogel laughs. “Just a complete fool would say something like that,” he says, “and it could only come from somebody who has an agenda, because it makes absolutely no sense, on any level.”
If a tour was losing that kind of money, or even much less, most likely the promoter would take action. “Forget $30 million, if it were actually true, you’d say ‘pull the plug,’” says Fogel, a veteran promoter who has steered many of the highest-grossing tours in history, including megatours by the likes of U2 and Madonna.”
With so many eager to write this era off as a “flop”, the above couldn’t have come at a better time, silencing any in doubt of Gaga’s pulling power and ability to give audiences a show worth paying for.
Perhaps, when billing the pianist a “has-been”, her naysayers should refer to performances like the one below to remind themselves of the gem that is her live skill, and the talent that functions just fine without the smoke’n’mirrors employed by the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and dare we say, Britney Spears.