Lady Gaga Covers Billboard / Talks ‘911’ Video, Original ‘Chromatica’ Plans, #BlackLivesMatter, & More

Published: Thursday 17th Sep 2020 by Sam

Check out Lady Gaga!

Mother Monster covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine and makes for an arresting sight.

Beyond blazing in the Djeneba Aduayom lensed shoot, the feature saw the superstar open up about changing the roll-out strategy of chart-topping album ‘Chromatica’ due to the pandemic, upcoming single ‘911,’ Black Lives Matter, and a whole lot more.

Join us below for pics and quotes:

On making art during a pandemic: “When I see people struggling like they are right now, my brain goes, ‘Put on your superhero suit. Let’s go.’ ”

On her upcoming “911” video: “Freedom for me is when I can go to the darkest part of my heart, visit things that are hard and then leave them behind. Give them to the world, and spin all the pain into a puddle of gold.”

On the depression she experienced during the making of Chromatica: “I used to wake up every day and remember I was Lady Gaga — and then I would get depressed … I was peeling all the layers of the onion in therapy, so as you dig deeper, you get closer to the core, and the core of the onion stinks.”

On slowly feeling like herself again: “[Every time I’d write a song] I would cry and go, ‘There it is — hi! How’s it going? Why do you got to hide?’ …If there’s one glimmer inside you, celebrate it. When you find another one, celebrate it. One more? Call a friend: ‘I did this today. I’m winning.’”

On honoring the Black pioneers of dance music and other genres: “All music is Black music. That’s just a fact.”

On this year’s protests against police brutality and systemic racism: “When you’re born in this country, we all drink the poison that is white supremacy. I am in the process of learning and unlearning things I’ve been taught my whole life … Social justice is not just a literacy, it’s a lifestyle. What do I think about [posting] a black square? I think everybody has a different feeling about a black square. Do I think there’s such a thing as performative activism? Yes. Do I think there’s been true activism that’s been very important and needed? Yes. Do I believe Black lives matter? Yes. Do I believe this is going to get louder? Yes. Do I believe it should? Yes.” 

On quarantining with members of her team: “Somebody’d go grocery shopping, the rest of us would clean the vegetables, then somebody would cook…I run my team like a family, I don’t run it like a staff.” 

Excerpt on Gaga’s manager Bobby Campbell having to pivot promotion because of the pandemic:

This was something else. [Campbell] had spent about 18 months putting together a campaign that Interscope Records chairman/CEO John Janick calls “one of the best rollouts planned for an album ever”; soon, Campbell remembers, “all these things were just evaporating before our eyes.” There would be no iHeartRadio Music Awards performance, no surprise Coachella set. Plans to shoot more music videos had to wait, and some brand campaigns were postponed. The team converted billboard space meant to advertise the album into thank-you messages for essential workers. “It was going to feel like a blockbuster movie coming out,” says Campbell.

On self-awareness: “I have no idea what people think or don’t think. I really don’t have an actual perfect grasp on how I’m viewed.”

On Instagram vanity: “It’s OK to post selfies — it’s fun, I do it too — but make sure it’s not the whole pie. You got to leave much more of the pizza open for all of that beautiful culture.”

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[Photo Credit: Billboard / Djeneba Aduayom]

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  1. Duck Duck Goose September 17, 2020

    Looking good Gaga. Bring on the 911 video!

    • 👵🏿marilyn mon-Troll 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 September 17, 2020

      Tap the head of the d-I-c-k🍆🍆🍆
      Duck, duck, duck, goose 😂🤣😂🤣

  2. Clarks0o0ñ September 17, 2020

    She use to be so interesting and exciting back in the day but now shes boring and very safe.
    Safe music, safe sound, safe music videos etc

    Well all she’s doing better than katy Perry and kesha etc.

    Who would have thought gaga would outlast katy in the music industry

    • Nicky September 17, 2020

      🤣🤣

      You’re still commenting after Monica4Life dragged you to the pits of hell?

      🤣🤣🤣 I felt embarrassed for you. Almost as much as I feel for Camickys Canceled Tour

  3. 👵🏿marilyn mon-Troll 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 September 17, 2020

    Can’t wait for some 911 visual!! 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 Y’all copycat mofos haters are calling 911 who reporting trashy ashy puss is missing

    • Duck Duck Goose September 17, 2020

      Bish, you don’t make no sense. What are you even saying??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      • 👵🏿marilyn mon-Troll 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 September 17, 2020

        Girl I’m high as a kite 🪁 Up on cloud 9

  4. POPS+MUVA September 17, 2020

    She looks great and stunning. these visuals are nice and clean. She pretty much said nothing about the video lol typical of her but bring on the next single girl and keep this era rolling. you have so far Top 5 (stupid love) number 1 (rain on me) and 911 can be a top 10 easily

  5. #WAP September 17, 2020

    I’m so over this old b_itch. You’d think she’d humble herself after it became clear she was a flop without Ariana

    • Urg September 17, 2020

      Should u be in front of a courthouse shout ‘free Britney’ instead of being her trying to shade Gaga and getting drag all over this blog.

    • POPS+MUVA September 17, 2020

      Stupid Love- number 5 on the hot 100.
      Shallow- Number 1 on the hot 100

    • PettySpaghetti September 17, 2020

      You’ve said nothing of substance in regards to this article and artist who definitely has been on the winning side of things. 2 number 1 singles and a top 5 within the last year…seems like a personal hate problem to me.

  6. Kim pedestrian💄 September 17, 2020

    I’m always here for some GaGa. She’s the best entertainer for the past 10 years

  7. 1988 September 17, 2020

    Yaaaass!!! 💕

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