Dec 6, 2017

FIRST LOOK: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born'

FIRST LOOK: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born'

They say making a movie is like birthing a child, and Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, is a full-bodied take on one of the most oft-made films in the Hollywood canon — see also the 1937 original with Janet Gaynor, the 1954 Judy Garland version, and the 1976 rock opus with Barbra Streisand. But Cooper’s will enter the world to the beat of its own drum.

“It all comes down to this broken love story,” Cooper says of the central romance between a fading crooner, Jackson Maine (Cooper), and the talented unknown, Ally (Lady Gaga, credited by her real name, Stefani Germanotta), he takes under his wing. “She’s not an ingenue,” he says, describing the reenvisioned character, whose journey into the limelight breathes joy and heartbreak into the movie’s rock soul, thanks to a soundtrack of original songs Cooper crafted with Germanotta, Mark Ronson, Jason Isbell, and Lukas Nelson.

EW: I’m curious as to how you, as a director, approached presenting the story differently than what people have seen in the previous versions?
BC: The only reason to direct a movie is if you have a point of view, where you feel like there’s a reason that you’re supposed to do it. Believe me, if you told me that the thing, for me, would be A Star Is Born, I’d have said no way, that’s a crazy idea. But, for some reason, this story somehow moved me in a deep way, somewhere inside of myself. It all came down to this broken love story, and there’s no better way to express that than through singing because there’s nowhere to hide when you’re singing. Your whole body is electrified… so there was something about it that kept gnawing at me, and that was the initial igniter of the passion for me… then, it was about going back and watching the other versions, and each one had many merits, and I wanted to make sure that this movie paid homage to and was aware of the [others], and honored [them] as another incarnation, while at the same time being a very personal movie that lives on its own.

So I’ve read the synopsis that was officially released, but I’d like to hear in your own words, in greater detail, what the film is really about. Who are these characters as people, what brings them together, what’s the dynamic of their relationship?
BC: [We’re exploring] what unconditional love is, how hard it is to love someone in this world as a human being, and what that demands: those are the things I was interested in. I was also very interested in the character of Ally being a bit different than the other versions. She’s not an ingénue; she’s not this innocent person. [We’re asking]: What happens when you’re 30 and you [realize] you might not make it? And what happens when the idea that maybe you’re not going to make it creeps into your artistic brain, but then you meet somebody who inspires you to run away from that idea and embrace what it is that moves you [creatively].

We’re also dealing with the idea of abandonment — when you put too much stock in a relationship and not in your own worth — how that affects your ability to fully be there for someone else, and for yourself. I wanted to explore the realities of loving another human being, and what that demands [of a person].

Would you say the film has a darker tone than in previous iterations, then?
BC: I hope the tone is authentic, more than anything else, that it has darkness, laughter, and humor, and is reflective of life. It’s celebratory, wish fulfillment, and heartbreaking.

Gaga composed most of the music, correct? What other producers or songwriters did you work with?
BC: We had many wonderful writers. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who’s in Jackson’s band, participated in writing a lot of the music. I wrote the music, Stefani wrote a lot of the music, Jason Isbell has a wonderful song that he wrote and so many other great writers from Nashville. Mark Ronson, too. We’re honored to have incredible writers on the movie, because all the music is original, and it’s all sung and recorded live. There’s no singing in playback, which was terrifying, but it’s key to the movie! It makes all the difference. Stefani was adamant about that: she said, ‘We have to record everything live,’ and I’m so glad she did. It’s night and day.

Like La La Land and Les Mis, a lot of the songs were recorded live on the set, right? Why did you decide to do that and how do you think that enhances the film and the performances or the chemistry between you in those performative moments?
BC: I actually jumped on many stages at real festivals. I jumped on stage at the Stagecoach Festival and on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in front of, like, 90,000 people, which was incredible. If you don’t believe that I’m actually playing this guy, Jackson Maine, who’s a real musician, then the movie won’t work.

Because I’ve heard that they’re everything from rock to country to dance, what genres will we hear on these songs?
BC: Ally’s rise has a musical arc to it. For Jackson’s music, [Stefani] gave me the inspiration, she just said, ‘Work, and then you’ll figure out what kind of musician he is,’ and that’s really what happened. I had the luxury of time. I spent two-and-a-half years prepping for this movie, and got to go see and work with so many people and had an incredible vocal coach, Roger Love, and great musicians to help me, and by the end he just kind of started developing into his own sort of creation. If I had another year of prep, it would have been complete rock, but now it’s some sort of hybrid.

So you’re saying you’re comfortable enough to tour with this stuff?
BC: [Laughs] That’d be incredible. It was an incredible experience performing at the Pyramid stage — unfortunately, we couldn’t have the music to go through the sound system because then the music would get out here, but the first five rows could hear me just screaming through the monitors. But if anybody would show up, that’d be great.

How does the performative dynamic change when you’re singing opposite someone who’s spent her entire life honing her craft as a musician?
BC: It’s a tribute to her generosity as an artist. She made me so comfortable, from day one. When I first met her to talk about the role, I asked her if we could sing this folk song together, because if there’s no chemistry or we can’t sing together, it won’t work, but she just sat down and made me feel comfortable, and from then on it was that way. I had the benefit of preparation. By the time we shot the movie… in some ways I was able to hide in him, so I never had to deal with the reality of asking myself, ‘Are you nuts, putting yourself on stage with Lady Gaga?’ That never really entered into my head, thank God!

What’s a standout track or one you’re particularly proud of her for contributing?

BC: There’s a moment when Jackson first brings Ally on stage that feels like something very special. It’s a song [Stefani] had written with Mark Ronson called “The Shallow.” The song Jason Isbell wrote for Jackson became the staple, the sword with which a lot of the music spawned from me. And he sent that early on in the demo through Dave Cobb, who’s a producer out of Nashville I worked with, who was fantastic–especially in creating the aesthetic of Jackson’s instruments.

How do the songs fit into the film? I’m curious as to what story you guys are trying to tell through the music, whether that’s lyrically or how the music compliments character? Is there a uniting thread?
BC: It’s an integral part of the entire story. Even the lyrics and where the songs fall in the movie — all have to do with the story. It’s a major artery of the entire film.

Would you say you’re both showing fans different sides of your respective careers, here?
BC: My hope is that [audiences really] see the characters, as Ally and Jackson. There’s always been a meta element to the tradition of A Star Is Born, in that it has to be somebody like Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, or Lady Gaga playing the role. In that sense, you’ll be blown away by what Stefani’s created.
Source: EW

Nov 28, 2017

Lady Gaga Nominated at GRAMMY Awards 2018

Lady Gaga Nominated at GRAMMY Awards 2018

The GRAMMY nominees have been announced and Lady Gaga has received not just one but, two nominations for the 2018 award show for her latest number one and RIAA's platinum-certified album Joanne and her single 'Million Reasons.'

Joanne will battle against Lana del Rey's "Lust for Life", Coldplay's EP ''Kaleidoscope'', Kesha's ''Rainbow'' and Imagine Dragons' ''Evolve'' for Best Pop Vocal Album category, while Million Reasons will compete against Kelly Clarkson's "Love So Soft," Kesha's "Praying," and P!nk's "What About Us" for Best Pop Solo Performance.

''I'm humbled and grateful that my album Joanne was nominated and also my song 'Million Reasons, Thank you so much Monsters and Grammy voters for believing in this music and me. I love you so much. This is a day to truly celebrate lots of hard work, perseverance, and gratitude through music. Gaga wrote. I never knew her and she never knew me. But my knowledge of her strength in my ancestry through her struggle with lupus got me through a lot of pain. Today she got nominated for a Grammy. Thanks, Joanne. We love you."

The 60th annual Grammy will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28th, 2018  on CBS. Stay tuned for further details and of course, our exclusive live stream on our website.  

Nov 19, 2017

Lady Gaga Performs 'The Cure' at 2017 American Music Awards

Lady Gaga Performs 'The Cure' at 2017 American Music Awards

Lady Gaga performed for the fist time ever her summer hit 'The Cure' at the 2017 American Music Awards live from her Joanne World Tour at Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC. This was Gaga's first televised performance of the song since it's official debut back on April 16th at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California. 

Gaga slayed the performace wearing an stunning outfit designed by her sister Natali in collaboration with Zaldy, a renowned fashion designer and Emmy Award nominated costume designer who has designed stage looks for Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and more.

'The Cure' was written after Gaga's performance at the Super Bowl LI halftime show by Gaga herself, longtime collaborator DJ White Shadow as well as Lukas Nelson, Mark Nilan, Nick Monson and produced by Detroit City. While performing at Coachella, Gaga told the crowd: "I've been so excited for this next part of the show because I've been trying to keep it a secret for so long. I've been in the studio and I'd like to debut a brand new song, 'The Cure.'"

Lady Gaga Wins 'Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist' at AMAs 2017

Lady Gaga Wins 'Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist' at AMAs 2017

After her epic and first-ever televised performance of her summer hit 'The Cure' live-streamed from her Joanne World Tour at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC tonight, Lady Gaga was announced as the winner of 'Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.'

A group of fans attending the show delivered the award to Gaga. She took the mic to adressed the attendants saying:  "Thanks you so much, I've the best fans in the whole world. I'm so lucky, you just remember that if you feel different or you feel not understood dont you dare give up on who you are, you fight like hell for what you believe in. I love you". she added: to my entire team, to the Haus of Gaga, to my parents and to my sister Natali I love you, Richard Jackson, Michael Bearden, Bobby Campbell. I love you so much and to my little monsters, this one is for you!'

Congrats to Lady Gaga and her amazing team! This recognition is nothing compared with the effort and love you deliver to the world. 

Nov 16, 2017

Tony Bennett to Record a New Song with Lady Gaga on New Year's Eve

Tony Bennett to Record a New Song with Lady Gaga on New Year's Eve

On Wednesday night, the king of jazz and 91-year old Tony Bennett was recognized with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for American Song in a concert at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. for his admirable career throughout the years.

Before receiving the award and acknowledging Lena Horne was his all-time fav collab, Tony hit the red carpet to reflect on his prolific career by confirming he's going to do a new song with Lady Gaga, with whom has collaborated in 2014 with their number one and Grammy Award-winning album 'Cheek To Cheek.'  "I'm definitely going to do another song with Lady Gaga -- New Year's Eve," he said; When asked what he was going to do, he quipped, “Make a lot of money!”

During the ceremony, Tony himself took the stage, crooning his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and saluting the Gershwins with “Our Love is Here to Stay.” Other performers included Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Lukas Nelson, Michael Bublé, and others. Tony Bennett has sold 10 million albums, has won 19 Grammys including Album of the year in 1995 for MTV Unplugged, 'Duets,' 'Duets II' in 2006 and 2011 respectively without forgetting 'Cheek To Cheek.'

Nov 14, 2017

Lady Gaga to Perform at 2017 American Music Awards

Lady Gaga to Perform at 2017 American Music Awards

You guess it and you got it! Lady Gaga was confirmed to perform at this year American Music Awards on Sunday, November 19, according to ABC on a tv spot. The performance will be televised completely live from her Joanne World Tour in Washington D.C. 

According to AMAs promoters, Gaga is set to perform her latest summer hit 'The Cure,' which was officially released as a gift for fans at her two-day sold-out headlining shows at Coachella earlier this year. The 'Million Reasons' singer is up for an award at this year's show - battling against Rihana and Alessia Cara for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. 

This will be Gaga's fourth performance at the AMAs and the first televised performance of 'The Cure'. She made her debut back in 2009 with an iconic 'Bad Romance-Speechless'' rendition, then in 2013 to perform Artpop's favorite 'Do What U Want' hit featuring R. Kelly and in 2016 where she rocked the stage with a solo performance of 'Million Reasons' from her album Joanne.