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    3. Great news! The soundtrack for the acclaimed 'A Star Is Born' movie by Bradley Cooper with Lady Gaga debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 231,000 units in which 162,000 are pure sales! It means that Lady Gaga now has FIVE #1 albums in this country with Born This Way, ARTPOP, Cheek To Cheek and Joanne! She becomes the first female artist this decade to have FIVE consecutive #1 albums in the US! Congratulations Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper! Check out the official article about this week's Billboard 200 Top 10 here.
    4. Great news! The soundtrack for the critically acclaimed movie 'A Star Is Born' by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga debuts at #1 on the Official UK Albums chart with 31,816 units. It means that Lady Gaga now has FOUR #1 albums in the country with The Fame, Born This Way & ARTPOP! Congratulations Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper! Source.
    5. Elle Photoshoot Look 2

      Release Date: October 10th 2018 Photographer: LobesterEye (Ruth Hogben & Andrea Geraldin) Photographed: July 25th 2018 For her second look of her photoshoot, Lady Gaga changed into a chic and topless look accessorized by wrists full of watches. From top to bottom, Lady Gaga wore a black leather beret from Eugenia Kim. The "Mishka" is limited edition from the Fall/Winter 2018 collection and is available for preorder for $275 here. Next, Lady Gaga wore an innovative blend of pants and heels from Balenciaga. Made in many different colors in the Summer 2017 collection, Lady Gaga is wearing the "Cosmetic Pantashoes in a nude tone. This statement piece is made of shiny and stretchable spandex jersey with a body conscious fit and a seam above the knee for length alterations. Unfortunately, they are no longer available for purchase. To accessorize, Lady Gaga stacked watches from Tudor Watch as she is an ambassador of their #BornToDare campaign. Thankfully, Tudor Watch announced what she is wearing! On her left, LG wears a single "Tudor Style" watch which appears to be made with steel and a silver-set dial. The design uses elegantly sophisticated lines for an aesthetic of classic watches from the 1950's and 1960's. It is unisex and perfect for all occasions, available for $2,300. Find a retailer near you here. On her right, Lady Gaga wears another steel "Tudor Style" watch between two larger watches. The black-faced watch closest to her hand is the "Tudor 1926" which pays tribute to the early history of watches that are timeless and elegant. Lady Gaga's model is made with a 41mm steel case, accented with rose gold, and finished with a diamond-set dial. The watch is available for $3,400 - find a retailer near you here. Her final watch, furthest from her hand, is the gold-faced "Tudor Black Bay S&G" which was added to the Tudor catalog of watches recently in 2017. The new steel and gold version of their classic "Tudor Black Bay" with yellow gold is available for $4,975. Find a retailer near you here. Check out Lady Gaga's interview "Lady Gaga is Born Again" with Elle here. Her issue hits newsstands November! BONUS: Lady Gaga's makeup artist Sarah Tanno created this amazing look using Marc Jacobs Beauty as a Global Artistry Ambassador for the company. Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed the details behind the look and they are all available for purchase below! For the skin, Sarah started with a mix of Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Shameless" Foundation. This youthful-look 24-hour wear foundation is made with SPF25 and available in 29 different shades for $46 here. This was mixed with "Dew Drops" Coconut Gel Highlighter for a perfect beachy glow. Get your own for $44 here. For her eyes, Sarah swiped "See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow" in the shade Topaz Flash across the lids. The eyeshadow is limited edition from the Fall 2018 runway and is available for $28 here. She then heavily lined her eyes with "Highliner Gel Eye Crayon" in the deepest, shiniest black Blacquer, available for $25 here. Her eyes were finished with the Haus of Gaga's favorite mascara - Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Velvet Noir." The major volume mascara is available in a full size for $26 here or a "Major Lashes On The Go" travel size for $14 here. Finally, Lady Gaga wore "Le Marc Lip Crème" in the warm, peachy nude shade Shakedown 288. This 10-hour wear lipstick is sold for $30 here. By Terran Warden
    6. Elle Photoshoot Look 1

      Release Date: October 10th 2018 Photographer: LobesterEye (Ruth Hogben & Andrea Geraldin) Photographed: July 25th 2018 Photographed beautifully along the beach in Malibu, California, Lady Gaga wore an even more beautiful look for her spread throughout the pages of Elle Magazine. For her first look inside the magazine, Lady Gaga throws on black heels and fresh-off-the-runway haute couture for a stroll along the beach. Lady Gaga seems to have started a love affair with Givenchy! She wore her first custom design from the fashion house to the Los Angeles premiere of A Star Is Born and now she wears look 57, the final look, of Givenchy's Resort 2019 collection. Creative Director Clare Waight Keller described the feel of the designs as “[There’s a] powerful woman in there that I really love; she’s a very strong character who loves a strong shape—something that gives a real sense of fashion.” Lady Gaga's dress is made of multi-colored and semi-metallic silk that is pleated into a strong shape with flared sleeves and a keyhole detail across the chest. The collection debuted in May but is not yet available for purchase. For her shoes, Lady Gaga wore a pair of almond-toe black pumps from Manolo Blahnik. This time, she wears the "Foka" heels which are made in Italy with a 3.5 inch curved heel and calfskin leather. They were last sold for $665 through many outside retailers but are now sold out everywhere. To accessorize, Lady Gaga wore a single watch from Tudor Watch as she is part of their current #BornToDare campaign. Later in her photoshoot, she layers on multiple watches to each wrist. Tudor Watch announced she is wearing the "Tudor Style," hers appears to be made with steel and a silver-set dial. The design uses elegantly sophisticated lines for an aesthetic of classic watches from the 1950's and 1960's. It is unisex and perfect for all occasions, available for $2,300. Find a retailer near you here. Check out Lady Gaga's interview "Lady Gaga is Born Again" with Elle here. Her issue hits newsstands November! BONUS: Lady Gaga's makeup artist Sarah Tanno created this amazing look using Marc Jacobs Beauty as a Global Artistry Ambassador for the company. Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed the details behind the look and they are all available for purchase below! For the skin, Sarah started with a mix of Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Shameless" Foundation. This youthful-look 24-hour wear foundation is made with SPF25 and available in 29 different shades for $46 here. This was mixed with "Dew Drops" Coconut Gel Highlighter for a perfect beachy glow. Get your own for $44 here. For her eyes, Sarah swiped "See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow" in the shade Topaz Flash across the lids. The eyeshadow is limited edition from the Fall 2018 runway and is available for $28 here. She then heavily lined her eyes with "Highliner Gel Eye Crayon" in the deepest, shiniest black Blacquer, available for $25 here. Her eyes were finished with the Haus of Gaga's favorite mascara - Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Velvet Noir." The major volume mascara is available in a full size for $26 here or a "Major Lashes On The Go" travel size for $14 here. Finally, Lady Gaga wore "Le Marc Lip Crème" in the warm, peachy nude shade Shakedown 288. This 10-hour wear lipstick is sold for $30 here. By Terran Warden
    7. Elle November Cover 2

      Release Date: October 10th 2018 Photographer: LobesterEye (Ruth Hogben & Andrea Geraldin) Photographed: July 25th 2018 Celebrating Elle Magazine's 25th anniversary of their "Women in Hollywood" issue, Lady Gaga is one of the fashion magazine's cover girls! For her second cover look, Lady Gaga changed into another brand new look from Marc Jacobs. Bringing back the 90's, Lady Gaga wore a vintage dress from Marc Jacobs' 1993 collection at Perry Ellis. The collection was ahead of its time with silk shirts made to mimic flannel, and chiffon dresses created in an homage to polyester garments clearly inspired by Seattle's grunge music scene. The collection got Marc Jacobs fired! Lady Gaga's pear-print dress is look 53 of the Spring 1993 Ready-to-Wear collection featuring a deep V-neck and open front only buttoned together below the bust. The dress is finished with a green plaid shirt attached to the waist, and was shown on the runway with a striped long sleeve shirt and tight leggings beneath. Check out Lady Gaga's interview "Lady Gaga is Born Again" with Elle here. Her issue hits newsstands November! BONUS: Lady Gaga's makeup artist Sarah Tanno created this amazing look using Marc Jacobs Beauty as a Global Artistry Ambassador for the company. Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed the details behind the look and they are all available for purchase below! For the skin, Sarah started with a mix of Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Shameless" Foundation. This youthful-look 24-hour wear foundation is made with SPF25 and available in 29 different shades for $46 here. This was mixed with "Dew Drops" Coconut Gel Highlighter for a perfect beachy glow. Get your own for $44 here. For her eyes, Sarah swiped "See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow" in the shade Topaz Flash across the lids. The eyeshadow is limited edition from the Fall 2018 runway and is available for $28 here. She then heavily lined her eyes with "Highliner Gel Eye Crayon" in the deepest, shiniest black Blacquer, available for $25 here. Her eyes were finished with the Haus of Gaga's favorite mascara - Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Velvet Noir." The major volume mascara is available in a full size for $26 here or a "Major Lashes On The Go" travel size for $14 here. Finally, Lady Gaga wore "Le Marc Lip Crème" in the warm, peachy nude shade Shakedown 288. This 10-hour wear lipstick is sold for $30 here. By Terran Warden
    8. Elle November Cover 1

      Release Date: October 10th 2018 Photographer: LobesterEye (Ruth Hogben & Andrea Geraldin) Photographed: July 25th 2018 Celebrating Elle Magazine's 25th anniversary of their "Women in Hollywood" issue, Lady Gaga is one of the fashion magazine's cover girls! For her first cover look, Lady Gaga lays in the sand in a dreamy Louis Vuitton look. From the Resort 2019 collection, Lady Gaga wears a sheer, nude-toned robe embroidered heavily with floral stiches and beadwork in earth tones. Unfortunately, the collection is not yet available for purchase but is expected to go on sale in November. Beneath the robe, Lady Gaga wears a white silk slip dress. I have not yet identified her exact dress and am waiting for the rest of the credits from Elle. But if you have a tip, tweet it to us @WhatGagaWore! Check out Lady Gaga's interview "Lady Gaga is Born Again" with Elle here. Her issue hits newsstands November! BONUS: Lady Gaga's makeup artist Sarah Tanno created this amazing look using Marc Jacobs Beauty as a Global Artistry Ambassador for the company. Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed the details behind the look and they are all available for purchase below! For the skin, Sarah started with a mix of Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Shameless" Foundation. This youthful-look 24-hour wear foundation is made with SPF25 and available in 29 different shades for $46 here. This was mixed with "Dew Drops" Coconut Gel Highlighter for a perfect beachy glow. Get your own for $44 here. For her eyes, Sarah swiped "See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow" in the shade Topaz Flash across the lids. The eyeshadow is limited edition from the Fall 2018 runway and is available for $28 here. She then heavily lined her eyes with "Highliner Gel Eye Crayon" in the deepest, shiniest black Blacquer, available for $25 here. Her eyes were finished with the Haus of Gaga's favorite mascara - Marc Jacobs Beauty's "Velvet Noir." The major volume mascara is available in a full size for $26 here or a "Major Lashes On The Go" travel size for $14 here. Finally, Lady Gaga wore "Le Marc Lip Crème" in the warm, peachy nude shade Shakedown 288. This 10-hour wear lipstick is sold for $30 here. By Terran Warden
    9. Lady Gaga is Being Born Again

      I feel like I’m still a fetus,” says Lady Gaga, looking impeccably glamorous in a wide-belted black Alaïa dress, stabby heels, extravagant lashes, and dark brows, her platinum hair framing her face in soft waves. What she looks like (no doubt deliberately) is a midcentury Italian film star—Monica Vitti in some long-lost Antonioni picture, or a tiny, blond Sophia Loren. What she means is that she feels like she’s just getting started as an artist—that she’s only accomplished a fraction of what she still plans to do—but I have a hard time wrapping my head around this notion, considering the decade she’s just had. Ten years ago, with the release of her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga went from struggling burlesque performer and New York club kid to global pop phenomenon in what seemed like the blink of an eye. Since then, she’s put out five studio albums, one soundtrack album, and 18 singles; performed at the Super Bowl; and won six Grammys and a Golden Globe, among other things. She’s won fashion awards and collaborated with famous artists and sung duets with Tony Bennett. Two years ago, while filming a Netflix documentary about her life, Gaga: Five Foot Two, she landed the leading role in a major Hollywood movie. She would play the Janet Gaynor/Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand role in A Star Is Born, opposite Bradley Cooper. All of which is to say that if anyone inhabits a parallel universe where the bar for achievement is set so impossibly high that Lady Gaga ranks as artistically prenatal, it’s probably just Lady Gaga. A few days after our meeting, A Star Is Born premieres at the Venice Film Festival. Lady Gaga is there in a Valentino gown adorned with billowy pink ostrich feathers. Halfway through the screening, a fluke lightning accident momentarily interrupts the film, which nonetheless goes on to get an eight-minute standing ovation and mostly rapturous reviews. In 2016, while accepting the Golden Globe award for her role in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel, Lady Gaga said that she’d wanted to be an actress before she wanted to be a singer, but that music had worked out first. Now that acting has worked out as well, it’s unclear what more she could do. Mars colony, maybe. Flying cars. Universal health care. “The character of Ally is informed by my life experience. But I also wanted to make sure that she was not me. It was a cadence of both.” Lady Gaga has a commanding presence. She sits like an Olympic gymnast nailing a landing. Chatting with her in the kitchen of her otherworldly, six-acre Mediterranean-style estate, which features an eight-horse stable, a dressage rink, a bowling alley, a saltwater pool, and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, I have the feeling that I may have temporarily crossed over into this other, extra dimension. The woman comes across as a sweetheart, but the artist is a machine. In person, she’s warm but guarded, friendly but cautious, passionate but preternaturally poised. Her house is cozy and filled with people—assistants; her manager; her mom, Cynthia, visiting from New York. (“Don’t we look alike?” Lady Gaga asks after introducing me. They really do.) The house is more traditional than you’d expect, more befitting a Stefani Germanotta (her given name) made insanely good than the pop performance artist who once wore a dress made out of meat to the MTV Video Music Awards. I mean, the French provincial sofas are draped in quilts. The fireplace is flanked by a big TV and an old Italian movie poster of A Star Is Born starring Judy Garland, a gift from Gaga’s boyfriend, CAA agent Christian Carino. It’s all slightly disorienting. We could be in a Nancy Meyers movie. Or a Star Trek episode. A decade into her career, Lady Gaga is being born again, as a movie star, and she truly is a revelation. This might just be the most remarkable thing about A Star Is Born—that, beyond the fact that she’s unrecognizable, she feels new. Among the most notable things about her character, Ally, is how stripped down she looks, how vulnerable. Gaga has shown glimpses of this before. We’ve seen it in her hilarious Saturday Night Live sketches, her album Joanne, and her documentary, in which she appears in sweatpants. “The character of Ally is informed by my life experience,” Lady Gaga says. “But I also wanted to make sure that she was not me. It was a cadence of both.” Ally is talented but insecure. She writes but won’t perform her own songs. She’s been dissuaded from pursuing her dreams by an industry that doesn’t believe in her, that tells her she looks wrong for the part. She reluctantly allows Jackson Maine (played by Cooper) to draw her into his world, to involve her in his music, until she meets the manager who begins her transformation into a commercial pop star. Metallic pleated dress, Givenchy, $9,490.Stainless steel watch, Tudor, $2,200 .Leather pumps, Manolo Blahnik, $695. Hair by Frederic Aspiras for Amika Haircare; makeup by Sarah Tanno for Marc Jacobs Beauty; manicure by Miho Okawara for Miho Nails; produced by Gabe Hill at GE Projects For all Lady Gaga’s talents as a singer, songwriter, and actress, it’s her metatalent for fame—a condition she single-mindedly pursued, investigated, interrogated, and named an album, an EP, and a fragrance after—that catapulted her into global stardom. It’s on this theme, one on which the movie largely hinges, where Gaga and her fictional counterpart, Ally, diverge the most: Once Gaga made the decision to become a performer, she didn’t let anything stop her. Early in her career, she understood that Stefani Germanotta, the classically trained Catholic schoolgirl, was talented enough to be successful, but that only Lady Gaga could erupt on the global scene, fully formed. Ally’s character, by contrast, is like a window into a Sliding Doors–like look at how things might have gone. “When I watched the film for the first time,” Gaga says, “I said, Oh my gosh, I thought she was really sad at the end of the movie, but I didn’t realize how sad she really was at the beginning. She’s really kind of a depressed girl. She works as a catering girl. She has her friend Ramon, who is very important to her. She takes care of her dad at home and takes care of all the drivers who come and have breakfast in the morning. But she’s truly given up on herself as a musician." This latest version of A Star Is Born is the fourth iteration of the classic melodrama about the effects of fame and addiction on a relationship. Cooper’s Jackson Maine is an alcoholic rock superstar on the wane who falls in love with a singer-songwriter he happens to meet at a drag club, where he’s stopped for a drink after a concert because he can’t face going home. “He said to me, ‘There can be a hundred people in the room, and 99 of them won't believe in you, but all you need is one. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper first met years ago on the set of Saturday Night Live, but it wasn’t until she performed at Sean Parker’s 2016 cancer benefit that they connected. Lady Gaga’s reps had alerted her that the actor would be in attendance, and that he planned to direct A Star Is Born and was looking to cast the female lead. Lady Gaga knew she wanted it. She sang “La Vie en Rose,” which ended up in the movie as the first song Jackson watches Ally perform—the song that makes him fall in love with her. “I was completely blown away,” Cooper says of that night. “I called her agent and said, ‘Can I meet with her?’ And then, the next day, she said yes, and I drove up to her house, and then that was it.” Gaga says the connection was instantaneous. “Before I knew it, I was making him pasta, feeding him, and we were talking and laughing. Then he wanted to hear us sing together, and asked if I would sing a song called ‘Midnight Special’ with him. I printed out the sheet music, and I brought it out to the piano, and I was so nervous. And so I’m sight-reading the music at the piano, and we start to sing, and I hear Bradley’s voice, and I just stopped playing, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, Bradley, you can sing.’ It’s incredible,” she says. Once she was cast, Cooper and screenwriters Eric Roth and Will Fetters worked on the script while Gaga worked on the soundtrack. “I wrote it for her, to play it. I asked her so many questions, and wanted to mine so much of the things that she told me. That completely formed the creation of Ally,” Cooper says. “We really were very vulnerable [together]. I had a lot of belief in her magic. It’s one thing to have a sense of it, and then watch it, before your eyes, every day, shooting.” In order to portray an unknown singer, Gaga drew from her insecurity as an actress. “I will never forget the first scene we did together in this Mexican restaurant. Bradley got some tacos and brought them to the table. Then he said something to me, but it wasn’t what was in the script, and I didn’t know what to do, so I just said my line. Then he said something else, and I didn’t know what to do because I thought I was just supposed to be saying what was on the page. So I just said another line—the next line. Seeing that I wasn’t going off-script, he said, ‘Are you okay?,’ and I just started to cry.” Through this, she learned to focus more on the story than the lines. So when it came to the concert scenes, where their experience was reversed, she tried the same technique. “When we sang ‘Shallow’ together at the concert, after he runs over and starts to pull me on the stage, I didn’t think, ‘I haven’t made it yet as a singer.’ All I had to do was go, ‘I haven’t made it yet as an actress.’ ” Heather Perry: The thing that I was most impressed with was that she’s a very strong businesswoman. In anything she does, you’re like, She’s such a boss. When Gaga was 14, she was shopping at a boutique on the West Side—singing, as one does—and a sales guy approached her and offered to give her the phone number of his uncle, a vocal coach. Don Lawrence, whom she calls the aortic valve to her career, made time in his schedule to work with her. “Later, I remember we were talking one day—we used to talk a little bit during our lessons, because we liked each other so much—and I said, ‘I just don’t know how I’m gonna make it,’ ” she says. “I was taking meetings with entertainment attorneys and knocking on people’s doors, trying to get them to listen to demos that I made on a four-track Tascam cassette player, and he said to me, ‘There can be a hundred people in the room, and 99 of them won’t believe in you, but all you need is one.’ ” After high school, Gaga enrolled in Collaborative Arts Project 21 through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts but dropped out after a year—“when I decided to really say, ‘Sorry, Mom and Dad,’ and be a starving artist on the Lower East Side,” she says. She worked three jobs, including one as a go-go dancer. She used to call clubs and pretend to be her own manager. She would haul her piano from gig to gig. Once, while performing at a jazz bar where a crowd of frat boys wouldn’t be quiet, she stripped down to her underwear to get their attention. The moment was a turning point—it made her understand something about commanding attention. “I already knew that she was this authentic, open, raw, real artist who could sing and write songs and be this quadruple threat,” says Heather Parry, who produced the Netflix documentary and executive-produced the film. “But the thing that I was most impressed with was that she’s a very strong businesswoman. In anything she does, you’re like, She’s such a boss.” A Star Is Born, of course, is an evergreen, regenerative parable on the price of fame—which may be a bit of a chestnut, but it works. The best stories about the human experience are the ones in which ordinary people are made to withstand extraordinary forces—alcoholism, physical and emotional trauma, global stardom, the merciless machinery of capitalism. Lady Gaga is an artist. She feels things profoundly. She’s grappled with the inherited trauma of the death of her father’s sister at 19; with the emotional trauma of having been bullied in school and later sexually assaulted; with the physical trauma of a hip injury and surgery that left her with chronic generalized pain. But pain is the ballast against which sublimity takes shape. I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? In one of the most moving scenes of her documentary, Gaga is getting ready to perform at the Super Bowl, but she’s feeling melancholic. “I’m so excited to do it,” she says, “but I can’t help but realize that when I sold 10 million records, I lost Matt [Williams, her ex-boyfriend and ex-stylist]. I sold 30 million and lost Luc [Carl, her ex-boyfriend]. I did a movie and lose Taylor [Kinney, her ex-fiancé]. It’s like a turnover,” she says. “This is the third time I’ve had my heart broken like this.” At the start of A Star Is Born, it’s a scene about Jackson, not Ally, that gets at the heart of the experience. “For me, in music and in acting, I’m always pulling from my past experiences, family dynamics, relationships, pain, happiness, joy, the roller coaster ride of my life—how that has kind of created this beautiful disco ball that’s somehow refracted and fractured,” she says. “The opening moment, where you see him pop some pills, down some booze, hop onstage, and just electrify the audience until the last bass note hits, and the limousine door shuts as the cameras are flashing, and it goes to total silence—this is how I feel as a performer. That’s what it feels like when you go onstage, and there are 20,000 people screaming, and you’re singing, and dancing, and performing, and then the show is over, and there is no sound. It’s emotional.” “Success tests relationships,” she continues. “It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom.” But, she adds, “I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? Otherwise, it’s of no good use. This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of ELLE.
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    11. Lady Gaga joined the director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, penning an emotional essay for The Guardian. They wrote about the lack of reliable mental health support services around the globe & the need to eliminate the stigma around treatable conditions. It starts with a jarring but unfortunately true fact stating that "By the time you finish reading this, at least 6 people will have killed themselves around the world." Read an excerpt below. "The time has come for us all, collectively, to tackle the causes and symptoms of mental illness, and provide care for those who suffer from it. You don’t have to be an international artist or the head of the World Heath Organization (WHO) to make an impact. We can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness. We can all learn how to offer support to loved ones going through a difficult time. And we can all be a part of a new movement – including people who have faced mental illness themselves – to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas. In Zimbabwe, grandmothers are leading the way by offering evidence-based counseling sessions on benches, which is helping break down stigma. In the United Kingdom and Australia, peer-to-peer education programs encourage young people to support one another. And mobile technology is providing exciting new platforms for delivering services and opening up healthy dialogue. Since 2013, the WHO has been working with countries to implement a global action plan on mental health. Earlier this year the WHO published the Global Mental Health Atlas, which provides information from 177 countries on progress towards achieving the plan’s targets. The key takeaway is that although there has been some progress, we need significant investments to expand services." You can read the full length essay here.
    12. I had the honour of attending the Sydney premiere of A Star Is Born tonight. I held off from hearing the soundtrack album so that my experience was as raw and fresh as it could be. I walked in with both many expectations and none at all. By that, I mean I already knew bits and pieces about the film from reviews and trailers, but overall didn’t want to set any sort of bar to meet. I won a double pass so I brought one of my friends with me. We arrived to see a variety of large posters, banners and other promotional media, and were given cute wristbands. There was opportunities for photos on a red carpet so we took a few! They had a bar with free drinks, and when we got to our seats they had free popcorn. A Snapchat code on the giant screen as we walked into the cinema that linked to a special discount code to get 20% off the soundtrack too. It was such a brilliant atmosphere. I wanted to sit down, watch the film and take it all in like a sponge and thats exactly what I did. Not once was I bored or dared to check my phone or leave my seat. Every minute of the film was important. In fact, every frame. From the humor throughout and the dark undertones that start to become more prominent, it was brilliant. The critics high praise isn’t to be taken lightly, believe every word. This is the kind of film that makes you really think. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster throughout. The story is so beautiful and raw yet real and eye opening. There is some serious foreshadowing throughout that makes you realise at the end that sometimes the signs of something are there all along the whole way. From incredible original songs, spanning multiple genres, shown in both full and short lengths, to insane visuals of performances showing just how modernised this remake truly Is, you see that ASIB has it all. At some times it seems like the story is jumping ahead a little too fast, then you realise exactly whats happening and are back up to speed. But that is not a bad thing - It perfectly encapsulates the fast-paced life of a celebrity, and life style changes of an upcoming one. You feel as though you’re on stage, in the house, on the road with Ally and Jackson. By the end, I felt different. I can’t quite pinpoint what or why, but this film clings to your soul emotionally. It leaves you walking out of the cinema thinking “really? That was 2 hours?” and asking yourself what you just witnessed. Because you may have literally seen the incredible story unfold, but you’re left feeling like time has just jumped ahead remarkably and like you aren’t the same person you were when you walked in the doors to take your seat. Barely any films have left such a mark on me like this and I already feel like I need to see it again and again to truly appreciate and understand it. I absolutely recommend you see this film, with friends, with family and anyone else you can find. All you need to take with you is a packet of tissues to see this film. Anthony (@antpats2 on Twitter)
    13. A Star is Born + ANSWER Streaming Party

      Lady Gaga, you are powerful in changing people’s lives. You were the critical stabilizing influence in my daughter’s life and were my daughter’s support and “friend” in 8th grade when she was bullied by her peers. My daughter applied to UC Berkeley and wrote her college admission essay on “The Biggest Influence on my Life is Lady Gaga” (not her mother or father, but you) and was admitted to her dream school. My daughter has planned her money, budgeted around the year to attend every single concert around Sacramento/San Francisco/Lake Tahoe area. Lady Gaga, tickets to your concerts are her favorite birthday and Christmas presents! Lady Gaga, you are a constant, I mean constant presence, in my daughter’s life and every interaction is marked by kindness just as you tell your “little monsters”. Lady Gaga, my daughter introduced your lyrics and poetry to me on a 6 hour road-trip and the discussion of your work brought us closer than ever before. She was in 9th grade then! Lady Gaga, my daughter and I saw “A Star is Born” on opening night. My daughter cried through the entire movie, in her words, “because she just makes me so happy, makes me feel secure and you can just see how loving and kind she is”. I agree with every word. I saw you in concert and was touched by how authentic you are towards your craft and your fans. We now plan to see you, hopefully meet you in Las Vegas over the shows. Thank you for your steady presence in my daughter’s life, Thank you for cementing our mother-daughter bond over your poetry, Thank you for touching/influencing/changing course of people’s life just by being your sincere, genuine caring self. May the Universe keep you healthy and bless you with infinite love.... p.s: wrote this appreciation on my daughter’s behalf because she is “too shy” to let you know!
    14. To celebrate the release of Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" Soundtrack and BTS' "Answer", Gaga and BTS fan accounts will be hosting a huge streaming party on Twitter! We will be joining fellow Twitter users @btschartdata, @BTS_Billboard, @btsanalytics, @btsvotingteam, @LadyGagaLGN, @gagamonster96, @antpats2, @gagadaily, @LGMonsterFacts and @RDTLadyGaga for the largest streaming party our fanbase has done! An identical playlist on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal will be provided, interchanging between songs from both albums. The streaming party will take place on both today and Sunday at 7pm EDT (see poster below for more). Be sure to join us! Add the hashtags #BTSxGaga and #ASIBxAnswer to your tweets. Click on the picture to start streaming! Alternative link: http://smarturl.it/ASIBxANSWER
    15. Lady Gaga joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 to discuss her movie 'A Star Is Born' with Bradley Cooper. You can watch the full interview below.
    16. Lady Gaga appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her new movie A Star is Born. Gaga sat down with Stephen to discuss the film soundtrack, Bradley's Cooper support and her thoughts on the debate Dr. Ford - Kavanaugh. You can also find some candids of Lady Gaga's arrival at the studios on our gallery.
    17. Date: October 4th 2018 Location: New York City, New York With A Star Is Born hitting theaters in just a few more hours, Lady Gaga joined Stephen Colbert for a 29 minute television interview airing on his show The Late Show! For her visit, Lady Gaga wore an incredible outfit with her hair back in her latest top-knot bun. Lady Gaga's dress is look 52, one of the final dresses show, from Marc Jacobs Fall 2018 collection. The collection was designed with extremes inspired by 1980's haute couture with bold shoulders, big bow belts, baggy pleated trousers, and neck flourishes. All of these details were even more exaggerated than the 80's and Lady Gaga's dress is a beautiful display of it! Made with blue carnation print silk, Lady Gaga's strapless dress is a tea-length trapeze dress finished with a black velvet bow along the right side so large it reaches the ground! It is available through outside retailers like Neiman Marcus for $2,800 here. For her shoes, Lady Gaga wears designer Juan Vidal for the first time! The "Cynthia's Crystal Shoes" are metallic silver sandals finished with embellished crystal vinyl. They are then finished with a double ankle strap and heart shaped buckles. Get your very own pair for 450 euros or $519 here. Check out dozens of UHQ photos of Lady Gaga arriving at The Late Show via GagaImages! And catch her interview full interview on The Late Show's YouTube channel here! By Terran Warden
    18. Good Morning America

      Date: October 4th 2018 Air Date: October 5th 2018 Location: New York City, New York Leading up to the premiere of A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga sat down with Michael Strahan for a tv interview on Good Morning America. She filmed the interview Thursday afternoon before heading to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The interview aired the next morning as A Star Is Born hit theaters! For her interview, Lady Gaga wore an amazing all-black business style outfit with a sexy and feminine twist. First, Lady Gaga wore a black tuxedo style jacket from Tom Ford's Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. Her "Wool Tuxedo Jacket with Crystal Buttons" is designed with peak lapels, straight shoulders with small pads, satin tuxedo details, and a taken-in waist. It is available for $4,050 here. Next, Lady Gaga wore a pair of leggings also from Tom Ford's Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. Impeccably tailored and updated with bold overlapping sequins, Lady Gaga wears the "Liquid Sequin Leggings" in black. They are also available in silver and are finished with silk crepe satin lining, invisible stitching, and zips at the side and ankles. Get your very own pair for $3,490 here. Finally, Lady Gaga wore a celebrity favorite pair of boots from Stuart Weitzman. Previously worn by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Kourtney Kardashian to name a few, Lady Gaga's ankle boots are the "Clinger" in black satin. They were sold for $575 but are currently sold out at nearly every retailer. To accessorize, Lady Gaga started with earrings from Djula Jewelry. LG first wore Djula while in Toronto last month. They took to Instagram to announce they had designed the diamond drop earrings but did not release a photo of them. While leaving the interview, Lady Gaga was seen by paparazzi where she added sunglasses and a purse. Her amazing new sunglasses are from Illesteva who she has worn several times before. Big thanks to Illesteva for messaging us all the details! This exaggerated cat-eye pair of shades are the "Isabella" with black acetate and grey flat lenses. The feature a discrete eyelash shape on each top corner and are available for $230 here. Finally, Lady Gaga brought back her Celine 16 bag - which she was the first person in the world to debut last time she was in Paris! The bag is not yet available for purchase as it is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection but is set to go on sale in early October. By Terran Warden
    19. A Stair Soundtrack Release

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    20. Date: October 3rd 2018 Location: New York City, New York After arriving in New York City to promote A Star Is Born on The Late Show and Good Morning America, Lady Gaga surprised fans at a YouTube screening of the film hosted by Tyler Oakley! She later headed to Faces and Names Pub in the city. For her evening on the town, Lady Gaga wore a beautiful red gown finished with black accessories. For her dress, Lady Gaga returned to designer Alexandre Vautheir which she has worn several times throughout her career (see left). Vautheir is a French designer who was trained by Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier back in the 1990's. He is known for combining femininity with urban attitude. Her turtleneck dress is from look 22 of the Fall/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection and is made with shimmering scarlet fabric. The dress is finished with long sleeves and a gathering at the left hip above a leg slit. It was sold through M'Oda Operandi for $7,180 but is no longer available. However, it is still available through outside retailers like FarFetch for $7,030 here. No outfit is complete without a killer bag and Lady Gaga carried with her one of the most talked about ones - her Celine 16. The bag was the first look at Hedi Slimane's debut collection at the fashion house and Mother Monster was the first person in the world to debut it! The bag is not yet available for purchase as it is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection but is set to go on sale in early October. Finishing her look, Lady Gaga added simple round sunglasses and thigh-high black leather boots. I am still working on identifying them but if you have a tip, tweet it to us @WhatGagaWore! Check out HQ photos of Lady Gaga at the screening and leaving the pub via GagaImages! By Terran Warden
    21. Beats1 with Zane Lowe

      Filming Date: October 3rd 2018 Air Date: October 4th 2018 Location: New York City, New York After arriving in New York City, Lady Gaga first sat down with Zane Lowe of Beats1 Radio to discuss her film A Star Is Born as well as to premiere "Shallow" from the soundtrack on radio. For her sit down with Zane, Lady Gaga wore the "Metro Dress" by Vivienne Westwood in black 100% silk. The dress is delicately crafted from soft silk twill and detailed in glossy black. This ultra-feminine dress sweetly cascades to a twisted, curved asymmetrical hemline complemented by two side slits. Perfected with a flattering necktie and belt to enhance the waist point, the dress is available for $4,200 here. Finishing her look, Lady Gaga added simple round sunglasses and thigh-high black leather boots. At first, her boots appeared to be from Elie Saab's latest runway but at a closer look, they are not. I am still working on identifying the pieces but if you have a tip, tweet it to us @WhatGagaWore! Lady Gaga would later change her dress to surprise fans at an early screening of A Star Is Born! Get the details on that look here. And catch her full Beats1 Radio interview here! BONUS: Lady Gaga's hair artist Frederic Aspiras revealed his tips to achieving this "Paris Grunge" hairstyle as seen on Lady Gaga. According to Frederic, use a dry molding paste and rub the hair between the palms of your hands while rubbing back and forth to get the twist and knot. Then spritz a dry oil spray all over for the "lived-in" finish! By Terran Warden
    22. This article contains A Star is Born spoilers LADY GAGA WANTS TO WEAR EVERY COSTUME, LIVE OUT EVERY TYPE OF KNOWN STARDOM. ‘‘A STAR IS BORN’’ IS JUST HER LATEST REINVENTION. OCT. 2, 2018 Lady Gaga did not so much arrive at the Venice Film Festival this August as she floated into it, a platinum Aphrodite borne on the waves, black stilettos skimming the sea foam. Which is to say, she took a water taxi. An image of her zooming across the canal — perched precariously on the side of the lacquered motorboat in a little black dress, her legs elegantly entwined, her hair shaped into three victory rolls like a crown of croissants, holding a single red rose in one hand and blowing kisses with the other — immediately became a meme. Of course she couldn’t just walk up to the premiere of “A Star Is Born,” the first feature film in which she has a leading role, playing the titular supernova. Walking is for rubes. Sailing, on the other hand, is timeless. It is an activity for sirens, of both the mythological and screen persuasions. It is also joyfully, unapologetically hammy: high camp on the high seas, a playful pastiche of all the celebrity cruisers who came before. In mere hours, several internet sleuths began to post pictures of Gaga on the boat along with photos of classic Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe in a one-piece black bathing suit. The next day, Gaga and Bradley Cooper, her director and co-star, arrived hand in hand to a screening; she was wearing a swingy white dress, the kind made for walking over subway grates. The wink was complete. We could have seen this coming. Lady Gaga is our pop laureate of the grand entrance, our patron saint of operatic ingress. She has never, in a decade of global fame, been content to simply appear in a room; she has to plummet into it, shimmying down a cable like a diamond-encrusted spider. Or she hobbles in, a fembot on fake crutches, a high-fashion Tiny Tim. Before performing at the 2011 Grammys, she claimed to have slept in an oversize translucent egg for 72 hours, so that when she finally emerged, she could feel that she had experienced total “creative, embryonic incubation.” For the first decade of her career, she was often at least seminude when descending every staircase. In her younger, more tenderized years, she trotted into the MTV Video Music Awards in a now-infamous gown and snow boots made of raw beef, not just a sight gag but a full-on olfactory happening, abattoir fabulous. Gaga once described herself as “a show with no intermission,” but it might be more accurate to view her career as a glorious series of overtures; her curtain is always rising. This is why her water ride in Venice elicited such collective delight in the form of vigorous retweeting. She may now be a serious actress, but she hasn’t lost her sense of play. When I met Lady Gaga on a hazy afternoon a few days after her Venice tour, at her house so high up in the Hollywood Hills that I broke through the fog line before I reached it, she was still in full Marilyn mode. Her duckling-blond hair was molded into a halo around her face. Her lips were matte red, slightly overdrawn, an enthusiastic valentine. She was wearing the same towering patent-leather stilettos from the boat and a brown tiger-print wiggle dress, a midcentury silhouette favored by celluloid bombshells that vacuum-seals the calves into place. Her earrings, obsidian chandelier dangles heavy as hood ornaments, cast prismatic shadows on her clavicle and seemed to threaten the general integrity of her otherwise regal posture. Having seen “A Star Is Born” the day before, in which Gaga gives a notably stripped down, unbleached performance, I was slightly jarred as I watched her shuffle through her house (which also happened to have been the house of the avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa before she bought it from his family trust in 2016) in a full face and spike heels. In the film, her character, Ally, starts off makeup-free, a frustrated waitress with mud-puddle hair (Gaga’s natural hue) who long ago abandoned her songwriting dreams and has settled for crooning live covers one night a week at a drag bar, the only woman on the bill. One night, Bradley Cooper, as the shambling, alcoholic rock star Jackson Maine, stumbles into the bar looking for a nightcap and instead discovers a muse — he is bewitched by her performance of “La Vie en Rose” in an Edith Piaf costume complete with thin eyebrows fashioned from electrical tape. Later that night, Jackson asks Ally why she doesn’t pursue a music career. She tells him that she tried, she really did. She just couldn’t find any industry types who could get past her face. They loved the way she sounded, hated the way she looked. Hearing this, Jackson reaches out with a single finger and traces the contours of her nose. While this is on its own an erotic gesture, it is Ally’s reaction that makes the scene: She just breathes as he gently outlines the organ she feels worst about. It’s an arresting moment, in which she seems both receptive and completely assured. Now, as we toured her house, Gaga was as opaque as Ally is transparent. She spoke carefully, in a breathy tone, as if she were in an active séance with an old movie star whose press agent advised her to remain enigmatic and demure. She showed me a bizarre bathroom, where she had found a bed over the shower; she gestured delicately at her backyard, announcing: “Some beautiful lemon trees. It’s a nice place to come and just create.” When we got into the studio, she tiptoed through the cavernous live room, pointing out a grand piano in a voice so quiet I could barely hear her. We made our way to a small alcove with whitewashed walls and 20-foot ceilings, which looked like the storage room of an art museum — an echo chamber, she explained. I asked about the acoustics, in part because it seemed the polite thing to do, but in part because I was trying to open any conversational tap I could find. Whether she was feeling legitimately shy or was simply method-acting as a restrained ingénue, she had yet to speak at full volume. Suddenly, she broke into song. A cappella, unprompted, voce forte, her arms flung out to full wingspan, her head tossed back to bare her throat. She was singing the chorus of “Shallow,” the song she co-wrote for “A Star Is Born” that has become the de facto theme song for the movie. It is sung at the cathartic apex of the trailer (which has been viewed almost 10 million times on YouTube) — the moment when Ally reluctantly steps onto an arena stage for the first time to sing with Jackson. Gaga plays this moment with incredible restraint; it’s hard to imagine her not wanting to storm a stage, but she really sells it. Ally has been down for so long that she hesitates, not fully believing that this is her shot. But then something shifts. She straightens her shoulders, struts out to the microphone and sends her voice soaring over the crowd. In the echo chamber, the words of the song ricocheted, shaking the room: “I’m off the deep end! Watch as I dive in! I’ll never meet the ground!” When Gaga sings, her whole body vibrates. She clenches her fists, squeezes her eyes shut. After she finished belting, Gaga looked beatific, almost giddy, having answered my banal question with undeniable certainty. The acoustics in here, we agreed, were very good. She may now be a serious actress, but she hasn’t lost her sense of play. The title of “A Star Is Born” is misleading and always has been. It implies spontaneous generation, Athena popping fully formed out of Zeus’ forehead. In reality, it is a story about hard work, about the grueling machinations behind celebrity. In each version of the film, fame can destroy (by enabling addiction or worsening self-destructive behaviors), but it can also be a sacred rite; it anoints the truly worthy with laurels and fragrant oils, no matter how aquiline her nose. The narrative takes a nobody and brings her together with a fading legend. He falls in love with her and her artistic potential, and thrusts her straight into the crucible of mass popularity. It is a love story as unshakably perennial as “Romeo and Juliet,” except slightly less crushing, because only the man is doomed and the leading lady gets to walk away from her tragedy triumphant, her suffering noble, her name in neon lights. “A Star Is Born” has never really been a film about an unknown actress shooting across the screen like a rare comet. Instead, from the very beginning, it has always been a film about an already superfamous woman shooting a movie. That’s the real reason the franchise works: It comes with a built-in insurance policy. In 1937, when Janet Gaynor stepped into the role of the farm girl Esther Blodgett in the first version (which was itself a remix of a 1932 drama called “What Price Hollywood?”), she was making a comeback, but she had been a box-office titan of the silent era, the first woman to ever win an Academy Award for acting. Judy Garland, who tackled Esther in 1954 (a studio executive quickly changes her name to Vicki Lester in the film), was a household name at 17, no longer a vaudevillian striver but a minted studio girl, kept on a steady infusion of amphetamines and barbiturates and praise. In 1976, Barbra Streisand, whose character’s name was Esther Hoffman (we have to believe she goes from mieskeit to swan), was already an Oscar winner for playing Fanny Brice, and fresh off another nomination, for “The Way We Were.” These actresses were all at least a decade into their careers, and they used the material less as a coming-out party and more as a victory lap. Of course the Esthers would succeed; their real-life counterparts had already pushed through every obstacle. This is why the lead role is so alluring to divas who want to explore the boundaries of their fame and what they had to endure to lasso it. These actresses, in drag as younger versions of themselves, get to wrestle with their flaws and air out their darkest fears. But we don’t fear for them, not really, because we know how the story turns out. Garland, who always felt so intimidated by the leggy army of MGM blondes that she spent her life making self-deprecating jokes, fashioned herself into the world’s most beloved brunette. Streisand, whose line “Hello, gorgeous” was soaking in wry irony, turned a prominent bridge into a locus of desire. Gaga’s innate New York City toughness brings a different flavor to the role than her predecessors. Where Janet Gaynor plays the starlet as pure and cornfed, Garland plays her as a plucky troubadour in pert ribbon bow ties and Streisand plays her as a wisecracking prima donna in colorful ponchos (hey, it was the ’70s), Gaga’s Ally is more world-weary and knowing. She is the kind of woman who gets into fistfights, who alternately sasses and fusses over her father (Andrew Dice Clay), a chauffeur who once had showbiz aspirations himself but never had a lucky break. When Cooper offered Gaga the role, he told her that “this is what it would be like if you were 31 and had never made it,” and she readily embodies the ferocious hunger of the would-be famous. She’s no innocent when she walks onstage to sing. She knows exactly what to do, and exactly what this will mean for her career. She’s ready to go. Ally’s journey is not about a singer developing her talent — that’s already there. It is about finding her way toward an aesthetic once she has the world’s attention. She dyes her hair Tang orange, begins working with a choreographer and sings springy pop songs about butts, all of which she does without wavering, even when Jackson drunkenly criticizes her for being inauthentic. Some viewers may read a rock-versus-pop hierarchy into Ally’s transformations — that she is more “real” when she is harmonizing with Jackson’s twangy melodies or sitting at her piano — but Gaga’s onscreen mastery over both genres is a pre-emptive rebuttal to what is essentially a gendered bias. What “A Star Is Born” makes clear about Lady Gaga is that she possesses the dexterity to make whatever kind of music she likes. Cooper told me that he cast Gaga after seeing her perform “La Vie en Rose” at a cancer benefit. The very next day, he drove to her Malibu home to test their chemistry. They bonded right away about their families (both East Coast, both Italian) and ate spaghetti on her porch. “She was completely illuminated by the sun,” he said. “So charismatic. I thought inside my head, Oh, gosh. If she is like this on film, if that’s the worst case scenario that she’s this present on film, the movie will work.” It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when Lady Gaga, the international superstar, was born. Past a certain level of fame, the origin stories of pop artists begin to tilt into the mythological. “I have a nerve inside of me to do this,” Gaga said, sitting on a swivel chair in her basement studio, when I asked what drives her. She kept her legs crossed at the ankles and her spine rod-straight, with her shell-pink nails gingerly intertwined in her lap, as if she were practicing to meet Queen Elizabeth (side note: When Gaga did meet the queen, after performing in the Royal Variety Show in 2009, she curtsied while wearing a floor-length, puff-sleeved dress made entirely of slick red latex). “And I have no idea where it comes from, except that it might come from God. No one knows.” What she does know is that at some point, she felt free: to drop her birth name (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), to turn herself into an event, to keep shedding old skins. Lady Gaga’s early career was a study in this invitational freedom: Look how free I am, look how free you could be. This is what she was selling, at 21, with her platinum oversize hairbows and gigantic sunglasses and skyscraper shoulder pads. This is the realization that led her, after growing up on the Upper West Side, attending a private Catholic girls’ school and studying piano minuets, to move downtown in 2004, first to study theater arts at N.Y.U. (she dropped out during sophomore year) and then to sing in grungy bars on the Lower East Side while she sent her demos to record labels. She read Andy Warhol’s books and realized that what most people want, when they dream of fame, is not necessarily wealth or power but limitlessness: the ability to change. So many artists start out gritty and homegrown but calcify into hardened personae over time; when Lady Gaga adopted her new name (sometime around 2006, most likely from a Queen song), she decided to flip the formula. What if she began with the character, and the character was the physical embodiment of flux? What if she never wore the same outfit twice, or gave an interview out of costume, or claimed to be a paragon of creative authenticity? Gaga’s debut album, “The Fame” (quickly reissued with extra songs as “The Fame Monster”), came out in August 2008, a season of optimism and political overhaul, when young people were ready to accept jangly pop hooks from a chimerical sprite who told them they could continually redefine themselves. Her first recordings may not have been too deep — “Poker Face,” still her second-biggest single to date, after “Just Dance,” is an ode to mirrored surfaces, to remaining willfully inscrutable — but they were catchy (she changed the way an entire generation hears the phrase “ooh la la”), and their agile lightness was intentional. Much of her early music was thumping and linear: big synths, big hooks, the beats clinking together like a wristful of silver bangles. The music was a tool for propagating her radiant image, which was continually surprising to behold. She insists the performance is the reality. When Gaga first emerged onto the pop scene, she was a phenomenon — a kooky amalgam of New York club-kid toughness, art-school experimentation, record-label grooming, classical vocal training and bona fide radio hits. She clearly took her cues from previous incarnations of major pop stardom (David Bowie’s amphibious glam, Madonna’s blond ambition, Michael Jackson’s dual love of sparkles and precision), but she was even more focused than her predecessors on the live event, on the coup de théâtre. She started pushing boundaries and stopped wearing pants; she became a walking billboard for avant-garde fashion (Alexander McQueen’s ankle-bending hoof heels, a jacket covered in felt Kermit the Frogs, several gowns made of human hair, that meat dress), a fact that served to make every other artist at the time who wasn’t rolling around onstage in a pool of fake blood seem, frankly, dull. Gaga’s initial obsession with masquerade predicted the double lives we all live now, our simultaneous existences as living, breathing people and disembodied avatars. But instead of seeing those identities as segmented — the real person, the facade — she put forth the concept that it’s possible, and ultimately adaptive, in a fractured world to try to free yourself from old boundaries. You can be an insider and an outsider at the same time, a human and an alien. All that is solid melts into Gaga. If this seems paradoxical, it is; but the paradox is where Gaga shines. Postmodern double truths are her milieu. She started calling herself a monster, not just to embrace a kind of outré bizarreness that had mainly been the province of male pop icons like Bowie or Prince, but also because she was monstrous, a pop creation that devoured the zeitgeist and then gleefully regurgitated it. She mock-hanged herself with a noose onstage, she dreamed up a hat filled with live cockroaches, she sucked on a rosary in the “Alejandro” video, she hired a “vomit artist” to spew lime-green milk on her outfit at South by Southwest, she delivered an awards-show speech as her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. Her whole project was a Technicolor dream ballet, a gauzy hallucination. And it sold records (over 27 million, worldwide) and won awards (six Grammys). “I do keep transforming into a new shell of me,” she told me. “So sure, there is an acting component to what I do, or a showbiz component to what I do. But the word ‘acting,’ it’s hard for me to talk about in that way, because ‘acting’ to me almost implies faking it.” She insisted to me that all her iterations form an unbroken line, that the performance is the reality. Gaga has, over the last decade, arguably moved the entire pop apparatus toward forceful weirdness. Her influence is everywhere — she opened the doors for more female hitmakers to be cheekily bizarre (Miley Cyrus grinding on a wrecking ball, Katy Perry with her sniper-rifle bra filled with whipped cream, Sia living under her wig, even St. Vincent’s indie Fritz Lang affect) — but as a result, Gaga’s early maximalism began to feel less vital to the cultural conversation. In 2011, Adele’s “21” cemented a new austerity in pop; all she had to do to sell 11 million records was stand in one place and sing plaintively about heartbreak. So Gaga swerved again, and again, and again. She made a jazz record with Tony Bennett. She made a crunchier, heavy-metallish album called “Artpop” that mostly failed to connect with the public, at least on the large Gagagian scale she was used to (it sold fewer than a million copies). When she turned 30, she released a more minimalist fifth record called “Joanne,” after an aunt who died young of complications from lupus. She promoted the album in ripped T-shirts and a plain, pink felt hat. She toured dive bars before the arenas. She also released the Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” a vérité glimpse into her daily life as she prepped for the 2017 Super Bowl, produced and promoted “Joanne” and spoke openly about the debilitating pain caused by her fibromyalgia (something she had been dealing with privately for years). The documentary presents Gaga with a striking lack of vanity. She appears on camera with dirty hair and a bare face. This is Gaga the Vulnerable, Gaga the Sensitive Soul. That film ends with her performance at the Super Bowl, where she sang all the karaoke staples of her back catalog — “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” even “Just Dance” — with gusto in a sequined bodysuit, thrusting through the jangly disco beats of “Born This Way” in high-heel boots, surrounded by an army of dancers in iridescent capes. It was a blistering set, a Greatest Hits Cardio Workout and a truly impressive display of her cultural dominance. But it also felt elegiac, as if it belonged to a different era, when Gaga was giving stump speeches about overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the song became an anthem of the fight for gay marriage on a national scale. In recent years, queer culture has become more anti-institutional, less about normalizing and more about resisting norms. In a way, Gaga’s galactic fame, which once gave her such a huge platform as an advocate for equality, became a liability when the conversation became more intimate and nuanced. Pop is not entirely post-spectacle (Beyoncé’s recent Coachella performance was a multiact extravaganza), but it is evolving into a less bombastic space. It is getting more raw, smaller. And Gaga is doing the same. She has not given up on the power of an audacious live show (this winter, she will put on a pyrotechnic Las Vegas residency called “Enigma”), but in making “A Star Is Born,” she is entering into a softer conversation with the public — about talent, about ambition, about her own trajectory. Ally is the most human of all of Gaga’s creations, and offering her to us — her fear, her loyalty, her shattered heart after tragedy — is a different kind of gamble than stepping out in front of millions dressed like a holographic Muppet. She is, in essence, making exploratory autofiction on a grand scale, even as she is playing yet another character. Lady Gaga bought Frank Zappa’s eccentric woodland estate not as a place to live while in Los Angeles — she already has a Mediterranean-style villa on an isolated, craggy cliffside in Malibu for that — but as a work retreat, the new nerve center of her countless creative pursuits. She wants to paint here, write music here (she told me that currently she is feverishly writing songs on a white piano upstairs; literally on the surface of the piano, with a black Sharpie) and plan her Vegas spectacular from here with her production team, like a war council plotting some dazzling siege. In her recording studio, after her “Shallows” serenade, Gaga played me five tracks from the coming film soundtrack. As the music blasted, she began to loosen up — this was her turf, her major contribution to the film. She lip-synced to her own songs from her swivel chair, looking straight into my eyes and drawing me insistently into her joy. The studio is her sanctuary, and one of the main reasons she felt she had to have the property. She is also working to preserve as many of the home’s oddities as possible: the vintage submarine doors with thick portholes, a giant dragon mural, the library floor painted to look like a lily pond. She told me she loves the house’s “intricate chaos.” Gaga is an auction shopper — she likes to acquire iconic objects, created by iconic personalities — and as I toured Zappa’s house it occurred to me that we were standing in a giant collector’s item of sorts, an 8,000-square-foot twig in the magpie’s nest of pop cultural artifacts that she has been building for a decade. In 2012, she purchased 55 items from Michael Jackson’s private archive, including his leather “Bad” jacket and a crystal glove. That same year, she bought an eggshell silk Alexander McQueen gown from the collection of the British fashion maven Daphne Guinness. In 2016, for her Dive Bar Tour in support of “Joanne,” Gaga rolled up to a show in Elvis’s pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood (she was just borrowing it). Perhaps this collector’s impulse is what she absorbed from her early study of Warhol. Gaga is an artist of accrual, of remixing and reimagination, of pulling her heroes into her gravitational orbit. She once told an interviewer that her “whole career is a tribute to David Bowie,” but her career is really a tribute to all the different ways a person can be monstrously famous: She wants to wear every costume, live out every type of stardom to its maximalist extreme. If she was going to be a movie star, she couldn’t just step into a role, or a film, that no one had ever heard of — she wanted to waltz into a lineage. When she was younger, she told me, she used to watch “The Wizard of Oz,” over and over, convinced that Judy Garland was the greatest entertainer alive. “Judy, I just think she’s tremendous,” she told me. “There’s a vulnerability behind her eyes, the way she speaks, she has big features. I just always wanted to be like her. It’s as simple as that.” And now she is standing on the very same stage. Earlier in the afternoon, she showed me a room that was empty save for a gigantic photograph of her own face, at least 15 feet across, in a gilded frame. “It was a gift from Bradley,” she said. “It’s the last frame of the movie. Do you know the scene?” I did know it. It is the moment when Ally is standing on the stage of the Shrine Auditorium — where Garland shot her final scene — in an ice blue evening gown, singing a homage to her late husband. She starts out timid and drained of expression, explaining to the audience that she is going to sing the last song that Jackson wrote for her, and that maybe with their support, she can get through it. But as the ballad goes on, her voice swells and becomes an avalanche. It’s a bravura performance in extreme close-up, a sort of symphonic summoning of every woman who has played the part. Gaga channels both the way Garland sang (wounded, tonally bright, barely holding it together) and the way Streisand did (forceful, sweeping, with a diffident jutting of the jaw). But Gaga adds something of her own: a sensual, earthy confidence, like gasoline in her veins. When she finishes, a single elephant tear rolls down her face. Magically, the moment somehow avoids bathos — the tear feels truly earned. After watching her perform this scene, I felt elated by what Gaga managed to do, not just for her character but for herself. You desperately want to know what her future holds after the curtain falls. I asked Gaga later what we can expect from her next phase. Of course, there’s Vegas and a new record on the way, and she’s reading piles of scripts. But she really didn’t want to discuss any of that. Instead, she just smiled enigmatically. “Oh,” she sighed. “I’m just shape-shifting again.” This article originally appeared here.
    23. "The following review contains spoilers" “I want you to look right in my eyes
 To tell me you love me, to be by my side..." It seems like a simple request: To have someone look at you and see you for who you truly are. Having someone like what they see – and want to stay – isn’t as easy. On the surface, A Star Is Born may be a film about the rise of Ally’s (Lady Gaga) career, and the demise of Jackson Maine’s (Bradley Cooper), but beyond ‘the shallow it is about their complicated and unyielding love for each other. From their very first encounter, we can feel the beating hearts of both characters on screen. One of my favorite moments in the entire film is when Jackson comes backstage to meet Ally after her performance at the drag bar. Jackson asks if he can take off one of Ally’s taped eyebrows. He is so gentle when he peels off the thin black piece of tape, and when he looks at her, it is a look of admiration, never judgement. As both the actors and characters, Gaga and Bradley never have an ounce of judgement toward each other. They share an electric and singular chemistry that is difficult to fabricate. Of course, not all relationships are perfect. Jackson’s alcoholism and drug abuse is the ticking time bomb of their union. Ally is very patient and at one point she even says, “It’s not your fault. This is a disease.” However, as much as she wants him to be alright, it isn’t her choice. Jackson was already deteriorating before he met her, and continues to do so even if she gives him the best years of his life. Bradley Cooper is at his best. With a single glance, we can see when he is sober and when he is wasted. Beyond the slurred speech, and stumbling, his eyes radiate years of pain and, when he’s looking at Gaga, glimmers of hope. As Ally, Lady Gaga is a selfless actress and focuses on intently listening to Bradley and empathizing with his character, never once shying away from trying to alleviate his pain. It is no secret that Lady Gaga and Ally are quite similar: Italian American aspiring singer- songwriters who are given an opportunity to succeed if they conform to the music industry. This role was familiar territory for Gaga, but that’s what would make it all the more challenging. Nobody likes confronting their fears or vulnerabilities, but A Star Is Born forces Gaga to hold up a mirror to herself and deal with the aspects of her life and career that scare her the most. The most difficult part about acting is being believable – being human. Lady Gaga has proven herself to be a natural by unapologetically revealing her humanity on screen without trying to hide behind wigs, costumes, or even music. Every lyric she has written, and every note she sings, only elevates her authenticity and thus our compassion for Ally. The songs in the film are truly of musical theatre standard. A song comes when words are not enough to convey emotion. Bradley and Gaga may not be breaking into song, but the film’s music is a heightened language for the two of them to communicate their love for each other. In the final scene of the movie, Ally sings a song that Jackson wrote for her: “I’ll Never Love Again.” It is one of the most beautiful songs in the film. Back to her natural hair, stripped of the pop facade she created, she pays tribute to Jackson. She may have lost the great love of her life, but he helped her fall in love with herself. Jackson helped her believe in herself and gave her the push she needed to chase her dreams. The great love story of A Star Is Born is actually the one Ally has with herself. Through Jackson’s love for her, Ally finds who she is as an artist and the belief that she’s worthy to succeed. Sometimes it only takes one person to believe in us, as Lady Gaga says of her director and on screen partner Bradley Cooper, but you have to be willing to agree with them. Bradley and Gaga are exceptional as actors and musicians and leave you wanting to experience the journey of their love story over and over again. This is a true marker of the beginning of Lady Gaga’s career as an actress, and what an explosive way to start. - Marc Cohen
    24. Date: September 29th 2018 Location: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris, France) After spending the night in Paris for Hedi Slimane's debut Celine fashion show, Lady Gaga was spotted arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport to head back to the United States. For her arrival, Lady Gaga wore a Tom Ford trench coat over a black flowing dress. I have not tracked down her dress but her jacket is the "Patchwork Fur Coat" from look 9 of the Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. This unique mixed media coat is crafted of jaguar-printed rabbit fur and python-printed leather. It is designed with a slim fit, structured shoulders, and crystal buttons - available through Tom Ford for $8,750 here. Lady Gaga continues to wear the black leather ankle boots she wore the night before at the Celine show which appear to be custom or anon-dislayed pair of ankle boots from Azzedine Alaia. The boots are similar to the "90" ankle boot but with a higher top ending just below the calf. Lady Gaga's pair are made with smooth black leather not embellished with silver eyelets. However, the eyelet-embellished version of the boots are available for purchase through Net-A-Porter for $1,590 here. To accessorize, Lady Gaga brought back her latest Fendi sunglasses. From their brand new collection, her sunglasses are square acetate frames with FF logo arms. And they are available to be fitted with prescription lenses! Made in two different colors varieties, Lady Gaga's are the black acetate with blue lenses combination available through outside retailers like Neiman Marcus for $380 here. Finally, Lady Gaga brought back her Celine 16 bag - which she was the first person in the world to debut last time she was in Paris! The bag is not yet available for purchase as it is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection but is set to go on sale in early October. Check out dozens of HQ photos arriving at the airport via GagaImages here! By Terran Warden
    25. Date: September 28th 2018 Location: Bus Pavilion Club (Paris, France) For the after party of Hedi Slimane's debut Celine fashion show, Lady Gaga changed completely into another fierce blacked-out look - complete with a brand new hairstyle! To start, Lady Gaga wore a black sequin dress from Alex Perry's Pre-Fall 2018 collection. Alex Perry is an Australian womenswear designer also known as a judge on Australia's Next Top Model. To my knowledge, this is the first time Lady Gaga has worn one of his designs but he is in-demand by numerous celebrities. Her one-shoulder cocktail dress is look 18 from the collection and is called the "IZZY" dress. It is a fitted silhouette lined with black crepe fabric and completed with a strap detail on the back (not visible when Lady Gaga was pictured). The IZZY dress is available for purchase for $1,400 here. Next, Lady Gaga covered up in a black leather jacket from the Joanne era while in Europe (see left). The "Motorcycle Leather Jacket" is from Swedish fashion house Acne Studios and made with 100% lamb leather. It is distinguished by the three front zippered pockets and additional flap pocket with a snap button. Get your own through Acne Studios for $1,550 here. To complete her look, Lady Gaga added her favorite fishnet stockings. They are the micro-net "Twenties Tights" from Wolford, available (without her stylish rips) for $53 here. Also available in nude shades "honey" and "gobi." Accessorizing, Lady Gaga wore a pair of classic aviator style sunglasses from Saint Laurent. These "Classic 11" frames are made with shiny silver steel and finished with "smoke" lenses. They are available, also in multiple other color combinations, for $350 here. Finally, Lady Gaga once again carried her new favorite bag, her Celine 16 - which she was the first person in the world to debut last time she was in Paris! The bag is not yet available for purchase as it is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection but is set to go on sale in early October. Her shoes appear to be custom as I have not been able to track them down anywhere. If you have a tip, tweet it to us @WhatGagaWore! BONUS: Lady Gaga's hair artist Frederic Aspiras revealed his tips to achieving this "Paris Grunge" hairstyle as seen on Lady Gaga. According to Frederic, use a dry molding paste and rub the hair between the palms of your hands while rubbing back and forth to get the twist and knot. Then spritz a dry oil spray all over for the "lived-in" finish! Check out dozens of HQ photos of Lady Gaga arriving via GagaImages here! By Terran Warden
    26. Date: September 28th 2018 Location: Hôtel des Invalides (Paris, France) In a surprise visit to Paris, Lady Gaga arrived at the Celine Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear fashion show in a fresh-off-the-runway look herself. The show was Hedi Slimane's debut as the new creative director of the iconic French label. Lady Gaga is known as a Slimane super fan, owning nearly every article of Saint Laurent clothing he designed while at the fashion house. For the show, Lady Gaga topped a black turtleneck shirt and leggings with a double-breasted black python coat from look 17 of Azzedine Alaia's Fall 2017 collection. Unfortunately the jacket is no longer available for purchase and her shirt/leggings are too limited in photos for me to identify. For her shoes, Lady Gaga continued her Alaia look with a custom or non-dislayed pair of ankle boots also from the designer. The boots are similar to the "90" ankle boot but with a higher top ending just below the calf. Lady Gaga's pair are made with smooth black leather not embellished with silver eyelets. However, the eyelet-embellished version of the boots are available for purchase through Net-A-Porter for $1,590 here. Finally, Lady Gaga brought back her Celine 16 bag - which she was the first person in the world to debut last time she was in Paris! The bag is not yet available for purchase as it is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection but is set to go on sale in early October. Check out dozens of HQ photos of Lady Gaga arriving at, attending, and leaving the Celine show via GagaImages! By Terran Warden
    27. Lady Gaga joined her fellow co-star Bradley Cooper on The Graham Norton Show. The magic duo sat next to Oscar winning Ryan Gosling and Doctor-Who Jodie Whittaker to answered funny questions, play strange instruments and talk about their upcoming movie A Star is Born. You can watch the full episode below. This video can only be played using your Browser not Twitter or Facebook. (remember to close all adds)
    28. The Graham Norton Show

      Filming Date: September 27th 2018 Air Date: September 28th 2018 Location: BBC Studioworks 6 Television Center (London, UK) After attending the UK premiere of A Star Is Born in London, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper stopped by The Graham Norton Show where they sat down with Ryan Gosling, Rod Stewart, and Jodie Whittaker. For her visit, Lady Gaga changed into a beautiful gown from Carolina Herrera. Herrera is a Venezuelan fashion designer who is known for dressing the first ladies of the United States. Lady Gaga's dress is a custom red satin version of look 40 from the Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection which just debuted two weeks prior! The off-the-shoulder column gown features dramatic sleeves gathered at the wrist with a built-in corset bodice, and train on the back. The original dress in yellow satin is available for $5,990 here. Check out the original sketch of Lady Gaga's customization from Carolina Herrera on the left! BONUS: Keeping her glam from the red carpet, Lady Gaga's makeup artist Sarah Tanno and Marc Jacobs Beauty revealed the details behind her "super clean and radiant" makeup. Sarah is a Global Artistry Ambassador for the brand and thus uses all Marc Jacobs Beauty products. To start, Sarah started with a base of Shameless Foundation. Lady Gaga's exact shade is unknown but this youthful-look foundation is available in 29 different shades and lasts 24 hours! Get your shade of Shameless Foundation, made with SPF 25, for $46 here. Sarah then highlighted the skin with Marc Jacobs Beauty's O!Mega Glaze all-over foil luminizer in a warm, peachy gold shade called "Gilty." The highlighter is limited edition so get yours while you can for $49 here. For her eyes, Sarah combined many different Marc Jacobs Beauty products to create one unique look. Her glitter is Highliner Glam Glitter Gel Eye Crayon in "All That Glitters 29," a true gold with gold glitter. It's available for $25 here. Next, Sarah used powder pink Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in "Pink of Me 59," also available for $25 here. For added drama, Sarah layered Lady Gaga's lashes with her favorite mascara - Velvet Noir from Marc Jacobs Beauty! Get yours for $26 here. For her shadow, Sarah started with O!Mega Gel Powder Eyeshadow in "The Big O!" - a matte light brown, sold for $29 here in an super-sized pan. She then added the same 12-hour longwear shadow in a pink-nude shimmer "Prim-O!" also sold for $29 here. Completing her look, Sarah covered Lady Gaga's lips in (P)Outliner, Marc Jacobs Beauty's longwear lip pencil in shade "Slow Burn 306." Get this creamy nude rose for $24 here. Catch the full Graham Norton Show episode through DailyMotion here. By Terran Warden
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