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    Lady Gaga postpones European leg of Joanne World Tour

    Live Nation confirmed today the European leg of Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour concert has unfortunately been postponed until early 2018. The 6-week European leg of the tour was scheduled to begin on Sept. 21 in Barcelona, Spain, and conclude on Oct. 28 in Koln, Germany.
    Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today. Lady Gaga is devastated that she has to wait to perform for her European fans. She plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe physical pain in her body. She wants to give her fans the best version of the show she built for them when the tour resumes. Lady Gaga sends her love to all her fans across Europe and thanks them for their support and understanding.
    As the tour is currently working on rescheduling the European dates, fans should hold onto their existing tickets pending the announcement of additional information once it is available. The second North American leg of the tour is scheduled to continue as planned.
    Live Nation and Lady Gaga apologize sincerely for the inconvenience.

    Lady Gaga cancels Rock In Rio show due to severe pain

    A very sad news for Brazilian fans who have been waiting to see her for so long. Unfortunately, Lady Gaga announced via Twitter that she will not be able to perform at Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil tomorrow night due to severe pain. She tweeted:
    "Thought ice helped fibromyalgia. I was wrong and making it worse. Brazil, I'm devastated that I'm not well enough to come to Rock In Rio. I would do anything for you but I have to take care of my body right now."
    She then asked her fans to be understanding towards her and promised them that she will be back to perform live. At the same time, she wrote:
    "I was taken to the hospital, it's not simply hip pain or wear & tear from tour, I'm in severe pain. I'm in good hands with the very best doctors."
    We wish Gaga all the very best and that she will get better very soon!
     
     
     
     

    Lady Gaga invites boy with severe autism on stage

    Lady Gaga made a very special surprise to a child named Owen last night. He is affected by severe autism and her mother has been trying to get him to meet Gaga for quite some time. Last night, during her Joanne World Tour show in Philadelphia, his dream came true. Owen got invited on stage, carried by two men who brought him right next to Gaga. He sat with her on the piano while she sang The Edge Of Glory. You can watch the full video below.
     
     

    Lady Gaga's TV shows win 3 Emmy Awards

    Last night it was announced that some of the shows where Lady Gaga appeared won 3 Emmy Awards. Respectively, RuPaul's Drag Race episode 'Oh. My. Gaga!' won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing and Outstanding Costumes. The second Emmy was won thanks to her Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction. This is just 1 out of 6 nominations that Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance received. Finally, her Carpool Karaoke episode won an Emmy in the Best Variety Special category.
    Reminder: the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are taking place in Los Angeles, California, on the 17th of September.
    Congratulations, Gaga!
     
     

    'GAGA: Five Foot Two' - Review

    Lady Gaga premiered her first Netflix documentary 'GAGA: Five Foot Two' at the Toronto Film Festival tonight. Gaga also performed an an acoustic version of her hit single Bad Romance for the public. Right after the end of the live preview, Hollywood Reported shared their first review of the documentary. 'GAGA: Five Foot Two' will be available from September 22 on Netflix. You can ready the first review below, or watch pictures from the red carpet here.
    SPOILER AHEAD.
     
    Director Chris Moukarbel pulls back the sequined meat dress to reveal the "real" Lady Gaga in this verite-style documentary.
    Premiering, no doubt by minutely planned design, at the Toronto Film Festival just as its subject glides through Canada on her world tour, documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two offers fans of pop star Lady Gaga an artfully casual, precisely spontaneous glimpse into the life of their idol, filmed in 2016 while she was working on her latest album Joanne. Directed and filmed by Chris Moukarbel (Banksy Does New York, Me at the Zoo), and produced not just by him and Live Nation’s Heather Parry but also Gaga herself and her manager Bobby Campbell, this is certainly an entertaining enough watch, even for those without much rooting interest in Gaga. Sure, it’s hardly in the rock-doc hall of fame like Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967) or even Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004), but as a canny mesh of artistry, marketing and brand building, it achieves its ends: promoting the star, providing desirable exclusive content to Netflix subscribers (the streaming service is one of the producers) and generating some opening-weekend, red-carpet glamour for Toronto.
    Those aims were partly achieved before the film even press screened in Toronto by generating copy in the gossip press. Word on the net was that this would feature Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) exposing herself, talking frankly about her struggles with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and chronic physical pain from a broken hip, as well as her breakup with fiancé Taylor Kinney.
    Sure enough, she speaks up about these things, and even lets Moukarbel’s camera film her visiting a doctor where, clad only in a paper hospital gown, she reels off a long list of all the meds she takes. A few minutes later, she continues the consult as make-up artists apply war paint in preparation for her next appearance. The whole scene starts to acquire a certain ghoulishness, taking exhibitionism to a new level of extremity.
    More frivolously, there are shots of her smoking a joint or two, or maybe just smoking (it’s impressive that she can get away with lighting up whatever it is in so many workplaces where mere mortals would be arrested for vaping); accidentally driving into her producer Mark Ronson’s car and totaling his bumper; going topless by a pool while having a meeting with her image consultants and stylists; and having a minor diva fit “meltdown” on the set of American Horror Story when plans change suddenly. Throwing red meat to the campier constituency of her fan base, she throws shade at Madonna — somewhat hypocritically, perhaps — by criticizing her fellow star for talking badly about her to the media, instead of to her face.
    Despite all the blurry camerawork and footage of an un-made-up Gaga relaxing around her house while the entourage bustles around her, above all she comes across as an extremely focused, warm but formidable micro-manager. She seems collaborative and affectionate with her team, often dispensing hugs and taking an interest in their private lives, including one colleague on her creative team who’s just been diagnosed with cancer. Gaga exudes nuclear levels of magnetism, and the film captures her intense relationship with her friends, family and fans. Still, one can imagine woe would betide anyone who might neglect, say, to get the lining on a sequined jacket fixed the instant she asks for it, as happens just before she does the half-time show at the Super Bowl.
    The scene where she plays her “Joanne,” the title track for her new album, to her aged grandmother, an intense tribute to her late aunt who died after having her hands amputated, is particularly fascinating. Gaga clearly craves approval and validation from the elderly lady and seems to be pushing to create a cathartic drama out the scene, but her grandmother seems resistant to all this emotional hyperbole, insisting that the loss is well in the past now. In a way, it’s moments like this, where Gaga can’t completely control the script, that make the movie more interesting than it realizes.
    Technically, the package is assembled with competence and style, with graceful editing by Greg Arata helping to create a strong sense of story and continuity. Moukarbel and his sound editors frequently use swelling soundtrack choices and a flurry of fast edits to suggest the frenzy of Gaga’s life.
    This article originally appeared here.

    Lady Gaga attends Netflix Documentary Press Conference

    The official press conference for Lady Gaga's upcoming documentary 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' took place earlier today in Toronto, Canada. The event was live streamed on TIFF's YouTube Channel. In case you missed it, you can watch it again below! Click here, instead, for the pictures of her arrival and here for the press conference photos.
     

    Lady Gaga releases the first teaser of 'Gaga: Five Foot Two'

    Netflix just posted a teaser trailer of Lady Gaga's upcoming documentary GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO. The teaser gives us a glimpse of Lady Gaga's every day life and shares moments of her interacting with fans, making Joanne and preparing for the biggest performance of her career, the halftime show at Super Bowl 51. Watch the teaser trailer for GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO below.
    GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO will stream worldwide on Netflix starting on September 22nd.

    Lady Gaga talks about her upcoming Netflix documentary 'Gaga: Five Foot Two'

    After nearly a decade of redefining contemporary pop music — and, for that matter, celebrity culture — the 31-year-old is giving fans an intimate peek behind the sequins, shoulder pads, and disco sticks that catapulted her to international stardom back in 2008, teaming with Me @ the Zoo filmmaker Chris Moukarbel to craft an eye-opening documentary about her struggles with fame, loneliness, chronic pain, and her evolution as an artist during the recording sessions for Joanne, her most personal album yet that carries on the spiritual legacy of her late aunt, whose death in 1974 at age 19 catalyzed a period of “intergenerational pain,” as Gaga describes it, that lingered over her family as the years went on. The resulting album — and the film built around it — is rife with reflections and odes to memory and resilience, ushering in a new era of fresh sounds and unique fashions starkly contrasted with Gaga’s previous outputs.
    “[You will see] a woman who’s an artist, creates all day, thinks all day, and also has the experiences [as] both an artist and a celebrity. Those two things collide for me, and you’ll see how they’re conflicted,” Gaga tells EW, additionally noting that she’s currently working on a new album. “I am 100 percent at my lowest common denominator. Nobody [is] explaining what I am or putting a label on me as a female artist in this film. That’s what this documentary is about.”
     
    “Gaga was really supportive of the creative process and I felt like she wanted to give me the space as a filmmaker to make something that I believed in,” Moukarbel adds. “The one thing I said to her early on was that I would be her shadow and would shoot everything I saw, but that I wasn’t interested in [making] an exposé. I just wanted to be there as her life unfurled and create a portrait of her interior world.”
     
    Gaga: Five Foot Two will have its world premiere as part of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival next Friday, Sept. 8, before its Netflix launch on Sept. 22. Read on for more secrets about the film, as told by Moukarbel and the Lady herself.
     
     
    Filming began in June 2016, and mostly captured the creation of the Joanne era
     
    GAGA: “This was a true documentary made of my life, meaning I gave everyone access to what I wanted everyone to have access to. I decided what they could and could not film and [what could] be in the movie. I’m excited for people to see it, but it’s not intended to lay a framework for anything. It’s intended just to be true and honest.”
     
    MOUKARBEL: “I started shooting casually last June [when Gaga finished writing Joanne]. I started rolling as soon as I walked through the door. She was very friendly and also told me right away that she wasn’t going to do anything special. She would just be getting ready to go to the studio and I was welcome to tag along. That whole first day ended up as the first scene of the film. I really didn’t expect that at all. The film follows her through her creative process in writing the record Joanne. We see her shooting American Horror Story and coping with some heavy personal issues including chronic body pain that she’s been dealing with for five years. We’re also alongside her as she prepares for the Super Bowl halftime show.”
     
     
    Gaga’s planned documentary with Terry Richardson has no relation to this project
     
    Prior to Artpop‘s 2013 release, on Christmas Day in 2012, Gaga announced that she would collaborate with the notorious photographer on a nonfiction film about her life, the creation of the album, and her relationship with her fans. Moukarbel stresses that this film is a completely fresh project, and no ties exist to previous plans for a documentary. “It was really important to both of us that this was a completely new project, separate from anything she had done before,” he explains. “This film is a frame around a very specific time in her life. That was the hardest part! How do you compress such an enormous life into 100 minutes of film? There were dozens of ways to approach it and I realized quickly that I had to focus on the present moment. She does more in a day than most people do in a year, so it was about limiting the scope to a specific window of time.”
     
     
    The film unfolds through the eyes of her close friends
     
    GAGA: “It really and truly is my life, but as made in a documentary by friends who simply wish to show the world a look into who they know me to be. It’s really for art’s sake. You know me; I’m not only a ‘making the money’ kind of girl. For me, doing things with people that I love is important. The filmmakers are my friends, and I believe in them as artists, and I was happy to have them create [this movie.]”
     
    MOUKARBEL: “There were some things that she felt strongly needed to be included and she had a clear vision as to how to represent these aspects of her life. One of those story lines is her chronic body pain. It was very important that we represented this experience in a way that could be helpful to other people that might be struggling with chronic pain. She was also generally sensitive to the perceptions of young women and girls. Her role as an influential woman is something she took really seriously.”
     
    GAGA: “It’s my gay friends [in this movie]. They see me and love me in a very special way, and yet they know me through my relationships, through my family, through my business, in every aspect. No matter what they see me go through in my life, they still have the ability to lift me up, and that is what I’m so grateful for.”
     
     
    We might see how the ‘Artpop’ era played a role in shaping Gaga’s approach to ‘Joanne’
     
    The official TIFF synopsis indicates the film “follows the artist as she recovers from the mixed reviews that greeted her Artpop album and faces deadlines to deliver its 2016 follow-up, Joanne,” noting that she’s “in a reflective mood, looking back on her dazzling flurry of work and image shifts, and trying to find a new definition for herself.” Though Artpop contained one of the biggest hits of Gaga’s career, “Applause,” and has sold around 800,000 copies in the U.S. alone since its debut (hardly a small feat in a market where streams dominate physical sales), critical reception was lukewarm. The aftereffects of the album’s release could play a large part in setting the stage for Gaga: Five Foot Two and its chronicling of Gaga’s search for a new creative voice on the rock-influenced Joanne, named after Gaga’s late aunt, who died from lupus-related causes in 1974.
     
    GAGA: [Responding to a question about Artpop‘s inclusion in the film]: “You have to be sure about who and what you are, and have that be the most important thing. If every time somebody has a comment about what to do or makes a statement about your work, if you shift as if the wind were blowing, you have no perspective or spinal cord as an artist. Every single one of my albums, no matter if they were received with critical acclaim, commercial acclaim, or artistic acclaim, [after the release] I plant my feet further into myself, and that is what I believe to be honorable as an artist. You fall on the sword always. It’s your work, and when I make my work, there’s a reason and I think about it and I love it, and that’s what matters.”
     
     
    Moukarbel shot in vérité style and didn’t conduct interviews with people close to Gaga
     
    Though music documentaries typically unfold with commentary from people close to the subjects’ lives, Moukarbel felt it important to limit the number of voices making observations about Gaga’s life in an effort to preserve the natural, organic feeling of the film — though her father, Joe Germanotta, and Florence Welch, who features on Joanne cut “Hey Girl,” are in the film.
     
    MOUKARBEL: “Gaga has created an extraordinary life through force of her own personality but when you’re inside her world you’re immediately struck with how laid-back and familial she actually is. She’s warm and genuinely interested in the people around her. I approached the film in a vérité style. That way I could focus on Gaga and her experiences so the viewer gets a sense of the world through her eyes. I didn’t do any interviews with people around her. If they happened to be present while I was shooting, then they might end up in the film, but it was really about her surroundings at that moment. She is incredibly close with her family and they are around her all the time. They have a naturally loving relationship so I hope some of that comes across in the movie.”
     
     
    The film will explore Gaga’s legacy and evolution as an artist and as a person
     
    GAGA: “[The film is not me taking control of my narrative] more than I have before. When I’ve chosen to wear big shoulder pads and avant-garde clothes back when it wasn’t sexy to do it in 2008, I was doing it because I refuse to let anyone around me tell me what is beautiful about a woman or how a woman should be sexy or how women in the music industry should sell their bodies to be sexy. I’ve always done that.”
     
    MOUKARBEL: “I always got the feeling that part of her creativity comes from an internal struggle. She has an outsized amount of talent and ambition but also needs to have real human connections to be happy. Those needs can often be at odds because one is usually at the expense of the other. She’s definitely fighting for balance. I like to think of this film as a simple portrait of a truly complex person. She’s put herself in such a position of influence and is really thoughtful and hyper aware of that power. One of my personal takeaways is that there is a lot of power in allowing yourself to be vulnerable.”
     
    This interview originally appeared here.
     

    Lady Gaga talks about her next album

    As Lady Gaga saddles up to trot her Joanne World Tour to even more cities around the globe, she’s also dusting off another set of traveling boots for a venture of a different kind: her next album.
    “I’ve started writing,” Gaga tells EW of the planned LP, which is in early stages of conception and might proceed another single from Joanne, though the Oscar nominee was coy — “I’ll let ya know,” she says playfully — when asked if she plans to release another cut from her fifth studio effort (fans have campaigned on social media for “Dancin’ In Circles” to get the single treatment since the album’s release last year). “I have a lot of ideas and a lot of things I want to create, so you’ll see in a bit. I need some time to create.”
    It will be no surprise to die-hard fans that Gaga is already cooking up another musical project while deep into the era of the impending release’s forebear, which became her fourth consecutive No. 1 album in the United States upon its release in October 2016. Large portions of her 2011 hit Born This Way were devised as she toured in support of The Fame Monster the previous year.
    Gaga’s also known to unveil still-unreleased songs like “Princess Die” and “Living on the Radio” in concert, though she admits the current tour will see fewer setlist changes than previous concerts, thanks to its complicated technical setup — which includes multiple stages, heavy strobe effects, pyrotechnics, and mobile rigs that double as projections screens, ascending and descending during the performance to bridge the gap between each platform.
    “That’s not to say I won’t do songs here or there that I can call during the show,” she assures, having hinted earlier this year that new music would “absolutely” play a role in the Joanne World Tour cycle. “But, this show’s actually extremely complex and complicated, and the stage is coded with a computer. It’s intense and the cues all have to be met at a particular time. It’s high stress and tense backstage to make sure everything happens at the exact moment it’s supposed to. So, the setlist might change a little bit, but mostly you’re coming to see a piece that we’ve created for you. It’s two hours and fifteen minutes we’ve thought about very closely. It’s from our heart, and it’s from a band, dancers, artists, and everyone we’ve worked with in the 10 years we have behind us together.”
    One thing concertgoers can bank on this year, however, is Gaga returning fan affection she’s cultivated since catapulting into the world of mainstream music back in 2008. Verizon has partnered with Gaga to give wireless customers the chance to redeem rewards points for exclusive concert experiences as part of its new loyalty program, Verizon Up.
    “Verizon likes to give back to their fans, and so do I. So, we’re just doing that together,” she says of the program, which offers select backstage meet-and-greet opportunities, a special VIP seating section, and other perks for the carrier’s best customers.
    “They come backstage, get a picture with me, and get to sit close to the stage and see the stage before I go on, check out the crew, and the hustle and bustle of the backstage area,” Gaga continues. “Then, there are other fans [who] can activate [their rewards] with Verizon Up outside the venue, and they get ticket upgrades to the show when they get there. They get to see the stage and what I’ve created with Joanne really close!”
    Gaga is perhaps the most appropriate pop star to work with Verizon on the endeavor, as she’s largely come to redefine the word “loyalty” when it comes to the relationship she has with her fans.
    “What has bonded Little Monsters and I together, since the beginning, is spreading a message of love and unity and acceptance to the world, so as the years have gone by, we’ve all grown up and changed, but it’s our values that stay the same,” she explains. “It keeps us strong. No matter what happens in our lives, in my life, the world, we always have that common ground and value system that we care about. The Joanne World Tour so far has been really exciting for a lot of reasons, mostly to reunite with my fan base and feel that love they bring every night, and I pray that multiplies.”
    That passionate union has endured throughout the various stages of Gaga’s career, which has surged to new heights this year, following her record-setting headlining performance at Super Bowl LI in February. Though public perception of her highly personal work fluctuates (“I put this album out, and I know I do things sometimes that people don’t understand… I do that on purpose. Maybe I did try to become my dad’s sister to heal his pain, maybe I tried to heal my family by putting out a record and singing her name, and, f–, am I so glad that I did,” she told the crowd of Joanne‘s namesake inspiration at Monday night’s tour stop in Queens, New York), Gaga’s commitment to herself — and her vision — remains unwavering.
    “You have to be sure about who and what you are, and have that be the most important thing. If every time somebody has a comment about what to do or makes a statement about your work, if you shift as if the wind were blowing, [then] you have no perspective or spinal cord as an artist,” she says. “Every single one of my albums — no matter if they were received with critical acclaim, commercial acclaim, or artistic acclaim — every time I plant my feet further into myself, and that is what I believe to be honorable as an artist. You fall on the sword always. It’s your work, and when I make my work, there’s a reason and I think about it and I love it, and that’s what matters.”
    The first leg of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour continues through Dec. 18. For more information on Verizon Up, head to the company’s website here.
    This article originally appeared here.
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