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Lady Gaga charms GMA silly with 'Wizard of Oz' performance -- watch it here

Lady Gaga hasn’t made it easy for herself: She’s got a manic drive to combine pop culture homage, conceptual fashion, gay-positive messaging, audience misdirection and general Gaga-brand weirdness that—as she sets it to music—constantly threatens to pile up into a bunch of self-serious signifiers.

But when it works, it works, as Gaga’s performance on Good Morning America proved earlier today. The homage, to The Wizard of Oz, was classic, recognizable to anyone, and preloaded with an adult subtext beneath the childlike wonder.

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Lady Gaga unveils more new 'ARTPOP' songs at iTunes Festival

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If you weren’t glued to your Apple TV (or, you know, actually in London) over the long weekend, then you missed out on some killer live music from the annual iTunes Festival—including a handful of never-before-heard songs from Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP.

Luckily, nothing ever really dies on the Internet, so the clips of those songs have been collected for your previewing enjoyment. In addition to already-charting single “Applause,” Gaga also busted out the album’s title track, plus “Swine,” “Sex Dreams,” “Aura,” “Manicure,” “Jewels & Drugs,” and “I Wanna Be With You” (the latter is, sadly, not a cover of the Mandy Moore song of the same name).

You can check out all of the videos of the new songs below (and the whole set is here), though the standouts are the manic “Jewels & Drugs” (which featured drop-ins from T.I., Too $hort, and Twista), the throbbing “Swine” (which found Gaga behind a drum kit for a while), and the kinky “Sex Dreams” (featuring the supremely Divinyls-esque lyric “When I lay in bed I touch myself and think of you”).

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Lady Gaga makes the right moves with 'Manicure,' 'Swine' -- hear her new music now

Nearly a week ago, I wrote that it wasn’t too late for Lady Gaga, who was threatening to go over the handlebars of her promotional cycle—pressuring fans to buy multiple copies of “Applause” and artificially inflate the video views, unleashing followers on Perez Hilton, making whatever the heck that video was with Marina Abramovic.

Well, six days can seem like one meeeellion years in pop, at least when they include an especially spicy Video Music Awards. So how’s Gaga got her nuttiness working for her right now? She managed not to do anything ill-advisedly wackadoo during her opening slot at the VMAs—unless you count the pre-recorded boos she had cued up for when she revealed her soon-to-be-stripped-off nun’s get-up, which presumably symbolifies (to coin an appropriately ridumbulous term) the controversy she thinks defines her.

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Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and more snatch music back after a man-heavy summer

This summer, pop music flowed like Pellegrino: Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, and Daft Punk immersed us in retro-R&B grooves that were effervescent, sophisticated—and only a tad more adventurous than tap water.

Come fall, though, America’s divas will step in with higher-proof stuff. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have already poured the first two shots: After announcing release dates for their respective albums, Prism and ARTPOP, the two unleashed massive first singles within the same 24 hours. Both women vow that they’ve reinvented themselves—Perry’s determined to stay dominant following a record-breaking string of No. 1s, and Gaga is fighting back from a major case of over-the-top-itis. (So far, this mostly seems to mean they’re both wearing fewer wigs.) First, Perry delivered “Roar,” an earnest empowerment anthem with an organic feel and some well-placed winks. Then Gaga rushed out “Applause,” a relatively streamlined, club-ready rumination on fame. READ FULL STORY

Post VMAs sales spikes: Justin Timberlake and NSYNC top the list

Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.

Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.

And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.) READ FULL STORY

MTV VMAs 2013: 10 things you didn't see on TV

Another MTV Video Music Awards is in the rearview, and this year brought us Katy Perry’s boxing pantomime, Lady Gaga’s seashells in the flesh, and Justin Timberlake’s 20 minutes of magic.

But not every great moment was found by the television cameras, which is why EW was inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch what happened in between, and to take notes while wiping away the sweat caused by Drake’s pyrotechnics. Check out some highlights from the view inside the building.

1. DJ Cassidy provided the pre-show and between-segment entertainment inside the Barclays Center, and while nobody cared much about him as they were taking their seats, he accidentally inspired some of the night’s biggest reactions. Case in point: During one commercial break, he spun Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which inspired a pretty intense singalong even as the show was coming back on the air.

2. The stage crew working the MTV VMAs were super busy, as always: They hustled to deconstruct Lady Gaga’s elaborate set following her show-opening performance, and had to build what was essentially an entire third stage—the one that the other four members of NSYNC emerged from—over the course of a single commercial break. (It was mostly seamless.) READ FULL STORY

VMAs 2013: Lady Gaga opens the show -- how did she do?

Going into tonight’s VMAs, there was one narrative that ran through pretty much every pre-game conversation: how would Lady Gaga’s handle her opening duties, and how would it stack up to Katy Perry’s closing gig?

Well, now we know at least half of that equation. With a closeup of her face surrounded by white poster board, Gaga kicked the ceremony off in an operatic and characteristically kooky fashion. The camera zoomed out to reveal her dressed as a sort of cubist nun, the first of many costumes for the next few minutes.

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It's not too late for Lady Gaga: How to turn things around, starting at the VMAs

It may seem strange to say that it’s not too late for Lady Gaga. After all, her third album, ARTPOP, isn’t even out until Nov. 11—and we’ve only heard one song, “Applause,” which is selling decently and actually has a pretty neat video. But of course, the promotional cycle’s in full swing. And it seems like any minute, Gaga might go over the handlebars.

Her main problem—we won’t say mistake, because this wasn’t entirely up to her, and anyway, we’re loving it—is having fallen into competition with Katy Perry, whose Prism arrives Oct. 22. Perry gave us “Roar”; Gaga came back with “Applause.” Perry made some fun promo videos; Gaga made a serious promo video with Marina Abramovic.

Once it became clear “Roar” would outsell “Applause” in their first week out, Gaga did something truly tacky: Enticed her fans to buy multiple copies of the song—and then asked them to game up the pageviews on her video. Meanwhile, she jumped into an ugly grudge match with her old friend Perez Hilton.

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Lady Gaga's 'Applause' video: Watch it here

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Whatever you think of Lady Gaga’s new single “Applause” (or any of her music, for that matter), you do have to give her credit as one of the few contemporary pop artists to really go all-in on music videos. So while the release of “Applause” as a single was a nice table-setter the main event is the just-released clip for the song.

In typical Gaga fashion, it’s all over the place. There’s a lot of black-and-white flailing, a giant magician’s hat, lots of creative items covering up Gaga’s breasts (including a bra that looks like a pair of hands and some Birth of Venus-referencing sea shells), and at least one scene with Gaga’s head on top of a swan’s body.

It crams an awful lot into three minutes, so you should probably just give it a watch below (and considering the amount of near-naked writhing, it’s probably vaguely NSFW).

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Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who won the singles showdown?

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Turns out Katy Perry was right: She is a champion, as she sings on the chorus of “Roar,” and she’s on track to move 525,000 downloads of her latest mega-single, compared with 200,000 to 225,000 sales expected for Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” Billboard reports.

Gaga and Perry weren’t planning to go head-to-head like this, but when both their new singles leaked online last weekend, everyone wondered: Which diva would come out on top? While Billboard‘s initial projections had the singers neck-and-neck — even suggesting both could surpass a half-million sales in what would have been a chart record — Gaga’s sales stalled around 200K, while Perry’s prospects soared.
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