Lady Gaga still has "a lot of work left" to do on her ARTPOP album.
The "Judas" singer is preparing to release her third full length album - rumored to be a double - after her Born This Way Ball world tour wraps up in March. Producer and collaborator Zedd, who has been working on tracks with Gaga, told MTV news, "We've been working on it for over a year now. There's still a lot of work left, so we're definitely gonna work on this project for the next month. I did about 10 ideas, and they were all between almost finished songs up to the piano. And then when we were on tour together in Asia for almost two months, we had a lot of time to go back and forth and pick the ones we really like and work on them. But they're still all really rough - it could be five, it could be 10."
The US leg of the Born This Way Ball kicked off earlier this month and came to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, where Gaga delivered a typically flamboyant show, with some 12 costume changes and elaborate stage sets including a meat grinder, her castle and the singer emerging by birthing herself from a inflatable belly flanked by fishnet-clad legs. She also talked about her past as a go-go dancer and how her friends used to strip in order to pay their college fees. "I'm really just one of the highest paid strippers in the world, naturally," she told the crowd.
Always one to try something bold and socially helpful, Lady Gaga announced that her upcoming Born This Way Ball shows will provide free counseling sessions to attendees who seek it.
Therapists will be available at a pre-show "tailgating experience" on the BornBrave Bus, which will also feature food, games, and DJ sets from Lady Starlight.
"BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all... I feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around 'help' and make it fun," Gaga wrote on her Facebook.
In light of recent shootings and the LGBT community's continuing struggle for acceptance in some areas, Gaga's spotlight on mental health is quite admirable.
The Born This Way Ball kicks off in Vancouver on January 11.
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Lady Gaga played the "biggest show" ever staged in Costa Rica.
The "You and I" singer brought her Born This Way Ball to the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica stadium in San Jose on Saturday night and was told it was the most attended concert in the history of the Central American country. "In Costa Rica tonight for stadium show. Thank you so much to everyone for buying a ticket to the BTWBALL. I will leave my heart on the stage ... Thank you Costa Rica, they told me it was the biggest show and turnout they've ever had. means so much to me. luckiest girl alive. (sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.
Gaga's stage spectacular even eclipsed a massive heavy metal concert by Metallica, and the 26-year-old pop superstar is thrilled with her achievement.
Lady Gaga suffered concussion during her concert in New Zealand over the weekend.
The "Born This Way" singer was performing her hit song "Judas" at the concert in Auckland when a dancer accidentally hit her on the head with a pole which was being used as a stage prop.
However, Gaga carried on with the show as she didn't want to let her fans down: "I want to apologize. I did hit my head and I think I may have a concussion but don't you worry I will finish this show."
She went on to sing 16 more songs and her make-up artist Tara Savelo was very impressed she managed to carry on. "GaGa has a concussion but she is going to be okay. She wants u to know she loves u. I'm taking care of her. cant believe she finished the show. (sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.
Lady Gaga's new album will be "insane."
The "Marry the Night" hitmaker is already working on the follow-up to Born This Way - which was released in May 2011 - and her co-manager, Vincent Herbert, thinks it will defy all expectations.
"There's a lot of work to come, [I'm] very excited about it. [It's] just an insane, great record. She's on tour right now, but it's just going to be a great record. Look out for the unexpected when it comes to her. We're doing it on the road right now, so it's a little hard, but it's going to be great," Vincent said, speaking to website That Grape Juice.
Gaga is currently undertaking a two-year Born This Way Ball world tour but won't let that get in the way of her plans to make a new album, as parts of Born This Way were also recorded on the road. Her single "Marry The Night" took shape with producer Fernando Garibay whilst on her previous tour in 2009.
Lady Gaga has cancelled her gig in Indonesia after receiving death threats.
The "Judas" singer was set to perform in Jakarta as part of the Asian leg of her Born This Way Ball tour but has now axed the show because hardline extremists complained her sexy clothes and dance routines would corrupt young people. Islamic Defenders Front called Gaga a "messenger of the devil" and vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if she tried to step off the plane.
"It's unfortunate. But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her," said Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for concert promoters Big Daddy.
Gaga is "devastated" by the decision to pull the plug on the show. "There is nothing Holy about hatred. We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I'm so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more.(sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.
Lady Gaga has vowed to perform "alone" if she has to in Jakarta.
The "Judas" hitmaker's Indonesian show - set to be the biggest in her Born This Way Ball tour's Asian leg - is in jeopardy after protests from hard line religious groups led police to refuse a license for it to go ahead, but she has not given up hope of staging a show in the nation.
"The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence. If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone (sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.
Islamic groups have protested against Gaga's sexualized image, provocative dance moves and allegations she could undermine the country's moral fiber. However, fans who have tickets for the show at the 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno stadium on Sunday were given hope when a key religious group, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said it was re-examining its opposition to the concert today after police said they would issue a license if Gaga can get backing from MUI and the Religious Affairs Ministry.
Lady Gaga has been refused a permit to perform in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The "Born This Way" singer was due to perform the biggest show on the Asian leg of her Born This Way Ball in the city on June 3, but has been denied a work permit by local police after objections from Islamic groups.
Boy Rafli Amar, a spokesperson for Jakarta police said the permit had been denied after protests against the singer's sexualized image, provocative dance moves and allegations she could underline the country's moral fibre.
Promoter Big Daddy had already sold 52,000 tickets, with a further 2,000 being made available yesterday.
Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world with 240 million people, and groups including Muslim Defenders Team and Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said they would not tolerate Gaga appearing in the country. The latter threatened to ask its 30,000 supporters to forcibly prevent Gaga stepping off the plane.
Lady Gaga is giving away a "Monster Pit key" to one fan on every night of the Born This Way Ball world tour.
The "Judas" hitmaker kicked off her tour in Seoul, South Korea, last night and revealed to fans - whom she calls Little Monsters - the first in line will get to open the Monster Pit - an enclosed area around the stage for hardcore fans.
Tweeting a picture of a skull shaped necklace, she added, "This is a necklace I'll give to the first monster in line every night at the Ball. It's a symbol of the 'key' that opens the pit every night. The real monster pit key will be signed by this fan and returned to me. There'll be 110 necklaces & signatures Mar. 2013 (sic)."
The monster pit is a general admission area of the concert, which will be populated by the most hardcore fans who are first in line to see each show. The tour takes will include 100 shows in more than 25 countries and Gaga admitted her nerves for the opening night: "Nervous for tonight. Hope I make little monsters happy and proud. This is a very special moment for Haus of Gaga. We thank you so much. Enjoy our music, fashion installations & pop performance art tonight."
The Darkness are hoping to collaborate with Lady Gaga. The "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" hitmakers are set to support the pop superstar on her forthcoming Born This Way Ball tour and are hoping it will lead to entering the studio with the star.
"We were chosen by her. She had a shortlist of artists available and she didn't like any of them, so she chose us instead. Will we collaborate? I'm sure there's a cover we could do. It would be quite vaudevillian and spectacular," said the group's frontman Justin Hawkins.
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