Lady Gaga and her loyal manager Troy Carter are over. The reason is “creative differences.” Carter literally created Gaga’s career in 2007, got her a multi zillion dollar deal at Interscope, and helped hatch her from that egg she appears in. I am told by friends that Carter was cut out of the ARTPop album campaign. and that Gaga has refused advice. “She doesn’t take direction anymore,” a source told me.
This all culminated in last night’s train wreck of an appearance at the YouTube Awards. Millions of people tuned out as Gaga appeared in darkness singing a terrible ballad called “Dope.” It’s one of three songs on ARTPop with references to drugs, not smart for her young audience. As well, Gaga apparently left a couple of what I’m told were “great” songs off ARTPop that could have been hits. (One of them was a song I featured here a few months ago, a duet with Cher.)
But this is what happens when a “star” believes they are too big to take guidance. What a shame. Carter manages John Legend and other artists, so he will be fine. Gaga, however, has problems on the horizon. Last night’s outing was a nightmare. She cried and carried on, and even her most fanatic fans didn’t know what was going on. “ARTPop” is released in one week– November 11th. It’s had a flurry of leaked singles but no focus or direction. Remember how clear the “Born this Way” campaign was? “ARTPop” is all over the place. And that may be reflected in its initial sales. (Showbiz411)
Buzz Track: Just Don’t Move Me
House of Laurence have just released the new single Just Don’t Move Me which was produced by Jean-Paul Fung (Jinja Safari, Last Dinosaurs, Theophilus London). This Melbourne, Australia band perform their own brand of psychedelic music, from ambient blissful soundscapes to full fuzz progressive rock without sacrificing hooks. Although fairly new to the scene the band has managed to make some noise. They will perform Paradise Music Festival in November.
Buzz Track: Breath Me In
Kings favorite Jared & The Mill just completed a tour and the bands song “Returning Half” was just featured on ABC’s Nashville. They will be added into full rotation on MY 1039 in Phoenix. They will showcase in LA at Hotel Cafe on Dec 4th. If you missed our last write up on the band, they are indie folk-rock ala Mumford & Sons and the album was produced By Bob Hoag (The Format, Jimmy Eat World). They have shared the stage with the likes of The Killers and Youngblood Hawke.
Buzz Track: Crying at the Disco
London born Lauren Harris, the daughter of Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), fronts a musical project Kingdom of I. She is building a solid resume earning part of the Variety Magazine cover feature
“10 Brits to Watch” and gracing the stages of numerous festivals including Sonisphere UK, Sonisphere Spain, Download, Rock am ring, among others. Her song song Crying at the Disco was penned by Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics, Platinum Weird), Kara DioGuardi (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Kylie Minogue). A tour and full album release will follow in early 2014. This is an artist to watch.
Fresh on the scene Bianca Monica is a 21 year-old singer from New Jersey. Her music career began at 14 when she fronted an alternative rock band. They quickly gained recognition sharing the stage with The Voice’s Juliet Simms and playing venues throughout the tristate area. She co-wrote and released a Self-Titled EP which she had the opportunity of performing on Little Steven VanZandt’s Fuzztopia Show. Bianca has sung the National Anthem for the Mets four times, at both Shea and Citi Field. This past year she has been hard at work on her upcoming sophomore EP, as well as rehearsing with her band in Brooklyn. Her single “Lost” which was produced by Tommy Eichmann will be released November 5th.
Step Rockets, a Kings favorite, who we profiled several times just released the video for the track Kisser. The Step Rockets hail from Minneapolis and capture a unique vibe combing the elements of new wave and reggae.
Greta Svabo Bech who we featured before just released a new video for the track “Broken Bones“. The voice of Greta Svabo Bech captivated the Dance world when she worked with Deadmau5 on their Grammy Nominated “Raise Your Weapon”, and more recently with Bloody Beetroots on “Chronicles of a Fallen Love” (October 2012).
When we featured 17 year old country singer Kaylee Rutland her video Into The Circle had 200,000 YouTube views. Now it’s well over million. Kaylee is featured in this month’s StarCentral Magazine for being voted the YouTube Artist of the month by fans. Kaylee is returning to the American Airlines Center in Dallas to headline the Party on the Plaza Pregame Entertainment for the NHL Dallas Stars on December 29th. ReverbNation feature coming soon.