Her very catchy music and her very out-there costumes make Lady Gaga not only a popular artist, but she has a profitable concert tour in a year where many tours are being cut short due to lack of money, interest or both.
Wednesday and Thursday, night Gaga fans will gather at Staples the center of the Gaga universe, to see the pop star sing, dance, and show off some of her trade-mark costumes.
Gaga's got 'em where she wants 'em, going gaga for the lady.
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She has been discounted as a Madonna knock off, and the undeniable influence of Ms. Ciccione is everywhere. From Gaga's style to her sound. From her androgynous videomates to her overt sexuality. From her sultry dead stare, to dead on video stories. There is a reason Gaga is more than the artist's name. Its where her fans go at the mere mention of her.
"She inspires me to be myself and not care what other people think of me," says Koby Otsuka, a Lady Gaga Fan.
At 24, Lady Gaga, who's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is in the top 100 artists of the decade according to Billboard. One of the top 100 most influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. And not only one of the most powerful and influential celebrities, but number four on that list compiled by Forbes, which also deemed her the second most powerful musician in the world.
"She's amazing. She inspires me. I'm actually really into fashion and she is one of my inspirations," according to Anna Renteria, a Lady Gaga fan.
"It's seriously like a disease, or like an obsession. It's like something you can't control, it just happens," according to Jonathan Knuth, a Lady Gaga fan. "I found it like my responsibility to make sure that I infect everyone."
If her music has a familiar sound, fun and playful, but not groundbreaking, her fashion steps forward at warp speed. So out there it begs to be duplicated.
Again, not since Madonna, have fans tried so hard to flatter by imitation.
"I'm totally sucked in. I'm a Gagaholic," says Olivia Richards, a Lady Gaga fan.
They worship at the alter of fabulous.