Arguably the hottest popstar of the moment, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga[/lastfm], chatted with Carson Daly! He got to pick her brain on all things Gaga and he even asked some of the questions you all sent into us!
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] gave us the inside scoop on her upcoming “Born This Way” album, her shout out to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whitney Houston[/lastfm] at the Grammys, and why she’s not into 3D!
You can listen to the full interview here or check out the transcript below!
[pullquote quote="I wanted to create a performance art piece where I was in a state of incubation and could become reborn on the stage. " credit="Lady Gaga explains why she was encased in an egg at the Grammys"]
Carson: Happy Valentine’s Day!
Lady Gaga: Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m a lucky girl, you’re my Valentine!
Carson: Oh, you have no idea, sweetheart! I’m much better than spending time with Jay Leno!
Lady Gaga: Don’t say that!
What did you do after your Tonight Show appearance last night? It was Valentine’s Day, did you go out to dinner?
Lady Gaga: We had a little dinner and then I just went to sleep. I was very tired!
Carson: Oh, Momma Monster is exhausted…
Producer Angie: She’s had a couple busy days!
Carson: Gaga, let’s start with the Grammys and the appearance in the egg. When did that idea even come up?
Lady Gaga: Oh, months and months ago. I’ve been working in collaboration with obviously the Haus of Gaga and Nicola Formichetti, my fashion director.
I wanted to create a performance art piece where I was in a state of incubation and could become reborn on the stage.
Carson: I thought it was just to avoid all the questions on the red carpet!
Lady Gaga: That too! I actually really dislike red carpets. Every day is a red carpet in my life.
Carson: I saw you say that in your interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes this past weekend.
In fact, another thing I loved was your honesty when he was talking about your previous drug use. At some point, did you think that this new album should just be called “Whiskey and Weed?”
Lady Gaga: Why of course! That was the first title! (laughs) I just like to be really honest and I think hypocrisy is a really dangerous thing when you’re an artist.
[pullquote quote="The good news is that I adore Madonna and I've worked with her a few times...She sent her complete love and support for the record " credit="Lady Gaga on comparisons to Madonna"]
Carson: So let’s get into “Born This Way.” The track comes out, sounds an awful lot like Madonna’s Vogue period.
The performance at the Grammys looked like it took a page out of the Blonde Ambition tour with the high ponytail and the cones and the whole thing.
The real question is: I know you love Madonna, she loves you. That part’s fine. But why did you go and thank Whitney Houston?
Lady Gaga: Well, the two are not related in the slightest. The good news is that I adore Madonna and I’ve worked with her a few times. I’ve spent time with her and she’s wonderful and amazing.
She sent her complete love and support for the record and the thanking Whitney was completely unrelated to that.
Whitney has been sort of the center of my vocal inspiration since I was really young. I used to sing in my room when I was a kid.
I used to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” [arrangement] that she did. I said, “Some day when I grow up, if I win a Grammy Award on stage, I’m going to thank Whitney Houston.
And I won 2 last year, but I didn’t get to thank anyone on stage. So when I won, the 10-year-old in my head was saying, “Thank Whitney! Thank Whitney!”
Carson: Let me ask you a couple questions about the new record from your fans who have been bombarding me on Twitter. The tracklisting, when will it be released?
Lady Gaga: The tracklisting will be released – I’m not quite sure. I have a couple of different ideas of how I want to do it, but I have revealed some of the titles.
Carson: What are some of the titles that you have already revealed?
Lady Gaga: “Hair,” “Judas,” that’s the second single.
Carson: “Judas” is the second single? That’s the other question that everybody wanted to know.
Lady Gaga: Yes, well as of right now. There’s lots of really great singles on this record. I could kind of go with many different directions, but I think “Judas” would be a really, really exciting second single.
It’s a great, great, huge, massive record and it’s about always falling in love with the wrong man over and over again. So, I always choose Judas over Jesus! (laughs)
[pullquote quote="The vision of it is the birth of a new race within the race of humanity that there's no prejudice...That was the theme for the Grammy performance as well as the video." credit="Lady Gaga on the 'Born This Way' music video"]
Producer Angie: Gaga, when is your music video for “Born This Way” coming out?
Lady Gaga: It’s funny, I have it sitting up in front of me right now! I’m looking at it as we’re speaking.
Carson: Well what are you seeing? Describe it.
Lady Gaga: I’m not going to tell you! (laughs)
Carson: I thought maybe you forgot you were on air!
Lady Gaga: But the vision of it is the birth of a new race within the race of humanity that there’s no prejudice. So, that is the theme. That was the theme for the Grammy performance as well as the video.
Carson: How about your horny shoulders? People are asking about the horns on your face and shoulders. Is there symbolism behind it? Is it Pegasus? This is literally a question I’m reading from Annabelle.
Lady Gaga: Well, they’ve always been there. They just were not ready to be revealed yet.
When I was ready to release “Born This Way,” I went into incubation and I brought them out for the world to see.
Carson: Oh, you’re really going all the way with this! I like it. What does capital H-I-M mean in the song “Born This Way?”
Lady Gaga: Your vision of the higher power. So whether you believe in God, which is in the Christian Bible, capital H-I-M or if you just believe in spirituality or Buddha or whatever it is that you believe in, capital H-I-M represents your higher power.
Carson: Monster Ball is going to be out on DVD. Are you going to shoot that?
Lady Gaga: Not on DVD, necessarily yet. I haven’t decided, but it’s going to be on HBO.
[pullquote quote="I make really long-form music videos and some short-form music videos, but I'm obsessed with the art of it and I'm not ready to move onto 3D yet until I continue to do some great work." credit="Lady Gaga on whether she will release a film of her tour on IMAX 3D"]
Carson: Somebody wrote in. I thought it was a great idea. Why not take it a step further and just put the movie in IMAX or 3D or something really crazy?
Lady Gaga: I don’t know how I feel about 3D yet. I like 2D! What’s wrong with 2D?
I love making films, obviously. I make really long-form music videos and some short-form music videos, but I’m obsessed with the art of it and I’m not ready to move onto 3D yet until I continue to do some great work.
Carson: Gaga, let’s talk about touring for a second. You were on the road for like 3 ½ years. Short break here. You’ll go back out on the road for Born This Way. That’s a ton of time away from home.
Lady Gaga: I was “born this way.” I really love what I do, Carson. Believe it or not, I’m not in it for the glitz and the glamour.
Producer Angie: And you work all the time. Do you ever get to go out and have fun with your friends, with your dancers?
Lady Gaga: Well, I enjoy being in the studio, you know? I have a ton of whiskey, we party, make music.
Carson: It’s a party every day!
Lady Gaga: Well, it’s also a job. Let’s call a spade a spade. I work 20-hour days all the time, but I really love what I do!
I love making music. I love my fans. I’m 24 years old, you know, I have lots of time to rest and vacation when I want to in the future. But for now, I just want to live my dream.
Carson: “Born This Way” is the Billboard Hot 100 #1. It’s the 1000th single to reach that. Did you have any idea?
Lady Gaga: I had no idea! And it’s actually so perfect that it almost seems like it was planned.
We got the phone call last week and I screamed so loud.
And I’m like my own PR person. I immediately went to all the new photographs that we had taken for the album and I found my favorite one and I sent it over. I said, “If it goes number 1, this should be the picture that everyone sees.”
I can’t tell you how grateful I am. The whole Haus of Gaga and the producers that I worked with on “Born This Way,” we just felt like the world gave us this standing ovation last week on Friday.
All the iTunes records that were broken. It was really, really overwhelming. You know, I haven’t experienced that yet, Carson, since my career began.
Thus far, every single that I’ve put out, I’ve done promo and television and we’ve watched it climb to #1. This was the first time I’ve put something out and it just happened.
[pullquote quote="The bad news is that in this industry, you're only as hot as your last single, right? The good news is those songs never go away. I'm going to be playing 'Bad Romance' until I'm 70 years old. " credit="Lady Gaga on the pressure to constantly reinvent herself"]
Carson: Gaga, what’s the most important for you in this new record, Born This Way?
Lady Gaga: You know, I think the most important this is that I continue to grow.
I knew when I put “Born This Way” out that it was going to be a transitioning moment for some of my fans because it doesn’t sound like “Bad Romance” or “Poker Face” or “Love Game,” it sounds different.
The bad news is that in this industry, you’re only as hot as your last single, right?
But the good news is in the reality of show business, and I don’t drink the Kool-Aid of the industry, I think in terms of the reality of show business and the history of my career.
The good news is those songs never go away. I’m going to be playing “Bad Romance” until I’m 70 years old.
Carson: That’s right! On a cruise ship! (laughs)
Lady Gaga: On a cruise ship, right! With all my jewelry on! That’s the good news. And so I said, “You know what? I’m going to really make a spectacular piece of work.”
And I’m going to begin with “Born This Way,” which is the marijuana to the heroin of the album. It’s like, you begin with the gateway drug and it opens up and gets more and more intense and dangerous and difficult.
Carson: It’s like an evening with Charlie Sheen! This is how it starts.
Lady Gaga: Yeah, you see, he’s honest too.
Carson: Yeah, maybe a little too honest!
Lady Gaga: “Born This Way” is actually probably the lightest song on the entire record, for sure. “Judas” is very dark, VERY, very dark, but it’s rad!
Carson: The album comes out May 23rd. That’s the release date. Born This Way. Congrats on the 3 Grammys.
Lady Gaga: Thank you! I was so shocked! You don’t even know.
Carson: To win?
Lady Gaga: Yes! I was sitting there like, “You’re not going to win. You’re not going to win. Be prepared to do your gracious, smiley face that you have on you when you don’t win.”
And then they called [my name]. Donnie said, you know Donnie, I opened for New Kids On The Block way back in the day, so I’ve known Donnie for a long time. It was crazy!
Carson: It was surreal, right?
Lady Gaga: It was so surreal.
And then on top of it, The Fame Monster was sort of a – I wasn’t done with The Fame yet. I said, “You know, I’m not ready to do a completely new concept record. I’m going to make sort of the end of the opus to The Fame with The Fame Monster.
To be honored for it as a full album, which is how I view it, was even more validation for the past couple of years.
Carson: Well, let’s wrap it up. As always, what a pleasure. Thank you, Lady Gaga! May 23rd, Born This Way comes out.
Congrats on the Grammys again and thank you for your time today. We hope to see you soon, safe travels!
Lady Gaga: Thank you so much, Carson! Bye!
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