Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and The Prestige

How does magic factor in with modern pop music? The suspension of disbelief is critical in both, as is the idea of the performer being part of the illusion. Musicians have always had that struggle between artist and product, but modern pop music is heavy on the product and light on the artistry. There is a slight feud between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, which feels very one sided as Perry snipes at Gaga and Gaga just owns her in every way. Whatever they do, this could possibly end like The Prestige.

Yes, one of these women could kill the other. Crazy stuff happens in the music world, and we have not lost a musician at age 27 since Kurt Cobain in the '90s. Why compare these two to the leads in a movie about magicians in Victorian Era England? They are living the duel out in reality. Lady Gaga is the Christian Bale character with the amazing trick that Katy Perry's Hugh Jackman is jealous of and obsessed with topping. They all operate in entertainment. Perry wants to be the sexy pop star, but does not want to get her hands dirty with real emotion or hard work for her songs. Perry, like Jackman, is high on style, does outlandish things to appear different, and imitates the superior Gaga. It all feels so forced. Gaga, like Bale, is completely committed to her craft. Similar to Bale's character, Lady Gaga lives her stage character 24-7. She never appears out of character, which is the same as Bale in The Prestige. Perry's failures to trump Gaga must eat at her, and I would not put it past her to ratchet up the sniping. I would not put it past Gaga to destroy Perry with her next album release. This could continually escalate until one maladjusted woman kills the other. Pop music could use this.

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