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Former Billboard Editorial Director Points to Egregious Example of ‘Echo Chamber Reporting’

LadyGagaARTPOPOn Monday, BuzzFeed’s Myles Tanzer introduced a whole new audience to Angela Cheng, a pseudonymous music blogger who recently shifted her very questionable act from examiner.com to the URL popmusicgadfly.com.

Entangled in this trail is former Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and industry superstar Lady Gaga. The publication of the BuzzFeed story led Werde to reluctantly chime in via Tumblr and sparked a follow-up post from Cheng on April 1. We’re going to focus on Werde’s post, since it addresses the “Culpability of the Media” and what appears to be some very lazy reporting:

On November 17, 2013, “Sabrina O’Connor” [another mysterious examiner.com blogger byline] posted a story on Examiner.com that claimed Lady Gaga’s Interscope label had spent $25 million to promote her album ARTPOP, which had been released 11 days earlier.

Within days that number had been repeated in seemingly any outlet that could credibly cover such a matter: Business Week; New York magazine; Business Insider. A couple of weeks later, the New York Post published a razor-sharp hatchet job on Gaga, once again, floating the $25 million figure.

(Credit where it’s due: the only outlet I could find that called bullshit, and did it the very next day, was Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411.)

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Lady Gaga Designs USA Today Logo

Lady Gaga, the odd outfit-wearing pop artist, can now boast that she is the first guest contributor to design a USA Today logo. The above image was created by Gaga and Jeff Koons, who also designed the cover art for Gaga’s new album, Artpop.

When describing the decision to hand USA Today’s “Life” section branding to Gaga, David Callaway, editor of the paper, went a little overboard. “USAToday is the pulse of the nation and Lady Gaga’s goal of bringing high art to the masses reflects that pulse,” he explained, in a statement. The pulse of the nation! Someone had a lot of coffee this morning.

Anyway, we do admire how Gaga went for it with this logo. Why simply design something interesting, when you can just use a picture of yourself holding your boobs and call it a day? This, as your FishbowlNY editors know, is the first rule to Good Art: When in doubt, grab your junk. Works every time.

Cover Battle: Condé Nast Traveler or Elle

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have Condé Nast Traveler taking on Elle. We love the splash of red on Traveler’s October cover. We also like to imagine that this pose is standard for most people in Paris. Seems about right.

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Vampire Weekend Guest Edit a Print Newspaper

Readers of the free daily newspaper Metro, designed as a 20-minute commute read for “young and ambitious professionals,” may notice a little extra youth and ambition in today’s New York, Boston and Philadelphia print editions. That’s because some very special guests helped fashion the content.

Per a brief item in the Boston Globe, members of the band Vampire Weekend took time out from their touring efforts for an editorial meeting in NYC:

Metro features editor Pat Healy told us he met with Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Chris Tomson in New York to “brainstorm some topics” for the paper. Some, like Koenig’s idea to write about all of the fashion designers from the Bronx, didn’t fly. But others, like Batmanglij’s pitch to report on genetically modified food, did.

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Movie Stars Don’t Sell Magazines Anymore

It used to be that the best way for editors to get their magazines to fly off the shelf was to plaster a picture of a movie star on the cover. However, the New York Times reports that things are changing. Now readers are more likely to buy a magazine featuring a reality TV star or a musician than say, George Clooney.

Blame the uprise in quality TV. “Movie stars are less revered than they used to be, and also audiences have shifted their allegiance in large part to television,” Jess Cagle, managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, explained to the Times.

A few examples: In 2012, Glamour’s best-selling issue featured Lauren Conrad on the cover; Lady Gaga sold the most copies for Vogue; and three out of the five best-selling Cosmo’s had TV “stars” on them, like Demi Lovato.

Poor movie stars. Magazine editors don’t want them anymore, so they’re left to toil away, getting paid millions to play pretend.

Bryan Singer Abuses His Twitter Privileges

So what happens the next time director Bryan Singer tweets out some major casting news, as he has been known to do every once in a while. Will the media ignore the “scoop”?

Entertainment reporters around town are generally being sympathetic to Variety film writer Justin Kroll for rushing first to what turned out to be an erroneous quick-post about Lady Gaga joining the cast of the next X-Men film. That’s because they know it could just as easily have been one of them.

The Singer-Gaga April Fool’s tweet, as you can see, had no clue to help unravel the joke. There was also no quick follow-up “gotcha!” tweet from the filmmaker’s end, which would have still allowed him to have his fun while sparing the likes of Kroll.

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LA Agency Cranks Out Another Year-End Review for Google

The video compilation runs two minutes, 46 seconds and features initial quick shots of Red Bull space diver Felix Baumgartner, South Korean viral sensation Psy and a deep-sea diving James Cameron. And for the third year in a row, Google’s Zeitgeist: Year in Review was put together by an agency right here in LA.

Released Wednesday and linked on the Google search home page, the slick montage is about to cross the two and a half million views mark. It was directed by WHiRLED founder-creative director Scott Chan and produced by his colleague there Jenna Cedicci.

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Three Reasons Why Lady Gaga Visited Julian Assange

Lady Gaga is important. She is important because she loves to act like she is important, and so she does things like visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange is currently staying in the Ecuadorian embassy in London while his request for asylum in South Africa is considered.  Why would Gaga visit Assange? Your FishbowlNY editors have poured over the details and narrowed it down to three possible reasons:

  1. To discuss freedom of the press, and what that means for Gaga’s plans to enter the 2013 Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest.
  2. To show support for Assange and WikiLeaks, which is something Madonna would never do.
  3. So Assange could add vocals to Gaga’s upcoming single, tentatively titled “I’m a Crazy Rule Breaker Breaking The Rules (So Rude).”

We’ll update when we confirm which is correct.

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NY1 Catches Staten Island Borough President Calling Lady Gaga a ‘Slut’

Now this is what you call an exclusive. NY1 was attending a meeting for an anti-drug campaign launched by Staten Island borough president James Molinaro, when he curiously targeted Lady Gaga with some pent-up rage.

Molinaro explained that the media (NY1 included, we assume) and celebrities were to blame for kids doing drugs. He then pointed to a picture of Gaga on a funny little piece of poster board that looked like it was created by a 13 year old, and said, “To me, she’s not an actress, she is a slut in the pure, in the pure meaning of the word.” Just in case you were wondering, a pure slut is always worse than a diluted slut.

NY1, sensing the scoop, immediately reached out to Gaga for comment. Sadly, they haven’t heard back yet.

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Tom Leykis’ Latest Online Gambit: 50,000 Songs in a Row

On Monday at noon PT, Tom Leykis kicked off his latest Internet experiment: the all-music stream Pure Pop Hits. Aimed squarely at the 12-to-24 demo, it features a DJ-less run of songs from the past three years and is set to play 50,000 of them… in a row.

“We are fully licensed with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Sound Exchange as a webcaster,” Leykis tells FishbowlLA. “The total cost of operating Pure Pop Hits is a fraction of the cost of the KIIS-FM receptionist… if they still have one… About $7,000.”

To put that crazy 50K number in proper perspective, it means there will zero commercial interruptions in 2012. Featured artists include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Usher and Pitbull. Pure Pop Hits also promises to never censor any song lyrics.

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