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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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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

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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Lady Gaga Gets Really Naked in Upstate New York

And in doing so, reminds FishbowlNY that the Europeans have it right. There’s nothing wrong with male or female nudity, especially when the latter involves Lady Gaga and something called the Abramovic Method.

Among those spreading the word this morning about this NSFW clip is Billboard magazine, which deems the footage “a bizarre tutorial/testimonial video.” It’s likely Gaga’s way to help her performance artist pal get to the Kickstarter finish line:

In late July, Abramovic launched a Kickstarter campaign for her Marina Abramovic Institute. The artist is seeking help to fund the design process of a “Interdisciplinary performance and education center, home to long durational work and the Abramovic Method.” Over 1,200 backers have pledged more than $233,500 of her $600,000 goal, with 17 days to go.

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Lady Gaga Gets Naked for V Magazine

Better look: Lady Gaga naked, or Lady Gaga in a sparkler bra? If you’re a fan of the birthday suit, you’ll likely appreciate the latest issue of VInez Van Lamsweerde, a photographer for the magazine, posted the above photo on Instagram with the caption “Get ready world for our pics of @ladygaga for @vmagazine! kisses iv #artpop.” Artpop is the title of Gaga’s upcoming album.

Judging by Gaga’s expression, weren’t not quite sure if she realized what was happening during the shoot, but uh, we hope the album does well.

[Image: Inez Van Lamsweerde]

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.

[Image - Littlemonsters.com]

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