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RE: NO! a piss poor imitation... and a cross between....

Well it's a sad state of affairs but it is often generally true that an artist today and perhaps for the last several decades needs sex appeal or some other shtick to become famous.

Take Eva Cassidy - a great singer no one knew about. The only reason she is known is because she dies young and Sting loved her rendition of Fields of Gold and a UK (Eva is American) station played a song or two and the radio station was inundated with huge numbers of phone calls - that made her famous.

Lady Gaga was a rock singer - her name comes from Radio Gaga - a Queen hit. But if she stuck to singing rock - where would she be - it's not like there is a long list of female rock singers who make any kind of living.

Pop is the best way in but she's not exactly a beauty queen - I think she is pretty but she's not pretty in an 1982 Madonna kind of way or hot in a Shakira kind of way.

So she was smart - she made very VERY artsy kind of videos - Bad Romance is visually impressive and it's such an odd "tainted love" 5 minutes. It's also as catchy as anything Madonna has made so that didn't hurt her https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I

Lady Gaga is more of a chameleon kind of singer which IMO is both a positive and negative trait. Since I like traditional singers like Barbara Streisand and rock singers Stevie Nicks, Pop singers Madonna/Marie Fredrikkson(Roxette) , folk kind of singers Sarah McLachlan, Celtic singers Loreena McKennett, jazz pop singers Sade, operatic singers Renata Tebaldi, wispy singers Ellie Goulding, folktronica synth-pop singers like Aurora, old school singers like Judy Garland, Julie London, Julie Andrews etc.

So I like that Lady Gaga can dip into multiple genres and sing with Metallica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_reHWIdZpng

Tony Bennett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNh7xyLwwLc&list=RDNNh7xyLwwLc&start_radio=1&t=0

Couple that with being good to her fans - I like her. I caught her in Vegas several years ago because the tickets were only $99 and the seats were pretty good.

Oh and she covered Julie Andrews well. Personally, I'd rather her sing this kind of music because she CAN actually sing. Leave the pop to the "iffy" singers.

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