Monday, June 20, 2011

Katy Perry - bigger & better than Lady Gaga?

Last week Lady Gaga and Katy Perry went head-to-head with new video clips. As recently as last year, this would have been a cake walk. Mother Monster would be using her rival's wig as a merkin, while Katy cried on the phone to Russell. But a lot has changed since then. Despite the unprecedented tidal wave of hype and promotion surrounding "Born This Way", "Teenage Dream" is the album churning out the hits. It's not like Lady Gaga is doing poorly - her last three singles have reached the top ten in America - but Ms Perry is gunning for her fifth consecutive US #1. And with the amazing "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" currently occupying the top spot on US iTunes - she has a very real shot of pulling it off. To put things into perspective, the so called biggest star on the planet has only managed three in her entire career.

No doubt Monsters will point to Gaga's album sales. "Born This Way" is almost equal with "Teenage Dream" on that front after less than a month. But we all know those figures were seriously inflated by the 99 cent Amazon deal and, given its rapid decline in sales ever since, Katy would probably have her there too. After all, Lady Gaga is already on her third single and, with the exception of "Hair" or perhaps "You & I", she's all out of potential radio hits. In the past you could legitimately argue that Mother Monster was at least untouchable as the new queen of music videos but Katy has stolen that crown too. "ET" is everything "Born This Way" wanted to be - stylish, cohesive and clever - and the reported $10 million dollars that Gaga spent on "Judas" is the biggest waste of money since "Waterworld".

That leaves us with their current videos. Katy's "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" is a joyous 8 minute extravaganza that plays like a 80s sitcom. Kathy Beth Terry, the pop star's alter ego in the clip, is an awkward teenager who crashes her neighbour's party. Not only is said neighbour internet sensation Rebecca Black but the video is also jam packed with celebrities ranging from Kenny G to Debbie Gibson and a bunch of nobodies from Glee. It's completely ridiculous but I love every second of it and the trashy extravaganza has already racked up 22 million views on YouTube. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga dances on a fire escape in her clip. That is literally it. If nothing else it can be marketed as a cure for insomnia. I'm not blaming her for pulling back and doing something less extravagant but "Edge Of Glory" deserved a majestic clip. I envisaged cliffs, angels and an eerie death scene. Not some shitty stripper busting a move on a staircase. Next!

Anyway, you decide. Here are their the videos. Is Katy Perry now the biggest name in pop music or is this just a temporary blip in Lady Gaga's march to greatness?

VS

24 comments:

Karl said...

Perry had fun while shooting her video but Gaga was bored and made it just because she thought she had to. We feel the same when we watch them.

Project Mobius said...

Good point, Karl. However, you have to wonder: Has Gaga run out of ideas to entertain us? I really hope she hasn't, but you have to wonder - her music videos keep getting worse and worse, and her songs on "Born This Way" sound more retro than ever before.

SirLordJ said...

No, the only crown Katy has taken is "Greatest Singles Artist" from Rihanna. Lady Gaga, without the inflated numbers, still sold more with one big single than Katy had with two major singles at the same time. People seem to forget the embarrassing first week sales where Katy was predicted to exceed 500,000 yet sold 192,000 which is close to how much Lady Gaga sold in her second week.

All I'm saying is that you seem to believe Katy Perry is bigger star due to releasing a stream of radio friendly singles (except for E.T.)all that does is make her a crafty business woman.

And yeah the TGIF video is better than EoG, but TGIF the song is a rehash of Waking Up in Vegas with some sax so there you go.

Jump! said...

Katy Perry's "teenage dream" album was a smartly produced album and each single (well, maybe not ET) was perfect for the radio.

Lady Gaga has chose to create a tremendous amount of hype and deliver an album campaign that was a best average. "Judas" was dead on arrival stateside. "the edge of glory" was actually supposed to be a teaser single leading up to the album release. the song was far more popular than "judas" so I believe Gaga chose to try and promote it even if it meant a boring video.

Overall though all of Katy's single have been huge - getting airplay on the radio, shopping malls and television. Gaga on the other hand is starting to fizzle. Her gimmicks are literaly wearing thin and no hyped video or crazy outfit will change the fact that her new album just wasn't that good. Perry will be going to the bank while Gaga has to go back to the drawing board.

Sotres said...

The name of the album is TEENAGE DREAM not AMERICAN DREAM. And I totally agree with you, Gaga is a big disappointment right now.

Mike said...

D'oh. I know it's Teenage Dream... I think I have late night dyslexia.

And I know Katy's opening week sales were average but she was B-grade before this album. 192,000 was good for her. Gaga, on the other hand, had all the momentum in the world.

You can't keep pretending you're the biggest star on the planet when someone is consistently outselling you and getting more hits on YouTube. It's kind of embarrassing.

noelster said...

darren criss? a nobody from glee? dead. to. me.

Me said...

The Busty Beauty has snatched every wig from the VILE Titless Blunder with TGIF!

Kathy Beth Terry RULES!

mordi said...

we also need to take into account that the video for edge of glory was meant to take 3 days to shoot but for some reason they only managed one days shooting which is why the gaga vid is a bit lame.
clearly katys vid is better - but it would be - more days shooting, a coherent storyline, decent editing - all unlike gagas.

the writer said...

Katy Perry: Good song, good video
Lady Gaga: Good song, lame video
Guess who wins.
(This is my new account because the other broke down so I made a new blog.)

ArturDan said...

Mr sorlord. A singles artist is an act that releases nothing but singles and no album. Katy perry has an album, and is doing very well. Just because her singles are largely popular doesn't mean she's a "singles artist" people like you just get mad and frustrated because of her success so yall give her the "singles artist" name.

Audrey said...

Okay, you're comparing two songs that are way different. TGIF it's a silly song for silly teenagers. It's a disco, dance whatever song. while TEOG it's clearly more like a ballad or something more quiet. The videos have to be totally different. If Gaga would done the video of the mermaids everybody will keep on hating her. So that makes no difference. And well Katy Perry is overrated, she's cute yes, her songs are catchy yes. But she is not that great artist or performer., She actually is a pain in the ass.

Anonymous said...

Lady GaGa is much more better than Katy Perry. Katy is a bit sluttish, when gaga is professional. GaGa's songs are much more better and have a moral to it, not like katy Perry

damour said...

have u all not heard pokerface ?...it rips all of katy hits off and has hit #1 on more than 29 diffrent charts...and thats just 1 hit..she has justdance...bad romance...borthisway....she is amasing..she is making the most money...she has more faceboook followers.and more folllowers on twitter than katy perry..she has wone mor awards including grammy awards than katy..she is fucking amazing...and katy is great 2.....but not nearly as great as that mother monster...pokerfacebitch !!!!!!!!!

Osvaldo said...

Looking at it in the US, yes Katy Perry has been more mainstream than any artist in a while, but that is just it she has been a Radio Overplayed Artist, on the other hand Gaga's new album was not be mainstream but taking pop and mixing it with underground pop and rock. Point is US Wise we want to see the fall of great super stars but Worldwide Lady Gaga still remains the World Superstar, her songs not only have been top 10 here but all over the world and not just 1 or 2 countries but nearly 24-32. So you do the math! Would you rather be a big Overplayed hit in the US or considered an Amazing Talented Musician...MUSICIAN...not piece of mainstream pop, Worldwide?!?

Anonymous said...

Osvaldo. You really hit the nail on the head. Indeed, I'd rather be known as a real artist worldwide, collaborate with legends Bennett, Cher, Clemmons, May, etc than have hit singles.

Anonymous said...

You guys are so dumb...Lady Gaga wins by a landslide lol!! Have you even heard Katy Perry live?? I was such a HUGE fan before, until I've been to a concert. Lololol when she sang live, I wanted to rip my ears. I didn't even last an hour. Lady Gaga is different, I watched her Speechless Performance for the queen. I swear, she sang like an angel. Plus, Lady Gaga can dance and actually play an instrument unlike Katy with her flute. Besides, Gaga also boasts 5 grammys in 3 years. How many grammys has Katy won??

Milina said...

Katy Perry copied Lady Gaga for her ET video. Besides, people complain about Gaga's videos being too "outrageous" and "satanic." Have you people stopped and thought that maybe she made the TEOG video simple on purpose? Maybe she wanted to try something new, maybe she wanted The Edge Of Glory's video to be simple so people can drop their satanist and weird misconceptions of her. Besides, the video for Teenage Dream and Fireworks is simple too anyway. Plus I have also started hearing Katy Perry being compared to Michael Jackson. Now this just made me laugh my head off. If anything, Lady Gaga deserves to be compared to Michael Jackson. Katy's five consecutive five number one singles is all because of Billboard. And as a lot of people know Billboard is a group of douches. I mean, seriosuly, who the hell would make Justin Bieber Artist Of the Week for 4 freaking months??? Billboard is trying so hard to make Katy Perry and Justin Bieber popular, while other artists out there aren't getting the hype they deserve (Rihanna, Drake, Lil Wayne, Adele, Nicki Minaj, etc.) Let's face it, Katy Perry is a talentless woman who doesn't deserve all the success she has.

AlanaClarke1039 said...

I just think it's impossible to say who's better. They're both totally different artists. Personally, I prefer Katy Perry, but that's just me.

The thing is that no matter who comes out now, or what they do or how well they do, everyone's always "Bu-But Lady Gaga did something like that!". Yeah, but the sun doesn't shine out of Lady Gaga's ass. Everything she does is just a rework of Madonna, and I don't see why she's the only artist everyone uses as a comparison! The only reason for this is purely that Lady Gaga has done everything there is to do. She's incredibly over using of gimmicks and what have you.

Also, just because two things are similar doesn't mean someone copied. For example - Born This Way sounds exactly like Madonna's "Express Yourself". Gaga probably didn't copy Madonna, but they sound similar anyway. Anyway, Gaga is not and never was the most original artist ever. Madonna, Grace Jones, Cyndi Lauper & Freddie Mercury are all clear influences with her, and the sooner people stop putting her on a pedistal, the sooner these arguments will stop and people can just enjoy the fucking music!

Katy Perry_lover said...

Katy Perry Just Rocks out Lady sucks and can't sing they have did enough to Katy Perry to ruin her life lady gaga accused katy perry for copying in ET but they are two different videos and then katy perry got dumped and lady gaga mainly works for attention,she doesn't try hard enough as for katy she's always working....I love you Katy Perry BTW I don't like Lady gaga and have you realised lady gaga has LAD IN LADY!

Anonymous said...

I only like four of Katy perry's songs but almost all of lady gaga's. I think gaga is way better live (obviously mostly by vocals) And I think Katy perry's songs are hard to listen to more than once

Anonymous said...

Katy perry has a larger target audience. Six year olds probably listen to her songs

Anonymous said...

Katy's song sucks, gaga's is awesome.
To me both of their videos are lame

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is that Lady Gaga is more well known world wide than Katy Perry, so she is more of a global superstar than Katy Perry. But, who cares. Can't we just like both?