Our pals at Rolling Stone were lucky enough to receivea private preview of four of the album's songs. An hour before Gaga took thestage at a recent Monster Ball tour date in Atlantic City, she played unfinished tracks.
"Hair" features Bruce SpringsteenAnd The E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons. Rolling Stone described the song as a mixture of Pat Benetar andNine Inch Nails. In an interview with "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest," Gaga said the song had a "Bruce Springsteenvibe," while its melody was anthemic akin to Kiss and Iron Maiden.
Gaga's "YouAnd I," which she has been playing during concert dates, is reminiscent ofElton John. And as she proclaimed during her Grammy Award acceptance speech,"Born This Way" was inspired by Whitney Houston. "I thought of her voice whenI wrote it," Gaga told Seacrest about the song that has also drawn comparisonsto Madonna,among others.
That's a lot of influencesfor one album. But it's a part of Gaga's master plan. "I wouldn't tell peopleto expect all of the same types of songs like 'Born This Way,'" she toldSeacrest. "They are very different. I explore lots of different genres intandem with dance music and electronic music and industrial music."
Gaga, who wrote all of thealbum's lyrics and melodies, is again working with producer Red One. Clemonssays he became a bigger Gaga fan after working with her. "All the craziness andstuff, there's a purpose to all of it," he says. "She has no boundaries. ... It'sa day I'll never forget."Former "American Idol" hopeful Chris Medina also had a day he'll neverforget this week. Though it was sad to see him get eliminated from the singingcompetition, his exit drew the sympathy of judge Jennifer Lopez. Clips of J. Loweeping about booting the contestant, who takes care of his handicapped fiancé, haveadded to Medina'scelebrity as a web star. It's a good thing Medina is releasing a video for his RodneyJerkins-produced song just in time. Aretha Franklin, however, didn't have toomuch empathy for Season 3 "Idol" winnerFantasia Barrino, who boycotted the Grammys last week when she learned that shewould not be a part of the event's tribute to the Queen Of Soul. Though Franklin loves Fantasia and is looking forward to seeingher this summer in Detroit,she offered the budding singer a bit of tough love advice.
Billy Ray Cryus' equallycandid interview with GQ magazineabout his concern for his daughter Miley backfired, and he made an effort toclean things up in a follow-up statement released this week. But many of ushave learned that healing generally takes time. So we'll give the Cyruses somespace. We also give Rihanna and Chris Brown credit for moving past their 2009tabloid fodder fight that resulted in Brown pleading guilty to felony assaultand being ordered to service probation, and take anger management and domesticviolence courses. After two years, the judge agreed, with Rihanna's blessing,to lessen the restraining order that required Brown not to come within 50 yardsof the "Only (Girl In The World)" singer.
It seems as though all ofthis week's music news headliners are steadily moving forward despite anysetbacks. Not bad at all. Next week, though, they may not be so lucky. We will seeyou then for another wrap-up.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1)Sneak Peek -- Gaga previews newsongs
2)Papa Don't Preach -- Billy RayCyrus regrets negative Miley comments
3)Movin' On -- Rihanna's restrainingorder against Chris Brown reduced
4)Hard To Say Goodbye -- J. Locries during "Idol" elimination
5)You Better Think -- ArethaFranklin responds to Fantasia's Grammy boycott
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