By way of the unconventional synthesis of electronica, pop, and the provocative, Mother Monster gave birth to The Fame (Monster) in 2008/2009. Gaga’s 2011 Born This Way merged sex, liberation, and identity in a Spanish-German-French-English mashup that left us emotionally raw but still ready to dance.
Her 3rd studio album, Artpop slashed the boundaries of disco, rock, and R&B while toying with the inversion of gender roles. Gaga’s 2014 foray into jazz with Tony Bennett in Cheek to Cheek challenged the international pop star niche by pairing the singer with a curtained-stage and a piano instead of towering stadiums.
Finally, the reigning (but not undisputed- yes, Madonna- we all know what reductive means) queen of pop settled into a stripped-down funk, rock, and electronic-folk vibe for her latest album, Joanne.
Gaga has reinvented her sound and image with every release, with fans eager at each stage to witness the unveiling of a “new” era- new music, new sounds, new looks- all coming from a different place within the singer. “When I was young I had something very different inside of me. I like to liberate myself with my ability to change, the fantasy becomes my reality,” the “Million Reasons” singer revealed of her multi-album rebirth.
Finally, on the eve of the first stop of the #JoanneWorldTour fans have an idea of what to expect from the “Perfect Illusion” superstar aside from the crop-tops and pink fringe teased on the album’s press circuit.
And it’s glorious.
Gaga debuted her new rainbow hair on Instagram, showing her millions of followers the new look styled by Frederic Aspiras paired with dramatic brows and sparkling wine-red lips, the work of makeup artist Sarah Nicole Tanno.
Good thoughts and positive vibes to Gaga at the start of another world tour, although judging by her complete slayage of the Superbowl LI’s halftime show, they won’t be needed.