Live Nation Adding More ARTPOP Ball Dates, Calls Reports of Low Sales Ridiculous

Chairman of Live Nation's Global Touring division, Arthur Fogel has hit out at reports of less than stellar sales for Gaga's upcoming artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour. In an interview with Billboard, Fogel says ticket sales for North America and Europe are at 80% capacity sold, despite the tour not even beginning until May. "The run with Gaga over the last two tours has been incredibly successful, and this one is shaping up no differently," Fogel adds that additional US dates for the artRave will be announced soon, as well as more dates in the UK, including a fourth date to an already sold out run at the O2 in London.

When speaking about recent reports of a date in Milwaukee "flopping", Fogel laughs and says that show has "sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it's at the end of June. I just don't know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework." Fogel also says that 29 shows that are currently on sale in the US have already grossed $26 million in sales. Finally, when asked about reports of Live Nation losing over $30 million by promoting the tour, Fogel says "forget $30 million, if it were actually true, you'd say 'pull the plug"

Check out the full article over at Billboard.com, and let us know what you think on Twitter!

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Lady Gaga Will Headline the SXSW Festival on March 13

Update 03/07/14: Fuse has announced that they will be streaming Gaga's gig LIVE on Thursday, March 13 at 11/10C on Fuse.tv. The concert will also air on broadcast television on March 29 at 10/9C on Fuse.

Lady Gaga has announced that she will be headlining the 2014 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas next week. The gig, which is sponsored by the Born This Way Foundation, will be used to launch the Doritos Bold Missions campaign. Check out an excerpt of the announcement from FastCoCreate below and the full article at the source!

For starters, the brand's bringing Lady Gaga to town to headline the "#BoldStage" show on March 13th. But the only way for Little Monsters to land a ticket is to take up a bold challenge from the brand. Doritos is taking the SXSW opportunity to launch its new "Bold Missions" campaign which will use Facebook, Twitter and Vine to dare its fans to pull off a range of stunts and challenges in return for prizes. At SXSW, the prize is one of 2,000 tickets to see Gaga, and the missions include jumping from a 30-foot high platform to grab a dangling #BoldStage ticket, busk on the street using instruments Doritos provides to earn $10 in 10 minutes or less, and go up against roller derby pros while wearing an inflatable sumo wrestler suit.

Lady Gaga spoke about her involvement in the #BoldBravery campaign the "completely one-off set and experience" in a statement to Rolling Stone, saying:

The ARTPOP performance at SXSW will be a completely one-off set and experience. I’ve been dreaming of this moment. It’s all about the music and the connection with the crowd, and I want the audience in Austin to see me live in a way I never have before. I love theatrics, but I started out singing at a piano with a Bud Light in a bikini. Performing at Stubb's is a real blast from my past, I can’t wait to celebrate with the audience how far music can go when we believe and stick together. It’s moments like these that I live for.

There are personal brave moments when you face one person, and brave moments that help change the world, when you face many. Both are equally as important. My bravest acts have been the conceptual choices I’ve made when writing music. Whether I’m fighting for equal rights with Born This Way or fighting for creativity and art with ARTPOP, I’m always aware of the many I will face in opposition. With ARTPOP, I hope to inspire the audience at SXSW to cherish their individual talents. This simple act keeps music and art alive in a very commercial world.

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Lady Gaga hit up the 86th Academy Awards red carpet Sunday night to show off a stunning pink gown by Versace. Midway through the broadcast, Gaga left, and stopped by Elton John and David Furnish's Oscars Viewing Party, to benefit The Elton John AIDS Foundation for a bit before changing into another Versace gown, and finishing her night off at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party.

Gaga, Donatella, and Nolan Gerard Funk also took a photo inside photographer Mark Seliger's Oscar portrait studio to top off the night!

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In an interview for V Magazine's music issue, R. Kelly spoke a little bit about what it was like working with Lady Gaga, and all those theatrical performances of "Do What U Want"!:

What about working with Lady Gaga? V has a special relationship with her. What has it been like collaborating and performing together?

RK It’s amazing, man. It’s an honor to be working with greatness. When I say that I say it with all my heart, because she is great on the stage and off. She is so talented. I was doing a show and she ended up on the side of the stage with her friends watching. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I was wondering why people were screaming so loud! After the show she ended up giving me a call about a track and I was like, “Hell yeah! Send it to me, let me hear what it is!” The next thing you know, it was all over the radio.

The TV performances for that song have been so amazing, and also very theatrical. Why are these aspects of performance important to you?

RK The visual is the real challenge, because you want people to go home and remember it for the rest of their lives. Once you accomplish that, with a song and a visual, that’s what gives you legacy and power.

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Lady Gaga Featured in Annie Leibovitz's SUMO Sized Book

Lady Gaga is featured in photographer Annie Leibovitz's upcoming self titled book, which will be released through TASCHEN in March. The book, which features over 40 years of work from Leibovitz, is part of TASCHEN's SUMO book series. The series also includes releases from David Lachapelle, Helmut Newton, and Nobuyoshi Araki is made up of collected works by the photographer. The SUMO book weighs nearly 60 pounds, has 476 pages with text describing each image. The set is limited to a total of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, and can also be bought as a Collector’s Edition and also an Art Edition.

Annie "drew from over 40 years of work, starting with the viscerally intimate reportage she created for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s and extending through the more stylized portraiture of her work for Vanity Fair and Vogue," according to TASCHEN.

For more information on the book, and where you can get it, please visit the TASCHEN website!

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Lady Gaga is doing something she has never done before to raise money for her incredible Born This Way Foundation! She has put together a special gift for one of her amazing fans.

She's offering the chance for one of you and a friend to be flown from wherever you are in the world to her hometown, New York City, where you will receive VIP tickets to one of her sold out Roseland Ballroom shows.

And get this -- you will join Gaga and her family for a meal at their restaurant, Joanne Trattoria!

For just a small donation to Born This Way Foundation, in the running for this amazing grand prize!

Text via Prizeo. For more information and details, visit the official competition site!

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