Lady Gaga Is The Best Pop Star Of The 2000s/2010s

By Marcus Dowling in dc bars, DC Clubs, Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife
Friday, September 23, 2016, 10:18am. (Updated: 10/21/16 at 2:08pm) Add comments

Slated for release on October 21, Joanne is the recently announced album from Lady Gaga. A return to more club-ready music is expected from Joanne as compared to Cheek to Cheek, her 2015 Grammy Award winning duet album of jazz standards alongside Tony Bennett. Gaga’s easily one of pop music’s most outstanding artists, statistically the best selling artist in popular music in the past decade, and maybe the best pop star of the past 15 years.

What is it that makes Lady Gaga so successful? Well, it’s simple. As a singer and songwriter, she knows her way around words and phrases and always finds just the right ones to say for any specific moment. Furthermore, her performances are amazing in a manner that oftentimes is directly related to another amazing pop song. As well, producers that she’s worked with in the past do something similar too. Many of Gaga’s biggest hits have strong similarities to other pop hits, but are just different enough where they can stand apart, oftentimes greater than the song that influenced their creation.

In looking at Lady Gaga’s five biggest hits AND the songs that they’re similar to in some way, the reason why Lady Gaga is the best pop star of the 2000s and 2010s.

1. Bad Romance – released in 2010, nearly 30 million overall sales worldwide – PURCHASE HERE

Sounds Like: “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics – PURCHASE HERE

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“Bad Romance” is the lead single from The Fame Monster, which was Gaga’s second major label album release in 2010. It was debuted at Alexander McQueen’s show at Paris Fashion Week in 2009 and won two Grammy Awards in 2011. As compared to its sound-alike, “Sweet Dreams” also hit #1 in America. However, whereas “Sweet Dreams” was a top 10 single in 15 countries, “Bad Romance” was impressively a #1 single in 20 countries worldwide.

2. Poker Face – released in 2008, nearly 15 million overall sales worldwide – PURCHASE HERE

Sounds Like: “Rhythm Is A Dancer” by SNAP – PURCHASE HERE

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“Poker Face” was the second overall single released of Lady Gaga’s career and is from her debut album The Fame. The song was covered by everyone from Chris Daughtry to the trio of Kanye West, Common and Kid Cudi, and was even performed on an episode of American Idol. As compared to it’s sound-alike, “Rhythm Is A Dancer” was a #1 single in 11 fewer countries than “Poker Face,” amazingly enough America being one of the countries where Gaga hit the top and SNAP did not.

3. Just Dance – released in 2008, nearly 12 million overall sales worldwide – PURCHASE HERE

Inspired By: “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie – PURCHASE HERE

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“Just Dance” was Lady Gaga’s first overall mainstream single, and like “Poker Face,” is from her debut album The Fame. Both in the video and the branding for the song, she’s featured wearing lightning bolt makeup over her left eye, in homage to David Bowie. As well, then-breakout R & B superstar Akon was paired with Gaga in order to give hear a broader appeal to the urban demographic. As compared to the song it’s influenced by, Bowie’s 1983 hit was actually a number one in five more countries than Gaga’s debut single and has sold just as many singles, too.

4. Born This Way – released in 2011, nearly nine million overall sales worldwide – PURCHASE HERE

Sounds Like: “Express Yourself” by Madonna – PURCHASE HERE

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“Born This Way” was Lady Gaga’s first release from her 2011 released album of the same name. The song is meant to serve as an empowerment anthem for the global LGBTQIA music community, and Gaga herself describes it as a personal “freedom song.” In later years, the song’s title has also doubled as the inspiration for her Born This Way Foundation that supports “the wellness of young people, and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.” As compared to the song it sounds like, “Express Yourself” only went 1x platinum and was a number one single in five countries worldwide, which means that “Born This Way” is statistically 8x more popular as a seller and 5x the success that “Express Yourself” was as a number-one single.

5. Paparazzi – released in 2009, nearly five million overall sales worldwide – PURCHASE HERE

Sounds Like: “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin – PURCHASE HERE

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“Paparazzi” was Lady Gaga’s last official release from The Fame, her debut album. The club-ready take on a pure-pop ballad is highlighted by Gaga’s vocals bearing a strong quality to those of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury. Interestingly enough, “Paparazzi’s” producer Rob Fusari gave Stefanie Germanotta the name “Lady Gaga” as an ode to Queen’s 1984 song “Radio Ga Ga.” As compared to the song it sounds like, Berlin’s Top Gun soundtrack anthem “Take My Breath Away” was a number one hit in more countries worldwide, but Gaga’s single has been an infinitely greater seller overall.

There’s now an estimated 10 million new iPhone 7 smartphones in the hands of Apple-loving tech fanatics worldwide. From increased photo capabilities to lacking an earphone jack, there’s numerous changes and updates that have been made on the just-released device. We here at DCClubbing aren’t going to argue about whether or not the “upgraded” iPhone is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy X7, though. Rather, we’re going to discuss five products that will enhance your iPhone 7 user experience. From the best wireless headphone to the most durable case and more, we’ve done the research so that you can make the most of your new iPhone investment.

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Mophie’s iPhone 7 Portable Batteries – PURCHASE HERE

For quite some time, Mophie’s been the go-to brand for premium phone charging technology. Nobody likes being out on the town with a phone at 5% and six hours left away from a charger. In the past, Mophie has made cases for phones, and let’s presume that they’ll do so again. However, until then, Mophie’s “powerstation” universal battery powers up for two additional charges on your smartphone, plus comes equipped with two USB ports to charge multiple devices at once. For those times when you and your friend are running on a low battery warning, this device is ideal.

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Jaybird’s Freedom Headphones – PURCHASE HERE

The release of the iPhone 7 can also be officially known as the moment when wireless Bluetooth headphones went from the wave of the future from the absolute necessity of the present. There’s literally no way to use the iPhone 7 with plug-in headphones, so instead, there’s likely a need to find a headphone that’s comfortable, fashionable, and also can, say, go from work-to-car-to-gym-to-home with ease. Our answer is Jaybird’s Freedom F5 In-Ear Wireless Headphones. Priced at a point just a bit cheaper than Apple’s “Airbuds,” Jaybird’s heaphones come with eight hours of play on a full charge, premium metal buds, remote controls for music and calls, and a “My sound app” that customizes your sound settings and saves them to your buds.

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Caseology [Wavelength Series] Slim Ergonomic Ripple Design – PURCHASE HERE

iPhone lovers worldwide know of the pain of a cracked screen. We don’t know of any foolproof solutions against having that occur, but we do believe that a case like the one pictured above from Caseology’s “Wavelength” series has a ripple design that should help you keep a grip on your phone. As well, the phone comes complete with a TPU sleeve and polycarbonate bumper to provide safety in the inevitable event of falls as well. It’s available in coral pink, burgundy, jet black, deep blue, black and gold, and navy blue, so no matter the your color preference, you’re ideally safe(r) than you were before.

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Jawbone Mini Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – PURCHASE HERE

If you have yet to catch Sonos’ home digital stereo wave or you’re still using the aux cord in your car, the quickest fail-safe solution for phone-related audio needs is probably solved by purchasing a Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker. The Graphite Mini Jambox provides one-touch access to all saved and streaming music, plus connects calls from your phone to your speaker. As well, the device has a built-in microphone that provides full crisp sound to the person on the other line. If needing a stop-gap until all of your technology is up-to-date, the Mini Jambox is ideal.

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MaxCurve Photo App – PURCHASE HERE

We’re well aware of the enhanced photo capabilities of the iPhone 7. Therefore, alongside some must-grab physical accessories, we also know that having a great photo app is just as important as a great set of headphones. At DCClubbing, we suggest the MaxCurve app, which, among it’s positives include the most comprehensive curve editing function available with 28 curves, most of which are not available on other apps. The creators of the app note that “[MaxCurve] is able to edit every detail of your photos to its maximum design and also help to perfectly reconstruct your photography works.” For photographer and professional visual artist quality shots, MaxCurve is an essential photo editing tool.

In 2015, CNN Money reported that Americans were working roughly 47 hours a week, which when given that the average work week is expected to be 40 hours, means that there’s a lot of overtime happening. The push towards overtime means that there’s less time for many things, cooking at home included in that list. Thus, if you’re wondering why cities like Washington, DC appear to be over-run with fast casual dining options offering everything from salads to rice bowls to noodle soups, burritos and more, that’s why. However, how big of a business DC’s ability to ever-so-briefly stop working and eat an impressive diversity of meals is becoming is what’s truly amazing.

Sweetgreen’s farm-to-table salads are delicious enough for the company to have existed for nearly a decade, raise $95 million in venture capital funding and spawn a seven-year old music festival. As well, not too far behind is five-year old Cava Grill, which, as an offshoot of the Cava Mezze restaurant has just followed Sweetgreen into New York City and has $60 million in VC funding to spend. As well, established fast-casual industry leader Chipotle launched Shophouse, a Southeast-Asian inspired sister concept, in the area three years ago.

Even iconic and veteran DC chef Jose Andres is in on the fun, his all-vegetarian Beefsteak entry now entering it’s second year in the fast-casual sweepstakes and already having national locations. Andres’ acclaim has attracted pop-star power to his brand as his funders include the likes of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Upstarts like Philadelphia hoagie-inspired Taylor Gourmet, urban-chic “Chipotle for Pizza” & Pizza and sushi-as-burrito operation Buredo are making swift and impressive moves as well.

DC’s downtown park system turning into a lunch-time smorgasbord should be added to this mix as well. There’s now 240-plus food trucks in operation in the Nation’s Capital, offering everything from lobster roll sandwiches to barbecue items, grilled Halal-style meats and much more. Food trucks with brick-and-mortar locations like District Taco are notable, too. When the San Francisco Business Journal reveals that food-truck entrepreneurs are making a half-million dollars a year in earnings, there’s an impressive movement happening.

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Fast casual is even interrupting DC’s traditional sit-down and not-so-fast restaurant boom. In Asia, ramen shops are the ultimate in fast dining, as the shops do an impressive level of in-and-out dining by business people needing incredibly swift dining options during weeks of work that oftentimes expand far past the new American 47 hour-per-week expectation. Now, especially in DC of late, traditionally fast ramen is becoming the height of experience-driven fast-casual eating. There’s roughly a dozen ramen-specific restaurants now in the DC Metropolitan area, a number that’s certain to grow.

When well-regarded publications like Zagat’s food guide says that “perhaps more than any [American] market, Washingtonians can’t get enough of fast-casual” and Eater notes that both “home-grown” and “enthusiastic entrants from elsewhere” are highlighting DC’s “nicer than fast-food, but not quite full-service” offerings, and can name over a dozen eateries not noted in this article, fast-casual has not just arrived in Washington, DC, moreover, it’s likely here to stay.

A 17-year old girl who’s an ex-Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer is dressed up in a 13-year old’s schoolgirl uniform and cast in an instantaneously iconic music video. This same teen then releases three albums that would go on to sell 70 million copies, go on three world tours and have acting roles in three globally-released films by the time she was 21. If I then told you by the time this teen was 25 that this one-time child superstar of superstars would be shaving her head, living as a divorced single parent and “going crazy,” it could almost be expected. However, as she nears 35, and after nearly two decades of recording music, Britney Spears has evolved past being a girl, is now completely comfortable as a woman, and is impressively on her way to being a superstar yet again.

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For as much as we at Decades love to talk about how cool the ‘90s are, it’s this 2000s era pop priestess who likely deserves as much love as we give the ‘90s. To showcase just how cool Britney is, there’s a very real arc between Britney Spears and Elvis Presley that isn’t just tied to performing in Vegas. This linkage showcases just how massive of a star she is. Similar to Spears, Elvis did the following:

  • released three iconic albums and had roles in three films before his 21st birthday
  • had four consecutive #1 albums
  • after eight consecutive years of releases had a stress and pressure-induced recording hiatus
  • has an undeniable mystique attached to his career that is tied to a generation of kids and teenagers loving his visuals as much as they loved his music

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2016 finds Britney Spears releasing her ninth studio album Glory while also in the midst of her third year of her Las Vegas performance residency at Caesar’s Palace. What’s interesting is that for an artist that so many have believed to be in “decline,” let the record show that Spears has released four albums since 2007, done two limited tours, released perfumes via Elizabeth Arden, been active as a charity contributor and also is raising two children aged 10 and 12, respectively. Though her last Billboard #1 single was 2011’s “Hold It Against Me” and she’s removed from an era of having four consecutive number one albums, the idea that Spears ever “fell off” could be argued to be completely wrong. If anything, Britney’s the 21st century’s ultimate pop music survivor.

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Since Britney’s Vegas performances haven’t been publicly aired, her magnificent Elvis ‘68 Comeback Special-similar performance was recently alongside G-Eazy at MTV’s 2016 Video Music Awards. These are the same VMAs where in 2007, her performance of “Gimme More” signaled to the world that her life was in possibly falling apart in front of our eyes. Regarding her performance of “Make Me,” Billboard noted that it was a “subdued victory for Spears” that “checks off another box on her way to a revived career — not just as a pop superstar who once was, but as a pop superstar who still is.”

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In 2011, Entertainment Weekly summed up Britney Spears’ career as “an American institution, as deeply sacred and messed up as pro wrestling or the filibuster.” As well, when artists like Nicki Minaj say that Spears’ success drives them because “once you keep at whatever it is you’re doing, people may not like you, people may not love you, but they will have to respect you at the end of the day. And that respect is all that matters,” the need to see Britney Spears excel is not just an expectation, but a necessity.

At Decades, we’re proud of Britney’s ability to endure and excel. We’ll be playing tons of her music in celebration.

Thirty years ago, Burning Man was a festival associated with “radical self-expression” that took place in the shadow of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and ended with the ritualistic symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy-as-man. In 2016, Burning Man is a destination on Instagram near Reno, Nevada where from August 28-September 5, the likes of Paris Hilton and 70,000 of her friends partied on-board a jet-plane as art installation, Jack U played Billboard pop hits, and yes, they still burned a wooden man. Somewhere in the middle of this insanity there’s a lesson about what happens when underground things become mainstream fads because everyone loves a good, cool party that it seems like nobody else is attending.

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Burning Man has existed for 30 years, but it was ultimately the festival’s close alignment with mid-2000s leading indie-to-pop cultural staples of electronic music and festivals as communal experiences that arguably put it over-the-top. Over the past weekend, Burning Man’s attendance reached a 40% surge in the past five years. That’s roughly 70,000% growth in the festival’s 30-year history, so it’s probably as good of a time as any to sit down and consider how movements develop and when it’s time to start doing something new.

Getting angry about Burning Man “not being for the scene” anymore is arguably fruitless. From disco to old-school rap, scenes evolve over time, as people, places and economics “conspire” to open culture up to society-at-large. These evolutions welcome in people who bring their unique human backgrounds into what are ideally supposed to be “shared cultural spaces.” Whenever “sharing” occurs, there’s a balance that must be achieved. Of course, when that balance is between wealth and “free-thinking,” the idea that wealth allows for free-thinking to include so much of what we saw at Burning Man 2016, stories like that of a “fancy camp” founded by the son of a Russian billionaire being ransacked make sense.

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There’s been recent discussion of moving the Burning Man Festival out of the Nevada desert because of festival taxes being levied by the state of Nevada. If Burning Man were still all about free-thinking hippies on a beach, that’d be a problem. However, confusing what Burning Man originally was with what it is right now is like comparing a McDonald’s Big Mac to a steak dinner at The Palm. In Burning Man 2016 being far more of the latter and less of the former, the idea of taxing the wealth-positive festival makes sense.

Here’s an intriguing solution. Maybe it’s time for the OG burners to head, as VICE suggested in 2015, to Utah. In June 2016, Burning Man’s organizers purchased the 3,800 square foot Fly Ranch in Washoe County, Nevada in order to build year-round Burning Man-style infrastructure. While for some this may seem like an ideal solution for those looking to get away from the growing crowd in Black Rock City, heading to Utah instead could be a winning plan.

In the 2015 Vice piece, Burning Man’s CEO Marian Goodell notes that the Nevada taxes has made the festival’s organizers “ look longingly towards Utah or any other state that might not have levied that.” However, when Goodell also notes, “[w]e have watched the change in the type of people that come to Burning Man, and we’re not gonna get in front of certain things and force issues. We are gonna nurture the process so we all get the best results. Burning Man is an experiment in temporary community, and we’re the stewards of that process,” is it also a nod to potentially taking things elsewhere? When she continues to note that at 2015’s festival may be the most important sign that times have changed and that the festival’s culture may need to evolve:

“I was one of the people who was awakened at 3 in the morning by the sound of thumping music. My trailer was vibrating! Several of us came out, shocked, and couldn’t understand, even though I’ve been doing this for 19 years. We got in the cart and went out and it was an tart car facing its speakers towards the camp. It was past the man and it woke me!”

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Again, in 2016, Burning Man was a destination on Instagram near Reno, Nevada where from August 28-September 5, the likes of Paris Hilton and 70,000 of her friends partied on-board a jet-plane as art installation, and ultimately, given how change occurs and things evolve, that’s okay. In looking to discover how to preserve a Burning Man that’s more about good music, good vibes and hanging out on a beach as a wooden man burns, maybe it’s time to think about Utah, and that’s okay, too.

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Scream Sunday: 10.30.16 at Ultrabar

By adeja in DC Clubs, DC Nightlife, Ultrabar DC
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Costumes, Music, and Drink Specials! Our Halloween Fright Fest isn’t stopping on Saturday, Come out to Ultrabar on Sunday October 30th for the scariest night of our Halloweekend!

Elvis Crespo: 8.6.16 at Echostage

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Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:59pm. (Updated: 10/19/16 at 12:53pm) Add comments
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The Suavemente Elvis Crespo is making his Echostage debut on Saturday August 6!

Halloween Fright Fest 2016: at Ultrabar

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Thursday, June 16, 2016, 12:32pm. (Updated: 11/10/16 at 9:39pm) Add comments
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We take Halloween very seriously here at DCClubbing, and with only 1 week left until the scariest time of year we think it’s time for you to get on our level! We are bringing you 3 Nights of Horror and Fun at Ultrabar

Alesso: 9.4.16 at Echostage

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