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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Don’t think for a second that millions of viral Youtube video clips of people dancing a version of the Running Man dance to R & B hits, pop acts like Duran Duran and 98 Degrees reuniting and playing 20 tour dates in August 2016 alone, MTV program Daria resurfacing, Pokemon being the world’s most popular video game and Mariah Carey seductively posing on the cover of mainstream magazines are five unrelated events from the past three months. In fact, they’re connected by the fact that they prove that the 1990s and retro culture in general are incredibly popular right now. In presenting facts, figures and thinking about what the future may hold, we’ll get a sense of why love for the 1990s could possibly not be just a trend, but rather, the start of a phenomenon that lasts forever.

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Recently, Viacom has swapped brands and concepts on it’s “classic” music channel. VH1 Classic is now MTV Classic, and is not just focusing on throwback content in general from the Viacom family of music networks. Instead, the new MTV Classic is specifically ‘90s focused, with MTV President Sean Atkins noting that “MTV’s [‘90s] programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance.”

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‘90s music reaching “goldmine” status should be obvious by now, but to break the trend down by simple numbers, overall music sales in the 1990s rose roughly 75%, while in the years since 2000, overall sales have dipped 64%. If you’re NOT looking for numbers as proof, ask yourself just how quickly you specifically downloaded and paid $20 for the Tidal app *just* to hear Prince’s feel-good hits from the 1990s after he unexpectedly passed away.  

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Nostalgic feelings for the 1990s are not just limited to music. In 1996, the top five comedies on free television were watched in 54 million homes. Comparatively, in 2014, there were only three comedies in the top 30 TV programs on free television, and these programs were viewed by 27 million households. Clearly, while there’s certainly more broadcasting options than ever before, the ratings also show that people could easily want to watch ‘90s TV shows again. Need proof? 1996’s top-ranked comedy was Seinfeld, and famously, the streaming broadcast rights for the show were sold to Hulu last year for $160 million. That’s a lot of puffy shirts.

Discussing music again, there’s also the idea to consider that for every modern day Drake and Kanye that become superstars, that we’re not comparatively creating the seemingly never-ending list of ‘90s rap stars that include Biggie, Tupac, LL Cool J, Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes, Dre and Snoop, Meth and Red, and so many more.

Here’s a quick number to drive home that point. There’s a group of 11 artists who had #1 singles for 42% of the 1990s. By comparison, there’s 11 artists who have had #1 singles in the 2010s, but for 71% — or nearly twice as long. This definitely allows for fewer options to break through as superstars.

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In 20 years, imagine say, Desiigner, going on a sold out tour like the 1990s-beloved 98 Degrees, “I Love The ‘90s” Tour participants Salt-N-Pepa, Kid ‘N Play, Vanilla Ice and Coolio, “90sFest” Tour headliners Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Spin Doctors, or say, current Billboard pop chart toppers Blink-182. It’s safe to say that a nostalgia tour where “Panda” and “Timmy Turner” are played on repeat probably will not happen.

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What happens when fewer records sell, modern entertainment isn’t so entertaining, there are fewer current superstars and people want fun experiences more than ever before? People literally start doing the Running Man again. Exactly.

The ‘90s boom is not a joke. Instead, it’s a sign of things to come, and things that also may last forever. Now, imagine if there were a club, let’s say in Washington, DC,  where people could hear their favorite ‘90s tunes played all night long.

Decades is coming soon.

Halloween Fright Fest 2016: at Ultrabar

By adeja in DC Clubs, DC Events, Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 12:32pm. (Updated: 11/10/16 at 9:39pm) Add comments
DCClubbing Presents:

Halloween Fright Fest

Friday, October 28, 2016 – Sunday, October 30, 2016
Ultrabar • 911 F Street NW • Washington, DC


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

Friday, October 28 : Fright Night 

Saturday, October 29: Nightmare on F St 

Sunday, October 30: Scream Sunday

David Guetta makes his return to Echostage on March 4!


By admin in dc bars, DC Clubs, Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightclubs and Nightlife Guide, DC Nightlife
Monday, August 10, 2015, 3:52pm. (Updated: 8/10/15 at 4:05pm) Add comments

If you want to go out and dance, but can’t decide between a large club or a smaller lounge: this is the place to go.

One of the best DC club events, Ladies Night at Ultrabar features 6 bars, 5 levels, 4 DJs and amazing DC nightlife drink specials!

The one and only Ruby Rose makes her Echostage debut on Friday September 4!

Halloween Fright Fest Weekend

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:00pm. (Updated: 10/27/14 at 11:10am) Add comments

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.

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