Lady Gaga has had a whirlwind few days, winning a GLAAD award, abandoning the media, mourning the struggles of the world, setting sales records and dancing herself to exhaustion.
In an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday, March 25, Gaga said she has plans to go on a media blackout in the coming months. Other than this interview, Oprah, Gaga told Winfrey, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time... No press, no television, if my mom calls and says, 'Did you hear about...' I shut it all off.
Though she may be distancing herself from outlets for her publicity, Gaga's media presence can never go unnoticed for long.
On Saturday, March 24, Gaga, herself an outspoken civil rights advocate, received honors from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for her 2011 Interscope Records release Born This Way. Gaga was one of a slew of recipients who put forth the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media at an awards ceremony in Midtown Manhattan. Gaga's an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of young people, having just launched her Born This Way foundation to encourage youths to deal with their problems.
As per usual, Gaga took to Twitter and offered: I'm so proud to win 'Outstanding Artist' for Born This Way album at GLAAD Media Awards. Thank you so much to your organization.
The GLAAD award is not the only recent milestone in her continually burgeoning career: as the 25-year-old gears up for another world tour--this one dubbed the Born This Way Ball--she's already setting ticket sales records around the globe. In Taipei, Taiwan, Gaga sold out a May 17 show at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall in just a few minutes. Some tickets sold for as much as $400 each with the lowest-end ticket price coming in at $61.
Not that she needs the money--it's been reported that Gaga has one of the most lucrative Twitter accounts in existence. Estimates have come rolling in that her nearly 22-million Twitter followers net the singer close to $30 million a year, about a third of her overall worth. She's taken to the social media network pretty often these days, in part to share a sketch of the massive set design she will take on tour for the Born This Way Ball, a schematic which includes the monster pit, a floor-level audience pit that is encircled by pieces of catwalk. The Monster Pit will wield exclusive access, The afternoon of each show, Monster Pit access wristbands will be distributed to those who have arrived first, waited the longest, and are dressed to Ball. Gaga also tweeted that her ass is kicked from dancing in preparation for all her upcoming shows. As for her of-late proclivity for wearing veils, Gaga offered an explanation through a tweet: People ask me why I wear veils. I reply, I'm mourning. Mourning what? Well I figure something shitty must be going on somewhere.
Her Augustian bent to destroy the world's injustices will recommence when she engages the public through performance--her next tour kicks off on April 27.